Everyday something could happen. At any given moment in time, a natural disaster could occur, or a smaller scale crisis might suddenly rear its ugly head. Perhaps you are just realizing the possibility of anything from a massive earthquake to a raging fire happening, and the crushing weight of that one question “what do I do?” may just be freaking you out. Don’t panic, though – there are ways to prepare for these situations, even if it’s last-minute.
Below are a variety of different tips and tricks that can assist you, should an unfortunate happening occur!
- Stockpile food and water. Food and water are the key essentials to human survival. One can only go up to three days without water, and especially in certain situations, quenching your thirst can be the difference between no energy or motivation and copious amounts of it. Make sure that you keep several cases of bottled water at the ready as well as food (more specifically canned goods) that you enjoy and will be able to utilize for up to many months if necessary.
- Keep your food up to date. Other preparation items such as extra toothbrushes or blankets don’t have an expiration date on them, but food does. Even canned goods, which last much longer than refrigerated items, will go bad eventually; therefore keeping your survival up to date can be extremely helpful. Go ahead and eat those new canned soups you bought, and then continue to keep new ones at the ready just in case so that the food doesn’t go to waste in the meantime, but also doesn’t just sit in your cupboards.
- Learn how to get your own food. Through gardening, fishing, and hunting you can learn how to sustain yourself without the help of already bought foods. If it looks as though you’ll be stuck without normal resources for awhile, getting together the supplies and feeding yourself from all natural elements could potentially save your life.
- Put together a first aid kit and know how to use it. You know what you might need – bandages, ointments, lotions, medicines. It’s not hard to pull everything together, but also be sure to research each component of your first aid kit so that, should you need to use it, you actually know what you’re doing.
- Compile any necessary documents and books. Google won’t be able to help you if it’s unreachable and you need to know something. A good Survival 101 novel can do wonders for you, as can keeping all of your birth certificates, house and drivers licenses, et cetera, at the ready and safely kept away from any outward elements that could harm them.
- Know your surroundings. If you live in a place where earthquakes are frequent, a large prison is nearby, or there’s a tornado warning every other week, you should probably get your things together according to what could potentially happen.
- It might seem a little funny, but remember those fire drills you had to do in school? Part of preparation is knowing how to react when a disaster strikes, and being able to stay calm throughout it, as this means the best end results. Try practicing for different scenarios at least once a week, and focus on being speedy but efficient.
- Find ways to evacuate. Should the situation call for it, you may have to evacuate your home or even town/city. Planning how you will leave (by car, train, etc.) and which route you will take is essential as it will keep you from stressing or possibly running into tons of traffic.
- Keep your gas tank full. While many refill once the gas meter is low, keeping it above half empty will ensure that you don’t need to stop for gas if a disaster happens or, should there be no gas accessible, you won’t have to worry about running out. Furthermore, keep gasoline in a safe container away from anything flammable just in case.
- Hoard all the helpful supplies that you can. Gathering up the necessities is actually easier than you might think. Secondhand items can work well if you’re searching for things you need on a budget, otherwise, make sure you’ve got plenty of flashlights, blankets, and more prepared in case anything happens.
- Get in shape. This doesn’t mean lose weight – this means train your body to be able to run for long lengths of time, and build up some muscle to tote around heavier objects. Should you need to move quickly or carry around a lot of things, you will be able to do so without hurting yourself or running out of breath.
- Keep a few entertaining things around. You don’t want to go completely bored out of your mind if you’re stuck somewhere for a long time and there’s nothing else to do. Most of us rely on electronics to get us through the day, but books, crossword puzzles, regular puzzles, board games, and more that don’t require electricity or batteries can become a nice form of entertainment as well.
- Prepare for drastic weather conditions. Freezing and hot temperatures alike can be noxious, as can rain, hail, vicious storms, and more. Keeping plenty of blankets and coats as well as clothes for warmer weather will ensure that you don’t overheat or freeze to death in the middle of any serious disaster.
- Know how to rely on powerless forms of cooking. Almost every day we utilize either a microwave or a stove to heat up or cook our food, but when those things are not accessible, knowing how to cook without these sources is an important and vital piece of knowledge.
- Waste not. Want not – as the saying goes. Make sure that, if you open a can of beans, you’re going to eat them. When resources are limited, you don’t want to be wasting them.
- Know the basics of survival. Understanding how to start a fire and tie a knot the way they teach you in boy scouts can actually be serious and helpful skills. By reminding yourself of how to do these things and keeping up-to-date information on some of these skills, you can maneuver through a disaster in a much more effective way.
- Make local acquaintances. Go out and say hello to your neighbors, maybe bake them some cookies even. When you’re even a little bit more than strangers with someone, the likeliness of them to help you out in a disaster is much higher than if you were to have never spoken to them before.
- Keep some emergency items in your car. Many people don’t spend all of their time cooped up inside, and a lot of in a vehicle or out at work, restaurants, friend’s houses, and more. Because of this, keeping a pack inside of your automobile in the case of an emergency is always a smart idea.
- Save money. You might need a good sum of money once a disaster strikes, therefore cutting out a few things you want during the
- Go camping. Enjoy yourself in the great outdoors and take a look at what you might possibly be resorting to in the event of a disaster.
- Practice hunting and fishing. Knowing just the basics of catching your own food that isn’t a bunch of berries off of a tree is a big part of surviving in the wilderness. Go out on a hunting or fishing trip and learn how to catch what you might need.
- Don’t freak out. A lot of times, people tend to make bad choices when they’re in panic mode. Take a step back from everything, let yourself breathe, and make the right decisions when disaster strikes. Keep your wits about you and, while it’s okay to be urgent, don’t let yourself panic.
Over time, little by little you can work on preparing yourself for what may lie ahead, and as long as you keep a healthy mindset, whenever a disaster might strike, you’ll be ready. If you have any other great tips for the beginner survivalist/prepper, please head on over to our Facebook page and leave us a comment. I will be sure to add it to this list.