There are all sorts of scenarios that can drive people to prepare for the worst. Doomsday preparation has been linked to everything from zombie invasions to the detonation of a nuclear device. While these events could surely happen, it is more likely that the average person will encounter scenarios such as massive power outages, natural disasters, or some form of civil unrest. Still, it is necessary to prepare for such events. Here’s what you can do to start.
Begin With The Basics
Instead of running out and buying all sorts of survival gear, start with the basics. Prepare yourself for the more likely “doomsday” scenarios such as a prolonged power outage. Your basic needs will start with water and food. You should start with having enough water and food to last you a few days, or possibly even a week. From there, you can build a food supply that includes several months of food and even a system for growing your own.
Your water supply can be built up as well. For more serious events, you should also have a system for gathering water and filtering it. A filtration system should be part of your preparations as it can be used to replenish your water supply.
Power and Light
In the event of a natural disaster or some sort of attack that destroys power for a long period of time, you will need a source of power and light. A generator, along with gas and oil to run it, will come in handy. Keep several extension cords on hand and you can run a refrigerator and freezer for days or weeks. You can run lights off of the generator as well, but you should also include flashlights, candles, and lanterns among your supplies. Make sure you have batteries for the flashlights and keep matches on hand for the candles. It would also be wise to keep some fire-starting materials on hand. A fire can be a source of heat and light.
Prepare for the Worst
If your doomsday preparations are geared for the worst, you will probably be just fine. Preparing for a military attack or the declaration of martial law, for example, will almost certainly have you and your family prepared to last several months on your own. Items that many preppers may forget include extra clothing, especially for winter climates, and extra footwear. In the most extreme cases, preppers will have to prepare to leave or “bug out” of their location. In these cases, a bug out bag filled with survival equipment, medical equipment, cash, and other necessities is advised. If you have to, you can pick up and go at a moment’s notice.
Regardless of your degree of wanted preparedness, planning for doomsday-type scenarios is something that every household and family should consider. To get started, begin with the basic items that you would need to survive – food, water, and shelter. Develop a plan and work that plan. Do not forget the items that will be essential to your survival should the worst occur. Thinking in this manner can help guide you as you prepare for doomsday events.