#1 – Store Food and Water: Store as much food and water as you can, and store them in multiple places. Have food and water at home and at work if possible. In your daily used vehicle as well. At least three days worth of food and water in your vehicle and at work. Make your home storage of water as mobile as possible. Don’t store all your water in containers too large to carry and load into the vehicle for bug-out. Water filtration devices are the most priceless and beneficial items you can invest in with regard to stored water. You will then be able to drink from almost any fresh water source easily and without worry or delay. Make your stored food supply rotatable and of the foods you regularly eat so this is simple and easy. Store short-term and long-term food. Many long-term foods can be purchased, but go as basic as possible with these for reasons of expense and nutritional value. Opt for main dishes over treats in this regard, so you can spend that money on main nutrition or other preps. #2 – Exercise/Workout: If you are not somewhat physically fit, the mental and physical stresses of a disaster can actually injure or kill you. There is nothing wrong about talking about physical health and exercise when discussing prepping. You body is your first and foremost survival tool. It will have to do a lot more work if you are having to grow your own food and hunt for food, along with all the other daily needs and chores that might have to be done manually. You may also have to fight off evil-minded people to keep what you have. #3 – Learn Martial Arts: You don’t have to envision being some sort of MMA master fighter in this regard, so keep it simple. You can attain any level of capability in this area of prepping that you wish to, through your own efforts and commitment. The main thing is that you learn to punch, block, trip, throw, grapple, and use objects you find lying around as tools of war. You might have to fight a few battles to defend yourself, your family, and you supplies and gear. When this happens, it is not a game, it is war. #4 – Learn to Shoot and Maintain A firearm: Even if you live in a country where you cannot own one, you might be able to take a course where they will have them to show you how they work, how to fire them safely and properly, as well as how to maintain them. In a disaster, many laws may not be applicable. The only laws then, might just be the simple ones found in the natural code of survival where anything goes to defend and protect what is your’s and under your protection. If you live where you can own a gun, then get one before some moron passes a law against doing so or makes it too expensive. Stock up on some ammo, too. It has and most likely will again, become in short supply. Our government here in the U.S. is stocking up. Why shouldn’t you? If they see a need, then there must be something coming down the road of unwritten history. #5 – Grow Food in Your Yard: Having food right in your own backyard is priceless. Having seeds stored for growing food is priceless as well. Knowing how to grow food is a survival skill, because without plant material based food, you will die. The human body needs the nutrition in these foods from the earth. The more food that people grow in their yards, the less food they have to buy, and that frees-up money for other preps. #6 – Raise Livestock: If you have the room for this, at least raised chickens for meat and eggs. Rabbits, too. If you have a lot of room, there are larger livestock you can raise, that will almost feed themselves if there is area for them to graze on natural grasses and weeds. If you don’t have any room for doing this, then at least learn how it is done through books and possibly classes at a farm. Perhaps you could spend a few days at a farm and trade helping out with the daily chores there, for shared knowledge on how to raise livestock properly. #7 – Learn Bush Skills: Not just making fire from a couple of sticks, but also about making pine pitch, finding edibles, building shelters, handling weather extremes, filtering and sterilizing water, making snares and traps to catch food, foraging for food, and more. There are many in-depth classes available all over the world. There are also DVDs on these subject and YouTube videos, but nothing takes the place of the feel and smell of the place you learn from. #8 – Learn About Natural Medicinal Plants: There are hundreds of medicinal plants out there in the wild and it would be beneficial if you are able to identify some of them. There are classes on this that are part of some bush skills classes. There are also books, fold-out identifiers that will slide into your pack, and DVDs you can watch on medicinal plants. This skill may save someone’s life someday if you have this knowledge. #9 – Strengthen and Deepen Your First-aid Knowledge: There are people that go around the country and teach courses on first-aid. There are videos, books, and course in schools that offer knowledge in this area of preparedness. It is important to at least have some level of basic knowledge on stopping bleeding, closing wounds, treating burns and shock, as well as even gun shot wounds. I’m not talking about getting an MD at the end of your name. I’m suggesting a well-rounded knowledge of many first-aid methods for helping yourself or another person even in everyday life if an injury occurs. #10 – Prepare Your Route Away From Population Centers: If you live in or near a large population area, then your best move is to relocate away from that area if a large, long-term disaster occurs. This is the reason for the Bug-Out Bag or Emergency Pack. You can place it on your back and walk or run if you have to and can, over any terrain to a safer area. Less than 5% of the population of this world is a prepper, and of those that prep, maybe 15% are fully prepared. People become mentally critical after three days without food and water. This means they will do whatever they need to do for food and water. Your best bet is to give yourself some distance between you and all those people if you can. You must draw-out and practice multiple routes and learn about intersecting roads between those routes, so if you have to switch-over to another route, it is done with the least delay possible. This is an actual action that is the essence of preparedness. You are not prepared simply by saying so, because preparing is an action that is taken. Right? At least attain maps of your area and areas on your route to show side roads, train tracks, and water sources. #11 – Invest in Survival Gear For All Climates: Here’s where serious money comes into play with prepping and an investment has to be made. Clothing and gear costs a lot of money, but deals can be found. This is also why spending money on too many treats and niceties becomes wasteful. The money spent on preps is something to be prioritized, just like any other budget. The biggest weather prepping is for cold weather. Cold weather could strike even in the summer months if volcanic activity changes the entire climate by blocking out the sun’s warming radiation. See “The Little Ice Age” if you don’t know this. With hot weather, less clothing can create a situation where your body’s moisture is evaporated. Clothing will hold your sweat and cool you, where as bare skin will continue to hydrate and dehydrate, using up your body’s moisture reserves faster. In regards to winter gear prep, I also have snow chains in the truck year-round. If I have to leave in it even in summer, I might be in survival mode for many seasons from that point on. I might have to travel over the mountain roads to safety. They don’t take up much room in the road-tools box. #12 – Pray and Meditate Daily: Maintaining a connection internally with whatever your belief is, will keep you in a more stable state of being. If you are not there when a disaster strikes, then you might start out mentally at the bottom and have to claw your way up and out of shock. If you stay connected mentally and spiritually, then you have a buffer zone of sorts to cushion you from the many negative sights and sounds you will experience in a disaster. Having your God with you at all times, is never being alone, even if you are buried alive and have to find your way out in the dark. Even if your suffer loss of loved ones, you will still not be alone if you keep a connection. Reaching for a connection after the fact is much tougher after something mentally painful has happened. Pray and meditate for 20 minutes a day and carry the feeling and thoughts with you throughout the day. Mentally consider a variety of disasters in your meditations and ask for guidance to know the right course of action or even the strength and calm to take no action. Asking someone so great as God for guidance, protection, comfort, and to lift your heart up is not wrong in anyway, shape, or form. If you don’t believe in this, then some places and experiences in life can be much worse than they have to be and possibly deadly. Never be afraid to ask for help or guidance when you are lost, lonely, or hurting. #13 – Organize a Preparedness Group: Strength in numbers. Not only in the area of security, but also in knowledge. A group of people with a diversity of knowledge in skills can teach each other and become stronger. Your differences of any type are not important. Imagine yourselves as many different kinds of people from different areas of life and profession, sharing the same lifeboat after the ship has sank. You are all surviving and need to get along. There are more similarities between you than differences. Have plans for all kinds of different disaster scenarios that you can all workout together, or delegate each person as the expert in a specific disaster and then teach each other about it in roles that overlap. Try to prevent any gaps in the strength of your group. This group could just be your family unit. Add in your extended family unit, and the group gets bigger and stronger. If you are fortunate to involve your entire block or town, you are so prepared that you can add someone to be the bartender. #14 – Purchase a Bug-Out Location: As a group, this could be split into smaller monetary amounts, but then there are many issues to consider with that type of investment between non-family members. There would be a lot to consider in contracts and liabilities. If you are monetarily able to do this on your own, the more secretive it will be. Even a small amount of land that you can prepare with a cache of food, water, and other supplies is a nice proposition. You can build a cache depository with some laboring of your own, and stock it without anyone knowing this. If you go big, then you will obviously attract more attention and have more people in the loop. If the property has a private road that connects to a main road, then have a means of making it unseen with some kind of camouflage. This can be done in many ways with brush, shovels to continue a ditch, or any means of making the main road appear to continue on unbroken. In the event of major disaster, military and non-military people will be looking everywhere for people and supplies. No road, no people. Sure someone might have a map, but they might not as well, and just be going down every road they come across randomly. If there is no road visible, you may avoid detection and trouble. Avoid trouble as much as possible. Even if you can take out the harmful marauders, other will come looking for them. #15 – Own All-Terrain Vehicles: Why limit your traveling ability? Even if you get yourself a small ATV that you place on a trailer as the next vehicle to transfer to, you are more prepared to continue on if you have to take a rougher road. You might even have to make your own road. This is why we stick to four-wheel drive vehicles around here. One small and one large. One diesel and one gasoline. Some small dirt-bikes are great, too. They get great gas mileage, can go almost anywhere, and can be easily loaded in a truck and tied down. The point is to not limit your ability to travel via only paved roads. Most of the people evacuating an area will be on those paved roads. If you can take a rougher road and avoid all those people and gridlock, you may survive while they perish. Let’s not forget the equine all-terrain vehicle. While they are all-terrain vehicles, they need a lot more love and understanding than mechanical ones. If you have never rode a horse, and think you might need to someday in life, then you might want to take some lessons on riding and care of these beautiful creatures. They have many gears and speeds, but an attitude comes with them as well. NOTE: I could add hundreds of little ways to be more prepared, but if I tell you every little twist and turn, then you will not activate your own consciousness and intellect. You are going to need both to be at a high-level of activity and ability if something devastating happens in the world, as it has happened before to many civilization that came before the present one. The present level of technology will not change the outcome or prevent TEOTWAWKI from happening if it is the future. All anyone person or group of people can do is prepare to handle the world afterwards and utilize what it has to offer. Utilize, don’t analiyze!