For years we have heard and perhaps even seen “Preppers” getting ready for some “unseen” event. To you and some others this may have seemed crazy, over-kill, not necessary by our standards perhaps?
How prepared are you and your family? Maybe you have meant to get your family secured, get a plan worked out, you know, just in case.
Let’s think about where to start assuming you have not.
The best way to begin is with the basics.
Build a 72-Hour Survival Stash
You may want to start simply by gathering a simple 72-hour survival stash of supplies. This stash forms the basis and core for all your prepping here on out.
Buying a few things as you can afford it will build your emergency supplies quicker than you realize. But, you simply must start, don’t wait! You can buy a few things here and there with the intentions of it going into your supply stash. Before you know it, you will have every single item on your list.
As you build, keep it going until you extend your survival supplies kit. When you get a 72-hour supply, then build to a week supply, then two weeks, later a month, etc.
The following is a basic list outlining items that should be a part of your stash:
- Water – Bottled or jugs of water; purified and ready to drink. A minimum of one gallon per person in your house per day. One gallon per person per day will be enough for hydration, cooking and basic hygiene. If you live in a sweltering area, you will need to plan for and save more. Temperatures cause sweating and lost of fluids.
- Food – You can go longer without food than you can water. However, going without food begins to lower your energy levels and your mind/thinking abilities. Adults need about 2000 calories a day, but, this can be lessened with no severe effects for some time. Choose canned, or pouched shelf-stable food that requires the least amount of preparation.
- Lighting – Flashlights and electric lanterns, candles, and even solar and regular batteries are needed in your stash. Power is generally out during any disaster. Oil or other liquid fuel presents dangers, so be aware of their use and choose carefully.
- Fire Extinguisher – In America alone, losses from home fires reach into the billions of dollars of damage each year. Therefore keeping high-quality fire extinguishers strategically located, where everyone is aware of their location is a must.
- Map and Compasses – Landmarks, street and highway signs, and other navigational landmarks can become destroyed in disasters. Be prepared, keep a map and compass in your stash to ensure you and your family get to safety after disaster hits.
- Additional Clothing – Keep a few changes of clothes for each member of your family in your stash. Choose clothing that is quick-drying, protective, and loose enough as not to hinder movement. Include socks, underwear, gloves, and hats/caps.
- Blankets, Sleeping Bags, etc. Exposure is one of the single biggest killers on Earth in the context of an emergency, so you have to be prepared for dealing with it. Prepare to stay warm and dry.
- Important Documents –A flash-drive, external hard-drive or even a paper file with your most important data should be kept near you in a safe place. Encrypt this information if possible or otherwise protect it to keep your entire identity our of the wrong hands. This includes things such as drivers licenses, passports, deeds, titles, account information, etc.
- Emergency Radio and/or Police Scanner – Disasters usually mean no power for TV or the internet. So you most likely won’t be able to hear news and updates on developing situations unless you have an emergency crank radio or Police scanner.
- Hygiene Items –During an extended disaster, it is essential you keep your body as clean as possible. This is not only for hygiene but also to help prevent getting ill and to keep your morale up. So add a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, foot and talc powder, disposable razors, and sanitary products as well. Keep in mind that water may well be scarce so some rags and a clean 5-gallon bucket for taking sponge baths should also be a part of your stash.
- Tarps – Tarps are an essential item for your stash. Tarps serve as a makeshift shelter, clean ground cloth and can even patch holes in your roof and catch rainwater for drinking. Obtain Tarps with heavy-duty grommets and ensure you have suitable cordage for securing them.
- Basic Medical Supplies – A well-supplied firs-aid kit will be an invaluable tool. Keep one in your stash!! Gauze, aspirin, bandaids, small scissors, anti-biotic cream, Benedryl, and anything you think you will need to treat illness or injury.
Learn Some Medical Skills
Don’t let intimidation keep you from learning a few necessary skills that could mean a matter of living or dying to someone you love. Anyone can learn these skills, and once you learn them, you will feel much better and more confident in your ability to take control of a bad situation. You should start at the beginning by learning:
- The Heimlich Maneuver
- How to Treat Heat Exhaustion/Heatstroke
- Treatment for Frostnip/Frostbite/Hypothermia
- How to recognize and intervene in a Stroke, Heart Attack or Seizures
- Animal/Insect Stings, Bites and Anaphylactic Reactions
- Simple Wound Dressing and treatments.
After you have the basics under your belt, move on to dealing with real trauma. Learn how to treat or at least stabilize:
- Broken Bones
- Head and Neck Injuries
- Major Lacerations
- Penetrating Injuries
- Chemical Poisoning
- Major Burns
Also, make sure you have the right supplies close at hand, both at home and when you are on the go.
Learn and Practice Your Shelter-in-Place and Escape Plans
Don’t wait till the last minute, thinking you can figure it out. You need to have a plan already in place and be practising it often enough you and your family know how you will react.
You may have to choose whether to leave the area as fast as you can or stay put and “shelter in place.” Either way, apply what you have practiced.
Have you mapped out alternatives to those routes and the backup plans for where you will stay if the original methods fail? If you are sheltering in place, are there steps you need to take before the onset of the disaster?
Beef Up Your Home’s Security
Home invasion is a terrifying thing, to say the least. The sad thing is the majority of American homes, including apartments, are dreadfully easy to break into.
There are a few simple steps you can initiate in just a couple of hours to increase the safety of your home. In a week with some diligent effort, you can turn your home into a veritable fortress by doing the following:
Keep all windows and doors locked at all times!
- Upgrade Door and Window Screws, Hinges, Hardware
- Use or Install Anti-Kick Device
- Consider Installing Camera and Alarm Systems
Better quality screws will help resist forced entry from kicking or ramming the doors.
Consider installing anti-kick hardware on exterior doors. One of the best and the most popular is the Door Devil.
Even if home invaders are successful in overcoming and kicking in your door, the time they take doing so could buy time for mounting a defence.
One more thing that goes a long way in security is installing a home security system. Cameras that record and alert you to movement in your perimeter. This system is important enough to work and save toward if you cannot afford one soon.
The ability to see outside your house and your area without exposing yourself are invaluable.
There are many systems from which to choose. Search online for the best one you can afford. Do it now, and you will thank yourself later!!
Keep Safety mobile:
The EDC movement has become something of a trend in the United States and other places in the world.
EDC stands for “everyday carry”, referring to small tools and various supplies that will significantly increase your survival chances in any given situation.
If you pepper spray, a good folding pocket knife, cell phone and perhaps a compact first-aid kit, you’ll be drastically more prepared than 90% of people you meet on the street.
Many preppers choose to carry a firearm as part of their lives to prepare for possible violence against themselves or their loved ones. Don’t forget ammunition! Whatever you bring, should work for you.
Your Business matters:
It is highly doubtful that your business will be tops on your list for worry. However, at some point, after the crisis has subsided, you may want to return to continue your business.
If you are fortunate, perhaps you have a home-based business such as a Compumatrix. With a founder and staff who have not only taken care of themselves and their loved ones but also secured operations on their end. So that once they are back, they can comply with “new normals” and be flexible enough to change with new rules of operations.
It goes without saying there are specific steps one must do to safeguard files and records.
Keep all critical account information, website addresses, passwords, usernames, keys, etc. on jump drives and hardware devices. Make several copies so if one is lost, you have a backup. Of course, keep them in safe places where you can return to them when/if needed.
IF you own cryptocurrency, keep that information to yourself!! This is for your benefit as well as for those you love!!
Your business may need to alter what we think of as normal operations. The “New Normal” will, out of the necessity of survival, be adopted. This could take time so be prepared to be patient. Remember, this isn’t a comfortable situation for anyone involved.
While you are in “waiting mode” find alternative ways to produce income. Consider setting up a temporary store online. Let the entrepreneur spirit in you shine!!
Sell your wares online – https://blogs.constantcontact.com/keep-your-small-business-going-during-a-crisis/
As I mentioned before, this is a great option and a great opportunity. If you haven’t been selling online, now’s your chance to start. Setting up an online store is super easy, and doing so will expand your business beyond your doorstep...
What? You’re not a retail store? No problem. You can always sell gift cards online. And I highly recommend selling them at a discounted price to both help your customers save money, and have something to look forward to…
The place to start is with fundamentals; the time to start is now! Over time your stash and techniques for managing crisis’ will evolve. You will become more aware of how to keep yourself, your home business and your loved ones safe so that you can display this proudly: