The grid has gone down, there’s no power, once loving societies have turned on each other and the world is in chaos. Are you prepared for this scenario? If not we’ve put this list together to help you get there.
Now it should be known that this isn’t gospel when it comes to prepping in every situation. Odds are that you live in a different part of the world from 90% of other preppers, and there are some things that you’re going to need to do differently to ensure that your family is taken care of. But this list is a great start to giving you an outline to go by. In this article you’ll be given a checklist of items and plans that, as a prepper, you should keep fully stocked at ALL TIMES.
1. Have an Escape Plan (Go Bag/Rally Point)
When the world is falling apart around you and you’re in the state of mind that you don’t know what to do, that is when you’ll make the biggest mistakes. So you’re safest bet is to have plans in place to mitigate this risk and get your family to safety as quickly as possible.
This plan will differ among the prepper community, you’ll need to decide if when the stuff hits that fan (SHTF) whether you’ll be a person who “bugs in” or “bugs out”. Either one is perfect as long as you know what you’re doing. If you are new to this world then the safest path would be to bug out to a secret location that can support your loved ones for a period of time.
This is the ugly side of prepping, but a necessary one none the less. We never want to be put in a situation where we will cause harm to another person. However, if that time comes then you need to know what you’re doing to keep the ones you love safe. A simple martial arts class will do the trick if you need some quick safety and self defense pointers. If you want to take it a step further there’s plenty of courses out there with amazing instructors.
As we said earlier, the act of violence is not something to be sought out, but should not be shied away from. As the term “prepper” implies, you’ll need to be prepared for all scenarios. So brush up on some simple self defense just to get started.
3. Food (Storage)
Now let’s be clear about this, we’re not telling you that you need to start stockpiling food that will last you for decades. This idea of food storage has been taken waaaay too far by popularized shows like Doomsday Preppers and the like. You simply need a few months worth of food for yourself and or your family.
Unless you intend to live out the rest of your days in a bunker then just store what you need. Odds are that you’re going to wind up moving to another location anyway due to marauders or crooks looking for easy food. So don’t waste your time and money on overkill storage. Learn more about disaster preparedness.
4. Water Storage and Filtration
Right behind food, the necessity of water is paramount to survival for any period of time. So it would be a fantastic idea to have systems in place to ensure the supply of water for you and your loved ones. Again we don’t want to go to the extremes of having a decades worth of water stashed in a bunker somewhere, but it wouldn’t hurt to keep a few months worth of water ready in the wings.
To do this you’ll need to either get your hands on a filtration system, DIY or store bought is fine. Or you can just order a few empty drums meant to hold lots of fluid and fill ’em up! Which ever way you choose to go just make sure that the water you’re storing is free from any sources of contamination or anything of the like.
5. Weapons and Ammunition
We saved this topic for the end for a reason, which is that ammunition and guns shouldn’t be the first thing you think of when you’re prepping. It wouldn’t make sense to go and buy a huge arsenol of guns and bullets if there’s nothing for you to protect, right? So let’s not put the cart before the horse in this situation.
Now once you have all of your supplies well stocked and if you think this stash would be a marauders dream come true, then it’s time to lock and load. But until that point just invest your money and time in what will serve the greatest value to you and your family in the immediate future. Unless you’ve trained your family to survive on brass and gun powder, then bullets might be suitable.