National Preparedness Month is Here.
If you haven't recently, now might be a good time to access your overall preparedness during National Preparedness Month. With so many reasons to have some of the essentials you'll need on a daily basis at your disposal, it makes sense to take some time to do a needs assessment. Unfortunately, this is something we should all be doing on a regular basis and not just in September. But for those who are fairly new to self reliance and preparedness it's a start.
Most of the time “Preppers” are not thought of as anything more than crazy people preparing for the end of the world by the media as we have seen on television. However, being prepared or prepping is not defined by “Doomsayers” but actually includes over 3 million Americans from all walks of life and from every corner of the country. Why is this you might ask? There are a few good reasons that prepping is growing and it has mostly to do with living a more sustainable lifestyle and getting back to basics while realizing the government isn't going to be there to help when a major disaster strikes.
Amazingly, according to a new survey conducted by the Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation, 55 percent of Americans believe that the authorities will come to their rescue when disaster strikes. We have news for you, FEMA is not going to come to anyones rescue anytime soon if disaster strikes. If we think back to Hurricane Katrina of any other natural disaster in recent memory, or consider some of the potential scenarios including a major financial collapse, It's time to get prepared so you can take care of your own family if need be.
So what are just few of the things you and your family can start to do today? We compiled a short basic list to help you to start to get your “Preparedness” house in order.
Air> Air is the most important thing we need to survive. It is said that you can live “four minutes without air, four days without water, and forty days without food.” So, are you CPR certified? Can you help someone if they stopped breathing? If not get certified. Here is how to get certified
Water > Water is an essential to have on hand. 30 gallons per person (2 gallons per person per day for 1 week). This might sound excessive, but look at your water bill this month! This figure assumes that when at home, you will occasionally want a sponge bath, or to cook something like pasta or rice. You might even wash your hair or clothes, and will eventually flush a toilet. Large food grade 55 gallon plastic drums are ideal for bulk water storage. A good location is in your detached garage. Remember that your water heater in the house is typically 50 gallons, and may be used if your dwelling survives. Additional water may be purchased in single use plastic bottles, and should be stored away from the house or garage. Remember that these water bottles will need to be rotated out since they have a limited shelf life unless water treatment is used. A portable water filtration system is a must. These systems can provide a very high quality of clean fresh water. A good water test kit is also recommended so you can evaluate your stored water on an on-going basis.
Shelter > Where would you go if a disaster struck and left you without your home? FEMA recommends that you know that information now as well as some other important evacuation routes in your area. Do you have a temporary shelter at home that you could use if needed? If not get one and keep it dry and easy to get too.
Fire > We have all seen survival television shows and each and every time lighting a fire is paramount to survival over the long haul. We may need it to keep warm, to cook, to disinfect water, for light and protection. Can you light a fire if needs be? How to build a fire so it will light – survival 101
Food > If you're considering a food storage system at your home, than a food storage calculator is going to be required so you have the right amount to meet your families needs. The type of food you store can vary but it might include canned foods, long term food storage systems to MRE's, grains, legumes and alike canned fruits and veggies from your own garden. Cooking and heating tools for survival incase of a disaster or emergency are easy to use and not very expensive to get. Wondering how much grain to store? You might be surprised. Read more at http://www.preparednesspro.com/do-you-have-enough#u1fS0AHFwQfYJ2vg.99
First Aid Kit > A good first aid kit could save a life during a disaster Make sure you have a good one. Off Grid Survival recommends “30 Things you Should Have in Your Medical First Aid Kits”
Survival Kit > A survival kit is a short term kit of essentials to last you approx three days. It can be kept in your car incase you get stranded in an emergency. > Learn more
BOB or Bug Out Bag > A Bug Out Bag is more of a long term survival kit designed to help you get out of town or “bug out”. It would include all of the above mentioned items to a greater or lesser degree plus much more. Some examples of items included might be weapons, shelter and bedding, clothing, a heat source and tools to name a few. A good example can be found right here.
There is so much more that you can do to get your self prepared both in the short and long term but this will be a good start. Remember the Internet is a great source of information on all things “Preparedness”.
If you start today you will be better off than most Americans are in case of a natural disaster or National emergency.
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Jeff “The Berkey Guy”