“I’m preparing for the next Wall St. Crash” This is a statement often heard in the prepper and survivalist community and is a stance that can leave you unnecessarily vulnerable. Here are 10 considerations to help you when preparing for specific events.
1. What’s the Likelihood of the Event Happening? A good first consideration is to take a step back and think about the likelihood of the event happening in your location. Chances are if you live in Wyoming, miles from any nuclear power station or major populated area, the risk to you of nuclear fallout is probably slim. Does it hurt to keep Geiger counters and other chemical warfare detection devices? No, but if you are tight on budget (like a lot of us are) it probably isn’t the first thing to spend you hard-earned money on.
2. What Effect Will the Event Have on Me? Cataclysmic events don’t normally last long but the aftermath can last for months, if not years on occasion. Think about what effect an earth-changing event could have on you, your area and the people around you. Prepare accordingly.
3. Violence. Every society-shaking event that has occurred in the last decade (at least) has been accompanied by one thing: Violence. Looting, home invasion, robbery and rioting are all common place when law and order is even perceived to be crumbling. Violence will almost certainly accompany any cataclysmic event that occurs and is more than likely the bigger threat to you than the event itself. It is imperative that you prepare to meet and deter violence.
Korean Riot Police deter violence in Seoul
4. Migration. Picture this: You live inland USA, not near any major cities on either coast and not near any highly densely populated areas. You’re safe, right?
An event has happened three states over on the coast leaving many dead, wounded and even more homeless and desperate for food and shelter. The aftermath of such an event might not be felt by your area for weeks or months, but you will face the risk of mass migration from the densely populated areas of the country, should they be forced to leave their homes.
The East and West coasts are the most densely populated areas of the US and the biggest and most affected targets for attack or large-scale environmental event. If you are within traveling distance of either, it would be a good consideration to make.
5. Self Defense. The most important aspect of surviving violence for us? Being able to defend yourself. Anyone who has served in a branch of the military will know: weapon first, person second. Get yourself a weapon(s) before you start buying food and equipment. Either in a time of need, or as a deterrent; having any means of self-defense is better than none.
For those of you in the USA, get yourself a firearm and be proficient with it. Too many people invest in great firearms and spend little to no time learning how the firearm works, how to maintain it and the correct techniques to be effective with it. For those not in the USA or a country that easily allows access to firearms, consider other forms of self-defense.
6. Food and Water. Have sufficient food and water enough to survive at least 3 months (preferably more) without leaving your homestead. The chain of thought here is that you will be attempting to wait out any violence that follows a cataclysmic event and not unnecessarily putting yourself in harm’s way. There are an abundance of survival food and water storage solutions, some of which we will be covering in later posts.
7. Medical Equipment. Having the ability to deal with minor medical events is another key aspect to survivability. I am not suggesting you spend thousands of dollars on medical equipment that you don’t know how to use, but a good understanding of basic first aid and some antibiotics on hand is recommended. If you have the time and resources and are serious, invest in night/online classes to take your knowledge to the next level.
8. Currency. This is a broad term for dispensable items. What are dispensable items? The answer will differ depending on where you are and who you are dealing with. To some it may be alcohol or cigarettes, to others, ammunition or gold and silver. This blog can only tell you so much about this, assess your local environment and who you think you might be dealing with in such a situation and invest accordingly.
9. A Plan. Know what you are going to do when the violence starts and the SHTF. Do you remain where you are? Do you move locations? Are there local people you can trust? These are some of many questions you need to be asking yourself and will be completely subjective to where you live and operate. Ultimately, it is important that your plan maximizes the survivability of you and your group over all else.
10. Health and Fitness. Being in good health is arguably one of the most important aspects of what to consider. Ideally, you want to be able to carry your load, and move on foot. If all else fails, you will have to be able to rely on your own fitness and health to stay out of harm’s way.
Hungry for more? All of the topics covered in this post are designed to provoke thought and consideration to your preparedness. We will be going into further detail as to your options in each area in future posts, so watch this space!