A. Get yourself in the right mind set:
- Keep your mouth shut (for now). Don’t mention your preps to anyone unless you are confident that that person is already a prepper and is willing to encourage and support you in your efforts. Find community and support here on this site or at http://www.survivalistboards.com/ or some similar site.
- Set aside an hour or two each day to DO something to further your preps. Get up at oh dark thirty if you have to. Preparing is going to go excruciatingly slow, especially for acquiring skills. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Keep your preppin’ priorities straight.
- I recommend spending time in prayer each day. Keep an eternal perspective. As Zero Hedge reminds us “on a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.”
- Know that you will have to re-direct some of your monthly cash flow which will likely mean some expense in your life right now will have to be sacrificed.
B. Make a bug out bag for each person in your family. This bag/backback should ideally be stored in your vehicle in case you are not home when a disaster strikes suddenly. Post with more details soon to come.
C. Make bug out bins (Rubbermaid storage bins or similar) for your family and keep in an easily accessible place in your home. These bug out boxes have more than what your bug out bags could hold. Post with more details soon to come.
D. Do NOT buy any gold or silver until AFTER you have the following in place:
- Several water filtration systems and water purifiers. I will go into more detail later about this.
- 1 year (but preferably 2 – 3 years) of storable foods (the kind that your family will eat; IOW, don’t buy foods that your family dislikes now – could be tuna, canned spinach, whatever. If they don’t like it now, they won’t like it later.) Post with more details soon to come.
- For each capable and trained (or willing-to-be trained) adult or teenager:
- Hunting rifle (no odd ball caliber)
- Handgun (no odd ball caliber),
- Several thousand rounds of ammunition for each firearm (these will be better than gold or silver for bartering)
- Non-folding, high quality hunting knife
E. Get as much training/practice on your firearms as you can. I also recommend that you get a concealed carry permit in your state and start carrying on a regular basis, as often as you can. Be as comfortable handling your gun as possible. I am a mother of three young boys and I conceal carry almost every time we go anywhere.
F. Assess your wardrobe. Start acquiring sturdy clothes that match your climate. If you have young children, start buying sturdy clothes for the next 3 or 4 years down the road. If you live in an area with cold winters, be sure to buy snow pants, snow coats, snow boots, hats, gloves, scarves, etc.
G. If you live in the city, you need to be ever watchful of “triggers” that could make your city very dangerous in a short time. Have two or three escape routes, mapped out and memorized. Have a detailed map of your city in your bug out bag so that you can modify your escape route if there are blockages of any sort.
Triggers that I look out for are:
- A run on banks.
- If the government fails to distribute food stamps, welfare checks, etc.
- If there is an announcement that a very powerful solar flare or coronal mass ejection which could interfere with electronic devices. More on this soon.
- Obviously, a “terrorist” attack in your city: dirty bomb, chemical attack, etc.
H. The very last thing that I recommend buying is silver (not gold, at least not gold right away). I recommend buying pre-1965 US dimes, quarters and halves. Believe me it sucks when you have to sell some of your silver to buy something that you NEED to have but don’t have extra cash. In our case, it was an EMP-proof vehicle (post on that in a just a few days).
Finally, we all have loved ones who just don’t get it. You can talk until you are blue in the face and some people will just refuse to see what you are saying. My recommendations for sly preparedness evangelism (if you will) is to give them a novel such as One Second After by William R. Forstchen or either of James Wesley, Rawles’ novels Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse or Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse. If they don’t read books, then try an audio book: http://www.audible.com/ has all three. If they are really resistant then just let it go. You have a lot of preparing to do and you do not need to waste your time on trying to “convert” resistant people. Don’t be rude to them, keep praying for them, and know that you planted a seed. Hopefully, someone else will come around and water it. If the seed is meant to germinate then it will.
If you find someone who is interested in preparing for hard times, then encourage them to start going through the Sons of Liberty Academy for a comprehensive education of why collapse is coming; as Chris Duane says, “When you are aware, you can prepare.”
Remember that this post is just an overview. Books have been written on getting prepared. Book recommendations soon to come.
Cross posted at: Don’t Tread On Me