My suggestion would be to find a meetup group in your area that deals with prepping. Being a part of a community is beneficial to all parties involved in that all individuals within the group bring something of benefit. They will be able to help you get situated and understand what you can do with your limited income and health concerns. Also, if the group is really a preppers group, they will all be able to assist you, give you advice, and will be people that you can lean on should disaster strike. Where do you live in Tornado alley and have you contacted your local police or sheriff’s department? They usually have an Emergency Management Department where you can get information on where disaster shelters are and what locations in your area are to avoid in the event of a disaster. Also, look at getting involved with a local CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and if there ins’t one then speak with local law enforcement or fire/rescue about getting one started. This will give you basic information on Fire/Rescue, Search and Rescue Operations, and general information on disaster services at no cost to you. Also, look up the Emergency Management Institute (operated through FEMA) which offers classes in all areas of disaster at no additional charge either, giving you a better understanding of how the federal, state, local, and tribal organizations will operate during disasters and what you can do to further prepare. Education of disasters that effect your area and what your local governments are prepared to do to aid you in them is the first line of prepping, an uneducated prepper is a dead prepper. Hope this helps.
If you’re after the best crafting survival game out there, look no further than Minecraft. At some point, it seems someone decided survival was all about gruelling punishment, sloth-like progression, and murdering anyone who isn’t you. But before the big survival blow-out on Steam we had Minecraft: a fun, colourful, creative survival sandbox. Sure, there are zombies that will eat your face, and spiders, skeletons and dragons, but with Minecraft skins, you at least always end up blocky and cute. No one minds a cartoon monster having you for breakfast.
The new player experience is crude and made randomly dangerous by the developers. You start on a beach, but that's not safe, you can spawn right on top of a deadly dino and get rekt before the spawning animation will let you react. There are raptors set to roam the beaches too, and those are death to any player which hasn't leveled up and knows how to kill a killing machine with a breakable spear. When you die you respawn in a random location, even when choosing the same spawn spot. Know that stuff you collected on your last life? Good luck getting to it unless you got a lucky roll and spawned in the same spot. Otherwise, just forget about it and start all over, the decay timer is set very low and you'll never make it back. So yeah, the new player experience is rough and unnecessarily so. Again, a good private unofficial server with people who will come over and help you survive to level 5 is your best bet for enjoying your first several hours of the game. Otherwise, you will not enjoy them and likely quit, and all of the fun is on the other side of those hours. See More
For those who desire a story to go with their survival gaming, The Long Dark offers a fully voiced-acted, five chapter story mode called "Wintermute" complete with cutscenes. It features all the survival gameplay aspects of the sandbox version, as well as story quests and character development, making it an engaging, new way to experience all the game has to offer. In the story, you'll assume the role of a man trying to survive in the harsh Canadian wilderness after crashing his plane during a geomagnetic disaster. Rather than just a no-bones survival situation, you'll be working through an actual storyline as you head for safety. As you progress the story, you'll have the opportunity to do quests, watch voice-acted cutscenes, and interact with other characters who are fighting for their lives as well. This pulls you even deeper into the game world since you now have a real goal to work for - escaping the harsh wilderness alive. Story mode adds a deeper layer of immersion via storytelling than the sandbox mode, which is only about surviving as long as you can. Though currently not all of the chapters are available as they are released episodically over time. See More
Water is truly the staff of life, without it, you will die in just a few days. Assume that for whatever reason, your taps won’t work – there is no water coming into your home. What else do you have? Do you have bottled water somewhere? Did you know there is about 50 gallons of water stored in your water heater? There’s also a few gallons in the tank of your toilet! If you have an outside water source – such as a lake, creek or storm drain – do you have a way to filter it? Your first goal with water should be to be able to provide your family with 2 weeks worth of water and a way to continue filtering found water after that. Here is a great place to start learning about water.
sorry Paul…if you get a Lifesaver bottle, it does filter bacteria…in fact it filters everything. And its good for 1000s of litres. http://www.iconlifesaver.eu/ Theres lots in the article I agree with, and lots I don’t. Get an SAS style hammock with shelter for over top and at least be comfortable. An ultra light sleeping bag weights less that 12 ozs and is a whole lot more comfortable than an emergency blanket. There are so many LED lights out there that you can pack a small crank or solar rechargeable light. Fire might bring the baddies. Better to be safe and unseen than seen an unsafe.
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