In light of the recent chaos in the news, I’ve decided to reprint an article I wrote a while ago for another site. Here it is:
Be Ready for Anything
:In the United States, we’d like to think we’re safe. We’ve got safe roads, ample supply of food, and police to protect us from criminals. However, the times where we’re the most vulnerable are often the times we think we’re most protected. As the saying goes, we’re always only three meals away from a revolution; and in an instant, everything we know can come crashing down.
I’m not saying all this to frighten you as much as wake you up out of complacency. What would you do if Ebola gets worse and starts killing a significant portion of the population?How about the Bird Flu in the Midwest? And even the Pneumonic plague?! What about if a super storm completely annihilates your region of the country or the economy collapses?
Don’t feel bad if you’re drawing a blank. It is really difficult to deal with emergencies on the fly; especially when you’ve lost access to the things you take for granted like safe roads and clean water. Just because you think something won’t happen, doesn’t mean it cannot or will not happen. If you want to survive the worst, then you have to prepare for the worst.
Today, I’m going to walk you through some possible catastrophic disaster scenarios, what you’ll need to prepare for them, and how to survive. Check your tin-foil at the door, because these disasters can actually happen. There’s no FEMA death camps, NWO, or lizard people; just cold hard facts and the unpalatable truth. Now, without wasting any more time, let’s get started.
As much as we like to downplay the risk of a global pandemic; it is frighteningly easy to spread a deadly virus worldwide. With Ebola spreading throughout the world, the idea of millions of people dying in a deadly pandemic doesn’t seem so far-fetched anymore; and it’s not unprecedented in history. In 1918, the Spanish Flu killed 50-100 million people; and before that the Black Death killed approximately 2/3rds of the entire European population.
However the difference between Ebola, the Spanish Flu, and the Black Death is that due to international travel Ebola can spread a lot faster and kill a lot faster. Air planes, boats, and cars are great until one person infects a million just by simply moving from point A to point B. A deadly pandemic can spread overnight and completely destabilize a society in a matter of weeks. Hoping the government is going to save you is not the best idea; if you want to survive an outbreak, you’re going to have rely on yourself.
You would be a fool if you didn’t think that your home was at risk of being destroyed from a natural disaster. Whether it’s a hurricane, earthquake, tornado, landslide, whatever; every region in the world has its own risk of a natural disaster. What’s worse is that due to the changing climates, nature is getting bigger, meaner, and deadlier than ever before. Don’t believe me? Here’s a list of recent super storms and their death tolls.
One Cyclone in Bangladesh killed 140,000 people. Entire towns were sucked away. That is simply mind boggling. Imagine if that hit New York City or Washington DC? Remember, just because that cyclone happened in the “third world” does not mean it cannot happen here. If Hurricane Sandy taught us anything, it’s that you shouldn’t trust the government to help you before, during, or after a catastrophic storm. The best thing to do is be prepared.
Still not fully recovered from the 2008 collapse, the world economy hangs on by a thread. The Euro is in risk of collapse, the dollar is getting weaker by the day, and the Chinese are flirting with a real estate crash similar to ours in 2008. That’s not even taking into account potential cyber attacks that could wreak havoc on the economy.
If there ever was a point in our history for us to fall past the financial tipping point; this is the time. One of the reasons this scenario is so deceptively dangerous is that there are many implications that go with it.
Unable to pay the police or the military, civil order would quickly begin to degrade. As banks collapse, many people would lose all their money; and with that the ability to feed themselves. There would be large swaths of the population angry, hungry, and looking for something to do; which would lead to riots and militias. What are you going to do when you come home to find out that all your money in the bank is gone?
How to Prepare
You’re probably thinking to yourself “Alright, I get that I need to be prepared for the worst; but how do I start?” Starting out, it can really be difficult figuring what do to; but as long as you stick to a few basic principles, you’ll have a pretty good chance of weathering the crisis. Every good prepper needs at least four things: A bug out bag, a bug out spot, access to food & water, and a means of self defense.
You may be wondering what I mean by bug out bag and bug out spot. When I say “bugging out” it means to flee to a safer location. Unless your property is perfectly situated, odds are you won’t want to stay in your home. So when I say “bug out spot” I mean your safe place; and when I say “bug out bag” I mean a bag that is meant to sustain you until you make it to your bug out spot.
You want your bug out bag to be pre-packed and located in either your car or a convenient location that you get to quickly. A good bug out bag will have twelve items essential to your survival.
They are as follows:
A knife for cutting, protection, and shelter building
A tarp for shelter construction
Container for food and water
Rope for building shelters and binding broken bones
Ferro rods and small pieces of paper for tinder to make fire
A flashlight and several candles
A compass for navigation
Several cotton cloths bandages, head protection, etc.
Duct tape for binding and repairs
Canvas needle for sewing and wound care
In a pandemic scenario it is essential that you also include on that list a Person Protective Equipment Kit or PPE Kit. A PPE kit contains essential items to prevent exposure to infectious disease like rubber gloves, surgical masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitation wipes. Even if there isn’t an outbreak, you still want to have this in your bag. A breakdown in society means a breakdown in hygiene; which will inevitably lead to a spread of infectious disease.
Don’t forget to pack a bug out bag for every member of the family, even those with four legs. For pets, you need the essential food, water, blanket, kennel (if possible), and a leash and collar with tags. A bug out bag should be lightweight and easy to carry; so don’t go overboard with the food and water. Remember, this bag is only meant to last for a few days at best. Your bug out spot is your ultimate goal.
Before everything goes to hell in a hand basket, make sure to plan your evacuation route. Practice your evacuation until you can do it in your sleep; when things go wrong, practice and let habit take over. Make sure everyone in the family, pets included, participate.
Should you get stuck on your way to your bug out spot, there are two easy shelters you can build; the A-Frame Hut and the Lean-To. For this explanation, we’ll assume you have all the things you need in your bug out bag.
To construct the A-Frame; find two trees that are 6-7 feet apart. Take your rope and tie it between the two trees. Lay your tarp over it and either use stakes or sticks to secure the tarp. To construct the Lean-To; tie a rope to a tree and bring it down at a 45 degree angle, stretch your tarp tightly over the rope and secure with stake or sticks. The A-Frame offers more visibility, but less protection from the elements; and the Lean-To offers good protection but poor visibility.
Building the perfect bug out spot requires time, patience, and a lot of effort. Ideally it should be located on a plot of land that’s in an isolated area, where you can grow crops and raise livestock, where you can renew your water supply, and where you can defend yourself.
As always, if circumstances do not permit ideal situations (when do they ever?) make the best out of what you have. If you can’t leave your home and you’re in a populated area, then devise a strategy around it. How you deal with your circumstances is even more important than the circumstances you’re handed.
Obviously it takes time to grow a sufficient food supply to sustain you or anyone that may be with you; which is why it is important to first build a stockpile of food that can last until your crops come in. There are hundreds of websites online that sell emergency foods with a long shelf life. Some foods can last for a decade so even if you don’t have a lot of money to stockpile food, you can still slowly build up your food supply.
You can also purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and can them. If you don’t know how to can food, you can simple guides online to help you out. Believe it or not on the website for the Mormon Church has an excellent food storage guide and it is well worth a look. Canned vegetables can last around 2-4 years and highly acidic foods like tomatoes last for about 12-18 months.
To store water you’ll need to get 50 gallon plastic water barrels that are free of the synthetic hormone BPA. BPA is extremely harmful and can interfere with a women’s fertility. You can indentify BPA free barrels by a number on the bottom of the barrel. It’s called the recycling number and it’s marked with a triangle. BPA free plastic will be marked “1”, “2”, or “5”. If it is marked “7” is has BPA in it. Keep your water barrels off the ground and in the dark to prevent bacteria growth.
Make sure your bug out spot is defendable. In a disaster scenario, there will be plenty of dishonest and desperate people that will try to steal and/or hurt you and your family for what you have. Try to limit the number of places a person could approach your bug out spot. If it’s more than just you, make sure everyone knows how to hold, operate, and clean a gun. In a post-disaster society, defense is everyone’s concern.
With regards to what kind of gun or guns you should have for defense, there are at least three basic weapons you should have. You need a .45 caliber pistol; a 12 gauge shotgun; and a rifle, preferably an AR-15 or AK variant. A pistol can protect you in close range combat; a shotgun will give you the stopping power to drop large attackers and the spread to deal with crowds; and the rifle is perfect for hunting and fending off distant foes.
It’s up to You
I have given you the basic information you need to start prepping; now the rest is up to you. You can read all the guides in the world, but until you start acting nothing will get done. Start off small by stocking up food, and then slowly work your way to more difficult projects.
Whatever you do, make sure you have a plan. The dividing line between those that survive and those that get lost in the crowd is a plan. If you’ve done your research, have a plan, and have done the necessary preparations you will come out of almost any disaster alive.