The storms that have ravaged parts of the country serve as a reminder of several important tips to remember
1. Have an out of state contact person that you can text since calling can be difficult due to high volume. Texts go out on a different frequency so it is easier to text than call to let someone know that you are okay.
2. Have a grab and go bag packed and available at all times in case you have to leave home/work/your vehicle on no notice. This gives you some hygiene supplies, food, water, maybe a change of clothes, etc.
3. Be aware of past weather events that have occurred in your region.
4. Have a rally point (or more than one if possible) for friends and family to meet up at following an event.
5. Utilize social media to let others know that you are okay or what help you need.
We never want to have to use our preps or activate our personal emergency plans but sometimes situations occur that dictate otherwise. Plan ahead to increase your options.
Something that is part of preparedness that you may or may not have given much thought to is Leadership. I am a firm believe that leaders are made, it takes experience, making mistakes and people skills being combined to help turn people into leaders. How much experience do you have being in charge of others, hosting events, being part of a governance organization or system?
It is a proven fact that people will seek order in times of chaos. If you are the one being calm, collected and providing common sense direction when others are panicked you could be the one to save lives, prevent injury and property damage.
Leadership isn’t about the prestige of being in charge it is about being responsible for what is taking place and being the one who takes on the burden of it. Are you a leader? Not everyone is but if there is a significant event I firmly believe that preppers can be the cornerstone of the efforts to stabilize the situation by providing leadership, medical supplies, direction and planning, communication equipment, information and much more, especially if the event is wide spread and/or long term.
I urge you to seek out opportunities to take on leadership roles in whatever form you are comfortable with to start out at.
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With the re-election of President Obama the surge in the sale of firearms and ammunition has hit unprecedented levels which has caused prices to skyrocket and shortages to occur. Many folks are buying weapons fearing the implementation of a new ban. Some of these people have never handled a gun before let alone owned one.
If you have been properly preparing for some time you have not had to worry about these shortages, however if you are newer to prepping please don’t jump on the “I have to buy it now” bandwagon. Yes there are shortages going on all over the country but that will change. I personally feel that it will be difficult for the administration to enact a meaningful weapons ban. This means that the prices will come back down to more realistic levels.
To me it is far more important to have food, water, fuel, medical supplies, etc. Now I am sure that someone reading this will think “how will I protect it if I don’t have a gun?”. Truth is the best defense against theft or a raid is keeping what you have your own business. Don’t discuss what you have, make sure your family doesn’t discuss it with others.…
I know that this list has been floating around the Internet for some time in various forms. Some of the versions state that this is the order in which items will disappear from availability following a major event. I personally disagree with that assessment however I do like the list because it does show a wide range of goods that it would be smart to have on hand if possible. I didn’t compile the list, I am sharing it so there is more good information out there.
100 Items that disappear
1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. Noisy…target of thieves; maintenance etc.)
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice – Beans – Wheat
11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size.…
Like many others throughout history it was my father who first taught me about tools as I was growing up. The names of the tools, their uses, how to properly care for them and what not to do so I could avoid injury were all part of the lessons he taught me. Early on in my adult life I spent eight years in the military repairing fixed wing jet aircraft and later helicopters. After my time in service was over I spent several years working in the emergency services field so the use of tools of all kinds has been a big part of my being able to earn a living.
Tools can be the difference between surviving and not surviving. You want to be able to grow food to keep surviving? Well a shovel, rake and hoe would sure help the process of gardening along and what are they? Tools…vehicle repairs, plumbing fixes, broken appliances and more all need the application of tools to reduce the problems as well as speed the work. Some jobs will simply not be possible without tools. Tim Allen, the great comedian in one of his stand up routines talks about tools, “I don’t know what it does but it looks good on my pegboard” While humorous it doesn’t convey the seriousness of the issue.…
So the economic situation has you concerned and rightfully so. You may be asking yourself what to do next, how to better protect yourself financially and what steps to take to do it. We have seen the economic troubles gripping Europe and don’t for a moment think that those troubles will be limited to them if a major financial crisis occurs. The worlds’ financial system is so inter-connected that it doesn’t take much to make waves in the pond.
First and most important do not give in to the fear. If you do then your judgments will be skewed and reactionary. You need a plan, not a knee jerk fix. So take a deep breath and look at your overall situation. If you haven’t already done so, write up a list of what your bills and expenses for the month are, then in the next column list what income you have coming in. Now you KNOW how much you have to work with.
Now that you know what you have to work with how does that fit in with your plan for long term survival and sustainability? Make no mistake the two go hand in hand. In my opinion, in order to survive long term and for me long term is anything over one year, you must have sustainability.…