xmlns:og='http://ogp.me/ns#' April 2014 ~ The Prepared Guy

Friday, April 11, 2014

Everyday Survival Techniques

This post is meant to provide you with some ideas to aid you with survival in our current day conditions.  You say you are getting along just fine?  You say that 'survival' only applies to being stranded in the wilderness?  Let me point out some things for your consideration.

Wilderness survival is difficult, takes knowledge as well as practice.  Urban survival can be quite different and requires a different set of skills.  While you won't need to know which wild plants you can or can't eat there are skills that we should be learning and practicing now for when we unexpectedly find ourselves in a survival situation.  Watch Les Stroud for wilderness survival information.  :-)

Start by creating good habits of preparedness.  In order to survive an event that many others refer to as SHTF you need to be always prepared and prepared in all ways.  This takes daily effort and the prepared state of mind to recognize the signs.  You must have a general knowledge of what is going on around you in order to know what you should be preparing for.  I have seen that some people prepare for a specific event.  I am not preparing for any one single even but rather I am preparing for a wide range of possibilities.  If you live in a busy metropolitan or urban area you may want to have specific preparations oriented toward 'bugging-out' regardless of what the emergency is.  If you live in a rural area you may have more specific plans for preparing to survive nuclear fallout.  Most of us can't specifically prepare to survive every possible event all at once.  Thus, a good round knowledge of these survival techniques will serve you well.    My thoughts today revolve around the threat of economic collapse and following civil unrest.  I continually expand my preparations to accommodate more complex and varied scenarios as my level of awareness and ability to prepare increases.

Get your food storage in place first.  Each time you go to the grocery store purchase a few additional supplies.  Ideally you should have at least 3 months worth of the food that you eat every day on your shelves that you rotate appropriately.  After you have accomplished this then concentrate on getting another 3 months worth of freeze dried and/or dehydrated food supplies but don't neglect keeping your 3 months of pantry food stocked up as they get used up.  With the additional 3 months of supplies you can also concentrate on purchasing the foods that you eat everyday like mac and cheese, fettuccine Alfredo, soups, vegetables and bread mixes.  You'll also need supplies like butter and honey powder, flour, milk, salt, cereals and other baking ingredients.  Don't forget your comfort foods.  For us this entails most anything sweet so we have included fruits, brownie mixes, fruit drinks, chocolate milk and the like.  From there I recommend increasing your food storage an minimum of 6 additional months worth of bulk grains and the supplies you need to prepare and season these foods.  For our home these supplies include 5 gallon pails of hard white and red wheat, quick oats, rice, milk, sugar, honey, and black and kidney beans.

Don't forget water storage.  Fill up your used two liter soda bottles with chlorinated tap water and store in a cool place out of sunlight.  Large water storage drums and tanks are available.  You should store at least two weeks of water for each member of your family.  A minimum of 1 gallon of water per person per day will do but preferably two gallons per person per day or more.  Refill these storage containers each year.   Prepare a plan on how you will obtain additional water during an emergency situation.  For me and my family we are able to hike for about an hour to a small spring up a small nearby canyon.  We also plan to travel by vehicle, as we are able, about two miles to a nearby river and use a gas powered water pump to fill a 250 gallon tank in an enclosed trailer.  Also make provisions for water purification and treatment.
There may be the need to protect your family and your supplies.  If you do not already own firearms then you should consider becoming educated about them and training to use them safely and effectively.  Store enough ammunition for an extended period of need and anticipation that it may become scarce.  Just like with your food storage plan on adding to these supplies regularly and as you are able.  Go to the range and practice at least monthly.

Stop using credit cards all together.  It had become a habit in our family to use our credit cards daily.  If and when something happens we may get stuck with these balances.

Pay off all your debts.  Debt is slavery.  For those of us who have debts the best case SHTF scenario would be a solar flare or EMP that would wipe out all electronics and thus theoretically all debts.  Don't count on getting out of debt that easy.  Those who would enslave us will continue to do so even if and when the economy and dollar crashes.  Be sure they don't have a hold on you.

Don't keep your hard earned cash in the bank.  Only keep enough money in your bank account to cover the necessary bills, otherwise use cash for all of your purchases. You need to have a bank account for obvious reason but keeping cash in the bank earning a small percentage of interest in a savings account just doesn't make sense if you ask me.  Consider putting your savings into tangible assets like gold and silver.  I'm talking about 1 oz. .999(9) silver rounds and coins.  If you don't hold it you don't own it.  In most cases your money in the bank only exists digitally and is not backed up by actual cash in the vault of your local bank branch.  Buy a piece of land in the country and some equipment to farm it or other assets that can contribute to your self-sufficiency or help you to produce extra income.  Consider that hyperinflation is knocking at the door and that the prices that you see on most everything at the store are comparatively on sale right now.

Grow a garden in your backyard.  Build a green house. Learn how to do it now not after you really need to.

Catch rainwater.  Use this to supplement your garden watering.  It is not illegal to catch rainwater where I live as long as my home system has less than 200 gallons of storage.  If it is more than 200 gallons then I simply need to register it with the state.

Store fuels.  Storing gasoline can be dangerous so use prudence and be careful.  Firewood, charcoal briquettes, propane canisters, lamp oil, kerosene, are much safer to store. You'll need various ways to cook your food in an emergency.

Store other daily supplies including: batteries and rechargeable batteries, medical supplies, detergents, cleaning supplies, etc.

Build your supply of tools and other essential items.  High quality flashlights, hand tools, spare eyeglasses, and other equipment can make life much easier.  You must have it before you need it, especially if your survival depends upon it.

Expand your knowledge and skills.  Become especially good at something that you can use to help others or barter with.  Learn how to sew and own a good quality sewing machine and supplies.  Learn how to bottle and can foods, own canning equipment and supplies.  Learn how to reload and have the necessary tools and supplies.  Learn where to collect lead from, how to cast your own bullets and have all the right tools.  These are just a few examples.

Secure your home and keep it maintained.  Don't let an emergency come upon you as a thief in the night. Use heavy duty specialty locks and keep your doors locked at all times. Use security films on your windows and glass doors (or get rid of your glass doors altogether). Keep locking window well covers on your basement windows.  If you need a new roof on your home don't delay.  You may not have the chance to replace it later.

Stay healthy and fit.  Life during an emergency will be both stressful and physically demanding, probably more so than even your worst normal day.  Incorporate aerobic exercise with strength building workouts to reduce the possibility of being hurt, to maintain your good health which will allow you to be of service to others.

Buy rural property.  If you can, move away from the big city and urban areas to increase your ability to be self sufficient.  If you can't, or don't want to move, buy some recreation property in a place you love where you can 'bug-out' to in case of an emergency.  Dig a well, plant some fruit trees, a garden and improve your property.  Buy an old trailer and put it up on blocks as a low budget shelter home.  Shipping containers make for great shelters and storage too.

Always carry what you need.  If you don't already, consider getting your concealed firearm permit, train and carry everyday.  Carry a knife, flashlight and spare magazine with you.  Prepare a 'get-home' bag with items you may need in case of an emergency that will help get you back home to your family and preparations.  A cell phone (hardly worth mentioning as even my 13 year old always has her cell phone) and other methods of communication such as a HAM radio are an important part of your survival kit.

By generalizing in your preparations you may not be able to handle a specific situation perfectly but you'll be able to deal with a wide array of possibilities.  If you are not doing something everyday to increase your level of preparations then you are not doing enough.  Consider selling unused items around your home to come up with the additional cash you may need to add to your supplies.  Once you have the basics covered then expand on your preps to include items and training to prepare for more specific threats.

The purpose of this site is to provide you with information about what I have learned, my experience, and what my motivations are as a Prepared Guy. I have always felt driven to be ready for any situation by something powerful deep inside me. Being prepared has always served me well. I feel compelled to help others do the same.
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