Preparedness - First Steps

Discussion in 'Survival Articles' started by survivalmonkey, Sep 2, 2005.


  1. survivalmonkey

    survivalmonkey Monkey+++

    sm.main.sm. Preppers are among the most resourceful and responsible groups of people in the entire world!

    Here in a nutshell are some things you can do right now, with little expense, to increase your security, preparedness and your confidence.

    Make an agreement with yourself to turn to preparedness rather than panic to solve problems- all problems!

    Recognize that your MINDSET is your most valuable resource, and become determined to learn all that you can to support your Preparedness Mindset.

    Discuss your plans with other adults in your household. Ask for their support. Agree on a meeting point near your yard in case of house fire, a meeting point if family cannot get together in an emergency, and a person to call in another area if family gets split-up.

    Save clean soda pop and juice bottles, add four drops of non-scented, plain Clorox, fill them with tap water, and store them in a cool, dark place.

    Using a back pack or suitcase, pack the following in it and place it near the most used door in the house:

    • Food: Energy bars, peanut butter, crackers, hard candy, tea bags, small pack of coffee, and 3+ plastic bottles of water.
    • First Aid: A minimum of 7 day supply of all your prescription medications, Tylenol, Imodium AD, Tums, Pepto-Bismol, burn cream, band aids, plastic wrap, cough drops, baking soda, salt, etc. using water-proof film canisters where needed.
    • Clothing: 2 pr. socks, complete change of clothes, walking shoes.
    • Misc: Hunting knife, compass, towel, plastic bag with dry washcloth, map of local area, list of phone numbers, 2 space blankets, a rain poncho, 50' of twine, wire, Sharpie Pen, pencil and paper, coffee filters, metal cup or bowl, Sewing kit with strong thread and large needles, duct tape, signal mirror, lighters or matches and firestarter, family photos, and anything else you would want to have with you.
    • Copies of all your important papers -- birth and marriage certificates, deeds, titles to vehicles, immunization records, copies of all prescriptions, passport, drivers license, Social Security card, etc.
    These are simple steps, important steps, and may one day be lifesaving steps for you and your family.
     
  2. Jeff Brackett

    Jeff Brackett Monkey++

    Good to see this reminder that, despite what MSM would have you believe, embracing a preparedness / self sufficiency lifestyle doesn't mean that you are trying to prepare for TEOTWAWKI. Rather, it's making sure that you and yours are prepared for the little things that happen every day to people who probably always thought "it can never happen to me."

    It's a mental state that usually begins after something relatively minor happens to you or an acquaintance, and you suddenly realize that it could happen to anyone. It could happen to you.

    Loss of a job - Are you prepared financially to be without a steady income for a few weeks? Several weeks? Months? Do you have food for when you can't afford to buy any?

    Extended illness or death - What if you or a loved one is suddenly brought down by a serious illness? Ghu forbid, what if you lose a loved one, and have to settle their estate, or raise their child(ren), or settle their debt? These thing do happen.

    Tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards, flooding, drought, mudslides... chances are good that every one of us lives in an area that is susceptible to some kind of natural disaster. Are you ready to bug in or bug out with little to no help from the gooberment? What do you have to fall back on when the shelves at your local WallyWorld are empty because the demand has suddenly skyrocketed out of control due to panic, hoarding, temporary breakdown of the supply infrastructure, or simple bureaucratic incompetence?

    If you are one of those folks just beginning to realize that you might not be prepared for some of the crap that Life (with a capital "L") throws at us, and are beginning to enter that panicked state of mind that many of us start with (holy crap, what happens if "X" happens?), then welcome to the club. You have just taken the first step toward self sufficiency. Now, stop panicking, slow your breathing, and start preparing. It's not really that hard, and there are a LOT of good folks here that are more than willing to help. [winkthumb]
     
  3. Jeff Brackett

    Jeff Brackett Monkey++

    Hmm... Just noticed that I replied to a posting from 2005? Don't know why it had just showed up in my stream as a new post, but oh well. Please pay no attention to crazy Uncle Jeff in the corner. He means well. [eek3]
     
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  4. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

  5. Jeff Brackett

    Jeff Brackett Monkey++

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  6. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    I am glad this got revived. This is a nice list that most can gather easily from what is on their homes. I notice some people get overwhelmed when starting out- I know I did but this is a simple step that can blossom from there.
     
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  7. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    Keep that BOB light enough to carry. Dragging one is a bad way to have to start. Our BO plans are three deep--three day bags, three week back packs/heavy packs, and indefinite containers. They hold virtual rooms(kitchen/bedroom/dining/indepth first aid/com/and of course "ole Betsy" and food for them. We use Aluminum military shipping containers. They have big handles and stack well. Usually have bought them for 20-30$.
     
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  8. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    do you have a pic of these containers and wsere they can be purchased? thanks
     
  9. Pineknot

    Pineknot Concrete Monkey Site Supporter+++

    resurrect, i like going over old posts.
     
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