Why You Need to Know About Survival
Answer just one question:
If the electricity went out and the supermarkets ran out of food and water, could you make it on your own? Be honest.
Why Should You Prepare?
There are plenty of good reasons why people decide to start stocking up on water and food supplies. We know the massive amount of information can be overwhelming and confusing at first.
That’s why we’ve organized this guide based on the stages of preparing and planning – from “Help! I have no idea where to start,” to “I’m ready to start stockpiling water and food!” to “Okay – I’m ready to take it to the next level and prep my home and work on security.”
Let’s start by looking at the reasons people start preparing in the first place:
- Boil Water Advisories (happens all the time in our neck of the woods, especially when a city water main breaks)
- Power Outages and Blackouts either from natural disasters (Tropical Storm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina are prime examples of long-term outages) or Power Grid Failures from War orEMPs (electromagnetic pulse)
- Wild Fires
- Volcanic eruptions
- Collapse of the American economy
- Your vehicle breaking down on a desert highway
- Civil war
- Martial Law
- Invasions by another country (another World War)
- Nuclear War
- Biological warfare
- Asteroids (seems far fetched, but that’s what happened to the dinosaurs)
- Any kind of disaster- natural or manmade.
The Ultimate Survival Guide isn’t into scare tactics, but these are all realistic case scenarios (notice I didn’t list “the end of the world” – just the end of the world as we know it or TEOTWAWKI).
Feeling Overwhelmed? Where To Start.
Prepping is the concept of storing enough water and food for a range of “what if” situations. After you develop your emergency preparedness plan which includes 72 hour kit, then you should seriously think about prepping your home and working on your security.
But, first things first:
- Start with storing enough water for 2 weeks
- Plan to store enough food for 1 month
That’s enough to get you started and then we’ll move on into prepping your shelter, having a bug-out bag and plan, and then we’ll begin working on security.
Why You Need to Know About Survival
What spurs most people into action and begin their own preparedness or “prepper” lifestyle can vary greatly from person to person.
Some people will say it was the downturn of the economy. After all, if your friends and family can lose their jobs and homes… so can you.
Others say it was after seeing survival stories about Hurricane Katrina victims. Even FEMA and the American Red Cross couldn’t get supplies into New Orleans right away. Thousands were left to fend for themselves.
That was enough to scare anyone into the foreign world of water and food storage, self-defense classes and weapons training, and preparedness as a way of life.
We all cringed at the aftermath of the deadly Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. And who could forget about the latest victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes.
Honestly, it probably depends more on what kind of natural disaster is most likely to happen in your neck of the woods. If you live in California, you’re most likely to be affected by an earthquake. Whereas if you’re in the mid-west, you’re likely to get prepared for a tornado.
Here at the Ultimate Survival Guide, it was Hurricane Katrina that set our wheels in motion. We’re based in Florida, which makes us a prime target for a major hurricane.
Luckily, in our area, we haven’t had anything major since 1969 (yes, we’re knocking on some wood and throwing salt over our shoulders for luck).
Some More Food For Thought…
Now think about these questions:
- Do you have enough water stored if you lost electricity (your water pump runs off of electricity)?
- Do you have enough food stored in case your refrigerated food goes bad?
- Could you start a fire and cook without electricity?
- Is your shelter secure?
- Do you have means of protection if someone tries to break in to steal your family’s water and food supplies?
- Do you have weapons and ammo for your own security?
- Are you ready for an everyday disaster or worse case scenario?
Plan… Prepare… Survive
Your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and maybe even your family would all think you’re crazy if they caught you looking at a site like the Ultimate Survival Guide.
But they’ll never know because you’re too smart to compromise your safety and the safety of your family (AKA OpSec or Operational Security).
As far as anyone else knows, you’re just another OCD personality that they make fun of for stockpiling toilet paper and packing “extras” likes blankets and water when you go over to your in-law’s house… you know, just in case you break down.
If you do happen to let anyone outside of your trusted circle know (and some of those are questionable that can’t keep a secret – you know who they are) you are seriously compromising your family’s safety.
Because… When something does happen and you’re the only one that was sane enough to prepare, guess where everyone will run to? You guessed it. They’ll be at your door expecting you to share, even if it means your kids won’t be able to eat.
And if you elect not to share, your place is likely to turn into a proverbial war zone. You’d better be able to protect yourself, your family, your shelter, and your supplies.
Think before you speak.
What Kinds of Things Are Important To Know?
What if the only water you could find to drink was out of a river or ditch? Would you know if it was safe to drink…? And how would you purify it if you needed to?
Could you start a fire without matches? Know anything about gardening or food storage?
First, you’ll learn about the 5 basics of survival at the Ultimate Survival Guide:
- Learn Survival Skills To Make It All Work with survival knife
Don’t let this list fool you! There are many sub-topics under each category that are all equally important.
For example: Do you know how much water you should have stored in case there’s a disruption in your electricity service (Uh huh – you need electricity to run the water through your pipes at home)?
What if you can’t find fresh water and have to drink out of a pond, river or puddle? How safe would that be?
What about food? Did you know that America is only 3 days away from having empty shelves at grocery stores should a disaster occur? There are plenty of credible articles out there concerning how a state of chaos would ensue should this happen.
Remember, most disasters strike without warning. If you hear about it on the news or radio, it could already be too late.