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The Bug-in v. Bug-out Question

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. With that in mind, a seismic shift went through our prep plans when we came to the obvious conclusion that unless it was BAD, we needed to bug in.

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Preppers: The Emergency Action Plan

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.

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SHTF Survival: The Government and You

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.

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The First 5 Things To Do After a Crisis

In the majority of crisis situations, no matter what the crisis is, you want to do the exact opposite of the mob of people. In other words, instead of running to the bank or the ATM machine, you want to check in with your family and make sure they’re safe. Check out these and other tips for surviving a crisis.

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Throwback Thursday—The Essential Preppers Guide to Packing a Bug-Out Bag

A bug out bag is any bag or container stocked with essential survival items that will see you through any type of emergency or disaster, at least for 24 hours. Usually filled with either water or a way to get safe drinking water, food—like energy bars or MREs—a way to start a fire, copies of important documents and a good knife, but out bag are designed to be a grab and go carry all if you have to evacuate or bug-in at home due to bad weather, power outages or civil unrest. Cheaper Than Dirt! presents its essential guide to packing a bug-out bag. This post highlights the top 10 articles guiding you through prepping for an emergency—earthquakes, storms, flu, zombies, hurricanes and other man-made or natural disasters.

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The Importance of Prepping: Forecasters Are Predicting a Bad El Nino This Year

On March 6, 2014, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued an El Nino watch for the spring and summer of 2014. Occurring every two to seven years, with the last El Nino happening in 2010, experts say we are due and they are calling it a “doozy.” El Nino also brings droughts, wildfires, heavy rains, flooding and landslides in other parts of the States and the world. In March, food prices had already reached a 10-month high due to droughts and most weather experts are claiming that 2014 could be our hottest year yet, with possibilities of 2015 being even hotter. Now is the time to prepare for severe weather events.

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30 Days of Preparing for Spring Storms and the Stinging Heat of Summer DAY 26: Be Ready! National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 25-31

National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 25-31, which gives you plenty of time and no excuses not to be prepared. The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1, while the Eastern Pacific hurricane season starts May 15. Both seasons end on November 30. Hurricanes cause heavy rainfall, flooding, tornados, rip currents and high, damaging winds. Depending on the severity of the hurricane—measured in categories one to five on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale—city officials might make evacuation mandatory. If you live in a hurricane-prone area, keep trees and shrubbery trimmed. When a hurricane watch or warning alert comes through your NOAA emergency weather alert radio, put your bug-out or bug-in plan in place. Whether you choose to leave or stay, you need a plan and supplies for both.

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30 Days of Preparing for Spring Storms and the Stinging Heat of Summer Day 5: Create and Stock a Safe Room

FEMA describes a safe room as a room that offers “near-absolute protection” from winds up to 250 miles per hour, remaining intact, even if the rest of your house or office is destroyed. A safe room can be an already-existing room such as a closet or bathroom reinforced to protect against severe winds due to tornados and hurricanes, or a room build inside the house specifically to be a safe room. Since new construction might be cost-prohibitive for you and your family, you can also designate one room in the house or office as the “safe room.” The main objective is to put as many walls between you and the severe weather event as possible. Read this article to learn how to prepare.