Wednesday, January 20, 2016

10 Ideas On Where To Begin Prepping

You may wake up one day and think enough is enough; I want to be ready for anything that comes my way, for the sake of myself and my family. Welcome to the world of prepping and survivalists! Here are ten ideas on where to start.

There is a massive amount of information available about prepping, the hard part is knowing where to start if you are new to it. There is so much information out there that I had to go as basic as possible with this list to try and cover as much as possible without writing an entire book about it. I’ll keep it as simple and broad as possible and let you look into each section more.

One. Research is your friend, and it’s cheap. There is a massive amount of information that you can search out, websites, videos, forums and eBooks. Take your time and digest the information you discover and you will begin to see everything from a different view.

Two. Once you work out where you are in the world of prepping it is time to start formulating a basic plan to cover as many different scenarios as possible. Once you have a plan, then continue to work on it, make sure your family knows their roles and update it regularly.

Three. Work out what you are going to do and where you are going then build yourself a bug out bag or B.O.B. There is a lot of different gear that you will need for this and eventually as you gain more knowledge you will swap out equipment for new equipment. Keep your B.O.B ready to go in a convenient place.

Four. Make an emergency contact list. It may seem obvious but these days we rely on our mobile phones a lot. Make sure all family members have a list of names, addresses and contact numbers of where each person will be and include police stations, fire and hospitals.

Five. As someone new to prepping you may not have an entire bug out plan ready with times, routes, vehicles or locations. Try to establish a basic location where you and your family can go or meet in the case of an emergency.

Six. Choose who is coming with you and who isn’t. It may seem harsh, but in the end, there is only so many supplies and space, and you and your family needs to come first. If you make a plan, then keep it to yourself.

Seven. You can only carry so much gear, no matter how much money you have, but skills weigh nothing and take up no space. Knowledge is power, the more you study and learn the better off you will be in an emergency situation.

Eight. Make sure that everyone in your family is involved and understands what and why you are doing what you’re doing. It’s no good having a plan if you are the only who knows and you get knocked out in the first five minutes!

Nine. Before you decide to start prepping it’s important to make sure that your financial needs are covered. Try to start living free of debt and managing your money. This will enable you to dedicate more money to prepping.

Ten. Get in shape and get healthy. Once the SHTF there won’t be any time to start working out and dieting. You need to be in the best shape you can if you are planning on surviving any length of time on limited resources and long marches.

Hopefully, this list gives you a great place to start and welcome to the world of prepping!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

New Ebooks Added

GTA 05-02-013 HOW TO AVOID GETTING LOST

MCRP 3-02F USMC Survival

SUSTAINING HEALTH & PERFORMANCE IN THE COLD

How To Build A Survival Shelter

Emergency Water Purification

Potable water is one of the more important needs in an emergency situation. According to the rule of threes you can only live three days without it. So you can see how important it is.

There are several ways to make questionable water potable.

Chemicals
You can use household bleach or iodine tablets to kill the bacteria in questionable water. Some of the newer tablets don’t even have the horrible iodine taste.

Chemical treatment only kills microorganisms; it does nothing to remove other possible contaminants like heavy metals or harmful chemicals.

Boiling
Boiling is the basic way to treat your water in the wild. If your water is relatively pure boiling will kill any microorganisms present.

Filtering
Filtering seems to be the most popular method of purification among preppers currently.

There are filters available on the market for every price range. It is a good investment to at least purchase one of the pocket straw type filters. You can spend quite a bit on a filter, but it could be money well spent.

A good filter will remove microorganisms as well as chemicals and heavy metals. Some people filter water that they have treated with iodine to remove the unpleasant taste.

You can make a rudimentary filter in the field by running you water through layers of grass, sand and charcoal. The charcoal will absorb chemicals and unpleasant odors.

Solarizing
One of the more interesting purification techniques being used broadly in the third world is solarizing. I should be clear that solarizing does not completely purify water but is does reduce harmful bacteria quite a bit.

To solarize water you fill clear glass or plastic containers and place them in the sunshine (usually on a roof) for six or eight hours. The UV kills some of the bad bugs in the water.

Clean water will keep you going, even when you have no food, but contaminated water will knock you right down and in a survival situation may even kill you. Be careful about your water source.