Posts Tagged ‘Emergency Preparedness’

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.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting and entertaining to read.

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Last night my heavy duty steel shelving units complete with 3 months worth of food and water per person came crashing down as the legs buckled under the extreme weight.  I rebuilt a heavier duty shelving system and restocked everything which took many hours to do.  Luckily none of the food and water supplies burst upon impact with the concrete floor. I share this with my readers so you can learn from my experience. Make sure your shelves, no matter how heavy duty you think they are, really can support all the weight you are looking for them to support.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting and entertaining to read if I do say so myself.

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When it comes to preparing for whatever disasters you anticipate might head your way; everyone needs to have a good survival plan.  The following is my plan.

  • Assess the threat and respond accordingly.
  • Maintain and review inventory of prepped supplies and keep sufficient quantities on hand.
  • Keep small amounts of bills and coins set aside, as funds through ATM’s, etc., may not be available if the power is out.
  • Food and water are top priorities so make sure there is plenty available.  A 3 months supply per person including for your pets is a good goal to strive for.
  • Guns and sufficient ammo are essential for self defense as well as having proper training in their defensive applications.
  • Proper clothing and available medicines should be ready and waiting.
  • Your reliable vehicles should all have full gas tanks and there should be a sufficient quantity of spare 5 gallon gas cans filled and ready for use.
  • Make sure there is sufficient wood and duraflame logs for the fireplace or woodstove.
  • Make sure there is sufficient charcoal available for the grill.
  • Keep communications gear fully charged and ready to go.
  • Have a sufficient supply of plywood and screws in case anything needs to be boarded up.
  • Stay positive and be prepared to adapt as needed.
  • Do not overlook personal security.
  • Have a working generator available with appropriate power cords and fuel.
  • Remember accurate information is critical.

During times of disaster people will become desperate and will resort to acts of violence and desperation.  An outlaw mentality will develop as some people begin to feel that society is to blame and that they are entitled to things which they are not entitled to.

If commerce becomes disrupted you must rely on your own logistics.  Your goal is to survive a disaster in a better position than those who have not taken the time or effort to prepare themselves.  Make sure you know your limitations.  You must know what you are capable of and under what conditions you are capable of performing these tasks in.

On a happier note; check out the following fiction books I’ve written which are all available at Amazon.com.  You can also get a free preview by clicking on the book cover images to the left of my blog posts on my blog page which will take you to the Amazon.com free preview area.  I write in a variety of different fiction generes including post apocalyptic, zombie and horror.  If you like what you see consider reading my books.

Post Apocalyptic Fiction Book I’ve Written

  • American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution
  • American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution
  • American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution
  • American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution
  • American Rebellion Book 5 of the Revolution

Zombie Fiction Books I’ve Written

  • Biohazard Redacted Book 1 of the Zombie Apocalypse
  • Biohazard Redacted Book 2 of the Zombie Apocalypse

Horror Fiction Books I’ve Written 

  • Anthology of Horror

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What is a prepper?  An interesting question and I propose the following answer. A prepper is a person who seeks to be prepared for things that life might throw your way.  A person who is self reliant when it comes to survival, preparedness and protection.  A person who understands the fragility of society and who uses effective reasoning and decision making skills to make sure that they thrive and survive.  A person who is respectful of other people and their property and expects the same considerations in return.   So are you a prepper?

The following is a list of fiction books I have written.  You can get a free preview of my first zombie fiction book or my first five post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my zombie or survival fiction books interest you; then feel free to buy.  Book titles include Biohazard Redacted Book 1 of the Zombie Apocalypse, American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 5 of the Revolution.   

I have three primary first aid kits and I stock all of them the same way.  The first one is my home first aid kit which is contained in a military mechanics canvas tool bag and clearly labeled on the outside first aid kit.  It is kept in a primary location inside my home.  The second is attached to my bug out bag with a Molle quick release system.  That first aid pouch is made by Condor.  The third hangs on the wall near the door leading to the garage for whomever wants to take it with them if they are going out.  It is identical to the Condor First Aid pouch which is attached to my bug out bag.  This would be for use in conjunction to the existing car first aid kits.  My first aid kit contents are as follows.

  • Bandaids
  • Butterfly bandages
  • Gauze pads in various sizes
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Lens Cleaner Wipes
  • Non Latex Disposable Gloves
  • Ibuprofen
  • Benadryl
  • Anti Diarrhea Pills
  • Plastic Tooth Picks
  • Bandage Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail Clippers
  • Sun Protection Lotion
  • Waterproof Bandage Tapes
  • Velcro Finger and Thumb Splints
  • Surgical Dressings
  • Battle Dressing
  • Anti Itch Lotion
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Hand Sanitizer

You can get a free preview of my first zombie fiction book or my first five post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my zombie or survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include Biohazard Redacted Book 1 of the Zombie Apocalypse, American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 5 of the Revolution.

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If a natural disaster strikes; there are some tools every prepper should have around the house for cleaning up; and for getting life back to normal in the aftermath.  Here’s a list.

  • Extension Ladder – Can be used for clearing storm debris off of your roof and gutters.
  • Prybar – For seperating nailed beams or prying up storm debris.
  • Flashlights – For working in the dark or peering into darkened places.  You need to be able to see what you are working on.
  • Shovel – For filling sandbags or digging out of the mud.
  • Wire Cutters – Self explanatory 🙂
  • Bolt Cutters – For cutting through and removing padlocks.
  • Work Gloves – To prevent blisters, cuts and splinters, etc.
  • Workboots – To prevent blisters, cuts and splinters, etc.
  • Axe – For chopping through debris.
  • Chain Saw – For clearing downed trees and branches.
  • Generator – To provide temporary power as needed.
  • Extra Gas – To run the generator.
  • Firearms – For home security to protect you and your family from looters.
  • Two Way Radios – If cell phones or landlines are disrupted they can be used for scouting an area.
  • Complete set of good quality basic handtools such as hammers, wrenches, plyers, screwdrivers, socket sets, saws, along with plenty of spare screws and nails, etc.

You can get a free preview of my first zombie fiction book or my first five post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my zombie or survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include Biohazard Redacted Book 1 of the Zombie Apocalypse, American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 5 of the Revolution.

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If you are anything like me you probably have tons of survival how to books in your library collection at home.  While these are great and informative resources; if you need to bug out you’re not going to be able to take them all with you.  Or if you shelter in place at home you may not have time, during a disaster, to search through these books looking for the how to information you need.  

The solution; keep a small, handwritten survival journal in your bug out bag.  Mine is a lined journal with a durable cover where I have listed all of the how to’s I might need in an emergency.  No commentary, no dribble; just all of the step by step how to information with a reference table of contents set up.  

If I can’t remember how many unscented bleach drops to add with an eyedropper to purify a certain amount of water, or how to start an emergency fire without matches, lighters or a firesteel; all of that step by step information is in there for quick reference along with lots of other survival how to information I might need.  

If you want to know how to do something; write it down and keep it in your survival journal.  Mine is set up with how to topics on water purification, food storage, fire starting methods, treating dehydration, hypothermia, hurricane preparedness, etc.  If you haven’t set up your survival journal take the time to do so.  The information you keep close at hand may just end up saving your life someday.

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