The Essential Preppers Guide to Long Term Survival

By Suzanne Wiley published on in Camping & Survival

For National Preparedness Month 2014, we have already gone through the top 10 best articles for how to pack a bug-out bag and what you need to know to get you through the first 24 hours of a major disaster. However, what about dealing long-term?

If you are a prepper or even just beginning—it is more than likely you have enough food, water and supplies to see your family through for a week. Many—not just those who call themselves preppers or survivalists—stockpile food, water, candles and batteries in case a major weather event knocks out power. After all, a major weather event is most likely what will cause you to put your bug-in or bug-out plan in motion. Those who stockpile just for weather know that within days things start to return to normal. After a serious tornado, flood or hurricane, we feel confident that relief and aid workers, utility companies, FEMA and even the National Guard show up to help pass out water, clean up debris, provide shelter and restore city services.

Picture shows a concrete room in the Ukraine after the Chernobyl disaster.

Many scenarios could occur where a week’s supply of fresh water and long-term food storage isn’t enough.

Unless your home is obliterated, two weeks should not be a struggle for the average prepper to feed their family. However, many realize that weather is not the only thing they should be preparing for. Any number of scenarios could occur where a week’s supply of fresh water and long-term food storage isn’t enough.

The next step in being prepared is knowing what to stock and how to deal with long-term survival. Surviving long-term for a prepper is not about driving around in cars or riding motorcycles made from chopped up and found parts looting and robbing others for gas and other supplies, but about being self-sufficient and thriving on your own or in a community of like-minded individuals.

Not only surviving long-term, but also thriving as peacefully as possible takes commitment, planning and determination. Whether it be self-reliance for six months or six years, there are many things you can do now to prepare for an economic collapse, nuclear war, massive civil unrest, pandemic, invasion or even just a job lay off. The following 10 articles are our favorite for how to cope, plan, prepare and thrive during a long-term survival situation.

Do you have a long-term survival plan? Tell us about it in the comment section.

SLRule

Introduced to shooting at young age by her older brother, Suzanne Wiley took to the shooting sports and developed a deep love for it over the years. Today, she enjoys plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (4)

  • Hank Alvarez

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    I’m pretty sure that when it happens, and I think we all know it will, we will have to revert to “Darwinism, the survival of the fittest.” Those with it will survive and the others will perish. Looking at my pain in the ass fellow citizens who think the government will come to the rescue, I wonder how many of them I will have to defend my well being against.

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  • Hank Alvarez

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    There’s a big difference between dinning and surviving. Depending where you are and the available game: rattle snakes and rabbit should be added to the list. I’ve eaten grubs but I’ll look for a bunny.

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  • M square I

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    Teotwawki? Everybody see the world differentially. So, do you want to narrow down the field, a little bit, please!

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    • JD MAK

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      This isn’t some sort of esoteric philosophical exercise. The author didn’t write, “The End Of The World As Suzanne Knows It.”
      Our LIFE EXPERIENCES may not all be the same, but that speaks to our socio-political status and not to the environment itself.

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