Speaking of which, what is a “disruptive event”?
The Dreaded “Disruptive Event”Back in 2013, I started using this term to describe any event that could potentially transform our personal lives into one of chaos, distress, confusion, or all of the above. Interestingly enough, today I could not find many references to this term using Google so the how, where, and why I started using it most likely has to do with my own thoughts on TEOTWAWKI. Note: TEOTWAWKI = The End of the World as We Know It TEOTWAWKI was a commonly used acronym in preparedness and survival circles until the end of 2012 when various predications of the end of times did not materialize. The term is still used today, in a much broader sense. At Backdoor Survival, for example, TEOTWAWKI refers to anything that disrupts our normal way of life. This could be something as devastating as an EMP taking down the power grid, to a more mundane (but equally devastating) job loss or loss of a family member. Disruptive events are common and that is why we prepare. In Twelve Months of Prepping, we are preparing for short term disruptions of a few weeks and in doing so, we are going to be better prepared than 95% of our friends and neighbors. What about the longer term? We do that too. On the Backdoor Survival website there are do-it-yourself projects fostering self-sufficiency, food storage and first aid tips, gear and book reviews, think pieces to help us learn, and a myriad of other tools to foster preparing for a long term disruptive event. Each topic and each article is there to help you come up with a preparedness strategy unique to your needs. For now, however, let us set aside thoughts of that dreaded disruptive event and move on to Month Eleven of prepping.
Twelve Months of Prepping: Month Eleven
MONTH 11 SUPPLIES & GEAR:
- Package of paper plates
- Package of napkins
- Package of eating utensils
- Package of paper cups
- Garbage bags and ties for disposal of used items
MONTH 11 TASKS:
- Exchange work, home and emergency contact phone numbers and email addresses with family neighbors for use during an emergency
The Final WordAlthough the purchases and tasks this month seem like no-brainers, they are critical to putting together a complete preparedness plan for you and your loved ones. Furthermore, although the words “disasters can and do happen to ordinary folks” has become a time-worn cliché, it is true. Disruptive events and disasters happen to anyone and everyone, rich or poor, young or old, urban or rural. The best we can do is take steps now to prepared for the unexpected. Remember: You are responsible for your own preparedness. No one else will do it for you. Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation! Gaye If you enjoyed this article, consider voting for me daily at Top Prepper Websites! In addition, SUBSCRIBE to email updates and receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide. Bargain Bin: Today I share a few of the items that are part of my personal preparedness kit. These items were acquired slowly and over time, in much the same manner as everything else in 12 Months of Prepping. GI P38 & P51 Can Opener Combo Pack (Made in the USA): This is one of the army’s greatest tools. Can be used for dozens of jobs. Makes a great can opener, cutting edge, groove cleaner, screw drive, clean finger nails, open seams and many, many more practical uses. As of this writing, less than $2 for both. Coghlans Waterproof Matches 10-pack: There are 10 boxes of 40 matches each for about $6. That is a good deal for 400 waterproof matches.
Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: FAVORITE! Also known as the Mora 511, this is now my favorite knife. It is made of Swedish steel and is super sharp. Many Backdoor Survival have emailed me indicating this is now their favorite knife too. I paid $12 for this knife; it was worth $12 and of course is a steal at under $9.
Zippo Brushed Chrome Pocket Lighter: When it comes to lighters, the Zippo is ubiquitous. They are refillable and have a “fix it for free” live time guarantee. Everyone should have at least one Zippo!LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz. making it perfect for the prepper. There is also a larger sized LifeStraw Family currently available with free shipping. On Duty Emergency Gas & Water Shutoff 4-n-1 Tool: This 4 in 1 Emergency Tool was designed and tested by professional firefighters. It is light-weight, heavy duty, and easy-to-use for shutting off gas and water. Plus, it can be used to pry open doors and dig through debris. Kingston Digital DataTraveler 16GB USB: I have learned the hard way that thumb drives with plastic key ring holders break. I store a backup of my contact list and Outlook data file on a flash drive along with encrypted documents and my password list. There are photos and survival books in PDF format. You will be amazed at how much you can store on an 8GB or 16GB flash drive. They are dirt cheap too.
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