In April 2015 we counted 200 years since the explosion of the Tambora volcano, the most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history. It isn’t something you’re going to find easily in our media, but just like many volcanologists out there, you need to wonder: “will we face a similar volcanic eruption in our lifetime?” Unfortunately the news are not good and it seems that nobody wants to discuss about what lies beneath the ground…
Hardcore survivalists and preppers cherish the lone-wolf scenario. It goes something like this: The world is crumbling and cities collapse into mayhem. We,the preppers are well equipped for the end of the world. We are the last chance of humanity since we can withstand anything faith throws at us. Our society is no longer built on everyday trust and neighborly reliance, but do you want to be alone in the end?
It’s really happening. The “brown stuff” hit the fan and there’s terror everywhere. To top it all off, you’re not even at home so you need to think and act fast about whether or not it’s a good idea to get there and how to do it.
If you live off-the grid the loss of power might not seem catastrophic to you. However, for the rest of the people out there, having no electricity will drastically lower their life’s quality or even worse. Regardless of one’s condition we have to consider that the majority of our needs require power and we are lost without it. You should at least be able to hoard the right foods to increase your chances of survival when the world will plunge into darkness.
In the world we live today there are as many man-made disasters as natural ones and you need to learn to survive both. If your pantry is full, your health and safety should be a first priority when a disaster strikes. Knowing what to do and having the correct equipment to treat a medical problem should be a must for every prepper since even the smallest infection can bring you down, if left untreated.
The idea behind a 72 hour bug-out bag is that it will provide you with the supplies you need to find shelter or safety. It is not a bug out bag that can keep you alive in the wilderness for days, it is just a transition bag. This bag is designed to keep you safe and alive while you are moving towards a shelter or to your bug out location. The following items should be considered for every 72 hour bug-out bag.
Knowledge is power and this power will bring you up when everything around you crumbles. We stockpile food and water, we hoard the things we might need during a disaster and we equip our armory so that we could fend off a small army. What are you doing about hoarding knowledge? You’ve started learning about first aid, about gardening, about wood crafting and other skills you might need, but one cannot learn everything. This is why you need to build your own SHTF library.
An urban prepper has to deal with much more problems when it comes to preparedness and survival, compared to their fellow preppers, living in small communities. They have to deal with limited space and always keep an eye on their neighbors. They never know who might be a friend or a foe, in a time of crisis. The strategies presented in this article are designed for the preppers living in large cities. They are intended to give them an upper hand and increase their chances of survival.
Our great grandparents were truly survivors and they were able to thrive in challenging times. If we think of our childhood and of everything they had to do, to be self-sufficient, we will realize they had survival skills that, today, we do not have. It is hilarious how we became so addicted to technology. How we forgot some of the survival skills our great-grandparents and grandparents thought us. We now use our phones even for the most basic things, like calculating the tip or learning how to boil an egg. We should look back and learn some of the survival skills our grandparents had.
We live in uncertain times with constant threats knocking at our doors. One day, we might live under Martial law and although the use of Martial law should bring an end to the scenario that imposed it, most of the times it will lead to further violence and chaos. The United States, like many other nations has a long history when it comes to Martial law and some fear it may soon be upon us. The current scenarios that foresee Martial law are all related to ISIS attacks that could happen on US soil. This is why you need to have a survival strategy for when Martial law hits.
Bartering should not be a skill forgotten in ancient past or used when you try to bring down the price of cheap, vacation souvenirs. Trading goods for goods or goods for services might someday become a need in our modern society due to its vulnerability to economic collapse.