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The best way to ride out a storm is to be too insulated to notice it go by. Preparing for the worst is not just about having a giant stockpile of food and supplies or creating a safe-room. It is about living self-sufficiently and comfortably every day so that when the day comes that the power grid goes down or the economy crumbles, the only way you will notice is by reading the news.

When it comes down to it, everyone has the same needs: safety, food, shelter, currency, and medical care. These can be ensured by preparation and knowledge.

Safety

This includes being able to protect yourself in a place and also knowing when to run and where to run to. Securing a home and protecting it is important, but not if it is about to be knocked down by a hurricane. Adaptability and planning for multiple contingencies should be part of any plan. Having somewhere safe to go to and a way to get there is just as important as being armed.

Food

From emergency supplies in a bug out bag to being a self-sufficient hunter and gardener, food and water are two of the top priorities. Stockpiling, gardening, hunting, shopping more frugally, canning, storing, dehydrating, solar cooking, and foraging for food are all skills worth developing.

Shelter

Having somewhere that is safe, secure, and in which you can live self-sufficiently is ideal. If you are limited by living in a small urban space it is harder but still possible with a bit of ingenuity and preparation. A shelter needs to be safe, be away from the elements (alternative heating sources are important), well stocked, and have basic alternative amenities (cooking, water, sewage scheme, living space) available.

Medical Care

At minimum, a first aid kit should always be available. The more it includes and the more knowledge you gain, the more it goes from being a few bandages to a solution for multiple medical emergencies. While times of crisis are often when we need medical assistance most, it is by default also the time when emergency services are at their slowest to respond due to traffic obstructions, infrastructure breakdown, or inability to cope with the magnitude of calls.

Money/Bartering

With the economy in unstable condition and with bankers being accused of fraud becoming the norm, it is easy enough to become wary of both. While keeping enough money in the bank to pay the bills is still a reasonable idea, do not let it be the only option you have. Having nothing but a pile of plastic and checks is of no use when the power grid or the banks crumble. Keeping cash, strong currencies, and tradeable assets such as precious metals or stockpiles of necessary items will help you keep afloat even as the economy goes the way of the Titanic.

Last but not least

Depend on yourself, not the government. The government is a large bureaucracy. It is slow, ineffective, misses people, and has an uncanny inability to meet unique individual needs no matter how basic and common those needs might be. When it comes down to it, would you rather be sitting back barbequing in a warm cabin or standing in line in bad weather waiting for a FEMA voucher only to be told that you can’t get it without the ID currently buried under a pile of rubble?

2 Comments
  1. Love Site, 100%, Vinny.

  2. You missed the biggest thing, water. You need a way to get water, boiled it, filter etc. Food is not important in the short run, but 3 days with out water game over.

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