Many of us think of preparing for when disaster strikes but fail to do so. However, you don’t want to be one of those individuals who live to regret it later. The following is a list of tips to help you survive when disaster strikes.
- Start saving money now. By saving money now, you can used that money to invest into your prepping supplies and materials.
- Slowly accumulate survival items. Since the disaster will most likely not strike tomorrow, you want to take you time accumulating survival items. Purchase these items as you find deals and only buy items that you absolutely need.
- Get others in your household involved. They don’t necessarily need to be as invested as you are, but it’s important that your family or housemates know what is going on. Let them know what you are doing as you are planning.
- Be wary about who you tell about your prepping. On the opposing side, you preferably don’t want to announce to the world about your preparation plans. In the case of an emergency, you will most likely have a hoard at your door.
- Plan out how you will get home. There is a good chance that you won’t be home when disaster strikes, which means you will need to have some sort of plan in place for how you will get home. Have individual plans for if you are at school, work, out with friends, etc.
- Stay in shape. If and when disaster strikes, you will constantly be on your feet. In order to prepare for this, stay in shape. That way, you can be at optimal operation level to help yourself and others in need.
- Don’t make assumptions. You never know exactly what type of disaster will strike. Try not to prepare preemptively and with assumptions about what will happen and where you will be. Furthermore, this also applies to your supplies of guns and ammo. Don’t assume they will get you through everything because they will not be the solution to everything.
- Don’t panic. By panicking now, you will think less rationally and be less apt to prepare yourself and your loved ones. Again, the chances that disaster will strike tomorrow are highly unlikely.
Food and Water tips
- You can never store too much water. Though food is important, water is technically a higher priority. Just make sure not to store water in old milk jugs or other forms of weak plastic, since they will eventually break down. Use barrells.
- Store food you actually consume. It may be tempting, especially when you can score a deal, but don’t store food that you or your family won’t actually consume when the time comes. It will just end up being wasted.
- Store canned, dry, and freeze-dried food. Canned food alone can contain a lot of sodium, so you want to add some variety to your future diet by incorporating dry and freeze-dried foods as well.
- Use sturdy shelves. Wire shelving is much stronger than particleboard and will be able to handle more weight.
- Prep in multiple places. If disaster hits the one location where you have been storing all your preparing material and foods then you are out of luck. Prepare for this by preparing materials in multiple places in your home. If possible, set up another location outside your home for additional preparation storage.
- Be sure to store hygiene and sanitation products. Food is usually a first priority, but hygiene and sanitation is important as well. Stock up on toilet paper, sanitary napkins, and soap. This will help prevent any illnesses.
- Prepare for those with disabilities and/or special needs. This means remembering any medications, machines, and/or devices needed for survival. Making a list ahead of time may help since you don’t want to store expired medication.
- Prepare for pets. Pets, like humans, will need food and water. Some pets may also take flea and tick medication, so you want to prepare for that as well. Other supplies you may need for pets may include grooming supplies, carriers, pet records, etc.