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To me, the best option is to store emergency food. How much? If you have none, store enough for a few days. If you have enough for a few days, get enough for a week. How much you store depends on what time frame you think you're at risk for having to be completely independent. The early settlers of the southwest liked to store enough food for a whole year and still do to this day!
I found your post to be very thoughtful to be concerned about the poor. I rely heavily on ‘prepping’ ideas and ‘how to’ from those ‘without’. They are survivors that know how to do more with less. These folks are labeled as ‘poor’ because they do not have $$$, I would suggest that many ‘poor’ have a ‘wealth’ of knowledge to survive in such situations.
Cause let’s face it, nothing lasts forever, no system, no gouvernment, no civilization, there is ALWAYS a pattern of rise, bloom, and downfall. I believe we have started the ‘downfall’ part of the cycle. No one knows how long it will take, but I have an eery feeling I will still experience it (I’m 20 now, so still many years ahead of me). Pollution, economic system, politics, it is all slowly spiraling out of control.
The list of possible areas of interest and the related skills that you can pick up are endless, and almost all of them could prove useful. Being a prepping doesn’t just mean having a huge stockpile off food in your basement – it can be a lot more than that, and go in almost any direction you like. Essentially, if your hobbies or interests could prove useful in a disaster situation, then you can apply that to your prepping by simply changing your frame of mind – instead of purely thinking about something as ‘I’m doing this for fun”, think about it also as ‘I’m doing this to arm myself with a new and useful survival skill”
Sheila, I am in exactly the same position as you. I am 62, a retired RN, living in a FEMA trailer in a RV park. All the residents here are full time. I don’t even have a vehicle. Circumstances can be rough, especially with no real income beyond survival expenses. Can you have a garden? What about foraging, dehydrating, canning anything that you don’t immediately use. I am including my email. Contact me if you wish. It seems we may have similar problems but many of the same solutions! email@example.com
The biggest misconception about bug out bags is the idea that the contents in and of themselves will be enough to keep you alive. The truth is that the contents of your bug out bag are only as good as the individual using them. If you don’t know how to make the most of the contents of your bug out bag or ration them appropriately, they won’t help you survive any more than a firearm without any ammunition. You should always take the time to familiarize yourself with the contents of your bug out bag and feel comfortable using everything so that you’re best prepared when TEOTWAWKI does occur.
Think about it this way – are you someone who has insurance of any kind? Health insurance? Life insurance? Home owner’s insurance? If you own any kind of insurance, in a way you’re a “prepper”. You’ve prepared for a specific kind of rare but damaging event by purchasing insurance, so that if that event ever happens, your costs are covered and your suffering is lessened by a payout.
Keep it SIMPLE – you are not trying to build a mobile home that you will carry around. Many sites list dozens and dozens of items to buy and bring, adding cost and weight. Remember that electronics need power and are prone to breaking. Pack simple, reliable, things to cover your basic needs. Check out our Free Bug Out Bag Planning Tool to plan what you want to include and see how your items will affect the overall weight of your pack.
For now I am planning on bugging-in in the suburbs while maintaining the ability to quickly bug-out if necessary. I am considering buying an isolated piece of property that would still be reached within a two day hike if necessary. Once I find that property I'll plan accordingly and stock some thing there with the plan of bugging-out sooner rather than later.
That’s true, we do. It’s clear that we can’t carry everything to survive for a year or more on our backs and we count on our stash at point B. If it’s not there, we do the best we can, go to a FEMA camp or die. What are our alternatives? I think that most people will go to point B if they see the problem before it arrives (hurricane) but a surprise nuclear attack on Houston (in my case) would necessitate a quick exit along with everyone else still alive. As to ‘bring it’, I certainly would if a. I had an operational vehicle and b. the roads were clear enough to get around minor obstacles – I don’t and won’t have a two ton or half track at my disposal. If not of if my vehicle becomes untenable along the way, I’ll put on my boots and my BOB and do the best I can. As you say, there are many scenarios.
Finally, having the skills to build a sustainable source of food is a goal for many preppers. However, it’s not easy to do this and it requires substantial time and knowledge to get to the point where you can confidently say that you’d be able to be entirely self reliant on food that you supply yourself. If you want to start down this path, you can read about the best survival animals to raise, the top 10 seeds to grow in a survival situation, and survival composting.
Essentially, get the basics such as medical and survival equipment, some backup communications, spare cash, change of clothes, and copies of documents. Put them into an easy-to-reach place, ready to go. Inventory this bag and put the list into your overall emergency plan. If you don’t know exactly what you want to pack, you can get kits such as this 4 Person Survival Kit, already made up for you to start.
So many worried about not being Christian like in prepping. My father is poor and prefers it, however if a disaster happened I would go to him lol. You will be surprised to learn how many poor and homeless are more prepared than most of us. That being said you can always start or join a co op, or start your own group that saves extra so when all our preppjng is finally needed we can help out others. Sadly it will be more like two movies…. the book of Eli and cant remember name but about the end of. Humanity after a comet strike or nun war. Sorry don’t remember name.
There are a number of different ‘types’ of prepping that you can do. Obviously different people have different interests, and often your other hobbies will carry over into the kind of preparations you make. We also find that the more you know about something, the more likely you’re worried about a disaster in that area – for example, a doctor knows the real chance of a pandemic so they prepare for that, whereas a banker knows that an economic collapse could happen and prepares differently for a different kind of crisis. It should tell you something that the more a person seems to know about a subjected, the more they’re worried about some kind of devastating event relating to that subject actually occurring.
#21 is perhaps the most important and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone include it before. I know people who subsist entirely on dehydrated and canned food so they’ll be ‘used to eating that way’. This makes no sense to me. Enjoy fresh, healthy food while it’s available. This will keep you in better health and more prepared to handle something unexpected. Also, plan for what to do after the storage runs out. Keep a garden now, consider keeping backyard chickens, etc.. work towards learning to make your own cheese, jerky and bread.
The game’s survival elements include the food and water requirements that most games in the genre do, but there’s obviously a more pressing issue in Subnautica: oxygen. You can’t breathe sea water, so your oxygen levels and consumption have to be on your mind at all times. Seeing as you’re continually threatened with the prospect of drowning, you really should read our Subnautica guide to ensure you squeeze every last drop out of your diver’s life. Every survival game has the ominous shadow following you around, but here it’s simply good old O2.
Sadly Dying Light does not do multi-threading very well which results in low framerates. For a modern game that is to be played on consoles with 8 cores or PCs that also have multiple cores, to not take advantage of proper multi-threading is pretty mind boggling. Really it just comes down to laziness, something that is not new to Techland and their poorly optimized ports. See More
As the world lies in a deep freeze and your city is just barely clinging to life, many situations will arise where tough choices have to be made in the name of survival. When facing a shortage of adult workers, you may opt to send children to work, and possibly their death, out in the wasteland collecting coal and lumber. When people die, you can bury the dead or, in the most dire of times, use them as a food source. When coming across survivors, you have to weigh the benefits and downsides of taking them in. They may provide extra labor, but it's just another mouth to feed. As the temperature plummets, you can order workers to double shifts to keep the heating going, but it puts them at risk for starvation and exhaustion. There are just so many little decisions that add up to driving the point home that you are really in the middle of a crisis and its captured incredibly well in-game. See More
The Ready America Deluxe Emergency Kit is a bug out bag with serious survival in mind. As such it’s heavy on practical, tactical gear such as dust masks, duct tape, a multi tool, rain ponchos, protective goggles, a well-equipped first aid kit and maybe most impressive of all, a 4 function emergency power station that requires no batteries or power cord and acts as a flashlight, radio, emergency siren and cell phone charger. Just crank it for 1 minute to get 30 minutes of power for the various functions. Clever and essential survival kit.