Prepping for a natural disaster, terrorist attack, economic crisis, or a biological pandemic is not only smart, it is the responsible thing to do. It is important that we prepare ourselves and our families for these events. We always hope that these things will never occur, but the truth is, these are things that are completely out of our control.
The first step, and one of the most important aspects of prepping is to stock up on things that your family will need.
Water is the most essential part of our survival. Without it we will die. This should be at the top of your list of thing to create a supply of. Remember that in a survival situation, water will likely be your only means of hydration. For drinking water only, a good supply would have at least one gallon of water per person, per day.
You want to make sure that you an your family will have enough nonperishable food items to get you through an extended period of time. This can become quite expensive if you run out and purchase it all at one time. We suggest adding an additional $10-$15 per week to your grocery bill to start acquiring supplies. Purchase canned meats with a long shelf life such as tuna fish. You will also want to buy wheat and yeast. Stick with canned soups, vegetables and fruits. Try to purchase things that will last for a very long time. Some good options include:
- Powdered Milk
- Beef Jerky
- Chicken & Beef Broth
- Potato Flakes
- Ready to Eat Meals
- Nuts & Seeds
- Protein Bars
This is just an idea of things that you can start with. There will be other things that you will want to buy and add to your supply, as well. We recommend that you purchase things that your family likes to eat. This way if things do begin to expire your family can eat them and you can replace them.
Medications and First Aid Supplies
If tomorrow you could no longer access a doctor or a pharmacy, would you survive? Would you be strong enough to help your family do the things that they need to do to survive?
It is very important to stock up on any medications that you and your family need. Contacts, glasses, oxygen tanks, insulin, hypertension medications and inhalers are all things that you may have to go without for a very long time.
You also may want to stock up on day to day over the counter medications that your family might need. Some ideas include:
- Pain Relievers
- Fever Medications
- Allergy Medications
- Cold Medicine
- Medications for Upset Stomachs
It is wise to prepare a first aid kit. Include things beyond band-aids and antibiotic ointment.
Wraps, bandages, splints, alcohol swaps, stitching supplies etc… are all good things to have on hand.
Create Bug Out Kits
A bug out kit is a kit that is a bag (usually a backpack) that you can grab and carry on foot in the event that you have to leave you home in an emergency. A bug out kit should contain the essentials needed to survive away from home on your own. Include the following:
- Swiss Army Knife
- Survival Knife
- Drinking Water and Refillable Bottles
- Protein bars, beef jerky, and other Lightweight Portable Proteins
- Additional Clothing (Jeans, Sweaters, Undergarments, Socks)
- Rain Gear
- Cooking Pot
- Baby Food & Formula if needed
- First Aid Kit
- Hand Sanitizer
- Sleeping Materials (Sleeping bag, blanket, ground cover)
- A Tent or a Tarp
This is a relatively small list for a bug out kit, but it is a good start. You can add things as you go along. Create a bug out kit for each member of your family that is able to carry one on foot.
This guide is just the beginning. You will want to add additional items to your prep list as you go along. The most important thing is to think of the needs of your family. Make plans for what you will do, where you will go and how you will survive. Share these plans with your family and get all hands on deck for prepping.
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