Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst...

Many people don't know where to start, so they never start at all. No matter what happens, DO NOT fail to be prepared. Your very life will be dependent on it.

Make a Plan There are three things you MUST be prepared for:


Why these three?

The answer is simple. Regardless of which of the three might occur (alone or in any combination) the result is the same. You will be required to rely solely upon your own state of preparedness and the plans you have put in place starting today.

ANY ONE OF THESE THREE will have the potential to trigger the others. Even if they occur seperately, the consequences will be immediate and deadly.

NO ONE ELSE will be available to help you. Not your friends or neighbors, and certainly not the "government" (they're the biggest part of the problem). It is YOU who must be prepared.

Learn what to do and start doing it today!

Make or buy? That's really the deciding question...

Some things can be improvised while others cannot.


Let's face it, with some things you either have them or you don't. Fire can be improvised. Shelter can be improvised. Even clothing. Some survival skills can be learned "on the fly" (It's amazing how quickly you can learn when your life is at stake). This section deals only with those BARE MINIMUM essentials you need to survive, regardless of the scenario you find yourself faced with.

General Preparedness Measures:

  • Medicines, Medical Supplies and Training

  • For true medical preparedness, band-aids or the first-aid kit in your bathroom or car alone just won't cut it. Start by making an inventory list of things you might already have on hand, and immediately begin adding to it.

    Off the shelf - Bandages of various sizes, anti-bacterial ointment and creams, antiseptics, pain medications, allergy medications, collodial silver as an antibiotic, nascent iodine for thyroid protection, vitamins, etc. - all these are things you should have on hand, and in large supply. If you have wives, daughters, mothers, sisters, or any other women in your group, don't forget feminine hygene products.

    If you or anyone in your family require ANYTHING that involves a prescription from a doctor (medicines, glasses, etc.) you MUST start stockpiling those things now. They simply won't be available later (and neither will the doctor).

    Read this article by Mike Adams of NaturalNews.com - you'll be glad you did. Sign up for his free email newsletter and stay on top of what he has to say.

    Concerning doctors and their skills, much of that expertise will become unavailable to the general population in a disaster. The impetus will be on you to insure and secure effective methods of medical treatment. If you or a member of your family do not already have the necessary skill, knowledge, or training to act as a "medical stand-in" when the time comes, you should immediately start making that a reality, with books, online training, instruction manuals or any other way you can think of. You probably won't become a doctor or do any brain surgery, but in an emergency situation you won't be left in the dark either.

    Start thinking about what you would do for serious or life threatening injuries to yourself or your family. Headaches and skin rashes are one thing, but broken bones, serious cuts, internal bleeding, gunshot wounds, and radiation exposure are something quite different. Learn what to do about these, how to prevent them if possible, and make sure you have the supplies and training necessary to deal with them if and when they do happen.

    Free "first responder" and "emergency first-aid" training is available in most cities, at hospitals, fire departments, your employer, and other places. Start taking advantage of it NOW in addition to your own self-education efforts. Don't wait. Start today.

    Here's one helpful link to get you started: The PatriotNurse. Scan through some of the videos to find what you need, and continue with your own research.
  • Communications Capabilities

  • Unless you plan to rely on smoke signals (not advisable) you must have some way to communicate with your family and other trustworthy individuals. I recommend hand-held two-way radios with at least a 36 mile range, and plenty of rechargeable batteries and solar chargers. Make sure everybody has one and knows how to use them. Decide on specific channels to use and set your own security codes for more private communications. Cell phones will likely become unusable very quickly, along with computers & internet connections.

    CB radios, HAM radios, Marine Band radios, and Multi-Band Scanners should all be part of your equipment list. Get them and learn to operate them.

    For "news from the outside world" make sure you have several reliable battery powered AM/FM radios and battery powered shortwave receivers. It would be best to make sure they all use the same batteries as the two-way radios above. If you can afford one and know how to use a shortwave transmitter, that would help too. Just be sure you know who you are talking with and listening to, and can arrange for the power to run it.

    Learn more about protecting your electronic equipment HERE.
    You can purchase what you will need for that protection HERE.

    See the EMP Event page to learn why you must protect these electronic devices.
  • Safe Air, Drinking Water and Non-Perishable Food

  • Remember the "3-3-3 Rule"... 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food... and you will almost certainly die as a result of that deficency.

    >> Safe Air

    Let me start by saying that I am NOT an expert on gas masks, respirators, or biohazard equipment. I do know that in the event of a chemical, biological, or radiological (nuclear) event in your local area, you and your family WILL need to be able to breathe without being affected until you can evacuate the area or until the danger passes.

    Before you invest in any specific equipment for this purpose, BE WARNED: Most "military surplus" items are "surplus" for a reason - often they are defective and have been rejected by the military, but most often because they were deemed to be ineffective for their intended purpose to begin with. Many are damaged and cannot be used effectively.

    You should also be aware that "surgical masks" and similar face covers only protect others from you, and will not protect you from others. Put them in your medical supply stack.

    Good, effective equipment of this type is expensive, but not prohibitively so. Do your research, find a reliable source, and make sure everyone in your group is protected. Do not "cheap out" on this... 3 minutes is all you get, remember?

    Take some time to meet and talk with the members of your local volunteer fire department to get started in the right direction. After meeting with firemen in my local area and testing their equipment, I contacted their supplier and purchased identical equipment.

    >> Drinking Water

    Get a good quality, gravity fed water filtering system, and multiple replacement filters for it. Make sure that the filters can be cleaned to extend their life. Be prepared to collect rain water into plastic buckets to be filtered later. LEARN where fresh water is available in your area, and have plenty of 5-gallon buckets on hand for transporting it. With the proper filtering systems, most sources of fresh water can be made safe to drink. If you're nervous about that, boil it first, let it cool, then filter it.

    Good sources for high quality water filters are Pro-Pur, Sawyer, Katadyn and Berkey. Some are "portable" and some are not. You should make sure you have both. Keep the portable filters in your car and backpack, keep the larger filters at home.

    For a family of four, you will need to be able to filter 3-4 gallons of drinking water daily (minimum - more capacity is ok).

    If the grid power fails, you should have about 4 hours of water available from your tap before it will fail to run (this timing may be much shorter, depending on your location and population density, so be ready). Get a bathtub water storage tank and fill it up ASAP (holds about 100 gallons). For a family of four, that will last nearly a month if only used for drinking. If you have more than one bathtub, get a storage tank for each one and fill them all at the same time. If you do not know what caused the grid failure, filter the water before drinking or cooking with it.

    Never pour out (i.e. waste) water after cooking with it. Drink it or re-use it.

    There will be a temptation to use your drinking water for sanitation. Don't do it. Find a different way to "go". You can figure that out. The cleanest people will die of thirst.

    >> Non-Perishable Food

    Building your food reserves for your family is one of the most prudent actions you can take. No one knows what can or will affect the functioning of society or food distribution. With food reserves, you eliminate the worry. Each week, the attention of the nation is focusing more intensely on families storing quantities of emergency food and water in their homes. Why? In the event of a disaster, the stores will be empty and closed.

    As with all food, the optimum storage conditions are cool and dry (70 degrees Fahrenheit or lower). Prolonged heat decreases the nutritional value. I advise against storing the food in a garage or attic where summertime temperatures can exceed 100 degrees. Cold or freezing temperatures are of no concern. Make sure your supplies are protected from pests. Freeze dried foods sealed in mylar bags stored in airtight and water tight containers are the lightest and longest lasting.

    Regarding shelf life, you want supplies that will last 25 years when food is stored at room temperature. The shelf-life can increase when food is stored in lower temperature or decrease when food is stored in higher temperature. Dehydration and/or freeze drying naturally preserves the food so that 92% of the nutritional value remains intact. Start now, and begin increasing your food supplies at regular intervals. Store a wide variety of foods, but select the foods you and your family like.

    The following are some additional items I can recommend that are both easy and very economical for you to acquire. Quantities suggested are for one person for one year.

    • Store 25 pounds of SUGAR (or honey) for each adult. Sugar is self-storing and generally does not spoil if kept dry. Uncontaminated honey will last 1000 years.
    • Store 200 lbs. of whole WHEAT per adult. Hard white or hard red winter wheat is best. Always avoid storing flour due to rancidity and infestation.
    • Store SALT (10 lbs.) and SEASONINGS in accord with your personal preferences. These are also self-storing if kept dry. Use air-tight glass containers.
    • Store the three primary RAISING INGREDIENTS - baking powder (2 lbs.), baking soda (2 lbs.), and dry yeast (2 lbs.). Replace these according to expiration dates.
    • Store COOKING OIL (2 gal.) - the same brand and the same size bottles that you are accustomed to using. Unopened cooking oil has about a 2-year shelf life. Glass containers are best if you can find them. Rotate your supply (use one/buy one).

    Local Sourcing:
    If there is an LDS Pantry in your area, go there and get started. They can also give you great advice concerning food preparation and storage, and their prices and selections are very good. You can also order online, but the shipping may be expensive.

    Online Sourcing:
    MyPatriotSupply.com - Great prices, great food, and free shipping.
    FreezeDryGuy.com - Large selection, very good prices - 42 years in business.

  • Firearms and Ammunition

  • Rifles, pistols, shotguns... rocket launchers (just kidding). A firearm is a deadly weapon. You can easily kill someone or yourself, so this section is not to be taken lightly.

    Sadly, when one of the three scenarios above happens, you will need firearms for lifestyle preservation and self defense.

    If you don't already have firearms, get some and learn to use them effectively. You don't need "military style" or "tactical" equipment - you need reliable and easy to use. A decent deer rifle with a scope in .308 caliber works just as well as an AR-15 at long range, maybe even better. "Pistol caliber carbine rifles" (9mm, .40, and .45 caliber) are only useful within 50-75 yards. Get some if you like, but make sure that the ammunition required matches what you already use in your pistols.

    Make sure you have plenty of ammunition for each weapon you own, no less than 1500 rounds for each - I recommend much more (7-10x). You also don't have to "go overboard" and buy dozens of guns. You need to be able to defend yourself and your family (and they need to defend you) and go hunting, but that's all. Get the right guns for you and your family first, and invest the rest in ammunition and reloading supplies.

    Rifles are for long range and are your first line of defense (100-500 yards). Small to medium caliber for hunting smaller game, medium to larger caliber for hunting larger game and self defense. Shotguns come second (30-60 yards). Use 410 or 20 guage for hunting birds and smaller game, 12 guage for hunting and self defense. Pistols are a last resort, and are for anti-personnel use only (within 10-15 yards). My dad taught me that the best use for any pistol is to "keep their heads down while you reload your shotgun". Don't buy a pistol smaller than 9mm. I recommend the .357 Magnum for a revolver, and the .40 or .45 caliber for a semi-automatic pistol.

    What kinds, brands, calibers, or models of firearms you buy is up to you. Again, you want reliable and easy to use. Practice often and take classes if you need them to learn what you're doing, and involve your family. I learned to shoot a .22 rifle when I was 9 years old.

    Are you worried that "they" might come for your guns??

    Read this article by Paul R. Howe, a 20-year veteran and former Special Operations soldier and instructor to get a good idea of what is likely to actually happen.

    Basic Firearm Safety Rules:

    • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
    • Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
    • Always treat every gun as a loaded weapon.
    • Know your target and what is beyond it.
    • Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
    • Be sure the gun is in good working order and safe to operate.
    • Understand the proper operation of your gun.
    • Know where and how to properly carry your firearm
    • Only use ammunition designed specifically for your firearm.
As I mentioned above, being "generally prepared" is not only a good thing, but absolutely necessary for those of us who wish to survive the coming disaster. It is equally important for you to understand the specifics of what is coming so that you can take advance action to not only improve your immediate situation but also your chances for ultimate survival.

Continue reading to learn about preparing for the specifics:



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