A thousand pages could be written about survival and responses to disasters or crises but there is no way that amount of information could ever be contained in one book, let alone inside your head.
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The key to preparation is to start where it benefits you the most. You wouldn’t need to pack snow chains and ice picks if you lived in the desert would you?
No, each person is going to have their own opinions on what needs to be prepared for, what supplies need to be kept on hand, and what skills need to be trained for. Preparedness is not a singular path.
However, every preparation that you make moving forward relies on the fact that you created a solid foundation for taking action. One of the mistakes people make is telling themselves that they will start buying items “soon” or “next paycheck” or “next month.”
The main problem with this frame of mind is that a disaster doesn’t happen on schedule. That next big quake or F5 tornado could hit much “sooner” than your next paycheck..
It has become apparent from the tragedy of the many recent natural disasters that most people do not plan ahead, and they end up hungry, thirsty, and out of luck.
Building survival boxes, kits, and bags does not require taking out a bank loan. You can begin by making a commitment to buy several items each week. For example, when you grocery shop this week, buy 2 cans of food and a bag of rice. Clearly mark a plastic container with the words “survival food,” and you are on your way to being prepared.
Granted, some items you want to purchase may cost more, like a hand crank battery recharger, but as your budget permits, one day it too can be crossed off the list.
Not everything in your kit has to be brand new! Don’t be afraid to reuse something that you already have on hand.
Scrap wood and nails can be used for weapons or home fortifications.
Left over lint from the dryer screen makes a perfect tinder bundle. (Why do you think so many houses burn down each year from a clogged dryer?)
Before you throw something away, take a second look at it and try to find a reason to keep it. Could it be reused for a different purpose? Would it make a great barter piece for someone else?
Remember that skills are even more important than your gear. When gear can fail you, you need to make sure you have a backup that will not.
Practice your skills to hone new ones, sharpen old ones, and never let them rust.
The best survival plans leave no stone unturned, and contain a blend of both urban and wilderness survival techniques. The fact is that a disaster in the city can quickly turn people into outdoorsmen and women.
You may not ever go camping for recreation, but you should know the basics of how camp, should Mother Nature destroy your home and suddenly remove the option of staying indoors.
Ultimately, it is up to you to decide when, where and how to prepare.
The only way this information will ever be useful is if you implement the suggestions in your daily life, practice them, and expand on them as much as possible.
You won’t have the time or ability to absorb all of the information to keep you safe and even if you print all of this out, there is no guarantee it will be of any use to you if you haven’t already reviewed it and put it into an actionable plan.
One of my mentors said this to me and I have never found it more applicable than now.
“You never want to be doing something for the first time when you need it to save your life.”
If you want to make sure that you have done everything possible to be prepared and that you have left no holes in your planning, read this report fully, decide how you want to approach your own personal preparations and get started…
Tomorrow is never guaranteed
Chris Peterson, preparing and protecting you
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