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Preppers Always Have a Plan in Place

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If your community gets hit by a disaster, like a hurricane, flood, radiological release, or even an earthquake, how would you and your family fare? Would you join the masses who are left unprepared for such an eventuality? Or, do you have the supplies and knowledge that would allow for you to survive? Has your pantry been carefully stocked? Do you have a plan for retrieving and purifying water? Do you have an energy source? In other words, are you prepared? Let’s take a quick peek at some of the things that you can do to ensure that when something happens, you will be ready for it.

Getting Power

Yes, you can have a generator for an energy supply, but how long will that last and how much gas will you need? What if the power will be out for an extended period of time?

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Another option, and one that is much lower maintenance, is to get one of the home solar kits that are available. These kits have everything that you will need to turn your solar dreams into an actuality. You can even use these to power your home when there isn’t a disaster. What a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your energy bills! When the power goes out for everyone else, your lights won’t even flicker.

Location Matters

If you are a prepper, you will know that where your home is located is of utmost importance. You might want one that is off the grid and will be away from the chaos should there ever be a disaster. So, what should you consider when you are looking for the best prepper property? One thing to consider is access. You will want to find property that is remote, yet can still be accessed with relative ease. You will also need to have access to a water supply that is sustainable and one that has enough storage space for all of your supplies. Security is also a concern. If you are the all-out sort of prepper, you will also want to make sure that the soil will be good for planting crops. Find a place with all of these things and you will have found the ultimate prepper hideaway.

Emergency Kits

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Another great prepper tip is that even if you have the ideal prepper property, you will want to make sure that you have a 72-hour emergency kit. This is also sometimes called a ‘bug out bag’. It can be critical to your survival. These short-term kits will make sure that you are able to be self – sufficient for as much as three days. You might build this kit yourself or buy one that has already been made. Some of the things that should be in it include, but are not limited to:

Have a Plan

You might have all of the gear in place. You might have all of the food and medical supplies in place. You might have everything ready in the event of a disaster. What is the plan, though? Having a plan will help you to do a couple of things. The first thing that it will do is make you consider the current state you are in and what your responsibilities are. The second thing that having a plan will do for you is that it will give you a checklist that can be used to purchase the necessary supplies or to plan on the amounts of things that you will need to have on hand and how many people you are preparing for. All of this is what you will need to know if you truly want to be ready to take on whatever the world can throw at you.

You will also need to have a way to communicate with the world. This might be a two-way or short wave radio or cell phones.

Also, when it comes to plans, make sure that everyone in your family knows the plan and that you have drills to ensure that everyone knows their part in the plan. This will ensure that if there is a disaster, your plan will go off without a hitch.

4 Comments

  1. GregChick

    January 15, 2017 at 12:10 am

    I was in the worst/biggest fire in Calif. history in San Diego in the Cedar fire. Hundreds of thousands acres burned. The National guard, the state and county and dozens of agencies were here, and communication was ZIP! It was the Certs team that was also the Ham Radio club that had ability to unite the efforts and allow communication. Do not forget the Ham Radio folks and do not rely on the telephone and cell towers.
    Thank You, Don Scott and the local communicators that helped.

    • R. Ann

      January 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      x2 – Same a few years ago when the bad tornados hit Tuscaloosa and the I-59 area. Local HAM clubs, groups and individuals working in conjunction with CERT were able to get comms in and out in some of the more rural areas where towers and power were down. (Also, some of the militias and bikers/bike clubs – especially the crossovers – were able to get out to some of the folks, and in some cases even cleared trees and roadways ahead of emergency services or in areas that had a lower priority to help folks out.)

      For some of us with family in that area, the CERT folks were the first contact we had to be sure they were okay.

      HAM has limits and in a world without repeaters will require sky bounce, but it’s not without some real-world, modern-day applications, even with texting cell phones.

      Cheers,
      Rebecca Ann

      • GregChick

        January 15, 2017 at 9:35 pm

        Together we can survive. People need people and good leaders need to lead, followers are fine too. CERTS rocks. Churches can also be “a savior” pun intended…
        Namaste, Greg.

  2. BobW

    January 18, 2017 at 6:13 am

    I’ve read this twice, and tried to find the ‘plan’ piece of this article. Ok, solar is good, as is a viable location, but where is the planning portion of the article?

    In many comments, I have mentioned adding this or that to your big book of knowledge. The book represents the culmination of a person or groups planning. What are the priorities of work when the zombies show up at your secret hunting cabin deep in the Canadian outback (whatever you call the expanse north of the last city)? Its in Tab Z. How do you purify the water you drew from that nasty pond behind the house? That might be a little closer to the front of the indexed plan.

    For anyone who is serious about a self-sufficient lifestyle or disaster preparation, a written plan is critical. There are millions of unknowns you can’t pre-plan, so the base plan must be robust enough to allow adaptation on the ‘how’ the objective is accomplished.

    Is your entire team aware of the written plans existence? Do they all know where its kept? Do you have a backup copy somewhere ‘safer’? Has it been written so your 14yo daughter can understand how to set up a tarp shelter disaster strikes while you and your husband are at work, and the house just burnt down? If it isn’t written in a Ernest Hemmingway’esque fashion, it might be too complicated for those who didn’t write it to understand.

    You included your own version of Rebecca Ann’s excellent ‘pin wheel’ of preparation inside the cover, right? This is your personal tool used to evaluate what you have done, and are planning on getting to.

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    I’ve got to ask. Why is everyone so obsessed with electric power in a disaster? If a real disaster struck, say a tornado, would your first action really be digging out the solar array and setting it up?

    This really isn’t about the author’s article (other than solar being the first thing discussed), so much as the too common mindset that has invaded the preparation community at-large.

    Selco, a survivor of a real SHTF regularly speaks of the seven pillars of survival.

    1) Fire
    2) Water
    3) Shelter
    4) Food
    5) Signalling/Communication
    6) Medical/Hygiene
    7) Defense

    I see fire as a part of shelter. I see defense(security) as far more important than comms. Medical/hygiene permeates everything.

    I know life will be easier with electricity, but I guess I see it as a combat multiplier more so than a core element. You don’t need electricity to survive, but you certainly need water, food, shelter, protection, hygiene, and medical supplies (with associated skills).

    I can defend my island, whatever the cost may be without a set of night vision goggles. Electricity can make many things easier. I don’t attempt to refute its value, but question the priority many have attached to it. If your very fancy, very expensive solar array was hard at work generating power for your off-grid setup, what happens to it once an EMP or CME happen? You have backups in a faraday cage buried in the barn, right?

    Just some things that I’ve been thinking about. I hope Ms. Johnson understands that I’m not lashing out at her in anyway, but trying to drawing attention to a complacency bias I have seen become prevalent in many preparation blogs, sites, and forums.

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