Camping trips, fishing breaks, and adventure holidays can all provide amazing memories.
On the other hand, any leisure activity in the wild has the potential to serve up some very
difficult moments. As a responsible traveler, being ready for all eventualities is essential.
After all, it’s not only your safety that could be at risk. Friends and family could be in danger
To stay in control of those situations, just remember to stay S.A.F.E!
Even if you’re lost without any power resources, you’ll have time to find help during the
daytime. Unfortunately, the nighttime is where real danger starts. While you may think that
this is due to animals and critters, it isn’t. The cold is the far bigger danger.The right products are key. However, you also need to know how and where to put the tentup. Making a poor decision here could open the door to a host of problems. Meanwhile,
sleeping bags will be crucial as you try to stay warm during the early hours.
Once again, as long as you’re safe at night, you have the day to find a solution.
A positive mindset can enhance your life in a whole host of ways. This is especially true in
life’s most challenging moments. Being stuck in the wild certainly falls into this category.
Whether you’re alone or in a group, your attitude will influence everything.
If you aren’t prepared to attack those problems, you may land yourself in serious danger.
Conversely, when you keep a clear mind and believe that a solution can be found, those
hopes will look brighter. Smart decisions made with clarity will always bring better outcomes.
If nothing else, it should prevent disagreements and fighting with your companions.
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Depending on the nature of the problems, it could be several days before you’re rescued or
find a way out of the predicament. Desperation can soon sink in if you don’t have the energy
levels required to stay positive. Nutrition is key.
Food and drink are two crucial aspects of a 72-hour emergency kit. These are primarily
thought of as home emergency resources. In reality, though, taking this package on your
next wild adventure could prove to be a life-saving decision.
First and foremost, it’s a matter of survival. The fact it will boost your comfort is a bonus.
If you’ve become lost, trapped, or in an unenviable situation, the right tools are key. A Swiss
Army knife should be kept on your possession at all times. In truth, though, this basic facility
is just one of several items that need to be mastered.
Do you know what is static rope? Are you able to tie various types of knots? Can you use a
compass and navigate yourself without Google Maps? All of those questions are crucial, and
the answers will guide you to the right resources and knowledge.
When combined with the other three points above, your survival hopes will look better than
Father’s Day (17 June), is just around the corner, so why not take your old man on a
weekend camping adventure and enjoy spending some quality time together.
June is the perfect time to go camping, with temperature milder than earlier in the year so
you can have a wonderful time in the great outdoors.
Plan the perfect Father’s Day camping trip with these top tips.
Choosing the right location
Location is everything when it comes to planning the perfect camping trip, so you’d be wise
to do your research first. Some tips for choosing a campsite include looking for flat, dry land,
somewhere that offers shelter and avoiding being too near the water. It’s better to choose a
location you’re familiar with or ask friends and family for recommendations to ensure you
choose somewhere suitable.
Bring the essentials
Camping requires a lot of gear, so if you’re going to do things right, make sure you take all of
the essentials with you. At the very least, you’re going to need a weatherproof tent, sleeping
bags, and pitching supplies, as well as something to eat/cook with. If you’re going
somewhere particularly off the beaten track and a bit wild, then make sure you’ve got some survival gear packed. Take sturdy walking shoes and plenty of weatherproof clothing to help
you battle any weather or dips in temperature that come your way.
Plan some activities
What will you do on your camping trip? While it’s nice to spend time together, you could both
find yourselves a bit bored after a few hours. Does your father have an interest in hunting or
fishing? That can be a great way to spend the weekend. Activities like hunting will require
some extra equipment, so why not surprise him with binoculars or other gifts as a precursor
to your trip? A good hike is another way to enjoy being outdoors together, and make sure
you take your camera to capture those great views.
Eating and drinking
You’re going to need to eat and drink during your trip, so it’s worth thinking in advance about
what you’re going to need to take with you. If you’re willing to carry a cool box, you can enjoy
a barbecue on your first day as well as some chilled beers, while cans are also good for
taking with you. You’ll be surprised at the different things you can cook on a camping trip, so
take a look and pack some easy-to-cook items. It’s better to take too much food than not
enough, as being hungry will only make you irritable!
Enjoy quality time together
If you live away from home or you don’t get the chance to spend much quality time with your
father, this can be a great way for you to both reconnect. Now will be the perfect opportunity
to get advice on everything from work to relationships as well as to find out more about
what’s going on in your father’s life. It’s easy to forget that our parents don’t always have the
answers, and might need some advice from time to time too. Use the time you have together
to bond and develop some great memories, you’ll be glad you did when camping becomes
Room for a four-legged friend?
Dogs make great companions for camping trips, so why not bring yours along for the ride?
They’ll keep you company and can be good to have around for hunting or fishing, while also
giving them some beneficial outdoor exercise. This is an idea that’s best kept for trained
dogs, so if yours is a bit on the wild side, they might have to sit this one out.
Let people know where you are
Heading out into the wilderness for the weekend is a fun way to spend time together, but you
have to remember to put safety first. Make sure you let people back home know where you
are and check in regularly with them. Cell service can be patchy in the mountains, to say the
least, so take a GPS system with you in case you get lost or there’s an emergency.
Father’s Day is a fantastic day for celebrating your dad and thanking him for everything he’s
done. Now that you’re older, and even maybe a parent yourself, you can appreciate him a lot
more and enjoy doing more together. Plan a great camping trip to trip for your father and
enjoy spending quality time together this Father’s Day.
You curse moving out of the city for the umpteenth time. Rush hour traffic has turned your comparatively short 12 mile commute home into a snail’s-pace exercise in patience. You wait for your turn to move forward another few feet toward the interstate ramp, phone in hand, scrolling mindlessly through your social media notifications, when suddenly it makes a new, shrill chime.
It doesn’t stop. The catchy tune on the radio is slashed abruptly by an equally, ominous tone. You tap the flashing banner on your phone. Suddenly, everything feels very far away, and very unreal: the message reads “Ballistic Missile Threat Inbound! – Seek Cover Immediately!” You look around to the other cars; almost every driver wears the same terrified face, heads bent down at phones or staring mutely at the radio.
Then the panic starts…
In the Shadow of the Atom
Nuclear attack preparation is once again climbing the ranks of plausible threats for preppers. Out of the dustbin of history, from Cold War-era Mutually Assured Destruction policies between superpowers to today, with the too-real brinkmanship occurring between the United States and rogue, progressively nuclear-armed dictatorships like North Korea.
With the rise and fall of various regimes, and nuclear material being more accessible than ever, there is also the plausible, even probable, possibility of a terrorist group detonating a smaller nuclear device, or “dirty bomb,” in a major population center.
Unleashing the power of a star upon activation, even the smallest strategic nuclear weapons possess stupefying destructive capability: blast wave and heat effects produce devastation and casualties miles beyond the epicenter of the blast. Assuming one is not killed or mortally wounded by either, then there is the simultaneous release of hard gamma radiation that can easily kill in hours or weeks, or if not gravely debilitate a victim, leading to a life ridden with cancer and disease.
Herbs can be very beneficial for your pets for the same reasons they can help you: they are not as invasive nor addictive as pharmacological medications, and they have fewer side effects when administered properly and correctly. As a matter of fact, throughout history, animals have even been known to instinctively consume wild plants and herbs that have helped them with an ailment or illness. There’s even a term for it: zoopharmacognosy.
This primer on herbal and naturopathic aids for your pets will provide you tips that have proven results but sufficient research and planning must be undertaken on your part. Precautions must be taken to avoid accidentally giving them too much of an herb or having it create an adverse reaction if they are on medication or have an underlying health problem.
While veterinarians are good for charting pets health, a downside is pets will often be subjected to expensive blood-work tests and diagnostic workups that run hundreds of dollars, most of the time yielding nothing conclusive…except a bill for you to pay. After some vet visits, you may even feel shortchanged and begin to look at alternative treatments.
Creating Alternative Herbal Treatments for Pets
Most tinctures contain alcohol, sometimes harmful to pets. The way around this is with an infusion, a fancy word for a “tea,” when the herb is steeped in hot water after allowing it to set off of a boil. A primary, basic method of administration is the dried herb. This can either be ground up and added to the food, or placed into a clear capsule and administered PO (by mouth). The latter is how I administer herbs to my pets.
Here’s a chart that will give you some guidance:
Weight of Pet Dried HerbInfusion/Tea
Up to 10 lbs. 1/8 tsp. 1/8 cup
10 to 20 lbs. ¼ to ½ tsp. ¼ cup
20 to 50 lbs. ½ to 1 tsp. ¼ to ½ cup
50 to 100 lbs. 1 to 2 tsp. ½ to 1 cup
Greater than 100 lbs. 2 to 3 tsp. 1 cup
The most important thing is to follow the motto of the Special Forces Medic: “Primum non nocere,” that is, “First I shall do no harm.”Do not exceed either your competence or your confidence. If you have a life-threatening emergency, take your pet to the emergency room. For long-term illnesses or ailments, however, you will have learned something about your pet that vets do not know entirely: true patient history. You must combine what you will do with herbs to your pet’s actions and habits, and the past medical history. Before administering any herbs, here is what you must research:
All of your pet’s medical history (to include medications) and treatments
Idiosyncrasies and precautions specific to your pet (if your dog has canine diabetes, for example)
Idiosyncrasies and precautions specific to the species (dog, cat, bird, fish)
Know your pet inside and out: sleeping and eating habits, weight (to include changes…gains or losses)
Research supplements and herbs thoroughly and individually…for quality, reliable supplier, and price
While homeopathy uses herbs in the preparation of some of its medicines, it should not be confused with herbal medicine. The rationale of use, the indications and the mode of action are very different in many cases.
Community colleges and county extension offices will offer classes on herbs and also on first aid for pets. Your local library will have many books on pets, herbs, and holistic health care: study up on them. Seek out those you know with experience in these areas and learn from them.
In a future article, we’ll cover specific herbs for pets and indications for their use. Take the time to lay out a plan to address your pet’s ailment not as a problem, but as a challenge that you can both overcome together. JJ out!
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.
Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.
Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.
The following five methods of home food preservation will enable you to not only be frugal (obtaining and preserving bulk foods on sale) but will help you build a food storage inventory (along with your dry goods and other foods).
‘Canning’ is a process in which foods are placed in jars or cans and heated to a temperature that destroys microorganisms and inactivates enzymes.
If you’re planting a survival garden this year, this could be one of the most helpful things you do.
It’s a well-known fact that America’s soil no longer delivers the nutrients most vegetables need. You can blame modern farming, backyard overplanting, or even your local soil conditions. The fact of the matter is that each crop season offers your plants and your family less nutrition than before. On one level, you already know your soil needs a boost. You add water and then you mulch.
The time has come: you have decided to become prepared for any situation that life may throw at you. You have decided to prep. And our of all the challenges facing you, one of them is greater than any other: your family.
Out of all the challenges we preppers face, none may quite be so close to home as our loved ones. When it comes to the preparedness lifestyle, even a longtime supportive and loving spouse may suddenly be found hostile to your mindset.
Out of all the challenges we preppers face, none may quite be so painful and detrimental to our prepping as our loved ones.
For almost every story of a man or woman who had a life changing event that turned them into prepping, there is a story of a spouse who didn’t understand or refused to accept this new way of life.
I found myself in this situation once.
So the question arises: what do I do when my family doesn’t support my prepping.
The answer is a fairly simple one. Talk to them.
Today I want to tell you how slowly, over time, I fixed the painful situation that I was in by simply having a serious of honest conversations about prepping with my wife and kids.
So this post is neatly divided into two parts.
First, I answer the question “How do I talk to my loved ones about prepping?” literally.
Second, I discuss how we can answer objections that family members may raise.
Let’s get started.
How Do I Talk To My Loved Ones About Prepping?
The moment has arrived.
You have been convinced that you must prepare for hard times.
This means storing food, learning skillsets. It means changing how you behave financially. It means doing whatever it takes to separate yourself from the herd.
Now you have to tell your family. And not only must you tell your family about your (and their) new lifestyle, you must convince them that it is the way to life.
Here is how I did it.
#1: Prepare A Presentation: If you get up there and start winging it, you are doing your family and your beliefs a disservice. Make no mistake: you are preaching a life-giving sermon. If you are wrong, there are few if any downsides but if you are correct, you will be a savior to many lives.
Prepare a presentation. I don’t recommend it, but take notes if you need to. Have facts and figures. Know what you believe is the biggest threat and tell them why you believe so. Your feelings are rarely enough to convince people that they must change their way of living, so be ready with facts.
Plan what you’re going to say and stick to the plan come what may.
#2: Speak To Their Fears: Not everyone is scared of the same things you are. My wife is terrified of a home invader even though I am not (that’s because I’ve got 4 members of the family, we’ve all got guns, and we can all use them. I pity the fool coming in my home uninvited) so in my presentation, I spoke to her fear.
I told her that if life got bad enough, lone wolves and mobs would probably come looting, robbing, raping, and killing in local neighborhoods.
This is not manipulative! It’s the truth. I simply revealed to her a possible consequence of not being prepared.
You owe it to your loved ones to share with them the full impact of what may come to pass if things get bad enough. If they’re afraid of being alone, speak to that! If they’re afraid of financial hardship, speak to that!
Show them, in a way they understand, what may happen if no preparation takes place. Speak to their fears.
#3: Watch Your Tone: Of all these tips, this one is both the most important and the most difficult to get right.
Remember that you are helping the people you are discussing this issue with.
You are not forcing it. You are not forcing them.
You are offering to help them.
If you approach it in any other way, you will receive hostile feedback because people don’t like to be commanded. Not even your spouse, not even your kids, and not even your friends.
If this conversation about prepping is taking place, remember: you are asking them to prepare for disaster with you. You are willing to do it alone because you think it is right, but you want to do it by their side and with their support.
Be gentle. Be loving. Be kind.
Let your tone reflect these things.
How To Deal With Objections
You gave the presentation like a master orator and were met with silence. Blank stares. Grimaces.
They looked at their feet a lot.
And then one lone voice raised an objection, soon echoed by another. Before you know what to do, those you love have revolted against your measly presentation and your desired preparation.
Your loved ones do not like the idea of you prepping. Here’s what to do.
Listen: You have done your talking. So shut up, sit down, and let them speak.
They will never trust you with their lives if they cannot trust you in a conversation.
Take a moment and read that last sentence again.
Your loved ones probably love you back. And that means that they trust you to listen to their words. So do it.
The listening phase has two goals.
Use their information as fuel for the next phase
When they discuss why you shouldn’t prep, listen to them. Hear them out. They will probably have valid reasons. Maybe they think your fear is unfounded. Maybe they will say that they don’t want to change what is working financially.
Maybe they just think you’re crazy.
But hear them out, learn their objections, and then…
Speak To Their Fear Again: If they bring up objections, then you didn’t speak to their fears enough the first time. Do it again after listening. They will probably bring up points that you didn’t expect or weren’t prepared for.
That is okay.
If you have to, tell them that you don’t know how to respond to their objection. Look up some facts and get back to them. There is no shame in not having all of the information on command.
Do remember two things: first, you are not speaking to your fear. You are speaking to theirs. Second, use facts and figures. Your emotion is probably not enough to win the day.
Hear their objections, speak to their objections.
Be Ready For Feedback: When dealing with their objections, be ready for some stinging remarks. Someone, whether they mean to or not, will undoubtedly say something that hurts your feelings and feels like they are attacking your character.
It’s just the name of the game.
Be ready for your loved ones to say hurtful things. Be ready to be hurt by their lack of support. It isn’t that they don’t love you or don’t support you. It is that they think this is a fad at best and ridiculous at worst.
Be prepared for them to say hurtful things. You owe it to them, to yourself, and to your beliefs to not give up.
Be Gentle: Remember that you aren’t commanding them. You are asking their permission to prep with them. Show your love for them by listening to them, by not interrupting, and by taking on an air of humility.
You don’t know everything, you don’t have all the answers, and you can’t make all the problems go away.
They will appreciate you in the long run if you don’t act like you can do any of those things.
What Do I Do If They Still Don’t Support Me? Be Patient: Rome wasn’t built in a day. If you walk away from the conversation and they still aren’t on the same wavelength, that’s okay.
You did your best. Nothing more can be expected of you. Be patient.
At this point, it’s best to begin to show instead of tell.
Here’s an example I found true one time:
My family wasn’t unsupportive, but they definitely weren’t really feeling the preparedness thing. They were kindly skeptical about it.
One time on a road trip, we had been on the road for hours and I insisted that we were not stopping until we got to our destination. Pee in bottles, starve, I don’t care. We’re making it.
After a few hours, my family was pretty hungry but we were so close (kinda) and I didn’t want to stop. Then my oldest boy remembered something.
“Hey Dad, don’t you keep food around here somewhere?”
I told him where to find my bug out bag that I keep in my car. It’s stashed with granola, some canned foods, and other items that are useful in bugging out. You know the kind.
After my two boys, wife, and I had all gotten something, my wife put her hand on my leg, turned towards me, and said “Well, I guess being prepared does come in handy.”
No one ever gave me another moment of grief about prepping.
All homes need to be equipped with an emergency bag. We never know when we might
need one or when we might need to leave our homes quickly, so it is important to be
prepared and ready for anything. Getting an emergency kit together can be pretty
straightforward, you just need to know what to pack and the best places to get the items. The
good news is that they are pretty inexpensive and easy to find. So there really are no
excuses for not getting your kit together.
Three days, or 72 hours is usually the best time-frame to aim for. So here are a few of items
that you might need, if you’re not sure where to start.
It makes complete sense to have water in the kit. It is what you will need to survive, so as
much as you can fit in. Not only can you drink it, but you can use it to clean yourselves with,
as well as cleaning things like food or cuts. The goal is to aim to pack a gallon of water per
day, per person.
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is really important when it comes to an emergency kit. You might not know
where you’ll end up, especially if there is something like a natural disaster. So it makes
sense to have some supplies to help you care for yourself and for others, until you can get
medical attention, if needed.
Flashlight and Batteries
Being able to see in the dark is important for an emergency kit. Candles and matches can be
a good idea, but generally, for safety, a flashlight is going to be a better option. If you can’t
find a flashlight that is powered by winding it up, then make sure that you have plenty of
batteries spare in your emergency kit too.
Often you’ll only have time to leave in the clothes that you are in. So having a few pieces
stored away in the emergency kit will help, especially if you’re wet and have only left your
house because of a flood, for example. Having some practical and sturdy clothing, much like
the things that froutlet.com sells, can be a good idea. You don’t know how long you’ll be
away from home, so you’ll want clothing that is practical, warm, and comfortable.
While you can go longer without food than you can do without water, to be as comfortable as
you can, some food packed away is a must. Think about some foods that are
non-perishable, and will actually be something that you and your family will eat. Plan for a
few days, and try to get things that won’t need too much preparation or could be eaten cold
(things like tins of beans could work well, for example. Plenty of protein and fiber in them).
This is just a start of the list that you would need. But having a few items packed and ready
to grab is going to be better than nothing.
Before 2017, there was a relatively quiet period for hurricanes. In fact, a decade went bywithout a major hurricane. But all of that changed in 2017, when monster hurricanes Irma and Harvey hit. Due to their unprecedented damage, the 2017 hurricane season became one of the most expensive on record. With nearly 200 billion dollars worth of damage, many were hoping for another quiet lull for this year, but forecasters say otherwise.
Two primary factors are critical for determining how active the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season will be. One is whether El Niño develops and the other is the configuration of North Atlantic sea surface temperatures. When El Niño conditions are present and ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific are warm, the Atlantic hurricane season tends to be less active.
Increased sea levels could also be indicative of more severe storm damage. “Higher sea levels mean that deadly and destructive storm surges push farther inland than they once did, which also means more frequent nuisance flooding. Disruptive and expensive, nuisance flooding is estimated to be from 300 percent to 900 percent more frequent within U.S. coastal communities than it was just 50 years ago.”
The U.S. Could See as Many as 5 Major Hurricanes in 2018
When combined together, these indications could create a conditions perfect for hurricane formations. AccuWeather Atlantic Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski is predicting the United States will see 12-15 tropical storms, 6 to 8 are forecasted to become hurricanes and 3 to 5 are forecast to become major hurricanes.
“According to Kottlowski, conditions are ripe for early season development in the Gulf of Mexico due the warm water already in place in that part of the Atlantic basin.
As for the rest of the season, historical records and the projected pattern suggest the area from Houston to Florida and up through the Outer Banks of North Carolina will be more favorable for direct impacts from tropical storms and hurricanes.
‘Anywhere else along the coast, everybody should still be vigilant and prepare for a possible direct impact,’ Kottlowski said.
‘You should have a hurricane plan in action. In other words: If you had to evacuate, what would you take with you? And if you were staying home, how would you deal with a storm that may knock your power out, may knock your water service out,’ he said.
‘You want to prepare for the worst case scenario – that’s called having a hurricane plan. And the government and local officials do have guidelines on how to create such a plan depending on where you live.’”
Hurricanes are Unpredictable and Preparation is Key
In the United States, almost 40 percent of the population lives in relatively high-population-dense coastal areas, where sea level plays a role in flooding and hazards from storms. With so many living near hurricane-prone areas, it is important for everyone to be prepared.
It is emphasized in The Prepper’s Blueprint how unpredictable hurricanes can be and how this type of natural disaster is truly one of the most difficult emergencies to prepare for simply because there are so many variables to account for. These storms can range from mild to severe, cause wind damage, flooding, and tornadoes. You can be fully stocked with provisions and then your home is flooded in a matter of minutes. For example, before Hurricane Harvey made landfall it was predicted as merely a tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane. In fact, many living in the area did not think much of it in terms of severity and only stocked up on supplies for a few days. Within those few days, it had developed into a Category 4 with 132 mph winds.
Having an emergency plan and some simple supplies on hand can help you get through a disaster unscathed. If you can start gathering supplies now, you won’t have to deal with panic buying or going home empty-handed. This hurricane primer has essential articles with supply lists that may be essential in your preparedness planning.
Here’s how to start!
Have a plan. Making a plan ahead of time will keep you organized and ensure that all of your needs and supplies are accounted for. This short-term emergency checklist is good for getting necessary supplies in place. At a minimum, keep an emergency bag filled with supplies to last for 72-hours. This is good for peace of mind, as well as, in the case of having to evacuate on a moment’s notice. If you want to go “full prepper” you should really have multiple 72-hour bags packed for places where you spend most of your time: the home, vehicle and workplace. This ensures all of your bases are covered. That said, it is also imperative to research and learn about the aftermath of hurricanes.
Get some supplies. You want to create a short-term emergency supply of not just food and water, but critical items that will disappear after a hurricane. Many of the items that often disappear as a result of a disaster are items that protect your basic needs. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, six items disappeared almost immediately due to the shortage of supplies: gasoline, water, food staples, bleach, toilet paper, and home repair items. To ensure you have all that you need, read the 52-Weeks to Preparedness to get prepared for short-term to longer-term emergencies.
Prepare for all family members and don’t forget your pets! One of the reasons planning for emergencies before they occur is so important is that when panic sets in, you tend to forget needs of others like prescription medicines or food for pets. Consider having all members of the household knowing some simple first aid and CPR.
Get supplies to protect your home. Having pre-cut boards and supplies prepped and on hand can save valuable time when you are under a hurricane threat. This checklist for preparing the exterior of the home should be printed out and put in an emergency binder for essential protocols to follow.
Plan for the worst-case – There are consequences to those who fail to prepare for disasters. They are listed in detail in this article and should be read. There are immediate threats that hurricane victims must be aware of and be prepared to encounter. Water contamination, infectious diseases, sanitation emergencies, and looting could all pose a problem for victims of hurricanes. While prepping for hurricanes at the last-minute can be a gamble, it is possible. Here are some tips for last-minute preparations for sheltering in place.
Hurricanes are unpredictable in nature and the 2017 hurricane season was a brutal reminder of how quickly your world can change and have the capacity to level homes, flood neighborhoods and cause massive amounts of damage to communities. Experts are warning communities to prepare accordingly for this season.
Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.
Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals.
Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.
A little while back I read a post over at IfItHitstheFan.com concerning a recommendation on where to spend $900 on survival & preparedness preps.
I love thinking about stuff like this. It is sorta like “What would I do if I won the lottery?”
Back to reality.
There are many people across this great country that are just now seeing the light and beginning there preps. For many of these newcomers the question of where to begin is ever present. Some people are taking things serious and are willing to sink some serious change into their preparations – so I figured I would throw my 2 cents in.
For someone relatively new to the prepping scene and having no purposely stocked supplies – a $1000 can go a long way.
Here are my recommendations:
Food ($350) – this has to be the priority.
Purchase in quantity what you normally eat. A good idea would be to sit down with a notepad and pen and meal plan for 2 weeks.
Remember that there may be no electricity so all food items in the meal plan have to come from the pantry.
Next – take that 2 week meal plan and make a list of all items and use that as your shopping list. If you are able to buy 2 of everything listed – that would be a one month supply.
Take into consideration any supplies such as cooking oil that you may need to complete the meal. Don’t forget about spices and other condiments.
Lastly – do consider shelf life (often on the package) as well as buying store brands and buying on sale to maximize your available funds.