Surely everyone has thought about a global catastrophe at least once. Indeed, the possibility of a large-scale disaster such as an atomic explosion will worry people. Unfortunately, we cannot prevent a big part of adverse events; however, we can help you get as ready as possible even for the worst scenario.
Keep reading this article to learn how to be all up to face nearly any disaster, prepared. Check out the list of necessary things that will help you Survive Nature (and man-made adverse effects) in any situation.
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Preparing All The Necessary Things For Survival
The topic of survival has recently become quite popular. And is projected to continue. No wonder because we live in a dangerous and unpredictable world. Unfortunately, due to political and environmental problems, we cannot be sure of a happy future. Many people believe that you need to be prepared for any emergency in order to protect yourself and your loved ones. Some people prefer to stockpile necessary products and devices at home, while others build shelters far off their cities. Whichever way you choose, you will definitely need to familiarize yourself with the Prepper’s List for survival.
For you to save time and immediately move on to buying and preparing all the necessary things, we have collected information and summarized the most important items in one list. We will look at all things by categories ranging from water and electricity to clothing and medicines.
1. Provision of Water
The first thing you should consider is providing yourself and your loved ones with water. Make sure that there are enough water supplies in your place of stay or in the shelter that you have built.
How much water will you need exactly? Well, each of your relatives needs about 2 gallons of water a day. You can stock up on as much water as the size of your shelter allows. The optimal period for which you should have enough water is a month.
However, water storage is not as simple and obvious as it may seem at first. It is crucial to think about two factors: the selection of storage containers and water treatment. To store a large volume of water, stationary barrels or tanks are suitable, but you can also use small cans or bottles. If you plan to collect rainwater in the tank, then you will need disinfection devices. You can use heat for boiling, filters, chemicals, or UV sterilizers.
What is more, you will definitely need to heat the water that is stored in your container or tank. For instance, it might be a good idea to use a heating system based on solar energy. Conventional radiators and portable water heaters are also effective.
2. Electricity Production
Obviously, to survive in an extreme situation, every person should provide their home with energy. Initially, it is necessary to consider some energy sources. For instance, you can use gasoline, kerosene, propane, or diesel. We recommend using kerosene, as it is safe to store near a residential place and it can be used for any action from heating to cooking. The most classic and oldest way of obtaining energy is burning wood.
The next thing that is worth considering is the ways of generating energy.
- Disposable Portables
This is probably the most popular type of generator. It is widespread due to its ease of purchase and use. You can buy these generators in a store and quickly recharge any device without which survival is impossible.
- Thermoelectric Generators
This device generates energy due to the temperature difference. Therefore, it will make sense to use this generator if you live in a cold climate.
- Hand Crank Generator
The main advantage of this generator is that it is universal and can be used to charge anything from a flashlight to charging for a tablet or laptop. However, the output power of the generator is relatively small.
3. Food Preparation
In addition to water supplies, you will need to think about what you will eat in the event of a disaster. Of course, you can store a lot of stocks, but they will still be enough for only a few months. To continue living in new conditions, you may have to hunt and fish. For these tasks to be feasible, you need to prepare some tools in advance.
Regarding hunting, you have two main options: you can use the classic weapons that our ancestors used, or modern rifles. Even though a rifle or shotgun may be more reliable and easier to use than a bow and arrows, these weapons have one major drawback — the need to use bullets that will run out soon or later. It is also recommended to use traps for hunting. Moreover, do not forget that fishing is a simple and safe way to get food. Make sure that there is a fishing rod and tackle among your stocks.
You should also think about cooking beforehand. You can choose from a few options that are suitable for living away from civilization. The first one is a wood-burning stove. We recommend using it for both heating the shelter and cooking. If you are trying to find a more environmentally friendly alternative to a wood-burning stove, then we will recommend you to try a solar oven.
This is a simple and portable device that consists of reflectors. In addition, if you use propane as fuel, a fuel furnace is a good option. You can also consider gasifiers, grills, and rocket stoves.
4. Food Storage
We have already mentioned that the optimal period for which it is recommended to stock up on water is a month. This period is also relevant for food stocks. Of course, you should be prepared for the fact that you will have to hunt and grow vegetables on your own, but accumulating food reserves will help you survive during the first days after the disaster.
Choose only those products that have a long shelf life. There is no point in buying perishable products. The most obvious option for restocking is food in cans. Moreover, you can buy numerous packs of cereals, porridge, pasta, and rice. By the way, you can even make stocks of dairy products and eggs in dry form.
We also recommend that you think in advance about what you will plant on your site. Buy various seeds and place them in your shelter along with the rest of the food supplies so you can plant and grow vegetables and fruits.
5. First aid kit
The next point that we will consider is health care in an emergency. You should understand that most likely life after the disaster will be filled with dangers and threats to your health. There are many risks, ranging from the need to extract energy independently and ending with hunting wild animals.
Most likely, you will not have access to hospitals and pharmacies, so you will have to provide yourself with medical care yourself. Fortunately, medicine is extremely well-developed now. Therefore, we advise you to build a first aid kit and buy numerous basic products in advance that can save your life in the future. For example, buy plasters, gauze bandages, tweezers, gloves, and bandages. Two non-obvious items on the list are a dental kit and a snake bite kit. Moreover, if you take some medications on a regular basis, buy a large number of these pills in advance or think about an alternative.
Unfortunately, we cannot predict how the people around us will behave in an emergency. Probably, since you are interested in the topic of survival and this prepper’s list, then you will be well-prepared for any scenario. You may have a haven, plenty of supplies, power generators, and other amenities, while most people may be left without all the things mentioned above.
We advise you to accept one thing — everyone will want to survive, but not everyone will choose honest and humane ways to do this. We want to warn you that you may be attacked for robbing or taking away your home, so you must have a weapon for protection. In general, any weapon that you have is suitable. You can buy a rifle, pistol, or shotgun depending on your skills. Do not forget to buy enough ammo. Remember that you can also use firearms for hunting. What is more, get a stun gun and tear gas. These tools are certainly less dangerous than guns, but they are also effective in protecting against humans and wild animals.
The next topic we will talk about combines security, navigation, and communication. We have combined these things because they are related to the use of modern technologies that many people forget about when preparing for an emergency.
Although your shelter is located outside of civilization, it must be protected with the help of modern security systems. It is up to you to decide whether you want to install cameras with motion sensors or not, but we recommend installing at least an alarm system to make sure that no one is trying to break into your shelter.
You should also understand that during and after the disaster, you and your loved ones may find themselves in different places or away from your common shelter. In this case, you should have tools that will help you navigate. The basic tools are a paper map, compass, and GPS. You can also download apps for your smartphone, but you cannot be sure that it will be charged.
If you and your friends or relatives have become separated, then you will need means of communication to meet again. Moreover, it is important to constantly stay in touch with those loved ones who leave the shelter to hunt or fish. Buy a satellite phone or an amateur radio in advance.
The last item that we will consider is clothing. It is possible that during the disaster, you will not have time to collect the necessary clothes, so we recommend that you bring several sets of clothes to the shelter in advance. Since you cannot predict how long you will live in a shelter without the opportunity to visit shops, take winter shoes and a jacket. In addition to basic clothing, buy insect protection clothing and camouflage clothing.
In conclusion, let us rake up your knowledge of the essential things that could increase your chances of survival, whatever situation you found yourself in. Think of electricity and communication in advance to be able to reach out to your loved ones or public emergency services, do mind having sufficient supplies of food and provision ready in advance, as well, have something to cure your possible injuries, and get yourself some practical and weather-sustainable outfit, and, surely, get armed with some survival weapons, as it might get dangerous out there.
About the author: Mike Millerson is a former USA Army sergeant and a highly educated survivalist and prepper with a degree and interest in Engineering and Electronics. He applies his extensive expertise in survivalism, homesteading, backpacking, hiking and hunting, spreading his deep knowledge about handling emergencies and prepping for them reasonably and effectively.