With the current election people on the left and right are worried. They are worried that the opposite candidate will be elected and spin the world into an apocalypse. How will you prepare?
First I would like to say that no matter who you are, political affiliation, religion, or anything else; this next election will have as little impact on your life as every other election has ever had. I have never actually been influenced directly by any president. I have speculated about the Presidential impact in my life. However, that is the best case scenario…. speculation.
The Imminent Apocalypse
I don’t believe there will be a huge crisis. Either way. I am of the belief that the last 8 years will be a direct indicator of how the next 8 years will be. Because I am basing those 8 years on the previous 8 years, and the 8 years before that.
So what is my point? Preparing for the worst over a single event is probably not a good idea. Although being prepared in general is a GREAT idea.
Preparing for AN Apocalypse
So let’s just say that something is going to happen. What next? Prepare for the worst case scenario? No! Because being unprepared is the worst case scenario.
Think for a moment about actual disasters that you have been in, and what you should have done to prepare.
There are 2 situations you should prepare for… Am I stuck? Or can I leave?
Basically, do I have notice, or do I have no notice?
Your Apocalypse Checklist
- Sources of light
- First-Aid Supplies
- Primitive(non-electric) Tools
- Noise Makers
- Water-Proofing Materials
Check List Explained
If you haven’t figured it out by now, you should probably keep some cash in your house. If something does happen, worst case scenario, you will need money. Think about the victims of Katrina. There was plenty of notice, plenty of time, yet still causalities. It wasn’t even because of a false alarm. It was because people were too broke to evacuate.
Several people left and never returned. Those were people with savings accounts. Have the cash to sleep in a hotel room 300 miles away for 2 weeks. Nothing is more reassuring than having that knowledge.
If you can’t afford that, get a tent. Campsites are cheap, and the red cross will help. The more prepared you are, the more help you will get. Living in a campground in Tennessee is way more comfortable than sleeping in the Superdome.
You have to have it. You can go weeks without eating. You will be angry but it is possible. You can’t go anywhere without water, 2 days and you are done.
You should have at least 2 days supply of water at all times. If the power goes out the water supply will be about 24-48 hours behind it. Water can be stored in a pantry. You can reuse the gallon bottles (jug) a couple of times (no more than twice).
You have to eat. You probably eat more than you need to, but you still have to eat. My recommendation is to familiarize yourself with a grill and always have the supplies to cook what is in your freezer. If you are “stuck” you can survive for a long time. Your freezer will thaw in 24-48 hours. If you are in a blizzard, store your food in a snow drift, out of the sun.
Canned or frozen vegetables and a pot on the grill go a long way. Canned keep better, plus you don’t have to open your freezer to get them. Remember open freezers lose cold quickly.
If you have a source of fire, like a grill or a stove, be sure it has plenty of gas. You don’t want to cook with wood. However, depending on your outlook, you may want to prepare for that. If this is a wet environment, you better prepare to dry out some wood to burn in the next 48 hours.
Fire isn’t a light source in a survival situation. It is used for cooking and heat. If you have plenty of wood you could opt for a smaller fire, but remember the wood has a dual purpose. If it is summer time, sleep when it is dark. You will HAVE to wake in the morning.
I recommend storing flashlights and batteries. ALWAYS keep batteries. If you are days into an event, remove batteries from things you no longer “need.” Kids toys, remotes, smoke alarms, and any other thing you have sitting around.
Don’t go cheap on light sources. Get led powered sources. You will want the battery life. Batteries will become more costly than your light source over time if you go cheap.
A small touch light will go a long way. These are cheap and don’t use batteries too bad. They aren’t extremely bright but will work fine with no power.
Head Lamps are also great choices.
Don’t rely on propane-powered lanterns. Gas is made for cooking, not lighting a dark area.
Purchase a kit. Don’t skip this part. You should have one in your car, one in your house, and one in your bug-out bag, one in your diaper bag, and one in your purse.
A small cut can bleed a ton, make you light headed, and cause you to become a liability in a survival situation.
You should have gauze, bandages, OTC medicines, and things to clean a wound. (If you are on prescription medicine you should ALWAYS keep those handy.)
When I hiked, I always had a pocket saw on me. I got made fun of so much for it. I also used it on every hike, and still use it to this day. You should probably have a good knife, machete, shovel, rope and an ax. Since you have a lot of bladed tools, I would like to point out you need to keep them sharp with a whetstone.
Not the party kind. If you are trapped, and I mean really trapped, you need something to make some noise. Most people recommend a whistle. I recommend anything that is loud, annoying, and a sound that you don’t hear every day. Air horns are also a nice choice.
Nothing is worse than taking a bath in a creek and putting on your dirty (now slightly damp) clothes. I had a friend that spent good money on his hiking gear. He had the hat, the gloves, cool shirt, nice boots, and socks. The issue? He only went on hikes for a day. In a survival situation, he would have been in filthy clothes after day one. Then what?
Don’t think blankets are just for the winter. They come in handy all the times. Not only are they good for keeping us warm, they are also good for sitting on objects that are too rocky, or too hot to be comfortable.
Water Proofing Materials
No, I don’t mean caulk. I am referring to making you, and your stuff water proof. A good idea might be a waterproof box. So your house has a roof on it… during a disaster it might not.
A poncho should be first. Then a tarp. Do you remember how I said you may have to dry some wood out to cook with? You cover it with a tarp when it rains, so it stays dry. Nothing is worse than being wet, except for being wet and cold. Well maybe being wet, cold, and ugly. Actually, I guess being stupid, wet, cold, and ugly would be the worst thing to be.
Thanks for Reading,