Many people have the idea that the most important part of survival is when the disaster strikes. The following hours, days, and weeks can determine how your future is likely to be in a significant way. It’s important to put in a little effort and have the necessary survival supplies before you actually need them, to be prepared. But, what do you need exactly?
Prepping is quite a personal thing, and you cannot just take someone else’s checklist and think you can make it suit your own needs. You have to develop a concrete plan and get the supplies that will work for you given your own individual needs and unique situations. If you live in a city, your needs will be very different from a person who lives in a farm.
Does this mean you should disregard other lists and create your own? No, absolutely not. Preppers checklists are a nice way to get some ideas on things you might have probably never thought about. However, since it’s still a personal thing, you need to pick the items that apply to you, and then create your own list. Here is a checklist outlining the most important steps.
Have a Game Plan
It’s much easier to survive as a group than surviving alone. You will be able to join forces and easily get the vital resources you might need, and even offer each other companionship and motivation to keep going. It’s crucial to have a place where all your loved ones can meet when disaster strikes. Keep in mind that phones are not guaranteed to work in a disaster, and discussing where you’d meet with your friends and family in case of a disaster beforehand will ensure that you will find each other easily.
Food and Water
Finding the people who matter to you most is the first priority; what’s the point of surviving anyway, if they not going to be there? The next priority should then be getting a stockpile of food and water to last you for several months. If you do it early, stockpiling food is quite easy. All you have to do is get to a wholesale store and get canned food in bulk for pennies. Water is quite difficult to stockpile due to space, but make sure you have gallons to conserve space.
While most buildings offer decent insulation, they are not perfect. For those living in cold climates, your house will get to freezing temperatures without a source of heat, especially during winter. As the third most important thing, shelter will mean nothing if you are freezing. The easiest way to stock up on energy is to get stoves that can run on wood, and then stock up on wood.
Other essential items of the preppers checklist include securing your home to keep of intruders, and getting a weapon to protect your family from potential threats. Also, a deck of cards, board games, and puzzles will come in handy as a source of entertainment, to keep your spirits up during the disaster.