Generally we need to prepare for a short term crisis rather than an end of the world scenario.Food supplies for 1 to 6 months may cover most scenarios.You then replace you long term supply with fresh stock.Make sure your clearly mark each item with its purchase date/ expiry date with a sharpie marker.If there’s a crisis, you should consume the older food stores first.Where to store your food?You should not keep your food all in one place.Where possible store it/hide it in different parts of your property.You do this to protect your supplies from the elements and theft.Under your floor boardsIn and external storage unitStore food properlyYour food stores should be tightly sealed in airtight containers.These can be broken down into smaller units as required.You,-just-because-we-can can identify food grade plastics by looking for the appropriate symbol printed into the plastic.Use oxygen absorbers and mylar bags for long't-Easy-To-Pin-Down~ term suppliesOxygen absorbers are used to remove oxygen from Mylar bags, creating the perfect anaerobic environment for your storage and protection needs.Removing the oxygen prevents bacteria and funguses, such as mould, from developing.Foods sealed in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers can last for decades.Oxygen absorbers work by removing the oxygen from the sealed container, leaving an atmosphere of mostly nitrogen inside the bucket.Follow the instruction for the oxygen absorbers carefully and get everything ready prior to opening them up the the environment.Don’t forget to store some comfort foodsIdeally, the food you store should be what your family enjoys.Depending on the length of the crisis, food boredom may set in.It’s a good idea to also stock some comfort foods like chocolate, canned fruit, jello, instant puddings cake mixes and candies.Comfort foods are even more important if you have children and don’t for get their birthdays.Birthday parties are a great time to bring out some comfort foods, celebrate and and create a distraction to lift morale.Older people and children are likely to struggle and need time to adjust to their new diet.Comfort foods will help them adjust to their new lifestyle.What are the staple foods should we storeSome foods store better than others.Our focus needs to be on freeze dried foods, canned food, uncooked rice, grains and flour, as well as other long life foods.If you are preparing for a shorter term crisis then you do not need to worry too much about having nutritionally balanced meals.Your focus is on having fuel to keep the body running and not a perfectly balanced diet.Ideally, you should plan to consume a variety of simple easy to prepare meals.Having menu variety will compensate for the lack of planned nutritional balancing however a supply of multi vitamins will further close the gap .These following foods contain carbs, protein and fats and all have a long shelf life.If this is the case and you are not's-work-was-over forced to leave your home will have,-Not-A-Bakery! most of the equipment you need.Depending on the specific circumstances you find's-The-Right-Time-To-Get-A-New-Boiler%3F yourself in, not having access to power will be an issue unless you are prepared.Having a gas camping stove will allow you to cook basic meals and boil water.If you are preparing for a longer period and have whole grains to process into flour then you may need to have a grain mill, mincer, pasta maker and a vacuum packing machine.Should you stay home?Bug in or bug outThere may be times when you need to evacuate your home but in most cases it is best to stay in your home.There may however, be circumstance where you have no choice and must leave.Consider, a chemical leak, fire, flood, tornado or rioting.If you do need to leave, where will you go?You might drive to another urban location that offers more safety and security alternatively you might leave suburbia and head for the hills.During times of riots and mob violence it might be best to get out of the way of trouble until things calm down.Moving to an isolated area may be safer because it is less likely that dangerous people will be doing the same.The key to this is assessing the situation and acting quickly.You need to get moving before the masses do and clog up the roads and transport systems.Make sure you let other in your extended family know what your will do.You don’t want them to come's-our-lack-of-understanding looking for you and putting themselves in danger.Decide how you will reconnect with your extended family.In order to be fully prepared you need to have a dress rehersal and test your plan.The final decision on whether to stay in place or,-what-is-widespread-in-regards-to-Creative-Agencies-at-this-moment%3F bug out will depend entirely of the percieved threat and magnitude of that threat.Generally, staying put and defending you home is best.You only want to evacuate if there’s a catastrophic event like an extreme fire threat, tsunami or chemical release.If you have prepared your home properly them leaving it may incur a greater risk than staying put.As such I will focus more on staying put, bugging in rather than bugging out.If we refer back to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, we will see that safety is one of the most important needs we have.Our home provides us with safety, security, and shelter.We can’t live long without water and without shelter we might also die of exposure or violence very quickly.Depending on the exact crisis, your home may be a major component in protecting you from the elements.Should you experience a disaster that leaves you exposed to the elements,-meditation-can-be-that-simple then't-enjoy-something you are at risk of being exposed to rain, snow, wind, poor air quality, excessive sun, flying objects and bad people.Your home is your first line of defence.We all live in different locations and as such can be subject to different risks.FloodsBush firesSnow stormsCyclones, hurricanes and tornadoesTsunamisEarthquakesVocanic eruptionPower lossAir pollution and toxic chemical releaseGangs and riotsHome invasionsThese are just some of the risks you may face.Having a plan and being ready to respond will improve your chances of survival.What are we most vulnerable to?How may we better protect ourselves?What improvements can we make to reduce the risk?What security measures can we put in place?By planning for the most likely risks, you can create a check list of tasks than need to follow as soon as the risk appears.Have you turned off the water, power and gas?Have you secured lose items like garden furniture sheets of roofing iron and rubish bins?Did you clear guttering and downpipes of leaves so water can get away?What is the weakest part of your house, how can it be reinforced?Do you need to board up your windows and strengthen the entry points?Do you need a safety shelter?Where can you safely store valuables and documents?Are your fire extinguishers ready?Are you smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms operating?Are dangerous liquids and chemicals secure?How can you keep intruders out?What can you use to defend yourself against an intruder?Do you have a flashlight and spare batteries, candles, matches or chemical lights?Do you need an evacuation drill and where do you meet after getting out?Do you have appropriate protective clothing?Should you duct tape doors, vents and windows?How can you communicate with the outside world?Do you have a battery radio to hear public announcements?Where do you keep a tarpaulin and ropes?What is the safest and most secure room to be in?Where is the emergency food and water?Where is the first aid kit?Can you secure the dog/cat flap?Can all your doors and windows be locked very securely?Are there places where bad people can hide and ambush you?Can you set up intruder warning trip lines?Do you have solar powered external lights with motion sensors?Have you secured you ladder to make access to the roof and upper windows difficult?Do you keep you car keys in a certain spot where you can find them quickly?Should you own a generator, do you have fuel, does it run?Can you think of things missed from this list?Next stepsMake a written planAssess and prioritise the deficienciesPlan for or compensate for deficienciesDevelop a checklistTrain and rehearse the familyReview and adjust as appropriateCreate as many options as possibleBugging OutYou made the decision that its safer to leave your home and move to another location.If this is to happen then you need to be ready to move quickly and this needs careful preparation.Your vehicle needs to be ready to go but before that you need to have your personal bug out bag ready.Your personal bugout bag needs to hold at least 3 days of supplies including both food, water and personal items.This bag should always be ready, speed is essential and being first on the road may mean you avoid getting caught you in the panic and mahem trafic.Multi tool and small fishing kitParacordPen and pencilWaterproof matches/lighter, candles, flint& steel and dry tinderZip tiesDepending on your situation you may not need all of this.It will be better to have too much rather than too little.Being hungry and having a can of food but no means of opening it will be very annoying.Each member of your group't-have-to-be-extreme will need a similar bag containing similar items in case of seperation.There is a limit to how much a person can carry so choose wisely keeping a balance between utility, weight and durability.To improve your chances of getting there you need to make sure your vehicle is always in good service, with good tyres and brakes.Try to keep you tank over half full at all times and have spare gerry cans of fuel available.If you see fuel stations that are open always use your cash to top up the tank and gerry cans.The extra fuel will be more valuable than the cash.Do not take the risk of staying to see how things evolve.Once safely out of immediate danger you can take time to consider all your options and your next step.Never abandon your vehicle unless you have no choice.Your home is you best shelter and your vehicle is the next best.Sleeping in the vehicle is safer than sleeping in a tent.By being prepared you can move fast and avoid the panic as others begin to scramble and catch on to the crisis.You only want to bug out to the bush/forest if you have absolutely no other choice.Going bush, the last resortThe approach this guide takes is to always try and stay sheltered in your home.If you need to evacuate your home then you need to have a plan to go far enough away that the destination is unlikely to be effected in the same way as your home.Preferably this will be another urban area.After all there is some safety in numbers and community.Rarely does civilization collapse to the extent you need to go primal and live off the land.Dress rehearsalIf you and your family are serious about developing the skills to survive in the bush then your should put yourselves to the test.This will uncover many of the deficiencies in your plan as well as train the family in what is expected in the case of a fast moving crisis.In poor weather conditions camping can be miserable.It takes no brains or planning to be cold, wet and hungry.Its best to iron out the bugs in your plans before you need to apply them in a real life crisis.The internet will provide you with an abundant source of information.You have been injured, you are in pain, you feel faint, cold and clammy.How are you feeling now, better or worse?Additionally everyone in your group needs to have first aid training and access to the first aid kit.A first aid kit needs to contain everything that is needed to help and stabilise the injured person.You are not performing open heart surgery your aim is to stabilise the patient until proper treatment is available.There are two components to administer first aid, firstly you need a first aid kit and secondly you need the knowledge to use it.It doesn’t matter who you are, a grasp of basic first aid skills can be very handy in times of need.Your aim is to have every member of your group able to provide immediate aid to stabilise someone long enough untill better skilled medical treatment can be provided.There is a lot of information and training available on You Tube however nothing beats professional training.Search First*/ Aid Training and First Aid for Preppers.Final commentsBy now you are either totally depressed or feeling empowered about what may lie ahead.From here you need to take stock on your situation, discuss it with your family and make a concious decision on what you will do.Start collecting information online and save it to your usb flash drive.Start making a check list of what you need to do to prepare.You are your greatest resource providing you have invested the time into learning.You tube is a fantastic resource and an easy way to become familiar with new skills.The time to prepare is now.Its not when everyone else is, after the disaster happens.Complete a threat analysis and focus on preparing for the most likely events.Prepping for a doomsday scenario or zombie attack is unrealistic.Prepping for a global financial crisis, extended power outage, extreme climatic events or cyber attacks is more likely.The main thing is to get started, make a plan and create options for you and your family.

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