The hour is late and the very real threat of a nuclear or EMP attack is in our faces and can happen at any moment. If you have not been prepping, the stuff that will make this transition into prehistoric days easier has passed!
But it’s not too late for the bare, vital essentials. You must do the following steps NOW! There is NO TIME LEFT when WAR has been declared either by act from our enemies or word from Big Brother. And don’t depend much on the latter.
These are not detailed, and the minimal explanations on why to do this or that will be just that. Minimal. It’s time to get down to the nitty gritty, no-time-to-study, no time to build a safe room, etc. We are talking ESSENTALS, no frills, no luxury items. At the very least read the following, have the basic information in your head to work from. If you wait, and all utilities, which incldes the internet, are lost you lose out too. This post will be in la-la land somewhere in the destroyed universe. The internet will NOT always be there for us.
THINK: People are stampeding one another, assaulting one another over a damn TOASTER during Black Friday. What do you think it will be like during SHTF with LIMITED supplies in the stores? Shop NOW!
Lets jump right in: (These are NOT in priority order)
SHELTER The first few hours are the most dangerous! Take cover as deep as you can go, layering anything you get your hands on, placed above you. A basement is ideal but not always accessible. The map above is an example of radioactive fallout waves to help you with your planning. What if you’re at the grocery store when an attack hits? Most likely your vehicle will not work when you venture out to head home (But only after the first few hours should you leave). Have sturdy, sensible shoes in your vehicle because you will most likely be walking a long, long way home. Also keep a backpack with essentials such as water, extra jacket, lemon drops (you’ll be walking quite a distance, not enough water to keep you hydrated) etc. in your vehicle as well as a luggage cart with wheels. (these things also handy for earthquake prep to keep in your car) Don’t go hiking home in camo clothing, you do NOT want to stand out. RETHINK what you carry in your vehicle EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU LEAVE HOME DURING THIS CRITICAL TIME. Can’t make it home & the air raid sirens are blasting? Get under a huge semi truck, under anything! A swift make-shift lean-to with pallets, just do NOT be out in the open for the wave to hit you. You’re home? Still, get UNDER as much stuff as you can. Later: No heat in the house? Set up your camping tent indoors, sleep in it, play in it, read in it, live in it to conserve body heat. NEVER set up the family BBQ indoors, you will all die. That is NOT an exaggeration. Do NOT use the gas oven to heat the house, with the door left open the thermostat cannot regulate and a lovely life-threatening fire will ensue. Have floor or ceiling heating vents? Get those covered up! you can use aluminum foil, wrap it aropund the vent from the underside. Then thick plastic over the top. Get a few rolls of heavy plastic to cover all windows, doors, a/c units ANY opening from inside your home/shelter. (don’t do this covering yet)
WASTE Plan on not being able to go outside for a few weeks. If you have pets you need to prepare for the disposal of their waste as well as your own. Walmart carrys chemicals in their boating section for human waste and they have buckets in the paint dept. Take it from there. Kitty litter also good to deter odors. And Walmart has mint-scented trash bags that also repells insects and rodents. You may need puppy training pads to re-educate your pets on where to potty indoors. Baby wipes or even large pieces of fabric to use as a re-useable toilet paper. Different color or print for each member of the household. Each cleans their own pad/fabric piece and keeps it clean. Hygene never was more important than in this situation. (MORE: http://tacticalintelligence.net/blog/survival-sanitation-how-to-deal-with-human-waste.htm
WATER Begin storing water NOW. It is bulky to store, the only thing that can’t be dehydrated, but it’s imperative that you stock up! Fill every conceivable container. Walmart sells 7 gallon aqua-tainers and they will be out of stock real soon. Get bleach that has no additives (scent, etc) use ONLY pure bleach. Add 1.5 teaspoons of pure bleach to every 7 gallons of water. Fill your washing machine, yout tub, water, water, water! If nothing happens, use the tub water to bathe in, clean the tub and refill it. This way you’re not wasting water. Same with your clothes washer. You might collect water from irrigation ditches or ponds for your animals BEFORE any attack, absolutely NOT AFTER, stored in a clearly marked separate container. Irrigation water is NOT fit for human consumption. If you have bottled water that has expired, use it for the animals, they won’t mind or use it for cooking. Do NOT throw any saved water out! And do NOT use water from any of your faucets after an attack! It will be seriously contaminated, as-in you will glow in the dark contaminated! We’re not playing here.
FAMILY Condition your emotions. For those who have adult children living in another state than you, or who are hundreds of miles away, you need to come to terms that you may not ever get together. Especially with an EMT: no phones, no vehicles, no email/text, no nada. Total rustic barbaric conditions. You will not be able to contact your loved ones. Plan for that, get your head wrapped around that. This will be extremly difficult! Provisions for a crowd, but figure you will go through this alone. Those with children, plenty of indoor activities: crayons, nerf balls, board games, cards.
411 Have a am/fm radio with batteries for updates. But please take any broadcasted update with a grain of salt. A tiny bit of paranoia and a large dose of wisdom during this time would be a very good thing.
PROTECTION Baseball bat, prayer, weapons, lumber, your pet. Open your door to NO ONE automatically, no matter how frantic the person may sound! Be sure who is at your door always first. Always, no matter how competent your guard dog is. People are attacking others over a toaster on Black Fridays, it will be even worse during WROL/SHTF! Open your door and you are dead. In more than one way. Preparation NOW: Go and dig a hole the size of your ice chest plus about a foot or more, deeper than the container. Save the fill dirt AWAY from your hole. This is a stealth burial so to speak. Cover the hole with wood and plants. If, during martial law, you hear of gun/weapon confiscation, go put your weapons & ammo in the ice chest and bury them! I would also add a few heavy duty trash bags (the ice chest within the bag as added protection against the elements) You will NOT have time to do this AFTER hearing about gun grabs, the hole must be prepared ahead of time, and in an inconspicuous area. Plus, you never know what you may encounter, such as the dirt is too solid to dig through, soak it overnight and continue digging again next day. Will they use metal detectors? A bigger hole. I hear some people boast that ‘no military is taking their weapons from them’. Well that sounds nice and tough, maybe silly machoism, but only to yourself. We all know what will happen if you try to out-gun or resist. Instant death. Problem is, those with you will be killed as well. Think. Also, Load up NOW on batteries and extra bulbs for your flashlights.
PETS If your pet cannot viciously and completely protect you, give it away NOW. To simply let the animal(s) loose once SHTF is cruel and they will die a horrific death. If you keep the animal(s) and provisions will not last, (people come first) put the animal down, its the most humane (& difficult) thing to do. Ladies: time to cowgirl up, drop the sentimentalities, they will be your undoing.
FOOD Fallout can and will land on your food stuffs, cans, packages, whatever. Wipe them down with a damp cloth before opening. Never toss the canning liquid, you will need the water. Drink it or give it to your pet. Save cooking water as well, use it to rehydrate a survival meal next time or give to the pets. If the cooking water is really, horribly fouled, and been reused over & over, it can be used in the bathroom for rinsing/wiping. You are not throwing out ANY water. You MUST be a total scrooge with your water! Gather Large garden containers & appropriate soil NOW to grow your food indoors. Quit using your freezer to store food, start using up your frozen foods now. There will be no way to keep the refrig running and you’ll have other perishables to consume once the power is off such as milk & such. Stick with canning or dehydrated, not freezing.
MEDICATION Renew your prescriptions in a 3-month supply NOW. Keep plenty of burn treatment and bandaging, anticeptics on hand. (Radiation burns) Start your homemade antibiotic tinctures NOW, it lasts for years but take 3 weeks to ‘ripen’. (http://deeprootsathome.com/garlic-tincture-diy-home-remedy/
All items you purchase, get them INSIDE your home, away from potential fallout and thieves. Don’t forget several rolls of heavy duty duct tape & candles, lots of matches. Be mindful of barter items for once the dust settles. If SHTF These 17 Items Will Be Worth Their Weight In Gold
Keep checking Steve Quayle’s page. If it’s RED, then war is IMMINENT! http://www.stevequayle.com/
I will be updating, adding to, & editing this post throughout the coming days and weeks so please keep checking back. Be careful, folks. If you have other last-minute survival tips, please use the comment section and thanks in advance for your helpful comment contributions, lets help each other out.
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