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7 Important Areas of Your Home Preparedness System

 

Contrary to popular belief, your bug out plan should not take precedence over your home preparedness plan.  We should strategically prepare so that we are never forced to bug out.  When it comes to developing your home preparedness system there are 7 important areas to keep in mind.

Show Notes

  • in this episode, we are continuing our theme for the year
  • for the first quarter, we talked mainly about food and water preparedness
  • for this next quarter of the year, we are going to be talking about shelter preparedness
  • more specifically this month we are going to be dealing with grid down scenarios
  • grid down scenarios can include short-term black scenarios to more extreme situations like an EMP attack
  • to me, preparedness should start at the home
  • I’ve heard a well-known prepper on YouTube who says that you should first focus on your every day carry and bugging out
  • However, I believe that home/shelter preparedness is apart of your everyday carry
  • I don’t believe that you should focus on bugging out before preparing your home
  • the likelihood that you will ever have to bug out is very low
  • this is in comparison to more likely threats that you will face at home
  • as I have mentioned multiple times and have written in The Strategic Prepper, bugging out should be plan B
  • bugging out should be if you have no other option, it is your last resort
  • this is because bugging out will make your more vulnerable
  • so it should be our goal to be fully prepared so that we are not ever forced to bug out
  • so this all begins with home preparedness
  • even if you are out and about when SHTF your plan should be to make it home where most of your preparedness and survival items can be found

Grid down scenarios

  • like I mentioned before we are going to be talking about grid down scenarios
  • blackout scenarios are the more common occurrence
  • they are not as extreme as more long-term recovery scenarios like an EMP attack
  • but we have seen in the past what can happen when people go without power for even a short amount of time
  • there tends to be looting and violence
  • on top of that, you are limited to the number of resources you can find to survive
  • just recently here in Florida, we experienced a blackout scenario for about a week and half
  • stores were not able to sell anything
  • so many were stuck without gas, electricity and even food
  • unfortunately, there were lives that were taken due to this
  • now it wasn’t as bad as something like Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans
  • but that was another grid down scenario that took many lives

7 Important Areas of Preparedness to focus on for your shelter

1. First Aid

  • in a grid down scenario, you may not have the ability to run to the hospital to get help
  • they may be without power as well
  • plus you may not even have the gas to get there
  • in a more extreme scenario, an EMP attack may stop you from traveling anywhere
  • so there are always going to be accidents even in grid down scenarios
  • this is why it is important to have some sort of first aid
  • even if that first aid is just to patch you up until you can get some professional help
  • this is why in a collapse scenario health care professionals are going to be in demand
  • not only should we have first aid items but we should get some basic training
  • there are places like Red Cross that have first aid training classes that you can attend
  • even local community colleges provide certification in first aid as well

2. Heating/Cooling

  • when the grid goes down you are going to be vulnerable to the elements
  • your shelter/house may protect you to an extent
  • however, if the grid goes down in a brutal winter then many will die
  • we see this now when blizzards hit throughout the country many people die
  • now these blizzards may only cause a short-term power outage
  • so if the grid is down much longer then the casualty rate will multiply
  • even if the grid goes down in a scorching hot summer
  • there is still the chance of people having heat strokes
  • we have seen hot temperatures take lives as well
  • at least with the grid up you are able to find some sort of relief
  • so when you are developing your home preparedness plan you will want to have ways to cool or heat your home
  • it is all going to start with what you are wearing
  • in a blog post, I talked about the must survival clothing layers to wear in the winter
  • in the summer you will want to do the opposite
  • you will want to have fewer layers
  • so the rule of 3’s tell us you can only survive 3 hours in rough weather conditions
  • for heating, you can typically build clothing layers and have a way to build a fire for heat
  • with cooling a house it is a little more challenging
  • you could have a generator powering a window a/c unit
  • however, in a long-term recovery event, you will become a target if you have that luxurious
  • on top of that, it will be challenging to get enough gas to power the generator
  • however, if you choose your home/shelter wisely then you can pick a house that will remain cool even without a/c
  • now heating and cooling wouldn’t be essentials in average climates
  • this is mainly for homes that have extreme winters and summers

3. Food and Water Supply

  • now food and water supply should be apparent as a prepper
  • typically this is the first thing preppers begin to stockpile
  • but it is important enough to reiterate their necessity
  • again the rule of 3’s tell us you can only survive three days without water and 3 weeks without food
  • in a grid down scenario, you won’t have the opportunity to find stores to sell these items
  • they will either run out or the stores will be looted
  • so you will want to have your own supply
  • last month I talked about the 3 prepper food layers that you should use when building your stockpile
  • first off, you will want to have at least 2 paychecks’ worth of store-bought food with long shelf lives
  • this will be helpful for short-term recovery events like blackouts or natural disasters
  • store-bought food is the easiest to stockpile and you have better accessibility
  • from there you should begin building a stockpile of at least 6 months worth of dried food
  • this should be enough to hold you over until you can grow your survival garden
  • most of us preppers do not have enough space to store years worth of food to survive
  • so the alternative is growing a survival garden
  • in a blog post I talked about the essential foods needed in a survival garden
  • you will want to grow foods that are perennials, don’t take much space to grow and can be easily stored
  • now there are a lot of debates or objections to growing a garden
  • many of us don’t have land to grow that food
  • that is why it is important to begin strategically prepping now
  • you may want to look for a way to buy a house with some property or at the very least some land where you can grow the food
  • then there is the objection that growing a garden will make you a target to looters
  • that is why I would recommend using the secret survival garden method that camouflages what you are growing
  • that way passers-by don’t see what you are growing
  • I will link to the show notes of this episode a great book on The Secret Garden of Survival

4. Sanitation

  • without the modern conveniences of toilets and showers many lives have been taken
  • you can look at 3 world countries that don’t have the modern capability that we have
  • many people die in those countries due to the lack of proper sanitation
  • in a long term recovery event you may be exposed to rotting bodies and diseases
  • you will want a way to stay clean and free of that
  • even in short term recovery events there is still the possiblity of lives being taken due to improper sanitation methods
  • there are some options
  • you can have an offgrid toilet system setup
  • I’ve seen many homesteaders use buckets with saw dust to cover waste
  • then they use that waste to make fertilizer which will help with your survival garden
  • having a local water resource is also nice to have so that you can bath
  • an alternative that I used during a grid down scenario was a solar camping shower
  • you can place this bag full of water out in the sun for a few hours
  • it will warm up the water so that you have a nice warm shower
  • cold showers suck

5.Backup Power

  • to me power isn’t essential to survival
  • however, it is a survival multiplier
  • I believe that it will increase your survival time in long term recovery events
  • yes, you can survive without it but it makes survival a lot easier
  • there would be electronics that would be helpful in a grid down scenario
  • for example, flashlights need batteries
  • now you could walk around with a lantern the whole time
  • but a flashlight is going to give you long range visibility which in turn can give you an advantage over an opponent

6. Communication

  • according to the rule of 3’s, you can only survive 3 months in isolation
  • this is why I disagree with a lot of the lone wolf survival people
  • we are designed to be interactive creatures
  • so we need communication with others especially friends and family
  • communication is also a survival multiplier
  • having communication can give you an idea of what is going on in the outside world
  • if an extreme scenario like an EMP attack happens you can be updated on advances of enemies or just updates on relief operations
  • it also helps you to coordinate with family and even survival groups
  • if you have a survival retreat it will be imperative to have means of communication to defend your property
  • this will give you a heads up on an enemy

7. Security

 

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