For the newcomer to prepping and preparedness it may seem or feel daunting, overwhelming, and even intimidating to venture down the road less traveled.
This may also be true for those who are already into the realm of prepping which can take on many forms, methods, and a wide variety of goals and end-results.
It may seem like there really is no clear road map out there, and not knowing exactly what to do first, second, and so on, could lead to inefficient preparedness practices or even costly mistakes that you may regret.
Well I’m going to spell out my own version of a road map to prepping and preparedness in an ongoing series of article topics which will come under one of four major categories or “levels” of prepping and preparedness.
Prepping And Preparedness 1
Being prepared for 1 Week
This is the most basic level of preparedness and the easiest to achieve. In fact it’s so easy that it will not cost very much money, it will require no special skills beyond “the basics” and common sense, and will cover you for the majority of the “most likely to occur” emergencies or disruptive situations in day-to-day life.
What are the events that are most likely to occur where a week’s worth of preparedness supplies will be all that you need?
Depending on where you live and your own regional risks, most of them have to do with natural weather occurrences causing minor disruption. Things like temporary power outages from severe weather during summer storms or winter snow & ice. Maybe you get sick and are recovering at home for days unable to go out. Things like that…
Sadly, despite the easy to attain requirements, the majority of Americans are not even up to level-1 of prepping and preparedness. A large percentage of modern society live a lifestyle of “here and now” consumption. Not many “save” or squirrel away supplies for a rainy day, so to speak…
Most people have a strong normalcy bias that goods and services will always be readily available and that societal safety nets will always be there if needed. Therefore the thought of prepping and preparedness does not enter into consciousness.
For the beginner prepper, I will be recommending simple guidelines in future articles within “Prepping and Preparedness 1” where I will cover topics that will enable a level of preparedness that will set you apart form the unaware and unprepared.
Prepping And Preparedness 2
Being prepared for 1 Month
There are disasters that come along once in awhile that are very disruptive and can affect someone (or a region) in very difficult ways. While these events may be less likely to occur, the fact is that they can happen and do happen.
I compare this to Hurricane Katrina events or Hurricane Sandy events where the infrastructure of regions were badly damaged for a period of weeks. People had no electricity. Stores were damaged and closed. People were essentially trapped in their homes without a working infrastructure.
A major regional earthquake would likely fit into this category (or worse). I wonder how many who live along major earthquake fault zones are adequately prepared. Probably not too many…
There are a number of additional and important concerns when considering preparedness for several weeks or a month and I will be discussing them within article topics related to “Prepping and Preparedness 2”.
Prepping And Preparedness 3
Being prepared for up to 1 Year
The period of time ranging from 1 month to 1 year is a very wide range. I chose this wide range as “one level” because when you are preparing for disruption (collapse) beyond 1 month and into 3 months or more, you are essentially in the same mindset and same “mode” of prepping.
Reaching a level of preparedness to survive many months, a year, implies the notion of a very, VERY serious disaster. Although a disastrous event of this magnitude may seem much less likely to occur, is it really?.
-A major financial collapse
-A major power grid failure (e.g. CME, EMP, Cyber)
-A major WAR
I believe that many or most current preppers are somewhere within this category, level-3. When preparing for contingencies during a period of societal collapse, there are many more quite serious topics of concern than level-2. I will be writing about them in future articles related to “Prepping and Preparedness 3”.
Prepping And Preparedness 4
Time period: Self-sustaining (or as close as one can get)
Self-sustaining (definition) : maintaining or able to maintain oneself or itself by independent effort | a self–sustaining community
Level-4 is the ultimate in preparedness. To transition from being supplied and secured for 1 year to actually being relatively (and truly) self-sustaining is huge, and VERY difficult.
To prepare at this level implies a colossal disaster. It may also simply imply the desire to live a self-sufficient lifestyle and the satisfaction that goes along with being independent from external systems that everyone else relies upon to literally keep them alive.
When you think about it, many of our ancestors were all level-4 preppers by default. It was just the way it was if you wanted to survive. Today, most everyone in current modern society would surely perish without our current infrastructure and wouldn’t have a clue what to do if that infrastructure went away…
Articles within “Prepping and Preparedness 4” will get into the topics of “getting off the grid” and the major issues surrounding what it actually takes to make it on your own (or as close as one can get).
SOURCE : modernsurvivalblog.com
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Native American ERIK BAINBRIDGE – who took part in the reconstruction of the native village of Kule Loklo in California, will show you how Native Americans build the subterranean roundhouse, an underground house that today will serve you as a storm shelter, a perfectly camouflaged hideout, or a bunker. It can easily shelter three to four families, so how will you feel if, when all hell breaks loose, you’ll be able to call all your loved ones and offer them guidance and shelter? Besides that, the subterranean roundhouse makes an awesome root cellar where you can keep all your food and water reserves year-round.
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Mike Searson – who is a Firearm and Old West history expert – will show you what to do when there is no more ammo to be had, how people who wandered the West managed to hunt eight deer with six bullets, and why their supply of ammo never ran out. Remember the panic buying in the first half of 2013? That was nothing compared to what’s going to precede the collapse.
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Table Of Contents:
The Most Important Thing
Making Your Own Beverages: Beer to Stronger Stuff
Ginger Beer: Making Soda the Old Fashioned Way
How North American Indians and Early Pioneers Made Pemmican
Spycraft: Military Correspondence During The 1700’s to 1900’s
Wild West Guns for SHTF and a Guide to Rolling Your Own Ammo
How Our Forefathers Built Their Sawmills, Grain Mills,and Stamping Mills
How Our Ancestors Made Herbal Poultice to Heal Their Wounds
What Our Ancestors Were Foraging For? or How to Wildcraft Your Table
How Our Ancestors Navigated Without Using a GPS System
How Our Forefathers Made Knives
How Our Forefathers Made Snow shoes for Survival
How North California Native Americans Built Their Semi-subterranean Roundhouses
Our Ancestors’Guide to Root Cellars
Good Old Fashioned Cooking on an Open Flame
Learning from Our Ancestors How to Preserve Water
Learning from Our Ancestors How to Take Care of Our Hygiene When There Isn’t Anything to Buy
How and Why I Prefer to Make Soap with Modern Ingredients
Temporarily Installing a Wood-Burning Stove during Emergencies
Making Traditional and Survival Bark Bread…….
Trapping in Winter for Beaver and Muskrat Just like Our Forefathers Did
How to Make a Smokehouse and Smoke Fish
Survival Lessons From The Donner Party
Books can be your best pre-collapse investment.
The Lost Ways (Learn the long forgotten secrets that helped our forefathers survive famines,wars,economic crisis and anything else life threw at them)
Survival MD (Best Post Collapse First Aid Survival Guide Ever)
Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )
Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)
Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)
Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )
Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)
Survive Any Crisis (Best Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)
Survive The End Days (Biggest Cover Up Of Our President)
Drought USA (Discover The Amazing Device That Turns Air Into Water)