Very few of us will have to deal with surviving a plane crash or surviving a ship sinking; however many of us may have to face more routine survival scenarios such as extended power outages due to storms, etc.  Are you prepared if you have no power for 10 days, or 20 days, or perhaps even longer?  The following are some considerations when it comes to real world survival.

  • Have a workable, realistic survival plan and follow that plan.  Your plan also needs to be adaptable to changing circumstances.
  • Have a sufficient quantity of food and water on hand.  3 months worth per person set aside is a good target goal.  Don’t forget to have extra food available for your pets.
  • Have multiple methods to purify water just in case the situation warrants.
  • Have a workable generator, proper wiring to run the whole house from the generator and sufficient quantities of safely stored fuel to run the generator.  Have a secure method to keep the generator locked down when it’s outside and in use to prevent theft.
  • Keep a sufficient supply of firewood on hand for your fireplace and or wood stove both for heating and for cooking.
  • Keep charcoal safely stored and have a charcoal grill available if you need to grill any meals outside.
  • Batteries, batteries, batteries in proper sizes for your equipment such as flashlights, etc., is a must.  You can never have too many batteries.
  • Sanitation needs must be considered.  Have sufficient toilet paper stockpiled; pages of phone books can also be used as a toilet paper substitute.  If you have rainbarrels outside you can use the water from them to flush the toilet if you don’t have a generator running to provide power.
  • Keep small denominations of spare cash available.  If the power is out and some businesses are open; they likely will not be able to take credit card transactions and won’t take checks.  You will also not be able to use an ATM machine to get cash.
  • Have suitable weapons available for self defense and be proficient in their use.  This also includes sufficient ammo and related support gear.
  • Communications are critical.  Get the most reliable information you can and use it wisely when making your survival decisions.

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  1. Rev says:

    Reblogged this on Free from Tech Life and commented:
    Very useful checklist. I’ve always tried to persuade others it will be a localised problem that catches them out rather than the End of the World. Suppose that’s a little too mundane for some folks.

  2. rsmallory says:

    My thoughts exactly on this subject. I have been trying to get others in my family to acknowledge- I am not a crazy prepper, I just want to be prepared for whatever may come. And no, I don’t mean a literal zombie apocalypse- but just what your talking about here. A storm or disaster that might mean our normal everyday things are unavailable like electricity, a quick trip to the store, whatever. I just want to be ready and am proudly able to say I am.

    • rmactsc says:

      Sounds like you are well prepared. It’s amazing sometimes how those who don’t prepare suddenly realize that most of us who do prepare were right all along when disaster scenarios do occur.

  3. conelrad says:

    Reblogged this on Contra and commented:
    I cannot agree more with several of these points.

  4. JAAYB says:

    Very good check list for the unaware.

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