Is Prepping Good Enough To Survive A SHTF Disaster
"There are some simple facts that preppers seem to block out from their overall plan.
Ignoring these facts is a road to sure fire problems in the future".
Most of us have the bases covered when it comes to basic survival. we have food and water supplies, a means to cook food, and a means to keep warm during the winter months.
Some basic sanitation and medication, as well as preparations for the more nasty disaster effects like fallout and contamination.
But very few of us have enough..
Are Your Food Supplies Adequate?
Squirrelling away food supplies is actually one of the easiest parts of prepping for a disaster or SHTF situation.
We can all do that with relative ease, requiring no skills at all other than checking the use-by date and storing correctly.
Even if you only have limited storage space you can still amass quite a reasonable amount of stored foods, easily enough for a couple of months.
This, in itself, may be enough to see you through a disaster and keep you alive until a form of normality resumes.
Prepping for short term disaster is very important, and as research shows us: Surviving the first 30 days of a disaster, give you a 90% better chance of overall survival.
Do You Have Enough Safe Drinking Water?
Short term water storage is pretty much a gimme, and one months supply is well within every preppers grasp.
But, as storing water uses so much space, most people will be looking toward using a safe and reliable method of water filter to be able to clean any old dirty water that's available.
Storing Medication And First Aid Supplies
This is where things get a little more difficult for your average prepper.
Most medicines have a very short shelf life, and, it is very difficult to get your hands on a long term supply.
The most I have managed is a three month supply, and that was by telling my doctor I was going away for an extended holiday.
Over the counter medicines are essential items to stock up and store, and fortunately they do not take up much space.
Even more essential are anti-biotics - these will be in very high demand, but are also very difficult to get over the counter.
There is an way to getting your hands on a decent supply, and your pet shop will provide the answer...!
These Top Three Essential Supplies
WILL RUN OUT
It is guaranteed that the above, top three essential life saving supplies will run out quickly. Then what do you do?
Your food supply will only last as long as you can manage it - do you only eat half rations, expecting the disaster to go on longer. Or do you merrily chomp away through your supply as if nothing matters?
Regardless of your strategy, it will run out at some point - then what do you do? This leaves the question, is prepping good enough to survive a SHTF disaster?
Well, the answer is simple - No of course its not.
Prepping alone cannot sustain your long term survival, you must have other means.
How Can Preppers Last Longer In A SHTF Situation?
There is an old saying - "All the gear, no idea". This has never been more correct when applied to prepping for a SHTF disaster scenario.
We are so hung up on having kit, that we lose track of of the real needs in a survival situation.
Simple skills like how to light a fire in wet conditions. If all your 'special' fire lighting kit has been used up, lost or stolen, what you going to do?
Do you have that skill to produce a fire from natural materials, especially if your someone who has made the decision to bug out and escape to the countryside, away from the masses?
Essentially you don't even need any fancy fire lighting kit, just the knowledge of the various methods used in the wild.
Hunker Down And Bug In
Hunkering down in your home is always a good starting point, and to my way of thinking, one of the best and safest solutions to a SHTF situation.
You home is familiar and your safety bubble, and while everyone else is panicking, trying to find food, water and medication, you are operating comfortably below their radar.
In your own home you have everything you need to survive that SHTF disaster, and depending on how much you have prepared, will generally determine how long you can survive.
The limiting factor is your safety, as before long there will conditions that mean making the decision to bugout may become a very real one.
The problem with bugging out is the fact that you will be making yourself a homeless refugee, and possibly putting yourself in a worse situation than before...
What Happens When The Food Runs Out?
Now you have no choice but to bug out, live rough and live off your wits. This is where the whole idea of 'all the gear, no idea' comes from. If your hoping to just 'wing it', then in real honesty, your not going to last five minutes.
NORMAL PREPPING ALONE WILL NOT SUSTAIN YOU.
You have to learn bushcraft and survival skills along with your normal prepping routine.
Ask yourself this question:
With limited equipment, could you keep yourself safe, and survive if you really had to bugout?
I'm sure you'd say yes. You could stay safe and survive - but for how long?
You can only carry so much, and once that's gone, then what?
You simply must learn bushcraft skills to ensure long term survival.
Learn how to hunt, to fish and to safely cook your food. Learn about wild edibles and foraging.
Go out and do some hiking, and see how long you can stay out. Test yourself and see what you can actually do...!
So Now's A Good Time To Ask,
"Is Prepping Good Enough To Survive A SHTF Disaster"
An interesting article, designed to make you think.
Thinking longer term will make you reconsider what skills you need to catch up on.