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December 11, 2017 in Preparedness

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Global nuclear war, a monster earthquake/tsunami or large-scale terrorist chemical attack: all of these are realistic possibilities in these volatile, uncertain years. Major players on the world’s political stage and small dictators alike all have twitchy trigger fingers when it comes to the nuke button. Tsunamis, earthquakes, floods and raging forest fires are already a part of our everyday reality. It is no surprise, then, that prepping for an apocalyptic scenario has matured from its tinfoil hat, zombie attack infancy to a mainstream subject that merits our attention. Luckily, each and every one of us can take precautionary measures in order to be prepared for any impending doom scenario, should it come.

Food and Water

Not all of us have the resources to build or buy their own high tech survival bunker, but we can all stock up on the essentials: food and water. Without water, there is no life, so having a large, secure supply of drinking water is a must. Water tanks and water filters are a relatively inexpensive investment that may well end up saving your life. When buying your food supplies, a long shelf life is your number one priority. Opt for nonperishable foods that offer you the most bang for your buck. Try to go for items that are likely to disappear first off the shelves if disaster strikes. They will not only keep you nourished but may, if needed, be of great use as valuable bartering items. Do some internet research and you can find a great deal on the web for much of your preparation shopping.

Security

Security is a big concern in any post-apocalyptic scenario. Civility goes down the drain during and after any disaster event, and a certain level of violence is only to be expected. If you don’t end up needing to defend yourself from an attacking army, you might have to guard your supplies against desperate marauders. You can’t build a fully functioning fortress, but you can definitely exercise your second amendment right. A reliable firearm and an ample supply of ammunition should be an integral part of your prepping efforts. Building trust and getting to know your neighbors can be a great advantage in an apocalyptic event, even more so if they are willing and able to prep as well. A neighborhood is easier to defend if everyone is working together.

First Aid

An extremely important aspect of emergency preparedness and survival is first aid: supplies as well as know-how. Brush up on the fundamentals of first aid. Whether it is a live course or an online tutorial, you need to at least master the basics: CPR, wound sanitation and treating an infection. All of this is near impossible without a first aid kit. If you can, avoid buying pre-made first aid kits as they can be overly frugal and expensive. Instead, make your own. This way you are sure to have exactly the items that you want, control the quality, and ensure it is packaged in such a way to grant you the greatest level of accessibility. Cleanliness is not only next to godliness, but is vital for survival and defense against disease and infection. Antibacterial hand wash and soap should be high on your list of survival necessities.

Get in shape

Personal health and fitness are often overlooked when talking about prepping measures. The undeniable fact is that physically fit people are more likely to survive in a disaster scenario. In addition, being in peak physical shape, or as close to it as you can, means that you will have fewer health issues to impede you while being better able to take on challenging situations. Start focusing on your fitness today by doing both cardio and muscle building exercises. Avoiding unhealthy foods and planning your nutrition is the other half of the fitness coin. If you have a hard time committing to a healthy diet and regular exercise, the apocalypse sure is one hell of a motivator.

When it comes to prepping, the old saying rings particularly true: better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. Take your time, educate yourself, do your research, get in shape, stock up. You have nothing to lose by preparing for the worst.

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