Disasters come in all flavors. If you are reading this blog, you probably know that but still, there is a huge contingent that thinks “it will never happen to me”. Think again.
Today, for the uninitiated who are considering the prepper lifestyle but have not committed, I have prepared a list of varying types of emergencies from natural, mother earth types, to the horrific, man-made types. Read through the list and you will understand why you need to adopt a family preparedness lifestyle.
Shall we start?
Mother Earth: Natural Disasters and Destructive Weather
- Severe storms
- Volcano eruptions
- Tropical storms
- Heat waves
- Ice storms
- Forest fires
Disease and Medical Disasters
- Food poisoning
- Infectious diseases
- AIDS and other immune system disorders
- Personal sickness
Environmental Degradation & Crisis
- Water pollution
- Air pollution
- Tainted farmland
- Global warming, weather man-made or part of a natural cycle
- Depression or recession
- Massive unemployment
- Civil unrest and riots
- Monetary system failure
- Food shortage
- Home foreclosure
- Bank failure
Technology and Other Failures
- Power grid failures
- Nuclear plan melt-downs
- Refinery explosions and fires
Weapons of Mass Destruction and Worse
- Dirty bomb
- Chemical or biological attack
- Terrorist attack
- Nuclear war
- World war
Yes, the list of scary and hopefully, some of these disasters, especially the last section, “Weapons of Mass Destruction” will never occur (or shall I say never occur again). But there are no guarantees. The best we can do is be prepared. With preparation we will still have fear – but we will also have the knowledge and the tools to do the very best we can to survive in the most dire of circumstances.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Backdoor Survival Tip of the Day: This is a Survival Husband favorite (he spent his career in the jewelry industry). If you can’t get your ring off your finger, try spraying it with Windex or some other slippery cleaner. Baby oil works good too. Move the ring round and round and with luck, in a minute or two it will slide right off.
Now if the ring is tight because you have been eating too many cookies and sweets, get yourself a copy of the Dukan Diet and lose 5 or 6 pounds fast.
From the Bargain Bin: Today I thought I would recap some of my SurvivalWoman picks and reader favorites.
Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers: A must have for your cast iron skillet. Dirt cheap and worth twice the price.
Ove Gloves: Another must have. Be sure to get two – one for each hand. BTW, they wash up beautifully.
Documentary – Collapse: This Nat Geo series will keep you awake thinking about it. This is a real call to action.
Book: How to Live on Wheat: Excellent all around primer on all things wheat.
Mylar Bags and Oxygen Absorbers: Essential for long term food storage. I prefer the one gallon sized bags but YMMV.
Doctor Prepper’s The Best of Basics Family Preparedness Guide: From the Rock Stare of preparedness manuals. Lots of checklists, ideas, recipes, and more. It is so nice to have everything in one place!
Pepper Spray: This does not replace your shotgun but is small and easy to get to in a myriad of situations.
Kingston 8GB Digital DataTraveler: You can never have too many flash drives. This is an essential component for storing copies of important documents and reference manuals in your bug out bag. (And if you are lucky, you will have power to retrieve them.)
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