Editor’s note:Here’s an overview of basics for preppers at any level of experience. – John
Are you a survivalist looking for ways to get prepared in case of a natural disaster? It’s inevitable that one will occur, at some point in time. When it does, will you have the necessities you need to ensure self-sufficiency for a while? Well, to make sure, we’re sharing these five tips that will help you be prepared when a natural disaster occurs:
1) Stock up on clean water.
Survivalists know that humans can only go a matter of days without drinking purified water. But, natural disasters can leave water supplies contaminated. This leads to local stores running out of clean water very quickly. If you’re low on storage space, before or after the catastrophe, there are things you can do to avoid dealing with bulky water bottles. Here are some portable tools you can use to purify water after a disaster or evacuation:
- Desalination pouches
- Emergency reserve water tanks
- Water pumps with filters
- Water filters (including straws and bottles)
2) Purchase small amounts regularly.
After any natural disaster, most local stores will be closed, full of empty shelves or inaccessible. So, it’s important to have an ample supply of non-perishables in your food storage just in case. However, you don’t want to go hungry trying to stock up on emergency food supplies.
The most affordable route to go is to purchase a few canned foods, dehydrated foods and freeze dried foods each time you shop for groceries. That way, you don’t have to go for broke buying large supplies all at once.
3) Get into sprouting greens.
If you’re a true survivalist, you need to learn to sprout your own greens for times like this. So, what is sprouting? It’s actually gardening, with the sole purpose of providing greens to eat. However, unlike gardening, sprouting can provide you with fresh green vegetables in just about 2-3 days. So, go out and get those sprouting seeds today.
4) Prepare yourself a 72-hour emergency kit.
Short term kits, such as 72-hour emergency kits and bug-out-bags are a survivalist’s dream. They will help you remain self-sufficient for about three days after a natural disaster. Whether you purchase one or prepare your own kit, make sure it includes these essentials:
- Something to start a fire
- Copies of IDs and important documents
- Light sources, like flashlights or lanterns
- Battery-operated or solar-powered radio
- Extra batteries
- Thick blankets
5) Prepare for cooking without a stove.
During these emergency situations, your electricity and gas services probably won’t be operational. Therefore, you won’t be able to cook using your stove, microwave, even toaster oven. Here are some other solutions for preparing your foods:
- Sun oven
- Camping stove
- Volcano stove
Freeze dried food is another option for cooking without electricity or gas to operate a stove. Why? Well, freeze dried foods require no prepping or cooking for consumption. These food storage products are effective tools for emergency preparedness and natural disaster survival.
About the Author
This article was written by Chett Wright of Food Insurance.com.