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The harsh reality of the world we live in is that home invasions do not just happen in so-called “high crime” areas. They happen everywhere, from the suburbs to rural areas around the country. Every home should be prepared to survive a home invasion. Here’s how.

 

The Safe Room
Your home should be equipped with a safe room. This is a room in the house where everyone can go should the home come under the threat of an attack. The room needs to be readily accessible for all people in the house, fairly easy to enter, and easy to lock from the inside. The lock should be a dead-bolt. In the room itself, there should be a heavy piece of furniture along with some other items that can be used to leverage the door. The idea of the safe room is an area where a family can remain safe until the threat of the invasion is gone.

 

Speak In Code

A family should have certain code words to alert each other about a possible home invasion. The words should be simple such as “Emergency” or “Safe Room Now.” The code words are used to tell the members of the family that they are to report to the safe room as quickly as possible.

 

Must-Have Items In The Safe Room

In order to survive a home invasion, your safe room should be equipped with a few essentials. First, and foremost, keep a spare cell phone in the room so that it can be used to call 911 immediately. Make sure the phone is charged at all times. A landline telephone works, but remember that phone lines can be cut.

It would be wise to be able to arm yourself while in the safe room. Consider having a pump-action shotgun as well as a handgun stored inside the room. Should the room be discovered by the intruders, just pumping the shotgun may be enough to scare them away. The shotgun can be stored in a gun safe and the handgun in a lockbox, both of which can be accessed easily.

Another item in your safe room should be a bullhorn. Most are equipped with a siren that can be used to scare off attackers. You can use the bullhorn to let your invaders know that you are armed and will shoot if forced.

 

Practice

Chance always favors the prepared. With your safe room ready to go, you should practice with the family a scenario where your home comes under attack. Your best weapon against a home invasion is your brain. Your ability to think is the biggest factor in your survival. Practice a home attack so that you will be prepared if it ever does happen.

 

An Alternative Plan

Always have a backup plan. While making it to your safe room is a great plan, what happens if you cannot get there? What if the intruders breach the safe room door? Consider having an alternative plan such as escaping out of a window.

Remember, a home invasion can happen anywhere. The key to surviving a home invasion is preparation. Make sure you have a safe room stocked with the necessary items. Practice invasion scenarios and have a backup plan to increase the likelihood of survival against a home attack.

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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

 

Ifood stockpilenstead 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.

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I have a lot of options when it comes to my everyday carry.  The choice for me?  The M&P 40c.  Of course pistols are a very subjective choice, but I have made my choice.

The Trigger

As long as a trigger doesn’t feel gritty, I can learn to live with it.  With the M&P, I don’t feel like I have to settle.  The trigger is a very smooth 6.5″ pull.  It has a crisp break with a consistent feel.  The reset certainly isn’t as pronounced as the Glock 23, but the experienced operator can certainly pick up the feel.  It doesn’t have the trigger safety feature that sticks out of the trigger like Glocks either so your finger won’t get ripped up after a day at the range.

Accuracy

I shoot.  A lot.  I can be fairly accurate with most pistols from the start, but with the M&P it feels like it’s hard to miss.  When I got my first M&P 9c, I of course had to head to the range with a friend to show it off.  I let him shoot it, and he was able to get dead center bullseye at 20 yards on his very first shot.  He wasn’t a huge M&P fan before then, but after shooting quickly and accurately so easily with the M&P it went to #1 on his list.

GripHolding M&P 40c

Right out of the box, the pistol fits very nicely in my hand.  The angle of the grip is angled just right for me.  I have medium-sized hands, and I don’t have a single complaint.  Smith and Wesson includes a small, medium and large backstrap with the gun that allows somebody to switch them out quickly and easily to get the perfect feel.  The grip itself feels smooth in the hand while offering enough grip where I don’t have to worry about the gun flying out of my hands, even if they were wet.

Magazine CapacityM&P 9c Standard and Extended Magazine

The full-sized M&P has a standard .40 cal capacity at 15+1, while the compact version holds 10+1 with the smaller magazines.  However, the standard 15 round magazines also work with the compact and there are rubber pieces you can slide over the magazine so it has the same feel as the full-sized.  The 10 round magazines also have a finger lip on the bottom so shooting with the smaller mags isn’t a problem either.

ConcealabilityM&P 40c in Galco IWB holster

I carry the M&P 40c with the 15 round magazine every day with a Galco inside-the-waistband holster and it is quite comfortable.  The Galco holster prevents the gun from rubbing against my waist and t-shirt while maintaining a degree of retention.  In all the time I’ve carried the M&P, I’ve never felt as if the magazine sticks out too much nor have I had a problem keeping it concealed even when wearing somewhat tight T-Shirts during summer.

Overall

The M&P is a well-designed gun that feels good in the hand.  The trigger is smooth, it’s easy to clean and accurate.  Follow-up shots are almost too easy and the recoil is very manageable even for inexperienced shooters.  I trust my life to this gun, and I feel completely comfortable with that decision.

When somebody asks me what my recommendation for concealed carry, I can say wholeheartedly the M&P.

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This may not hold true for all parts of the country, but where I live, if you want to travel somewhere, you’re taking your car.  Whether heading to work or to a friend’s house, my car is normally just a few hundred yards from me at any given time.  It’s the perfect moving storage container that can hold special items that come in handy in emergency situations.

1. Flashlight

Not just any flashlight, but a good flashlight.  With extra batteries.  If your car breaks down at night, you can assume you’ll be on the phone while possibly having to move.  Or maybe you’re looking for something in your trunk and you just can’t see it.  The flashlight is the #1 thing I find myself using on a semi-frequent basis.  It has helped me out of more jams than I can remember, and something that I will never be without.  I literally have one (with spare batteries) in every car myself or my wife drive.  Always.

2.  Medical Supplies

The basics, like band-aids, antiseptics and aspirin.  It can be hard to find simple things like a band-aid when you’re not at home, and depending upon how bad you’re bleeding it’s not something you want to have to go out and find.  Medical kits are cheaply and commonly sold at stores like Walmart, and include band-aids, gauze, antiseptics, tape and all the very basic supplies.  My rule of thumb is that if a medical procedure requires special training (like stitches), it’s not a supply I will carry with me.  The only addition I include on top of a small medical kit is pain relievers like aspirin or IB profin and PeptoBismo.  Depending on how prone to accidents or stomach problems I happen to be, I normally use everything and have to refill the supplies once every year or so.

3. Vice Grips

Yes, vice grips.  Having tools can be important, but they also take up space and can be heavy.  Plus, there’s nothing worse that not having the right size wrench or socket to accomplish a task.  That’s where vice grips makes it’s name as the ultimate all-in-one tool.  Depending on the size, I can use it on pretty much any size nut or bolt, use it as a hammer, use it as pliers, cut things with it, bend metal or even tighten or loosen screws if there’s enough head exposed to grip.  Plus, they’re easy to use with little experience or guesswork.

4. Blanket

If you get stranded somewhere (in your car or at an office, or even in the middle of the freeway) it can get cold if you’re exposed with no heat.  If your car completely dies or runs out of gas, it can get cold even in the warmest of climates.  Having a blanket can make waiting for help a lot more comfortable.  I’ve also used my blanket before to help someone who was in a traffic accident stay warm while waiting for police to arrive (20+ minutes) in 10 degree weather.  It literally could be called a life-saver.  It’s also convenient to have because if I’m moving a TV or other fragile object, I have a blanket to wrap it with and protect it.

5. External Phone Battery / Charger

My phone eats the battery like it’s crab at an all-you-can-eat buffet.  If I don’t have my phone charging throughout the day, it’s dead by 7 PM.  I’ve also had car chargers break and stop working before.  In an emergency, a cell phone can be your only link to help.  Finding chargers in an emergency situation can be near impossible, and don’t forget you might not be able to rely on your car charger if your car is completely dead or broken or you have to leave your car.  One of the external batteries basically can charge via solar or traditional car charger, and allows you to connect your USB charger to it to charge your phone up.  They’re about the same size as a cell phone and as cheap as $20 on Amazon.  You won’t have to worry about a dead phone battery again, as you can keep both in your pocket if you had to leave your vehicle.

 

Though there are a lot of other things you could keep in your car that make a lot of sense, these are the 5 I always have.  Always.  I’ve used them all before (frequently) and they have really helped me out of jams.  No only can they save your life in an emergency, but they also make dealing with seemly major problems easy.

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Yes, the more people that prepare for disruptive events, the better it is for the collective.  Why then, would we not want to lead by example and encourage everyone to prep?  The answer is simple: people don’t follow through.

There’s figuratively millions of things that consume time and resources as a part of daily life.  The fact is, all these events we do on a daily basis have an inherent opportunity cost.  If you’re out mowing the lawn, you can’t be inside balancing your checkbook.  You can try to multi-task as much as possible, but you can never be in two places at the same time.  Every activity people choose, they are also choosing not to do some other activity.

Resources aren’t infinite but excuses are.  Even if people you talk to about prepping agree on the principle of why, it still probably won’t lead to actual progress or action on their part.  The idea that prepping is a few cans of beans and a half-gone case of bottled water is satisfactory to most, and that’s the problem.

Those that find out their preparations aren’t adequate discover that only when it’s too late.  People are also self-serving and are quick to expect assistance to counter-act their lack of preparation.  “Mike down the street showed me he has 2 years of food in the basement and I have none, let’s go to Mike’s house and get some.”  It’s just a situation that is best avoided.

Though I hide my specific preps from strangers, I have broken my cover and told my very close friends and family.  Why?  Because I care about them.  I want to encourage people to be responsible for themselves, and that includes having preparations so they aren’t placed in a tough situation.  I tell them how, I tell the where, but more importantly I tell them why it makes sense for them to do the same.  In the same breath, I make sure they know I have limited space and money available, and my preps are only sufficient for myself and my family.  I will help them anytime they ask, but if a catastrophic event happens they’re totally on their own.

Because I’ve opened my mouth, I’ve gambled that I know my friends and family well enough to have a greater likelihood they will actually acquire their own preps.  Most of the time I’m right, but not every time.  Now I’m going to be placed in a tough situation if something happens because friends I’ve had for 20 years will show up asking for help and I’ll have to send them away.  I will feel terrible, but life goes on.

That being said, it’s a terrible idea to tell anyone at anytime about your preps.  Word has a tendency to spread fast, especially among those who are not preppers themselves.  Now all the sudden you risk your family’s safety and security because you told one person who told 3 others and now they all want your food and water.  It doesn’t matter that you have an inconspicuous house and your preps are out of sight, they will remember it and demand use of your supplies.

Avoid it all by keeping your mouth shut. Really.  It’s OK to discuss the general merits of being prepared, even encouraging.  For a small select few, maybe you even collectively store preps.  Just keep your mouth shut.  If everyone knows you’re a prepper, one of two things will happen: you’ll never have to use your preps and now you’re that crazy guy who’s prepping for the zombie apocalypse or if you do have the unfortunate situation that demands you start using your preps, you’ll have company showing up expecting some of your supplies for themselves.  Either way, it’s a lose-lose situation.  Avoiding the situation is easy though, all you have to do is keep your preps undercover.

 

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When general people think of prepping, it is often associated with people on the fringe of society that many consider “fringe.”  Popular television shows like Doomsday Preppers and Doomsday Castle on National Geographic Channel often help contribute to this stereotype.  However, that stigma is really preventing the rational thinkers among us from considering the practical purpose being prepared serves.

I’m not a boy scout.  I don’t think the world will end tomorrow.  I live my life normally like everyone else.  I take precautions like locking my car door when I go to the store to minimize the chance somebody will steal it.  I pay my bills on time so it won’t impact my credit in case I need to open a new credit application.  I make sure I have proof on insurance and my vehicle registration in case I get stopped by the police.  I make sure to wear my seat belt to (hopefully) minimize the injury caused if I were to be in a collision.  Of course all these normal things I do on a daily basis are all predicated on an uncertain future but I choose to do things to hedge my bets should un-foreseen events take place.  I don’t expect my house to burn down, but I certainly pay for insurance just in case.

Prepping is the same idea.  It’s like insurance for future events, whatever those may be.  On Doomsday Preppers for example, the people profiled are always preparing for one specific event, such as biological attack, super volcano eruption or zombie apocalypse.  I see this logic as flawed.  I don’t prepare for one event, I prepare for any event.

It doesn’t matter what event transpires, I know I’ll be prepared for it.  I break down different potential scenarios into 3 main categories: short-term, mid-term and catastrophic.  The types of preparations for each category also very quite differently.

Short-Term

Temporary interruption of normal life activities.  Maybe you lose power for a day or two.  Maybe a really bad snowstorm hits and roads are impassible, or there’s a flood that leaves me stranded at work.  These events are all temporary in nature, with possible temporary interruptions in public services like power, water and sewer.

Preps:

The types of preps I include for short-term situations would be food and water to last several days, flashlights, extra batteries, a change of clothes and shoes in my car, weather-appropriate gear and a bug-out bag in my car.  So we lose power for a day or two, big deal.  I have a book, a flashlight and plenty of supplies to not be worried and would only be slightly inconvenienced.

Mid-Term

Longer duration interruption of daily life with possible short-term utility interruption.  I would include a tropical storm, tornadoes, job loss, moderate flooding, terrorist panic or anything else that has effects that last a week or more.  Maybe power and water service are interrupted, maybe not.  The rest of the country (and world) are fine, as the effects of this disaster are localized to a particular geographic area or to your family specifically.

Preps:

In addition to the short-term preps, I include having a larger stock of food and water, DC to AC power inverter to allow using devices with standard AC plugs by connecting the device to a car battery and medical supplies to treat minor to moderate injuries.  I also have firearms for home protection and short-wave radios for communication with friends and family if I had to leave the house.  Things like tape, tarps and candles can come in handy if utilities are disrupted for longer than a week.  I also include a propane grill as well as various other cooking utilities that operate independently to allow me to make hot, delicious meals.

Catastrophic Event

Catastrophic event would seriously impact daily life and standard utilities, making travel and procurement of supplies extremely difficult if not impossible.  Events could include: super volcano eruption, massive hurricane, widespread flooding, collapse of local government, large-scale rioting, foreign invasion, infections pandemic.  People in a large geographic area are impacted, with the event lasting more than a week or two.  Local governments are overwhelmed or otherwise unable to respond to the crisis.  People are panicking.   Looting and vandalism are prevalent as are crimes against people an property.

Preps:

These types of events are un-likely to happen, and can involve quite a bit of potential supplies.  I try to augment my Mid-Term preps for the catastrophic event by including more specialized medical supplies, much heavier outerwear to deal with possible extreme weather conditions, concealable body armor and a few locations within walking distance that have greater access to resources.  Obviously these catastrophic events are difficult if not impossible to completely shield yourself from the effects, but having some basic, more specialized supplies make dealing with the after-effects easier.

 

I have managed to prioritize my preparations by beginning with the short term contingencies and working my way up to catastrophic.  It has taken a while, but I know that whether I’m at home or away in the car, there isn’t anything that could happen where I didn’t have the supplies and forethought to handle.  Not just for me, but for my family and even strangers.

Prepping isn’t about being selfish, it’s about being prepared.  Part of being prepared is examining your mental composure and anticipating the potential aftermath.  I don’t want to feel helpless if myself or anyone around me is placed in a bad situation.  I try to carry extra of everything to help those who didn’t have the hindsight nor the initiative to prepare for whatever situation they’re placed in.

At the end of the day, I am a normal person.  A normal person with an extra insurance policy: self insured. I know that no matter what happens, I’m ready. Anywhere, anytime.  Hopefully I’ll never have to use my preps, but I can guarantee you that if something did happen, I won’t be the one in the grocery store at 11:30 PM fighting over the last gallon of water and a loaf of bread.

 

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Water is absolutely the most important thing that you need to collect and store for emergency situations. Just three days without water is enough to kill you. Water is also one of the cheapest things that you can collect and store and a great place to start.

Individual gallons of water are great and collecting them is not a bad idea, but they can be difficult to stack and they are difficult to store. While this plan is better than nothing, you will probably want a larger storage container.

Start out with a two week supply of water for each person in your family. You can continue to add to this supply as necessary. You can purchase 15 gallon water storage tanks. One for each person in your family should be a sufficient amount of drinking water for two weeks.

55 Gallon water barrels are another option. These can be found on E-bay and Craigslist for a fairly reasonable price. Some retailers are also selling these as water collection kits; however it is much less expensive to purchase the barrel by itself.

If you want to take it a bit further and you have the storage space you can buy IBC totes. These totes are used by companies to transport liquids. They are 270 or 300 gallon plastic containers encased in metal frames. When purchasing these it is important to find out what the company was previously using them for. Try to stick with containers that we previously used to store water or food. Avoid any that were used to store chemicals.

Proper storage of water is just as important as collecting it. If you are using water from your tap, and you live in the city, or you are using bottled water from a municipality (almost all bottled water is city water from somewhere), then you will likely not have to add anything to your water to keep it pure.

If you are using water from a well or other natural source, then there are some steps that you should take to purify your water. You will want to add Calcium Hypochlorite to extend the shelf life of your water. There are other methods of water storage purification as well, but Calcium Hypochlorite seems to work well for most people and it is readily available.

It is important to store your water in a cool dark place if at all possible. A basement or a closet are the best options. Direct sunlight is not good for water or the containers that it is stored in. Try to avoid areas that have a lot of windows or doors where sunlight enters.

While collecting and maintaining a good supply of drinking water is important, you should also think of the other things that you will need water for. While you generally do not need fresh drinking water for washing dishes and general cleaning, it is wise to have a supply of water to do these things. You will also need water to wash your hands, brush your teeth and shower.

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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.

Stock Up

The first step, and one of the most important aspects of prepping is to stock up on things that your family will need.

Drinking Water

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.

Food

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
  • Oats
  • Beef Jerky
  • Rice
  • Chicken & Beef Broth
  • Popcorn
  • Crackers
  • Potato Flakes
  • Ready to Eat Meals
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Cereal
  • 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
  • Antacids
  • 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:

  • Matches
  • 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
  • Wipes
  • 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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ave you ever wondered what prepping was? Do you hear your friends, family and coworkers talking about it, but you are always a little lost? Read on to find out about prepping and how it can help save your life and your family’s life in a catastrophic event.

What is Prepping?

We are hearing a lot of people talk about prepping, but for some of you this is still a foreign subject. Prepping is quite simply the act of preparing yourself and your family to be self sustaining in the event of a man made, biological or natural disaster. What the future holds is unknown, and it is important that we prepare ourselves and our families for a time when modern conveniences might not be available.

Who Should be Prepping?

Many people think that prepping is a modern craze and continue to blow it off, but the truth is that the likelihood of a temporary threat to our well being is very real. Everyone should be prepping. We are not saying that everyone should build a a safe room in their home and fill every extra nook and cranny with food (although this isn’t such a bad idea if you are so inclined). However, we are saying that everyone should be prepared to feed themselves, defend themselves and survive on their own for several weeks in the event of a disaster.

Why Should we be Prepping?

We should all be prepared, because the truth is no one knows what lies ahead. The times that we live in are uncertain at best. While we all hope and pray that these things will never happen, they could very likely happen. We saw on 9/11 that terrorist attacks can not always be avoided. When Katrina hit, we saw the devastating effects that a natural disaster can have on a city. The recent outbreak of Ebola has everyone in a frenzy, and for good reason. These types of things we don’t have any control over. We can not prevent them, but we can be prepared for them. If you had to isolate yourself in your home today, how long could you survive on what is in your pantry?

How do I Prep?

Prepping really starts with gathering supplies and making plans. Many people start out by accumulating a small stash of non perishable food and water. In my family, we still get our consumable water from an outdoor well. I know that we go through about 14-15 gallons a week for cooking and drinking. This means that I need to have a stash of at least 60 gallons of water for us to make it on our own for a month. If is important to look at your situation and evaluate your family’s needs. Here are some questions that you can ask yourself.

  • Judging by what is in my pantry now, how long could we survive if we were unable to get to a grocery store?
  • How much water do we consume in a month?
  • What will we do in the event that our home is knocked down or otherwise unable to be used?
  • Do we have any extra gas (besides what is in the lawn mower tank) in case we need to flee the city?
  • How will we keep viruses and intruders out of our home?

This is a good start, but there are many other things that you need to be aware of and be prepared for. The risks are real and the benefits of being prepared outweigh the drawbacks. Please check out our prepping for beginners article for more in depth information.

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Food is critical to our survival. Without it we will die. It is important that we are prepared with as much food for our families as possible. Here we will look at many different options to diversify your prepper supplies.

Seeds

One of the best things that you can have as a prepper is seed. With vegetable seeds you will be able to grow your own food and sustain yourself and your family for a longer period of time. Stock up on vegetable seed when they go on sale at the end of the season. It is important to thing about your climate and what grows well there.

If you live in a climate with cold winters, you want to stock up on things that will last throughout the winter once they are harvested. Beets, carrots and other root vegetables are very important in addition to regular summer vegetables.

Stocking up on canning equipment is not a bad idea either. While you may not have the ability to can your vegetables, there is a possibility that you might. You don’t want to discount the possibility of having healthy organic food for your family.

Dried Foods

Dried foods are great, because they generally last for a very long time. There are many different types of dried protein available. You can also easily find dried fruits and berries are abundant in local supermarkets. You can also forage for them and dry them yourself. While eating beef jerky and dried apples every day doesn’t sound to appetizing, it will provide you with the nutrition that you need to survive. Dried foods are also lightweight and easily portable.

Canned Foods

Amazingly, you can find just about any food in a can. Canned food is great provided you don’t have to leave on foot. It is not likely that you will be able to carry many cans with you in a bug out situation. It is important not to create your entire supply of food from canned foods.

Stock up on canned proteins. Tuna, beef, chicken, pork and turkey can all be found in a can. Even bacon, taco meat and hamburger can be found in a can. Some people find the idea of canned meat repulsive; however in a survival situation, it isn’t really about how it tastes. It’s not a bad idea to try some different canned meats first to see what your family prefers. Most canned meats have a very long shelf life. When stored properly they can last up to 10 years or longer.

You may want to invest in some canned ‘luxury” item. Right now companies are offering canned cheese, bread, butter and crab. These items are great to mix it up a bit, when you get tired of eating beef jerky and chicken in a can.

Many verities of beans can be found in cans, so stock up. Beans are filling and can provide great nutrition (just hope you are not bugging out in a tent with a family of 5). You can use beans to make your meat go further in soups and stews. You can also use them to create a paste for dips.

While there are many different food options for survivalist to choose from, it is important to be realistic. Choose foods and meals that you think your family would like to eat and foods that have a long shelf life. Start compiling a list of survival recipes and have your family try them from time to time. You never know you might just have a new family favorite!

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