If 2020 has taught us anything, it is the importance of being prepared. Like the Boy Scouts, US Marines and your favorite prepper, being prepared isn’t just a motto, it’s a way of life. If the grocery stores running out of toilet paper has awakened you to the benefits of prepping, just think what would happen if there was a natural disaster, war or other event that impacted our supplies.
While Doomsday Preppers and the Prepper Lifestyle gets a lot of focus, there is a genuine need to prepare you and your family for anything that can occur. Winter Prepping used to be very common during the age of our grandfathers and our ancestors. They would can, prep and store enough food and supplies to last throughout the winter and take care of their family. Unfortunately, something has gotten lost over the ages, but their wisdom and sage advice stands the test of time for us to still learn from.
1) Emergency Water
Of all of the items you should be stocking up on or preparing for is emergency water. Natural disasters can cause disruptions in the water supply so it is important to stock up on bottled water and have multiple ways to purify your water. Water purification is more than just boiling, you should consider Aquatabs as well. Aquatab Water Purification Tablets kill microorganisms and prevent water borne diseases such as dysentery, cholera and typhoid with a 99.9999% reduction in viruses and bacteria. Aquatab Water Purification will treat up to one liter per tablet and like other alternatives leaves no aftertaste or odor. Clean and pure water is critical to your survival so be sure to take care of your family before it’s too late.
2) Emergency Food
In addition to water, having adequate stores of food is important for emergency preparedness. When you are survival prepping, focus on foods that are dried or have longer expiration dates. These include canned vegetables, canned fruits, salt, sugar, honey, powdered milk, pasta, rice and dried fruit. Many of these items can last several years so your family can be well fed no matter what happens. Another important item to have is freeze dried meals which don’t expire for over 20 years. Typically used by the military, backpackers and outdoorsman, freeze dried meals provide all of the nutritional needs and can be easily made by adding hot water.
Have you ever considered what you would do if the power went out during winter? How would you and your family stay warm? A fireplace or wood burning over is a natural choice if you have one, but if not then you should consider other alternatives. First close the doors to any rooms that you aren’t using in your home and have everyone in one room; this will help seal up your house and preserve heat. Next close all of the blinds or curtains and use plastic with duct tape to seal your windows to prevent cold air from seeping inside. Then layer your clothing and use hand warmers in your socks and gloves and cover everyone with blankets. Finally, be sure to drink hot fluids every hour to help keep your body temperature warm.
Prepping and survivalism isn’t just about buying as many supplies as you possibly can, it is also about being safe and thinking about the environment around you. During a pandemic, think about the proper PPE to wear to protect you and your family. A bandana isn’t going to stop a virus so use a N95 type mask to block highly contagious viruses. Plan ahead so you aren’t caught off guard. If you are in a hostile area, think about exit strategies and ways to blend in with the crowd so you aren’t attacked. Fighting a mob of people isn’t usually the smartest way to survive so think about alternatives to protect yourself. Whether you plan to bug out or shelter in place being prepared and prepping for the worst case scenario will help you and your family to properly stock and prepare you home for any kind of emergency.