Some advice please; I am a single male 45 years old living on a fixed income because of brain cancer surgery and subsequent treatment left me with seizures. My 3 children are grown now and am serious about prepping for any disaster, especially since I live in tornado ally. So far the only thing I have done is to stock 6 months worth of my Rx medicine which I do rotate monthly so they don’t expire. After reviewing my budget I have around $150 of disposable income a month. How would I begin? Does anyone have any advice? Thanks.
In our current economic environment, prices continue to rise. The best time to start investing in your family’s health and safety is now. By making a list of necessities and gradually stocking your survival storage pantry now, you can take advantage of discounts and special pricing. Be proactive. Minimize rotation expenses by choosing supplies with a longer shelf life.
This one is relatively straightforward – air is generally breathable. To plan for a situation where it’s not breathable, you need access to gas masks and plenty of backup filters. You could also consider looking into some kind of air filtration system for your basement, which would essentially turn your basement into a bunker. Our recommendation is to go with the gas masks – while building a true all-scenario bunker is a dream for many preppers, it can be inordinately expensive and time consuming. Here at Secrets of Survival, we understand that while you want to be prepared for all eventualities, you’re also living a full life in the world as it exists today, and it simply doesn’t make sense financially for most people to invest in a fully kitted out all-scenario bunker/bomb shelter.
Here’s another bug out bag that’s designed to help you survive in the out of doors for several days following a natural or man-made calamity. As you might expect from a company call “Ultimate Arms” this particular bug out bag is heavy on the armaments including an EDC knife, a large survival knife, a tomahawk and a full sized machete. Oh yeah, there’s also a pick axe and plenty of bandages in case you really get into it with hordes of the undead.
A bug out bag is critical but what do you put in it? When considering disaster preparedness, keep in mind that what survival gear and emergency supplies you add to your bug out bag and then pack for your survival kit can mean the difference between life and death, or at least affect your level of comfort if SHTF and you had to get outta dodge. Read this article to find out what you should consider putting in your bug out bag.
All told I have a stockpile of food that will last a bit ove a year and a half for the wife and I. While on the subject of how long supplies last, be sure to look into the calorie count of your meals, not just the number of servings. I found that there is a wide range of values in this. For instance, very few packages for 3 months for two people contain sufficient calories to reall sustain two people for 3 months. Most only supply 700 – 800 calories when eating only one serving per person, per meal. That’s why I’ve supplemented with a lot of extra stuff to add to the basic mealy, such as fruit, rice, beans, wheat and flour for bread. 
The second aspect of prepping (and some feel this is even more important than the first) is the acquisition of survival knowledge. Feeding your family becomes a lot easier if you know how to hunt or fish, or if you know how to grow or raise your own food. Getting your hands on drinking water is made more challenging if you don’t know how to find safe water in the wild, and if you don’t know how to turn unsafe water into drinkable water. Defending your family against wild animals or dangerous looters is safer if you know how to wield a firearm, have experience with primitive weapons, or know martial arts and self defense. Treating wounds and illnesses is more of a possibility if you can recognize medicinal plants in the wild and know what they can be used for. All of these skills were probably pretty commonplace two hundred years ago, but nowadays most people are woefully under prepared for any kind of true survival situation.
You see where we’re going with this? Using nothing but your survival skills, it’s possible to fill in holes in your resource storage. It’s impossible to plan for every eventuality, and the survival conditions that you find yourself dealing with in the event of a massive hurricane are going to be very different from the conditions you might deal with in a global flu pandemic. With the right survival skills and expertise, you’ll be able to build up a base of useful resources like food, water, and shelter items, and hopefully you’ll know enough to improvise the rest. The more you know, the more adaptable you’ll be.
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.

There are of course cheaper and more complicated ways of building up your clean water stockpile, but we won’t get into those in this article. If you’re just starting to learn about prepping, the discussions of plastic versus glass containers and the size and appropriate storage and sealing methods for those containers can get overwhelming pretty quickly. We’d say keep it simple, bite the bullet and just buy the water you need pre-portioned to sidestep all the complications.
People with guns tend to be lowest form of animal life on the earth, that have no mercy for babies or innocent adults. One person I used to know became a hero by helping kill 100,000 civilians fleeing an invasion of a city. The good thing is his house caught fire and he was heard by neighbours screaming while being roasted alive for his sins; he did not have to go to hell first.
It is critical that you be able to control your environment in an emergency.  The place to start is your home.  If you live in an area where it gets very cold in the winter (as in you HAVE to run a heater to survive) then the most critical thing for you is going to be able to heat your home – or rather a section (at least one bedroom) of it.  You’ll want to have a kerosene heater to keep a warm spot in your home.  Here’s a good place to start learning about heating your home in an emergency.
Tom,Great Post!Lisa, I have been reading your blog and lieavng on the screen for my wife to absorb. You did a great job in the interview!! You are always so pleasant with your replies to everyone on your blog as well! There are are so many good resources on the innertubes…….APN, The Survival Mom, Survival Blog, The Survivalist Blog…..all with unique viewpoints. We are blessed to have such strong and valuable viewpoints!MNAZ
This one is relatively straightforward – air is generally breathable. To plan for a situation where it’s not breathable, you need access to gas masks and plenty of backup filters. You could also consider looking into some kind of air filtration system for your basement, which would essentially turn your basement into a bunker. Our recommendation is to go with the gas masks – while building a true all-scenario bunker is a dream for many preppers, it can be inordinately expensive and time consuming. Here at Secrets of Survival, we understand that while you want to be prepared for all eventualities, you’re also living a full life in the world as it exists today, and it simply doesn’t make sense financially for most people to invest in a fully kitted out all-scenario bunker/bomb shelter.

You prepare everyday. When you were young you learned to tie your shoes, put your own clothes on etc etc etc. Now you are older and it is time to re learn those same SELF reliance skills. What good are you to others if you are amongst the masses of unprepared. How can you possibly help your fellow man if you are not ready yourself? I say it makes you MORE christian. By the way there were plenty of christians that lived in the dark ages. Just be aware and keep your eyes open.
Keep in mind, a well-designed bug out bag should weigh no more than 25% of your body weight, assuming you are in average physical condition and are not overweight. Any heavier than that can make carrying the bag highly strenuous and limit your ability to remain mobile and travel long distances on foot during an evacuation. Limit your packing list to the essentials that will help you survive.
Preppers are “Ready for Anything”.  We don’t prepare for just one thing as some TV shows would have you believe. The Prepper philosophy dictates that you prepare for anything that might come your way.  As such, one of your first steps is an assessment of your situation.  What kind of things happen in your region?  If you live in Louisiana, you have a high chance of having (another) hurricane hit you.  If you’re in Maine, you have a very high chance of winter ice storms that knock power out.  If you live in California, you have a high chance of an earthquake.  This site can show you a lot about regional hazards while this site will show you charts of where it’s “safer” to live.
Subnautica has three game modes: survival, freedom, and creative. The first one pits the player against the elements and forces them to think about food and water through its thirst and hunger mechanics. The second game mode basically removes every mechanic that is related to surviving, such as the aforementioned hunger and thirst mechanics. It also leaves all the items in your inventory after you die. In other words, it's a game mode for people who want to explore without having to bother with surviving. Which is nice, since Subnautica has a lot of stuff to explore. The third one will let you build a base of your dreams without worrying about food, oxygen, or thirst. It is the best mode for people who want to build and don't want to gather resources. See More

We had huge barrels that we went to a neighbors pond, with permission, and got water to flush our toilets with. We had chest of ice water, tub full of water. We had collected a hangup shower, cold but a shower! Bug meds etc… Tons of can goods, mre’s and those heater meals! Not to mention we had lots of canned sodas and other sorted drinks. Stay away from the booze for drinking but is great to trade with.
2 weeks of water is good, but what if whatever situation you’re living through lasts longer than two weeks? This is where we get into building up your survival knowledge. If you want you and your family to be able to survive long term in a SHTF (shit hits the fan, a popular prepper acronym) situation, you need to have ways to get your hands on clean water when needed. A stockpile is a start, but it’s pretty difficult to store enough clean water when we’re talking about months or even years of survival-style living – it’s doable, but not without ample space and investment. That’s why ideally, you’d be able to make your own safe drinking water out of unclean water sources. The most straightforward, foolproof way to be able to make water safe is to find the best water filtration systems and have one of those on hand. Alternatively, we also have a number of articles that deal with DIY water filtration methods – you can learn about emergency water distillation, or other kinds of DIY water filters. Rainwater harvesting is another possibility. Finally, if you want to have the skills to be able to get your hands on drinking water when you’re away from your home or other place of shelter, you can learn how to find water in the wilderness or how to find safe drinking water after an urban disaster depending on whether you feel you’d be more likely to be in the wild or in an urban setting when disaster strikes.
If you’ve got the grit to outlast the likes of the terrifying The Long Dark or the underwater wonder of Subnautica, our picks will help steer you towards the (not so) safe pastures of the best survival games on PC. Whether you like surviving the horrors of war or you’re into the new breed of hunger and disease management games, get ready to endure agony and plenty of pain in these scintillating survival adventures.
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