Murphy’s law states one simple fact – if things can go wrong they will. The media nowadays is full of news of just that. Wars, weather disasters and more. So If things can go wrong what better way to ready yourself than to prepare for the worst. I’ve done the research and narrowed it down to these 5 products that you need to survive any disaster. So here is your prepper’s guide on how to prepare for the end of the world:
1Your bug-out bag:
The one thing you need to get out of any bad situation is your bug-out bag! This is a get-out-quick bag which contains all the essentials like food, water and tools. Make sure you have one ready in case you need to get out of the city ASAP. This is basically an improvised camp out bag. It should hold enough supplies to last at least 72 hours. If you take any prescription medications these should go in the bag as well. Important documents like passports should be kept in your bug-out bag. If you have a spouse or kids make sure each member of the family has their own bug-out bag. Pack light, you don’t want the bag weighing you down.
2A place to bug-out:
So you have your bug-out bag ready, now where do you go to? This is where your bug-out location comes in. This has to be a secret location only you and your family know about. Do your research when you pick out a bug-out location. You need to know how far it is from your home, how long it will take you to reach and how much fuel you need in your vehicle to make the trip. Make sure you scout out areas properly. Choose somewhere off the beaten track but close enough that you can go there frequently to keep it ready in case of an emergency. A good location would be near a forest or mountain with a source of fresh water nearby. It is helpful if the land nearby can be easily farmed, or at least grow a few crops, if you end you end up being there for the long learn.
3Water and lots of it:
What if you can’t get out of the city or you choose stay at home? Then you need to make sure you have the supplies to get you through the storm. You should store at least 1 gallon of water per person per day. Store enough for 72 hours minimum. Why? Because during disasters bottled water is the first to go from shelves and clean water becomes an essential commodity. What if you need more than just a few days of water? Make sure you have a water filter or stock up on bleach and chlorine to filter your own water. You can also improvise and use charcoal to filter water. You should also stock up on large containers to collect and store water, if you have a bug-out location make sure you keep some containers there as well.
4Food, food and more food:
What comes after water? Food! You should store enough for you and your family. Again 72 hours is the minimum. Buy canned goods and bags of dry goods such as flour and salt. Keep these in a cool, dry place. Buy products with long shelf lives. Pasta, dry rice, beans and canned vegetables can last up to 5 years. Cured meats and powdered items like milk, tea and coffee also go a long way. What if you don’t cook or you just don’t have the storage space? There are pre-packaged emergency meals which take up very little space and you can even stock your bug-out bag with these pre-packaged meals.
5A fuel source:
Let’s not forget about fire. The holy trinity of survival – food, water and fire! Keep at least three sources of fire whether you bug-out at home, on the road or at your bug-out location. Matches, ferrocerium rods and lighters are all great ways to start a fire. What about electricity? If you anticipate facing power outages it’s good to stock up on long lasting candles (disclaimer- do not buy scented candles for this purpose!). you could also invest smartly in a generator or solar panels if you live in a hot climate with lots of sunlight daily.
One last thing worth mentioning is to have an emergency medicine kit ready at all times around the house and even in your car. Hopefully after reading our 5 top things to have ready in an emergency situation you are better prepared to face any disaster that comes your way.