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Getting Started with Survival Preparations

Prepper Gear Laid OutAt a time when there is a clear and present danger for nuclear war, terrorist attacks and weather related emergencies that threaten everyone within the Homeland, the idea of getting started now with your family survival preparations makes good sense. In fact, the old boy scout motto to be prepared is spot on in this day and age when both the government and economy is uncertain and possibly facing disaster. Are you ready when the country or the planet goes to hell in a hand-basket?

Navy Seal Survival Guide BookAnother aspect of survival preparations is linked to having a real plan when real life disasters hit the fan, with many people left wondering “what should I do?” In turn, the best advice is to start a plan now by collecting and organizing the supplies and other resources you will need when the power goes out and the stores are on lock down. Also, a Navy Seal team textbook on survival states that having enough food, water, shelter and physical protection is priority #1 when it comes to basic survival of the fittest at a time when many people are hunkering down and truly preparing for the worst case scenario.

Outdoor Experts Will Have the Edge

At the same time, most outdoor enthusiasts are up to speed on what true preparedness really means at a time when many people could not survive on their own in the great outdoors. While nature is not a threat, the view from leading military survival trainers is that a true national or world emergency will create a situation where those people with outdoor skills will most likely survive. In turn, those people – who are not savvy in living in the outside world – may perish due to either being ignorant or unprepared for living rough in a forest or other outdoor environment.

Government Collapse is No Joke

Imagine sitting down with your family and sorting out basic emergency preparedness that includes how to store and retrieve the food, medicine, weapons and other supplies you will need when disaster strikes your community or the nation. In turn, the conversation must point to the storage now of food and other supplies that you and your family will need if society and its commercial infrastructure shuts down. Also, there has never been a better time to remind family members to make copies of all important personal documents; such as birth certificates, home mortgage and insurance paperwork, family photos and other items that prove who you are and where you come from.

Also, thanks to the many interesting and important online emergency preparedness websites – that offer both survival products and valued data – there is an awakening of sorts in the U.S. and overseas about getting on board when it comes to true emergency preparedness basics.

Getting Your Survival Supplies Sorted

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), there is a massive data base of important survival information that every American should be aware of, and then follow when it comes to basic food and survival gear prep.

For instance, FEMA recommends that all Americans have a basic survival or emergency supply of goods at home to include:

Storage of enough water for at least five days. Water is need for both drinking and sanitation.

– Paper towels, wet wipes, alcohol wipes and garbage bags for personal sanitation use. A portable toilet is also advised since a community water supply may be shut down during a natural emergency.

– Having a supply of nonperishable food that can last upwards of two weeks.

– A flashlight, extra batteries, a battery-powered for hand-crank radio to stay in touch with local and regional government announcements about threats and shelter and survival options.

– A first aid-kit and at least a 30-day supply of any and all prescription meds.

– Lots and lots of duct tape for various survival uses; including the use of this tape and plastic sheeting for shelter and protection against harmful air and water agents released during an enemy or emergency attack. Also, a natural disaster involving flooding or weather related emergencies may require various plastic or other materials to serve as protection from the elements.

– A box of disposable dust masks to help you and family members avoid contaminated air, smoke and other airborne toxins.

– A good tool kit with pliers, wrench and other items to sort out home needs and emergencies when the power goes out.

– Cases of nonperishable food and a manual can opener.

– A file folder with area maps, contact numbers for FEMA and other local and national emergency agencies.

– A working cellphone with a solar charger when the power goes down and does not return as quickly as you would like.

– Extra pairs of glasses and plenty of socks and underwear since local stores will be closed. Also, since laundry will be an issue – due to limits on water – it is always a good idea to have plenty of clean clothing options.

– A case or more of pet food for the cat and dog.

First-aid books and a full first aid kit with pain meds and plenty of bandages.

A survival or edc knife to aid with using supplies and medical kits

Sleeping bags for every member of the family, and extra blankets and bedding when the power or heating system no longer is working.

– A true Army mess kit with plenty of paper products to ensure you can eat and run.

– A box with plenty of paper, pens, pencils, games for kids, books to read and games for family activities when the TV and Internet goes down.

A fire extinguisher because “fires happen,” states a FEMA guidebook.

In general, there is a whole list of must have items that every family needs to have in storage now for true disaster preparedness.

Overall, the view from disaster prep experts is not “if” but “when” a major disaster will strike and result in a grave situation that requires clear heads and enough survival supplies on hand for all family members.


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