by John Bush
You never know when the next natural disaster, grid failure, or major weather event is going to occur. It’s important to be prepared. Especially when living in a society with a food supply chain and critical infrastructure that is incredibly vulnerable. Follow the five tips below while conditions are calm so when disaster strikes, you and your family are prepared for the worst.
1. Save Plastic Bottles and Fill them with Water
After your family finishes a juice bottle or milk jug, clean out the bottle, fill it with water, and place it in a cool dark area like a closet or storage room. Cycle through the water as plastic tends to break down over time. It helps to have a high quality water filter if you plan to be drinking or cooking with the water and it has been sitting for a few months. My family has used this method of water storage and it has come in handy on several occasions as the municipal water supply we were once connected to failed several times. Without the stored water, we wouldn’t have been able to flush our toilet and we would not have had any water for food preparation.
2. Maintain Supplies and Tools for Lighting in a Power Outage
Power outages occur regularly, especially if you are in a part of the country with an antiquated electric grid. Keep a plentiful supply of candles and matches around. Kerosene lamps are good to have on hand as well, but be sure to stock enough kerosene to get you through a lengthy blackout. Keep several flashlights around along with a solid supply of batteries. Flashlights are good to use when you need to navigate a dark hallway or check on your property.
3. Own Firearms and Know How to Use them Safely and Proficiently
When disaster strikes and civil unrest occurs, people tend to do things they may not be capable of when everything is fine and dandy. This includes looting, sabotaging, and even killing. It is of the upmost importance that you and your family are equipped to hold your own should a neighbor or a band of thieves attack. Purchase a shotgun and handgun and learn to use them in defense of your home. Acquire a rifle and learn to shoot with accuracy in defense of your family and property. It helps to learn from a friend or family member or to take a course in self-defense and firearms safety.
Firearms are a very serious tool as they have the ability to take a person’s life. Always practices the four firearms safety rules:
– Always act as if your weapon is loaded
– Be aware of your target and what lies behind your target
– Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire
– Only point your firearm at something you are willing to destroy
Learn to use firearms to defend yourself, your family, and your community, and do so while following the four firearms rules and you will greatly increase your chances of surviving civil unrest.
4. Make a bug-out bag
A bug-out bag is a bag or back-pack which contains the bare essentials that you would need should you have to bug out for whatever reason. Some people call this a 72-hour bag as it should contain enough supplies to keep you alive for 72 hours. Included in the bag should be first-aid supplies, non-perishable foods and eating utensils, tools to start a fire kept in a water-proof bag, ammo for your firearm, a flashlight with spare batteries, spare clothing, cash, and anything else you may need to stay alive and somewhat comfortable for three days. Keep the bag in a quickly accessible place in your home or keep it in your automobile. Each member of the family should have their own bug-out bag.
5. Have a bug-out plan
You never know when a crisis could occur. Some disasters could be so severe that you and your family need to leave your home immediately. It is important that you have a plan as to where you are going to go should you need to vacate your home. Also, if your family or bug-out group members are not in the same place when your crew decides it’s time to get the heck out of dodge, it is important to have a pre-determined meeting place so everyone is on the same page and knows where to go. Make sure your plan takes in to account what the environment might be like in a disaster or civl rest scenario. What will major roads be like? Could bridges be down? Could checkpoints be setup? Pre-stock your bug-out location with enough supplies to last you and your crew a month or longer should you need to hunker down for the long haul. Finally, keep your bug out plan on a need to know basis. You don’t want the authorities or your neighbor Bob showing up unexpectedly.
The world is a dangerous and unpredictable place. There is no better time to get prepared than now. Your life may depend on it!