Survival and Self-sufficiency
Preppers in the Northeast should prepare for some harrowing weather next week as what is being dubbed as a “perfect storm” is predicted by forecasters and could affect people from North Carolina to Nova Scotia.
According to the United Nations, world grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year.
Hopefully you have a safe place where you and your family can go in the event of a cataclysmic disaster. But there’s no reason you have to be uncomfortable. Al’s Army Navy Store in Altamonte Springs, Fla., can help you live luxuriously when the apocalypse arrives.
One of the cornerstones of preparedness is storing food. No one argues the point of whether food is important. What I have found, though, is that not too many discussions occur about where these rations will be stored.
While the government recommended level of preparedness is currently three days, history tells us that people should really expect to be YOYO (You’re On Your Own) for about seven days.
After a major disaster like the earthquake in Japan or Hurricane Katrina, it takes about three to four days for first responders to get through the rubble and chaos. Then it takes another couple of days for them to deal with high-level emergencies such as those who are dying, rioters, nuclear meltdowns and the like. By the time government and nonprofit organizations can get to the basic needs of you and your family, you will likely find that you have been YOYO for almost a week.
There are all kinds of places to get survival items such as Goodwill Industries, Deseret Industries, thrift shops, estate sales, yard sales, garage sales, fundraisers, pawn shops, flea markets, moving sales and Internet sites such as Craigslist, Half.com, eBay and Amazon.
One of the most important things you can do to prepare for a crisis is to always be learning. I know that sounds like a tough thing to do, but in reality, you can learn new tricks and tips every day.
Building a comprehensive food stockpile is a daunting task, to say the least. I recommend you begin storing basic foods that will enable you to survive during a short-term emergency and then gradually expand your inventory to enable you to survive a long-term emergency.
The closer we get to Election Day, there will be distracters and folks trying to stop you from thinking freely so that the people in charge can stay in charge. Whether you believe in our system or not, you need to believe that you should vote and that every vote counts.
The adage “practice makes perfect” applies to the prepper as much as it does to anyone. In order to stave off panic in a survival scenario, it’s a good idea to be familiar with your equipment and supplies. It’s also a good idea to get a feel for how your body might react.
If you’re caught in an emergency situation, food may be scarce. And if water is scarce but food is plentiful, laying off the food until water is found will delay the effects of dehydration. So it’s a good idea to get a feel for what it’s like to go without food for a couple of days. Fasting is also a healthful way to eliminate toxins from the body.