I admit, I have been a prepper—to various degrees—for decades. In that regard, my plans have always been to bug out if things got rough. As a former resident of Florida, we always rated things on the hurricane scale. For me, anything more than the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane meant bugging out to higher ground.
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During an emergency panic can easily take over and cloud your thinking, as well the thinking and actions of those around you. Having a plan is only half the battle. After all, having a tourniquet in the right scenario can be a life saver, but you have to know how to apply it; it will not apply itself. The same is true of a plan. If you have not rehearsed it, trying to figure it out in the middle of a natural disaster is a disaster of a whole other kind.
Who can you count on during a SHTF scenario? That depends on the scenario, but when doing your planning there are two at least forces you need to consider. Even in a SHTF scenario, the government will respond, maybe not as quickly as you would like, but it will be there. Second, you will be there.
You’re sitting at work when all of the sudden one of your co-worker’s shouts with a terrible shriek, “Did you hear?” He can see the confused look on your face and explains, “The financial markets just collapsed and everyone’s running to the bank and ATMs.”
Previously, we discussed the bare essentials for survival—food and water. This week’s two rules are “Bugging in means bugging in”
September is National Preparedness Month. Be ready! Have a plan and make an emergency kit. The Shooter’s Log has all the information you need to prepare for disasters.
It’s not if, it’s when.
Bug-out bag, bail-out bag, BOB, 72-hour kit, or go-bag. Whatever you want to call it, the bug-out bag is
On March 6, 2014, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an El Nino watch for the spring and summer of 2014. Named after the baby Jesus by South American fisherman from the coasts of Peru and Ecuador, El Nino is the warming of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the western coast of South America in an area called Nino3.4. This warm water changes wind patterns, in turn affecting global weather. Moreover, this time around meteorologist and scientists are expecting a “doozy.”
National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 25-31, which gives you plenty of time and no excuses not to be prepared.
Water is essential to our survival. Humans can typically only live three days without clean drinking water. Whether a flood or a tornado hits and your city or well water is shut-off or compromised or you find yourself in a survival situation outdoors, you need a way to procure safe, potable water.
In the past, the expert writers at Cheaper Than Dirt! have written extensively on severe spring and summer weather—including an airman who served in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
America is experiencing some of the worst winter weather it has had in four years, affecting millions of people from the Midwest to the East Coast. Hundreds of thousands of families have been without power for up to a week. Ice storms can be devastating, causing enough dangerous conditions to shut down entire cities.
The media portrays the lives of preppers and survivalists on our home televisions with regularity. They usually portray them as being a little off. Some of this is no doubt due to the behavior of the individuals, while the remainder is due to clever editing by the producers. While a portion of the media pushes the average American to think that preppers and survivalists exist on society’s fringes, the government and other parts of the media encourage all Americans to prepare their homes for a catastrophe.
A lot of post-apocalyptic fiction stories start with a massed exodus of people. Whether a nuke has gone off and radioactive fallout threatens, aliens are zapping the cities with invulnerable war machines, or a horrid disease decimates the population, the solution in these tales is always to get the heck out. Know why they do that?
There are some who completely don’t get it, some that over get it, and then some of us who get it, but don’t do too much about it. I know all three types of these people. I don’t know if it is laziness or the fact that I work in a building attached to a warehouse full of survival gear, but I just have not been as diligent about storing up as I should be.
If you are bugging in, fortifying your home from invasion is an important step in your preparations for SHTF. There