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Be prepared for the end of the world: prepper basics

By Mason White 11:39 AM February 19, 2014
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By: Devansh Dutt
The survivalist or doomsday prepper mindset is defined by the desire to anticipate the worst scenario and properly prepare.

While some consider this way of thinking to be extreme, it is not all that different from preparing for other personal disasters such as losing your job, or locking your door at night to prevent theft.

Take the steps to ensure you and your family are safe in the event of an unexpected disaster, and prepared to cope with issues such as food and water supply, food storage, electricity, and shelter. Responsibility is key, and it’s crucial to anticipate any imminent disasters. By planning ahead, you and your family will be in a better position when something bad happens.

Food and Water

Reliable potable water source is one of the most important resources during an emergency. Learning how to purify water is important as there is no guarantee that your tap water won’t be contaminated. If there is no tap water and you use water from one of these sources, you will need to know how it should be purified:

Natural springs
Lakes
Rainwater
Rivers and streams
Ponds

Washington State Department of Health offers information how to boil water or add bleach to it, in order to make water safe for consumption.

While many preppers focus on amassing large quantities of food, it is hard to know how much food you will need, or how long it can be safely stored. Purchase food kits like the Wise Company’s one-year kit, or research what food items you will need to store. The Provident Living website offers a handy food calculator that will give you an idea of the basics you will need. Focus on long term food storage and short term water storage. Once a disaster occurs, you don’t want to be scrambling for supplies.

While storing food is important, once it’s gone, it’s gone. Learn how to grow your own food to ensure longevity in your survival plan. Invest in good, organic seeds, such as the non-GMO, heirloom organic seeds from Seeds of Change. Even if you live in an apartment or high-rise, you can grow vegetables using an indoor aquaponic system, and if you have a balcony, you have enough room to grow your own fruits and vegetables.

Self Defense

It won’t do you much good to have clean water and a safe food supply if you can’t defend it. In times of disaster, you can never be too sure where the danger might lie—in fact, it could come from your very own backyard and from your neighbors. Learn a martial art to prepare physically and mentally for hand-to-hand physical confrontation. Go a step further by having a cleaned and loaded gun reserved for emergencies only, and ensure you and your family are aware of the gun safety basics.

Take advantage of an online resource like Penn Foster, which offers online courses that teach the proper cleaning, care and repair of your firearms. This precaution will ensure that your family is one step closer to being ready to defend your home and survive.