Most Americans spend their days assuming things will always be as they are now. Unfortunately, some disaster or emergency can take place that can turn your life upside down at any time. War could break out, the grid could go down, an extreme natural disaster may occur and a lot of people seem to think we are due for a zombie apocalypse. Whatever may go wrong, your first thought is probably to be sure you are stocked up on ammunition so you can protect yourself and your family, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, there are many other things that you can do to help prepare yourself for a worst case scenario.
Everyone Must EatStocking up on canned goods and a few non-electrical can openers is a great idea, but you can go a step further. If you don’t already have a green thumb, consider taking some gardening courses for beginners to learn how to grow much of your own food. Many foods you grow in your own garden can be canned and will keep for years.
Nothing Survives Without WaterYou will never feel more thirsty than when you turn on the faucet and nothing comes out. When utilities are down, you can only look to yourself to take care of your needs. You should be stocking up on water, and also look around for clear freshwater sources near your home. Keeping a couple of good rain barrels on hand can also be very useful.
Put Together Great First Aid KitsYou will want to have everything you need to help heal yourself when you can no longer pick up the phone and make a doctor’s appointment or head to the local emergency room. Make a first aid kit for each member of your family, and include items such as personal and often-used medications, flashlight with batteries, assorted bandages and absorbent compress dressings, adhesive cloth tape, antibiotic and hydrocortisone ointments, antiseptic wipes, space blanket, breathing barrier with one-way valve, instant cold compress, scissors, snake bite kit, tweezers, sterile water, iodine wound cleaning solution and a first aid instruction booklet.
Camping GearIn the event you get displaced from your home, be sure to have a really good tent on hand for an extended camping trip. You should also bring a camping stove with appropriate cookware, fishing poles and a fish cleaning kit, matches, radio with extra batteries, good sleeping bags for each member of the family, extra clothing and bug spray.
These are just a few ideas to help you be better prepared for whatever comes, but don’t stop there. Do some brain storming, and try to plan for whatever you can come up with that will help you go on with your life as well as possible in the event your normal way of life comes to a sudden halt.
Chaleigh is a freelance writer that lives in NYC. She enjoys writing and lifestyle photography. She writes about anything from fashion, to paving your driveway or how to properly fix your slice in golf. In her spare time she likes to take pictures, snowboard, golf, and play ice hockey.