Top Tips for Survivalists and Doomsday Preppers

Top Tips for Survivalists and Doomsday Preppers
By Steve McDaniel

  • Don’t Let Prepping Overwhelm You!

As a new or experienced prepper it’s still really easy to start thinking of all the things you might need and how much it’s going to cost. This can be debilitating. The reality is, no matter how much you prepare or how much you spend there will always be more things that you will need to make your prepping even better. It’s an endless goal, so take it in steps. Anything you do is better than nothing.

  • Pay Attention to the Basics!

Sure you can get some really cool things to go in your bug out bag, but if you forget the basics you probably will regret not focusing on it. Think about the things you would need to have to survive 72 hours, then when that’s done look at 1 month, 3 months etc. Also consider you may have to lug all these things around. It would be great to have a water purification system that distills water, but it’d be much more efficient to have 72 hours worth and a simple filter that you can use anywhere? Leave the big items for a more long term bug out location.

  • Keep Important Documents Safe

You should make sure to have copies of all of your important documents such as drivers license, passports, medical information, emergency contacts, marriage certificate etc. If you lose your actual items you are not at a complete loss. Keep these printed, having them on your phone as photo’s is good unless you don’t have power, think redundancy.

  • Have a Plan

In my last preppers meeting the question came up as to where people would go and who would contact who and it was quickly apparent that we need a better worked out plan. We all need to know where to go, you and your family need the same thing. Consider a case where you cannot get back to your home, have a secondary location available. Also consider communication. If cell phones and land lines are down, what then? Is there somewhere to leave a message such as a note on a pole or something less technologically dependent?

  • What Emergency Are You Prepared For?

Based on where you live there are a variety of threats that you may need to consider that is local to you. You need to think of these and build out your prepping plan to cover that. For instance if you live near a nuclear plant you’d need to be prepared with potassium iodide pills vs some place that may have more of a threat of say a biological or weather disaster.

  • What Emergency Are You Prepared For?

What happens if the power goes out? Have you checked your flashlights to make sure that they are charged? Or better yet, do you have a hand cranked flashlight? If you have refrigerated medicine do you know what you’d do if you needed to keep that cold? Do you have means to cook should the power be out for an extended period of time? All of these things are items you need to consider if you are going to be prepared for any emergency.

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