SHTF: Prepping for When Shit Hits the Fan

"Be prepared." - Boy Scout motto

"The risk reasonably to be perceived defines the duty to be obeyed ." - Justice Benjamin Cardozo, Palsgraf vs Long Island Railroad


 

Prepare for whatever risks you can anticipate (or just generally if you can't). Don't fear.  Don't get paranoid.  Do what you can.  Do it early. Do a little bit often.  Do it over time.  Don't worry if there's something you can't afford or do.  Trust it will be enough.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive. Add anything else you think you may need that you might not be able to get.


 

Here's a list of some things you may want to consider:

  • Have a plan.  Think through all aspects of it well in advance of need.
  • Train your mind and body (in advance) and stay trained to be in condition so you can do what's needed. It will be exhausting.
    • Have some form of exercise you know how to and can do without instruction or power (stretching, weights, calisthenics, meditation, yoga, qigong, tai chi, etc.) to stay healthy and fit during/post-event
  • Anticipate and take care of any financial, health, medical, car repairs, or other needs well in advance of event
  • Safety and security, weapons (guns, knives, batons, sticks, pepper spray, taser, Mace)
  • Hunting and fishing (fishing poles, hooks, spinners, bait, rifle, shotgun, bow, slingshot) including any needed permits (ID areas where allowed) - don't wait 'til you need it to learn
  • Ways to secure home and property
    • plywood
    • 2x4s
    • tapcons
    • screens in windows and doors? (if power is out and it's hot out, you'll want them
  • Saws (hand, chain), drills (hand, electric), loppers, pruning shears
  • Cleanup supplies
  • Tools, both powered and hand (manual)
  • Multi-tool, knife, axe, hatchet, hammer, screw drivers, pliers
  • Fasteners
  • Rope
  • Shelter - Where will you stay or go? Does your house or apartment have a safe room or secured area? How about an interior bathroom or hallway with no windows?  (Stock it as best you can for easy access to what you need on hand.)
  • Food and water
    • Food, non-perishable, bulk, dried, canned
    • Pet food, leashes, collars, muzzles, harness, kitty litter, pet food
    • Cannabis, pipe, papers
    • Liquor, beer, wine,
    • MREs, survival foods
    • Potable water supply
    • Water storage containers (5 gal)
    • Water purification tablets
    • Purification survival straw
    • Grills and cook stoves (wood and/or propane)
    • Coffee pot (percolator, espresso or other)
    • Food for x people for y days/weeks/months
    • Ice and coolers
  • Home-grown
    • Seeds, root stock and gardening supplies, tools to grow your own
    • Planting and growing area, soil, amendments,
    • Home-canned fruits and vegetables
  • Cash
  • Communications
    • Phones and chargers
    • Spare, fully charged batteries
    • Ways to communicate when grid goes down
    • Agreed meeting places and expectations for communications, coordination during/post-event
    • Writing paper, envelopes, stamps (if no other way to communicate)
  • Transportation - cars gassed and ready to roll
  • Lighting, fuel and power supplies
    • Lantern fuel, gas cans and propane tanks filled
    • Flashlights, candles and lanterns
    • Matches (waterproof?), lighters (small and fireplace)
    • Kindling, firewood and charcoal
    • Gasoline in cans for cars and generators
    • Solar generators and charging systems (phone, computer)
    • Siphon hose
    • Hand-held fans
    • Health and First Aid
      • Masks, gowns, goggles, infection treatments,
      • Medicines, vitamins, prescription meds, analgesics, pain meds, gan mao ling, pain patches, lineaments, eye and ear drops,
      • First aid kit
      • Feminine hygiene products
      • Chemical ice and heat packs
      • Toothbrushes and tooth paste
      • Eyeglasses, sunglasses, hats
      • Sunscreen and sunburn treatments
    • Sanitation and cleanliness
      • Soap (hands, dishes, clothes)
      • Toilet paper (lots of it)
      • Paper towels
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Chlorine bleach and hydrogen peroxide
      • Trash bags
      • Gallon freezer bags
    • Clothing
      • Jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters and coats
      • Changes of clothes
      • Shoes, sandals, shower flip flops, boots
      • Hats
      • Reading material
    • Toys and games for kids (and pets) to keep them busy
    • Boat or canoe (if in an area where flooding is possible)
    • Bicycle(s) and bike locks (and carrying baskets?) - in good working order with tires inflated to recommended pressures
    • Personal journals (if you're into that sort of thing)
    • Important papers (insurance policies, lists of who to call for what, warranties, usernames/passwords, photographs, lists of property,
    • Debit and credit cards with available balances (in case grid is up and banks are open/funds available)
    • IDs and insurance cards for all members of families

     

    If you're evacuating:

    • Consider how you will pack and carry all you need if you: a) evacuate; b) go to a shelter (note: if you go, you may not be able to get out until permitted by authorities after crisis is over).
    • Go-bags packed and ready with clothes and necessities
    • Pillows, blankets and bedding, towels, and blankets/quilts
    • Soap and skin care
    • Transportation
    • Evacuation routes and plans
    • Radio
    • Clothes
    • Food
    • Pets and shelters
    • Cash
    • Phones, computer and chargers

     

    If you're staying put, know where to get:

    • Food, water and other supplies
    • Gasoline and propane
    • Help if public services are down

     


     

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