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.
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.
- Important Skills to Have After TEOTWAWKI
- Prepping Skills 101: Bartering and Trading
- Building a Year’s Supply of Food Storage
- Survival Use of Plants
- Give it Up or Grow your Own
- The Only Thing You Need to Survive an EMP
- Seeds for Survival: Saving and Stockpiling Seeds to Grow Your Own Food
- A Heaping Pile of… What to do With Garbage When SHTF
- What is Your Emergency Communications Strategy?
- Animals You Didn’t Know You Could Eat
Do you have a long-term survival plan? Tell us about it in the comment section.