Monday, October 6, 2014

For Newbies from folks well along their path to preparedness...



Here's an interesting list for anyone starting out on their preparedness work; the folks at Knowledge Weighs Nothing (obviously, these folks have never packed up 70 years of National Geographic magazines to move) asked people who are well along in their preparing to give their best pieces of advice to newbies.

Here’s some of what the respondents said (sorted through my own filter to remove duplicates):
  1. Do something.
  2. Even a little bit is better than nothing. And don’t think you have to invest in some overpriced bunch of nonsense Glenn Beck is pushing. Just buy what you can afford, when you can afford it, and do a little bit all the time, using from the older stuff as you bring in the new. That way your supplies stay fresh, and you find out what you do or don’t like.
  3. Stockpile in a well rounded way. Don’t focus on one thing, and neglect another area. You don’t want to be living on just rice and beans and water. Variety is the spice of life (and there are other areas that need attention other than just eating)
  4. Books are important.
  5. Equipment without the knowledge of it’s practical application is about as useless as a milk bucket under a bull (e.g. medical supplies without any medical training). Educate yourself or surround yourself by those who already possess specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities!
  6. Gas in your vehicle and extra for future use…you may have to flee. And Grizzly bear spray for the zombies…save the ammo for hunting.
  7. I would say learn as much as you can first then, take into account what type of space you have to store the basic things your going to need. Talk to friend, family etc. Think about where you can go to bug out if need be and make a plan. Store food, water, meds, first aid and tools you may need build up slowly if you can’t afford to do it all at once.
  8. Don’t go in debt
  9. Also get all forms of important paper work together and know exactly where they are.
  10. Research, research, research. Not everything you learn will work for you. Plans can be adjusted. Be smart about what you do.
  11. Eat what you store, store what you eat. Apply that principle to the rest… if you camp regularly your preps will also be past of your life in a fun way. Don’t forget to live now while preparing for the zombies. Most disasters are not the end of the world, they just feel that way.
  12. Study all you want, but practice what you think will work for you and your family.
  13. Learn as much as you can and take from it what works for you practice with your guns learn to keep them clean make a plan
  14. Be aware of the re-purposing of everyday things…recycling to new use can be your best friend
  15. Store things that you actually like to eat and keep them in rotation. Learn to make fire without matches. Know your native plants and forage. Keep chickens and grow your food.
  16. Practice doing the things that you learn so that you will be comfortable and sure of yourself when the time comes.
  17. Don’t give up, it’s always overwhelming in the beginning
  18. Make what you can, Trade for what you can’t, then buy if you have too.
  19. Go camping even if it's just in the back yard. Be ready to live without utilities. I see way too many people with thousands of rounds of ammo but no water/filter system, or a freezer full of game but no generator. Start out prepping for a natural disaster, when you’re ready for a week with no utilities then expand.
  20. Start by making a plan with a safe location to meet if a disaster occurs. Then make sure your family knows it.
  21. Start small with survival basics like a BOB and buy extra canned goods and water. Don’t try to do it all in a day. Plan.
  22. Grow a garden & can what you grow. Then store it properly for long term.
  23. One step at a time. Read good manuals and practice one skill per week.
  24. Learn to do without. Then, learn to do w/as little as possible. Try & assign @ least 3 uses to everything around you, & learn the Laws of 3. 3 mins w/out air- 3hrs w/out shelter- 3days w/out water- 3weeks w/out food. 3 drops o’ bleach per gallon of water. 3 gallons o’ water per day in extreme heat, 3,000 calories per day, if working/runnin’ a full, 8hr+ day. But- NEVER eat unless you have water. Rest comfortably whenever possible. Don’t travel in wet/foul/cold weather unless necessary. Be in the moment. Don’t panic, & alleviate worry by planning & doing. Don’t take stupid chances. Oh, & learn, learn, learn- by doing.
  25. Start out small. Turn the power off at the breaker and shut the gas valve off and see how you cook the meal tonight. Next turn the power off over night. How are you going to wake up for work tomorrow? how are you going to walk thru your house at night. with no lights? NEVER let your car get below 3/4 of a tank, and buy a bike.
  26. [I]nformation [sic]your [spouse] into it. There are “to the point” shows that show how people act in emergencies. Show them the evidence of the past, as to earthly events. There’s the Carrington Event, volcano events, earthquakes events, etc. Tell them that you need them to man-up and take care of you. Tell them you need to know they are ready to protect and defend you and what you have. If they won’t listen to that and act, I don’t know what you have.
  27. First buy a book on emergency preparedness, then consider your family’s taste in things and then start building your supplies. Remember the mundane like toilet paper, etc. A friend suggested sturdy shoes in the event we have to walk distances to get things. Lots to learn but it’s all fun.