Large overview of prepping for disasters, etc

While I would never say ultimate, this gives the varying levels of disasters and how he suggests prepping. He says quite as few things that @Marjory Wildcraft has already told us about.

Okay, caveat about the comment section for this article. A number of them do not fit the spirit of this forum, please don't bring them across the digital chasm. I posted this article for the information contained in it, not the comments included.


  • Michelle D
    Michelle D Posts: 1,415 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I love how the article addresses the fact that we are not all in the same situation. Being prepared might not look the same for one person as it does for another.

  • karenjanicki
    karenjanicki Posts: 947 ✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for sharing. I think prepping is important for everyone, no matter where we live.

  • RustBeltCowgirl
    RustBeltCowgirl Posts: 1,403 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Michelle D I think part of the problem with prepping is the fact that too many people look at the world view (EMP, war, etc.). Not many look at the micro level. What happens when your personal world/bubble collapses? Are you prepared for that?

  • Michelle D
    Michelle D Posts: 1,415 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @RustBeltCowgirl absolutely! I have so many people that count on me for so much. It makes me think about what I'm relying on and how stable it may or may not be. I have to be prepared to take care of it no matter what circumstances are thrown my way big or small. I'm not by any means where I want to be yet, but I'm working more towards it everyday.

    Another thing that is great about this article it talks about various levels of disaster. And it talks about the financial aspect. Both are important to keep in mind when developing a plan for the "what if".

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,505 admin

    I like that this is split into different disaster scenarios. It is good to be prepared for everything but on the appropriate scale for your family and situation.

    I was impressed that this article actually mentions taking a first aid course. Lots of prepping/survival type articles talk about the necessity of having a first aid kit with all the extras of personal prescriptions, OTC meds and even a first aid book but they leave out the importance of having the skills to use these items.

    Everyone who is considering how to survive following any kind of disaster or emergency situation should take a basic first aid course. Everyone who is capable of doing more (and not everyone is) should up-grade those basic skills.

  • RustBeltCowgirl
    RustBeltCowgirl Posts: 1,403 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Here's a first person account.

    She's pretty no-nonsense. As you can tell from the following quote.

    "So if, like me, you already know that SHTF is more often the collapse of one person’s or one family’s life though illness or hardship or perhaps the end of normalcy due to regional disasters, listen up—there is much to be learned about survival even while you’re engaged in it and it’s time to get cracking!"

  • bcabrobin
    bcabrobin Posts: 251 ✭✭✭

    Our life changes in the blink of an eye! We can't think up everything to prepare for, it would be to overwhelming. But we can do a "I'm ready for it prepare", think basic. Prepare for staying at home, bugging out (going to another location) hopefully one you have also prepared. Have maps - the kind made from paper, not just on your phone or GPS unit. The powers out your phone is going to run out of juice. Teach the kids how it use them. Have meeting locations not out in the open, where your family can meet, if they are not with you.

    We have "Get Home Bags" (GHB) in each of our cars. Many people still call these "Bug Out Bags" (BOB).

    Basic Survival needs for your area - food, water, shelter, protection. Have things you use every day, till this year most people in Texas didn't have winter gear in their prep stuff. Bet they will now.

    Food for 3-6 months or even a year ( how are you going to cook this, keep it frozen, we stay away from frozen, try to keep only shelf food, or freeze dried, dehydrated, etc.)

    Enough water for drinking/cooking is more than 1 gal. per day per person in your group add more for babies and older people. You will need more for washing up, flushing the toilet (if the sewage system is still working in your town.), etc.

    If you can not stay home, will you have a tent, cabin, RV. What do you need for that? You don't want to bug out to the new location and find you left the bag of tent stakes at home. Have back up plans for everything.

    How will you keep your family safe? Even your best friend/neighbor will be trying to take your prep stuff if they are needing it.