Preparedness or survival, whatever you want to call it. Preparedness seem to be more politically correct, but its still about taking measures and planning for likely or not so likely problems and emergencies before they actually occur.
A lifestyle, a certain mindset makes for a true survivalist, and even though it starts with a little spark, the survival bug biting you, whether its going to change your life for the better or be just another thing you eventually loose interest on, only time will tell.
I get that question asked a lot and yesterday it was asked yet again. “OK, I get it but where do I start? What do I do?”
Understanding the logic behind preparedness is the first step.
An economic crisis is about economics, but much more too. You need to ensure a source of steady income, maybe become self employed if the job market doesn’t offer anything for you, but its also about much worse crime, failing institutions that can’t keep running because of costs, just to mention a couple.
What does education has to do with an economic collapse? There’s no money to pay teachers, so they go on strikes, hours get reduced, and the quality of education drops like a rock.
What does power shortages got to do with an economic collapse?
No money, no maintenance, inflation makes prices go up, people can’t pay the bills, therefore maintenances suffers, soon power transformers start blowing up in summer, and the entire grid just gets patched here and there.
I’m no Nostredamus, just saying what happened here and at some levels is already happening in USA.
When you prepare for a real economic collapse, you have to prepare for pretty much all aspects of modern survival.
Gun: Important, can’t emphasize enough the importance of self defense when economic hardships translate into much higher local crime rater. Its already happening and trust me on this, its going to get worse. Not the end of the world or anything, but for sure, much higher crime than you are used to. Don’t get caught with your guard down in this regard.
Which gun? For a total newbie that wont be shooting much: A 38 special snubby (revolver with a 2” or 3” barrel) for last resort close range self defense.
Newbie that will be taking this a bit more serious: Glock 19, 9mm.
Best gun in my opinion for self defense, for someone that will take it serious and is willing to put some more time and money into it: Glock 31.
Glock 22 in 40S&W is good as well and you can fire both caliber in either gun, just buying a spare barrel.
Glock Pistol: BEst defensive hadngun money can buy
While gear and supplies aren’t as important as mindset, you do need a certain amount.
Right away let me tell you this, there’s an entire industry of survival toys, gear and gadgets, most of which you don’t need, so don’t spend a fortune, buy what you need and SAVE as much money as you can.
Why do I mention guns before anything else? Because if you don’t own one it should be a top priority for you, buying it AND learning to shoot it in self defense.
Water: People that prepare usually have enough food, yet I’d say that 9 out of 10 underestimate the water issue. It’s not just drinking, its washing the dishes, flushing the toilets, washing your hands, taking a bucket bath and I’m not even talking about washing clothes. At least a gallon a day per person, better make that 2 gallons per person per day.
Try going without water for a day or two. Just a few HOURS without water is much worse than a couple hours without power, its just that people rarely ever suffered that and just don’t know it.
Water people, its free and only takes a bit of dedication to store large amounts of it in soda bottles or better containers, all over the house.
Water filters and water treatments pills, bleach and granulated chlorine, its all nice and dandy, but you can’t drink them, can you?. Get those, but get lots of water too.
Food: Freeze dried, Mountain House brand, but also good old grocery stuff works as well. Canned meats, fruits and vegetables. Better if it requires no cooking. Learn to read the nutritional facts in the container and packages. Its not just about calories, you need a balanced diet as well. Powdered milk, dried smashed potato flakes, rice, lentils, canned tuna or tuna pouches, tomato sauce, dried pasta, granulated chocolate, sugar, lots of salt (preserving food), just to mentioned some. Spend some time looking at what’s available to you and check the expiration dates. Sometimes you can easily go for months after the expiration date, specially when it comes to canned goods or some dehydrated ones, but it shouldn’t be hard at all to buy products that provide you a 6 to 12 month margin.
Basic food stash
How much food? If you have the money get 6 months worth right away, you’ll be eating it up anyway unless you know something I don’t. (and if you know how to live without eating, please do share :-) )
First aid kit. (Antibiotics should be a priority here, when planning for worst case scenarios )
Blackout supplies: Batteries, LED flashlights, don’t forget at least a cuple head lamps. Try stnadarizing your batteries. AA and AAA
“Oh hell, looters just picked clean the neighborhood’s Walmart ” supplies: What this? Soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, bleach and the rest of the supplies needed on daily basis. Just look at what you buy each month, and pretend tomorrow the supermarket near by wont be opening. What would you do? Most likely the situation will be resolved in a few days, but what until then? What if it takes a couple weeks or a couple months?
Information is priceless. Just reading this blog will save you a great deal of money. Learn as much as you can, participate in survival and preparedness forums, read as much as you can, and try learning from other’s mistakes. Specially when it comes to buying stuff, read lots of reviews before spending your hard earned money. (except when it comes to handguns. When it comes to handguns just buy any gun you want as long as its a Glock... no, I’m serious :- ) )
This will apply to every single purchaser you make, you have to become a savvy shopper so as to save as much money as you can, and hopefully build up a nice cash stash and some gold as well.
Buying food and groceries as well as other supplies, you have to take advantage of every discount and sale you come across, you’ll end up saving money by buying bulk, so its a double treat right there, you have months worth of supplies AND you save money.
When it comes to actual skills, there are at least two I’d consider top priority.
1)Pistol self defense shooting
2)First aid (check for a red cross class near you by entering your zip code HERE)
After those, I’d take a defensive driving class. These are a bit harder to find but it sure is worth it since carjacking and such is something that can come in handy if crime gets 3rd worldly.
Pretty basic, but hopefully it will help some new guys and girls that are just getting started. There are a couple similar posts here in the blog, and others that go a bit more into each point mentioned(use the Topics on the left or the search function )