So I feel for those folks who are going through in Florida with Hurricane Ian right now.
I lived through the Swine Flu / Mexican Flu pandemic and was living at Ground Zero in New Braunfels Texas. Boy did I learn a lot about keeping a lot of meds on hand and such.
Top all of this off with inflation and our buying power being eroded daily. What $20 dollars bought 6 months ago is not half of that today.
There are a lot of life lessons there and with all of this staring us in the face, what did we learn and what are we doing about it?
The best time to prepare you and your family is NOW when you have the time; patients and clear thinking are in your favor.
Realistic Prepping For Real People
None of the Hollywood Stuff
What I have done is boiled things down for you, to give you a good start at getting your preps in order while you are still clear minded and not operating behind the curve.
This list is not totally chronological, but important things are at the top of the list and ones I would seek out first. You will need these items if and when a disaster arises. When disaster takes place, these items will also be very hard to find. The best thing to do is have these items now so that when the need arises, they are there for you and your family.
Another point I would like to make, you should try to have extra on hand for others you care about, trade and for sale; because if you need them, so do others.
This is a great way to create dried food meals, pre made meals, ect. This also gives dried grains, beans, rice and such extra shelf life. Canned goods and dry goods are the best to keep for long term. Remember to have several hand operated can openers around. I personally keep a P-38 US Army can opener on my key chain. Believe it or not, there is a lot you can do with a P-38.
3. Battery Operated Items
Such as flashlights, lamps, radios and the extra batteries needed to keep them going. If you are able to find “crank” operated items, then get them. Keeping extra battery operated items on hand is also good when one breaks and can also be used in trade.
The Eton All American Red Cross radio is one that I highly recommend. It is made by Eton, which is a good company and mot only does it have a lot of purposes and you can hand crank it, but it will also act as a charger and has a built in cell phone charger.
- Emergency Hand-Crank Power Generator
- Built-in Cell Phone Charger, Flashlight, and Emergency Siren
- Rechargeable battery pack provides reliable, renewable, internal power for everyday use
- Stereo headphone jack
4. Camp Fuel Operated Items
A camp stove that runs on camp fuel is a great investment. These can run on just about anything. Camping lanterns as well as the old fashion oil lamp and other items are also good to have. They even make camp ovens. Coleman Fuel, it is impossible not to stockpile too much of this stuff. What comfort these items bring is what makes or breaks surviving critical times. The thought of simple warmth is a great motivator in times of distress. Remember to get “tune up” kits for all your items to keep them running at peak performance. Example: Wicks, mantles for lamps, gaskets for stoves.
For oil lamps, make sure you have on hand lamp oil, wicks and maybe an extra chimney. If any of these items are scarce, stockpile so that you have these on hand! If you run out of lamp oil, you can move to Coleman fuel as well. Sooty, but it works.
A quick note on Coleman lanterns that utilize a mantle; although they give off great light, these mantles are very fragile. Make sure you have an excellent supply of these. You will break the mantle almost every time you move the lantern. Once you do not have any more mantles, your lamp is not very functional if at all.
Final addendum to camp fuel is also have on hand plenty of Candles, Wood, Seasoned Firewood, Charcoal & Lighter Fluid, these items too will be in short supply.
5. Barter Items
6. Tools & Ducktape
7. Weapons, Hunting & Fishing Items
Guns, Ammo, Knives, Bows, Arrows and Slingshots. In fact it is a good idea to get everyone in the family a good fold up wrist rocket AKA sling shot and a solid knife. Many a squirrel have fed a family due to the sling shot and quick cleaning with the knife.
Include a good supply of fishing gear as well as snare wire and trapping items.
Pepper Spray, Clubs, Bats and other self protection items are also good to have on hand as well as multiples of each. Have enough to “arm” the entire family with at least one of each. In doing this, you can have many of these items “stored” all over and within an arms reach if needed.
The key to all of these hunting, fishing and home protection items is that if you do not know how to use them, they are pretty much useless. So if you purchase a gun or rifle, take it to the range as well as take some lessons if you have not used a weapon before.
For Fishing, get to know the local fishing areas around your home. You would be very surprised at all the fish you would find in simple city drainage water ways. When I lived in CA, a drainage ditch was one of my secret bass fishing areas. Get to know these areas and get to know your fishing gear.
8. Camping Gear, Tents, Backpacks, Sleeping Bags, Sleep Pads, Tarps, Stakes, Rope, 550 Cord (parachute cord), etc.
9. First Aid Supplies & Personal First Aid Kits, Medications and Vitamins
Put together a major family first aid kit. A very large fishing tackle box or better yet a plastic bin that you are able to close and secure is even better. Remember when putting your supplies together, check any expiration dates.
If you take prescriptions, it is good to have an extra 30 day supply on hand if you are able.
10. A Good Family Bible
If I had to grab and go and could take only one item, it would be my bible. There is more knowledge, comfort and answers in this single book than all the supplies one could take. This is the most priceless item on this list.
NOTE: People are going to ask, why did you put this at #10 when you consider it #1? Well it is people’s expectation. If I would put the bible at #1, no one would take it seriously and jump into the “survival” items. Here at #10, the importance of it being #1 is well understood. I was a FEMA inspector during the Loma Prieta earth quake and you would not believe how many people talked about forgetting their family bible and lost it in the earthquake.
11. Family Pictures
Again, when I went through the 1989 SF earthquake, this was another one of those “I wish I thought of that” items.
So many people lost their homes and personal possessions. On top of that, they lost friends and loved ones. The idea of family photos all of a sudden become a big deal.
For those few who thought of taking family pictures, these were also a great comfort and is the second most priceless item on this list.
ADDING TO THE BASICS
Ok now that you have the basics and you understand why they are just basics. Now you can start filling in the holes. The following is a good list of items that if hard times hit, these items will become rather scarce rather quickly disappearing from the mega store shelves.
The following list is in no real order, but these are items I know that will be scarce.
I know and understand that you can become very overwhelmed with all of this. In many cases people become like “deer in the headlights” and never take the first step.
The key to eating an elephant is taking one bite at a time. That is the same thing you can do here. By taking “baby steps” you can assemble the items you need. For example, while you are shopping at mega mart, pick up one, two or even three of your items on the list. When you get home place these items in your storage area where you keep your emergency items. After a while you will have a fully stocked emergency cabinet with the supplies you need for you and your family.
FOOD & WATER ITEMS
Water filters and non electric purifiers
Hand-Can openers & hand egg beaters, whisks (Life savers!) If you are able to get a stash of P-38 US Army can openers, they in themselves will be good trade.
Honey/Syrups/ white, brown sugars
Vegetable oil (for cooking) (Without it food burns/must be boiled, etc.)
Grain Grinder (Non-electric)
Aluminum foil Reg. & Heavy. Duty (Great Cooking & Barter item)
Milk – Powdered & Condensed (Shake liquid every 3 to 4 months.)
Garden seeds (Non-hybrid – Heirloom) (A MUST)
Tuna Fish (in oil), jerky, dried or preserved meats (protein)
Flour, yeast & salt
Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Winter time)
Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
Canning supplies (Jars/lids/wax)
Paper plates/cups/ utensils (stock up, folks…) Great fire starters too.
Soy sauce, vinegar, bouillon/gravy/ soup base
Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
Chocolate/Cocoa/ Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
Wine/Liquors (for bribes, barter and medicinal, etc.)
Chickens / Goats – if you have the room and if regulations permit with in the city
HEALTH AND SANITATION ITEMS
Mini Heater head (Propane) (Without this item, propane won’t heat a room.)
Baby Supplies: Diapers, formula, ointments etc
Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
Vitamins (Critical, due to daily canned food diets.)
Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item.)
Feminine Hygiene/Hair care/Skin products
Thermal underwear (Tops and bottoms)
Garbage bags – Impossible not to have too many, there are a thousand and one uses.
Toilet Paper, Kleenex, paper towel
Fire extinguishers (or.. large box of Baking soda in every room…)
Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
Mosquito coils/repellent sprays/creams
Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting – if with wheels)
Laundry detergent (Liquid)
d-Con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
Mousetraps, Ant traps, Cockroach traps, if you got creepy crawlies, get traps for them.
Shaving supplies – razors & creams, talc, after shave. A good shave can make a bad situation look good.
ALL THE OTHER GENERAL PURPOSE ITEMS
Gasoline containers (Plastic or Metal)
Clothes pins/line/hangers – clean clothes are a moral booster
Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky, noisy target for thieves; maintenance, etc.) Nice to have around though.
Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit: 1(800) 835-3278
Batteries (all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
BIG DOGS and plenty of dog food
Matches ( “Strike Anywhere” preferred. Boxed, wooden matches will go first.) waterproof with melted paraffin
Writing paper/pads/pencils/ solar calculators
Work boots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
Flashlights/ LIGHT STICKS & torches, “No.76 Dietz” Lanterns
Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (Jot down ideas, feelings, experiences: Historic times!)
Tarps/stakes/ twine/nails/ rope/spikes
Backpacks & Duffle bags
Garden tools & supplies
Cigars and Pipe Tobacco – GREAT FOR BARTER!!! That is if you do not smoke.
Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
Bicycles…Tires/ tubes/pumps/ chains, etc.
Sleeping bags & blankets/pillows/ mats
Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
Board Games Cards, Dice
Baby Wipes, oils, waterless & Anti-bacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
Woolen clothing, scarves/ear- muffs/mittens
BSA – New 1998 – Boy Scout Handbook / US ARMY SURVIVAL GUIDE
Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, Hats & cotton neckerchiefs etc. (extras)
Lumber (all types)
Wagons & carts (for transport to & from open Flea markets)
Cots & Inflatable mattresses (for extra guests)
Gloves: Work/warming/ gardening, etc.
Bailing wire, 550 cord, strong rope plus the tools to cut these items.
Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws, nuts & bolts
Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
Where Do I Start? – STORAGE
Now this is not the end all to be all lists. There are probably a thousand things I am missing here, but this gives you a start. I encourage you to adapt to your needs, again this list is just a starting point.
Another thing, the best time to plan for an emergency is now. You don’t have to go out and buy everything on this list, but start now.
First thing to do is determine a place to keep all your emergency supplies. Then start working on the list. Odds are that you have a lot of these items already. Problem is that they are all over the house. In an emergency sometimes time is working against you. If you have all your items in one single place; that means you can be more effective for you and your family when the time for action is called upon.
You can also refine this list and create what is called a “Bug Out Bag” AKA BOB. By getting a small back pack, place in it items from this list, at least the top 11 and put this in your storage area. If you have to leave in a hurry, you have these items ready. It is good that each member of the family have a BOB. If an emergency takes place, your family can quickly evacuate the area and head to safer ground.
Now you can refine even more and create a work BOB and auto BOB. Same ideas, just smaller and adapt to the needs.
Example, for your Car BOB you would put a blanket that you can place on the ground if you need to change a tire or do some auto work. In your Work BOB maybe a fire hood to protect you from an office fire and chem light sticks so you can see to escape a building.
Again, you have a better idea of your surroundings than I do. Plan ahead and try to put in place the items needed to better ensure your survivability.
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