Understanding and Remembering Prepping and Survivalist Basics
I’ve noticed a couple of things concerning prepping and surviving that people tend to gravitate toward, whether they’re just beginning the building up of their survival supplies and gear, or they’ve been around for awhile, and start to look for ancillary items to include in their prepper stash.
When taking into account your view of TEOTWAWKI or the last days or end times, or if your goal is to prep for a shorter period of time, such as two weeks to a month, the focus will still have to be on the same items to include in your bug out bag or place of safety you have in mind to ride out the situation.
Depending on whether it’s a natural disaster or a breakdown of society, you’ll either stay in your current residence if you can, or to a predetermined place you’ve stored things at.
Whatever it ends up being concerning living and surviving during the emergency situation, these should be the foundation of all preparation for TEOTWAWKI, or something that only last for a week to two weeks: food, water, shelter, medical, self defense, light source and fire. Always remind yourself to think of necessities first and always.
By light source I mean some type of flashlight or similar gadget to allow you to see things at night or early in the morning if the electric grid goes down. For fire, that could also mean a source of heat that is fueled by propane or some other source; although it also should include matches or other tools that can be used to spark a fire.
Most of us need to stick completely to these basics, and not get tempted to add a significant number of gear and tools that would weigh us down if we need to move fast. If our plans are to remain where we live, there can be some more leeway to add secondary items to our prepper starter kit and SHTF survival gear.
The time to prepare is now
One key element to successful prepping is to not panic because you think time is working against you. No matter what we do in life, that distorts our plans, and can cause us to make a lot of mistakes because we’re in a hurry or driven by emotion.
This is one of the reasons I created New Creation Civilization, in order to help you prepare for whatever comes your way on the defensive side, and also to look for ways to go beyond defense to a quality offense, where we start to change the world for the better. That means dealing with the challenges, disruptions and dangers we face in this life, while also looking at ways to develop new ways of doing things that help shrink the effect of natural disasters or societal unrest.
For example, look at the limited amount of damage we experience when hit by an earthquake in the U.S., against the damage incurred by a nation like Haiti. Improving our knowledge and applying it to develop safer buildings and homes, is one example of many that learning, developing skills, and a positive outlook on life provide us.
This is one reason I include a lot of videos and articles on New Creation Civilization, in order to give you as much training as you can get in preparation for any disaster that may come your way. There is this survival blog and survival prepper videos that cover whatever it is you need to know for the particular part of the world you live in.
So whether you think it’s doomsday, the end times tribulation, TEOTWAWKI, or are living in the end days, we still need to prepare for troubles that may come our way.
The key is to take the basic prepper list above and start to build a foundation of supplies and skills to face the potential emergencies that inevitably will come.
So whether you’re asking the question: “are we nearing the end of the world,” believe we’re going to get hit by a nuclear bomb or an EMP, or possibly an ice storm that knocks down the regional power grid for a week or two, having the basics covered is by far the most important thing you can do as a prepper.
If you’re just starting out, gradually build up your emergency resources; don’t do things from the idea you can get hit by a disaster at any time. While that’s a slight possibility, it doesn’t help in doing the things you need to do to make it through the situation.
Start where you’re at, work on storing up food and water, have a quality medical or first aid kit around, and figure out the best way to provide self defense for your family. That doesn’t have to be real costly, and it can be done by most people fairly quickly.
Work on a couple of weeks of food and water stored up first, and add to it as you are able. That will cover the majority of situations you’ll ever have to face. Also, if you’re able to, have enough medical supplies on hand if you have a family member that needs a specific type of special care. Insulin would be one of them; although things like being prone to allergies is another thing to consider.
In other words, we all need the basics of life when preparing, but we need to customize our survival gear to reflect our own unique health needs.
Survival life hacks and gear
Another major consideration when prepping for survival, is to think of where you live and what you will have to do to survive within the specific environment you’ll face.
If you live in the mountains of Colorado or Oregon, you’ll have to include gear and maybe develop skills that would allow you to deal with those specific conditions.
You want to think of what you’ll need for camping survival supplies, or a forest survival kit, mountain survival gear, earthquake emergency preparedness kit, and know how to survive outdoors if you’re faced with that.
If you have to go on the move, having shelter in the form of tents, and also a means of staying warm, are vital. I’ve had friends die of hypothermia when working a trapping line and falling into the river they had the traps set around.
It had happened before, but the second time around the person that had saved them wasn’t with them. The first time an electrician tapped into the power lines that went through the area they were trapping, and was able to use that power to warm up the tent they quickly set up to provide some warmth.
That leads to another survival skill: the need to accurately identify the strengths and weaknesses you or your family have to use in case of emergencies. Your survival plan should center around those skills, and in the case of some major gaps in basic skills, they should be developed.
This is where the DIY or do it yourself skills come in. These are important because even with emergency preparedness items or doomsday survival supplies, there can be circumstances that arise that force us to adapt and get creative. Having the basic skills in place allows us to engage in survival life hacks. That can easily happen if some of the things we bought to deal with most situations fail us.
One such thing could be if we have a small heating stove that we counted on to keep us warm if we’re facing very cold weather. If that were to fail, we should have the tools and skills readily available to start a fire. This is the type of thing we can practice and get good at in a relatively short period of time.
Having said that, the key is to focus on the basics. I know a lot of the survivalists types of blogs, websites and videos tend to cater to the experts, resulting in many people giving up on improving their survival skills because of being overwhelmed by how much there is presented by the “experts.”
Also important is the fact that we also need to learn how to properly use and care for the unique survival gear we have available. While it’s a good thing to have some basic do it yourself skills in place, it’s just as important to know how to properly and efficiently use the gear you have.
You first have to identify the essential survival tools you’ll need in the environment you live in, and put together a doomsday prepper list of supplies and learn doomsday prepping tips concerning the best way to use them in your specific circumstance.
The best way I know how to do this is to create a few realistic scenarios and brainstorm with your family how to use your survival gear if certain things happen.
If you want to see all sorts of everyday items that can be used in various situations that may arise, go to the ‘Survival Skills’ section of this blog and take a look at hwo you can use things you have around the house in emergencies.
The key to surviving and thriving in disasters or the breakdown of society (even if it’s temporary and local), is to take into consideration where you live and the unique survival skills, food, water, and gear you’ll need to take care of the family needs.
You’ll want to study a preppers guide to food storage, tips on water storage, what disaster survival skills to develop, what survival gear supplies to buy, and to be sure you have a quality first aid kit on hand to handle the majority of medical emergencies that may occur.
For many, prepper life is their life, but for most, it’s a secondary part of life that isn’t thought through much. That’s a mistake that should be remedied.
This doesn’t mean embracing the outlook or worldview some in the survivalist camp in particular have, in which case they create bunkers, load up on the firearms and ammunition, and in some cases, become conspiracy theorists that can at times, become absurd. Some even prepare for the potential of alien invasions from outer space.
For the rest of us, we should have at least a couple of weeks of food and water stored away for our families, and if able to, up to a year.
My thought is if things get so bad that it requires more than a year of food and water supply, it would take an enormous amount of self-defense to protect it anyhow, as it would probably come about from the collapse of society, not a natural disaster.
So we should define the most probable emergencies or disasters we may face, and the survival gear, skills and storage needed to ride them out if access to food, water and medical care is suspended.
When tempted with adding all sorts of survival gear to our prepping arsenal, be sure not to lose track of the essentials, which can be easily neglected and lost because of the interesting, but many times, unnecessary, ancillary products that attract our interest and attention.
Whether a prepping or survivalist pro, or just a beginner, be sure the basic foundation is or remains in place, before adding more of the fun stuff to your survival prepping gear.