What You Can Do Right Now To Prepare For Potential Disasters

Posted: March 8, 2012 in Survival
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Many times  disasters occur without warning.  It could be anything from hurricanes, to extended power outages, to violent crime, to societal breakdown, etc.  It is always best to prepare in advance for potential situations which could occur, rather than be caught unprepared if and when they do occur.

Here are some things I consider important enough to prepare right now. 

  • Stock up on non perishable food and water now.  At least 3 months worth per person.  This also includes a 3 months supply of food and water for each of your pets.  A cool, dry basement is a great place to set up shelving units to hold these supplies.
  • Batteries; yes you will absolutely need them for everything from flashlights to radios.  Stock up on as many as you can.  I keep mine in ziploc bags which are then placed in lots of empty coffee cans by battery size.  Keep your rechargeable and disposable batteries in seperate areas.
  • Maintain your perimeter security by keeping doors, windows and garages locked, walk your property daily to make sure it is secure and use wireless motion detector alert systems.  Big dogs work well also.  Mine is an Alaskan Malamute.
  • Keep your communications gear fully charged including cell phones and 2 way radios.
  • Obtain proper training and get your pistol permit.  Also obtain proper training in the use of shotguns and rifles as well.  Have your firearms and sufficient ammunition available and train on a regular basis with each of your firearms.  There is no such thing as having too much properly stored ammunition.
  • Have a sharp knife, as well as reliable hand tools available.  Also have a sufficient quantity of spare plywood and nails and screws.
  • An 8,000 to 10,000 watt generator is a must, along with a power cord to attach it to your previously installed whole house power outlet and a sufficient supply of safely stored, stabilized gasoline to run the generator. About 20, red 5 gallon each gasoline cans should do it.  20×5 = 100 gallons.
  • Keep well supplied first aid kits available.
  • Have a written survival plan and familiarize yourself with it.

 

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Comments
  1. Great suggestions. Prepare before it’s needed. I know from experience with hurricanes that if you don’t have it on hand before you need it, it’s a gamble to secure it when you need it.

  2. rmactsc says:

    Thanks. Better to be prepared just in case.

  3. phoebe53 says:

    The only thing I might differ on is the “must” need for a generator, they use a tremendous amount of fuel and most people don’t have the capability to store a sufficient amount. I prefer to go with a solar panel, enough power to charge 12v batteries and an inverter, I have a 3500 watt inverter. I have used this method many times and it has always worked for what I needed, it will even run a washing machine but I wouldn’t recommend it because it will drain the battery fast. The other thing about generators is, they make a lot of noise, you don’t want people knowing where you are and that you have power, the noise alone will bring hoards of zombies breaking down your door.

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