There are a lot of people who don’t really think about being prepared for a SHTF situation. They don’t think about what they should do to get ready for one because they never think it will happen to them.

These people believe that if something does happen where they can’t get supplies, they probably have enough to make it through until the government steps in.

But this kind of thinking can be dangerous because it’s likely that you don’t have anywhere near what you really need. What you should do right now to test this is take a pen and paper and start a list.

You need to write down everything you have on hand that will help you survive. This list should have several different categories. You should have a category for your paper goods – and this includes hygiene items.

You might have enough toilet paper for a week. But a bad situation can last a lot longer. What would you do then? Not having enough toilet paper is something you can live without, even though it would be gross.

But what if you don’t have enough baby formula to last longer than two weeks? At the end of two weeks, if you can’t get to the grocery store because they’re shut down or destroyed, what will you do then? How will you take care of your baby’s needs?

What about medical supplies? Do you really have a lot of those items? Most people usually have a few in their medicine cabinet. But a small box of bandages isn’t enough when it comes to taking care of a life threatening emergency if you have to do that.

If you only had five minutes to gather your family and get out, what would you do? Do you think you could pack enough supplies for every member of the family in just five minutes?

You’d need clothes, food, water, shelter, money and a plan of action. You can’t prepare all of that in just five minutes. Once you get out, what if you have to stay gone for months? What will you do then?

SHTFIt’s not easy looking at how unprepared we really are for SHTF situations, but you have to face reality because it could happen to you. When you look at your reality and realize how unprepared you are, this can be the jolt that you need to get prepared.

The eBook, Are You Prepared for SHTF Situations? can guide you on what you need and what you should do, but you have to take action and put the steps into practice so that you won’t be caught unprepared.
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After food and water, hygiene products are the next items that disappear from shelves when a pandemic strikes. So your odds of getting what you have to have during a time when needs are elevated is slim.

You want to prepare now so that you don’t have to fight crowds. Plus, you want to make sure you can stay isolated from them so that you won’t bring any illness back to your own home.

You’ll want to figure out how much of each hygiene product your family goes through by adding up what you normally go through in a year’s time. Then multiply that by at least a two year period.

Hygiene items can store that long, so even if the pandemic doesn’t last that long, you won’t have wasted the expense of buying the items.

You’ll need to stock up on toilet paper. The best rule of thumb is to figure two rolls per family member per week with extra rolls figured in for the event of illness that could require more usage. For toothpaste, figure that a family of four would need two tubes of toothpaste per month.

Dental floss should be figured at one container per month per person. Toothbrushes should be replaced more often during a pandemic because of the higher chance of you having to deal with germs. A good rule of thumb is to change toothbrushes every four weeks – sooner if anyone in the family has an illness.

You’ll need bar soap. If you currently use liquid hand soap, it’s more cost effective to plan to use bar soap during a pandemic. However, since pandemics are spread through viruses and germs, you’ll want to make sure that you have a hearty supply of hand sanitizer to use during the length of the isolation period.

Everyone in the family – except for infants and small children – will need deodorant. Using the solids is more cost effective than the spray on kind. Figure a container per person that uses it per month.

Feminine products should be figured at the current use, but always store extras in case of extra needs. If you use condoms for intimacy, you’ll want to pack a supply of those as well.

You’ll need to pack in storage a supply of razors for both men and women as well as a supply of shaving cream. Shampoo is something you can also store up, but in a pinch, hand soap can be used to wash hair if you don’t have enough shampoo.

Lotions for dry skin should also be on your store list. Also add Chapstick to prevent cracked lips from occurring. Q-tips and nail clippers for each person should also be stored for use. You’ll want separate nail clippers to help keep nail fungus and other bacteria or viruses at bay.

If you have infants, you’ll want to store up diapers and baby wipes. Now you’ll want to be careful on the diaper sizing since babies can outgrow diapers. So buy these in size increments to allow for that.

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Being prepared for disaster is a wise thing to do. When you’re prepared, you can survive both short and long term situations that disrupt a normal day-to-day living.

Many people understand the importance of being prepared. Some of these people will go it alone. Others will join together and either form a prepper community or they’ll get involved with one that’s already established.

There are different types of prepper communities. Some of these communities are places where members live near each other in survival homes on one patch of land.

Other communities are ones where the members simply share resources. One might share food while another shares medical supplies. This type of community often works on a barter based system.

There are both pros and cons in joining a prepper community. The main benefit with a prepper community is that there will be more people. Whenever you have a group of like minded people, it can be easier to accomplish goals and do things such as having help with chores or putting up new shelters.

Another pro is that there are also greater survival odds because there’s safety in numbers. If there’s a need to fight off attackers, you’ll have others in the fight with you rather than trying to go it alone.

Plus, everyone can take shifts guarding over the families and the supplies. If you’re alone, someone could try to steal your supplies the minute you’re gone or the second that you fall asleep.

With a community, there will always be someone to keep watch. It’s also a plus that there’s a social sharing aspect to a community. Knowing that you’re not in it alone can be a huge help.

You’ll be able to share meals together, work together to solve problems and socialize with each other. This will help keep the sense of isolation at bay. If you have a solid system in place and rules to follow, then taking care of things like the cooking, cleaning, laundry, hunting, fishing, building, education will be easier thanks to the community effort.

There are some drawbacks to being part of a prepper community. Decisions have to be made – and that can cause some disagreements. There will always be people who don’t like the way something is set up.

Some people won’t like a barter system, while others will only want that. With different personalities, there will be a greater chance that someone won’t like the way something is handled.

Another con is that there could be frauds in the group and their motives aren’t good. These people will want to join for the purpose of learning where you keep your supplies and weapons so they can know how to get into your supplies.

You’ll recognize these if you see them taking more than they give to the community. There will always be people who will want to abuse the system. These will be people who won’t want to do their share of the work or give their share of the contribution.

Lack of privacy and following rules set by someone else, even when you disagree with them, can be potential barriers to you living happily in a prepper community – but for many, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.

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When a crisis hits such as a pandemic break out, it’s important that you have protective gear on hand. Once the emergency actually happens, it will be very difficult to get what you actually need – so it’s crucial that you’re prepared ahead of time.

There are many different items that can help protect you, depending on the type of illness that’s spreading. You’re very likely to be looking at a virus that has become airborne – but something like Ebola can be highly infectious in close quarters; even sweat left on a doorknob can infect you!

Gloves

Gloves are essential for allowing you to touch people and surfaces that might be covered in virus. But not those flimsy household gloves that you can buy in a grocery store. Those barely hold up at all and they tear much too easily to offer any kind of decent protection.

You need heavy duty gloves that are made to exam standards. That’s why the Dynarex Black Nitrile Exam Gloves gloves are in high demand. Anyone can use these gloves – even those who have a latex sensitivity. You’ll want to purchase multiple sizes of non-latex gloves. Even if you’re not currently allergic to latex, it’s important to note that a latex allergy can develop at any time.

Eye Protection

One way that disease is spread is through contact with the eyes. The eyes don’t offer the same protection that the rest of your skin does. If you come in contact with a virus and then touch your eyes, the virus can be delivered directly to your bloodstream.

Some masks also offer eye protection, but if you don’t have that type of mask, you at least want to have goggles. Contaminants can get in through your eyes because your eyes are mucous membranes. You need top quality goggles like the DEWALT DPG82-11C Concealer Clear Anti-Fog Dual Mold Safety Goggle. This one offers superior protection. It’s also important to develop the habit of washing your hands before touching your eyes at any time.

N95 Masks

Masks can help cover your mouth and nose to avoid infection. But it’s important that you get a mask that’s actually rated to prevent viruses from passing. Viruses are very small and a simple surgical mask isn’t enough for protection.

You’ll want to purchase N95 masks that are rated to keep viruses out. Most of these masks are not reusable, so you’ll need to have a large supply on hand in various sizes for the members of your family.

Biohazard Suits

The most expensive (but important) thing you can purchase is a biohazard suit. This is a suit that protects you from head to toe when you’re going into an area that’s heavily affected by a pandemic. These suits are reusable, but must be sanitized properly before taking them off.

You’ll only need one suit per member of your family, but you need to make sure it fits properly. It’s a good idea to go through your supply every year and evaluate to see if you need to purchase additional sizes.

Booties

Booties are disposable covers for your shoes that help you to prevent tracking in disease on your feet. They’re usually one size fits all, so you can purchase several boxes of one size for your home.

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Accidents, natural disasters, and other emergency situations are realistic disasters that people face every single day. During such incidences, no one is exempted, even children. These young ones are included in the thousands of reports all over the world regarding the devastating outcomes of calamities where there are children missing, badly injured or even found dead. Early in a child’s life, it is important to teach them basic survival skills because you’ll never know what life has in store for them.

Basically, children have different cognitive responses to understand how important survival means compared to adults. According to some survival experts, children have difficultly absorbing the topic of ultimate survival, but with the aid of role playing methods that include basic survival drills; children can process and retain how important survival is. This is applicable for disasters whether man-made or natural ones. When it comes to role playing, make it simple and interactive so that children are able to participate and get fun out of the exercise.

Children do not have the brain structure and ability to sustain complex survival methods and strategies compared to adults. Given the fact that disasters do not affect people based on gender, age and especially the level of intellect, children may have different cognitive understanding and response but they can be taught the basic survival skills.

Here are some ways to teach and train survival lessons for children:

  • Stop – When in danger or caught in an emergency scenario, try to incorporate the word stop to children. Stop means taking a deeper breath, staying calm and acknowledging the problem. Try to explain to them that it is impossible to undo the past, but looking forward to the future to survive is what must be thought of.
  • Think – Children are commonly dismissed by adults when it comes to thinking on their own especially during stressful situations. However, children have a very wide understanding and imagination when it comes to survival. Try to develop and sharpen those cognitive skills by letting them know what to prevent during stressful situations, which is panic. Do not forget to emphasize to them the phrase “Don’t Panic”, instead think of a better way and act with caution. Panic can imbalance the young minds of children and eventually may lead to possible mistakes and injuries.
  • Observe – One of the things that must be taught to children is to observe. Try to give them drills were they can assess and observe options that can enhance survival. This includes equipment, supplies, surroundings and personal capabilities to survive.
  • Plan – Children can be taught to plan to survive and prioritize basic needs in dealing with the emergency situation and how to conserve the supplies and equipments wisely. Make sure to insert advice that a plan can be altered along the way and they must have a back-up plan every now and again until the rescue arrives.

You might consider using the abbreviation of the word “STOP” where “S” stand for stop, “T” is for think, “O” is for observe and “P” is for plan. This kind of method is simple yet easy to remember for children when they encounter a stressful scenario.

Knowing and understanding some basic survival skills can help an individual to survive in any emergency scenario even if they are young children.

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Everyone hopes that when a crisis hits, it will be over quickly. But that might not be the case and it could last for a few weeks, a few months or stretch toward a year or more before things settle down.

Regardless of how prepared you are with your food supply, you should always take into consideration that something could happen to that supply. In the event that something does go wrong and you run short on supplies or your food supply is destroyed, you may not be able to bring more in the way you first stored it up.

For that reason, you need to know how to hunt and fish to provide for your family’s food needs. If you’re a complete beginner and you know someone who’s been active in the hunting community, see if they’ll let you come along so that you can learn from them.

Seeing things done hands-on will help you pick up the skill faster. When you’re hunting, you need to know how to find the game that you’re seeking. This involves being able to track the game.

Animals will leave a trail and you need to know which trail belongs to which target. Practice with your firearm before you go hunting – especially if you’re not used to hunting.

An injured animal can be a dangerous one. Never aim your firearm at anything except your target. Start by hunting prey that’s smaller first before you decide to go after the bigger animals.

The supplies you’ll need for hunting depend on what you’re hunting. But some standard hunting equipment includes proper clothing – including safety vests and boots.

It also includes rifles, shotguns and handguns, plus the accompanying ammunition. You’ll need binoculars and night vision scopes. You’ll also need carts or drags if you’re hunting larger game like deer.

You can add to that knives or butchering kits. For fishing, you only need a few supplies to get started. You can start with a rod and bait. A fishing rod can be one such as a casting or spinning rod.

fishing-off-pierBut a simple fishing pole will do the job as well. You’ll want to use a light reel if you’re a beginner, because this lets you feel the way the fish move. Start with the basic bait and lures.

If you don’t have any plastic fishing lures, you can use earthworms. These should be plentiful and because they move in the water, fish are attracted to them. Other supplies you’ll need are hooks and bobbers, a bait bucket if you use live bait, fish stringer and a net.

For after you catch the fish, you’ll need a filet knife and ice packs to pack the fish in the cooler. For peak fish biting times, you’ll want to look at a lunar calendar. You can see these online many places free of charge.

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Ebola is a disease that is deadly and can lurk in a body until it makes its presence known. Sadly, the majority of people are unprepared to deal with it on any kind of serious level.

Too many people figured the government was right when they assured the public that Ebola wasn’t a big deal and that it could be handled with expertise. But what we have learned to be true is entirely different.

We’re also learning now that President Barack Obama’s administration has been preparing plans to ship non US citizens with Ebola into the United States to receive treatment.

The disease is unpredictable and you can’t afford to be unprepared. Your life and the life of your loved ones depend on preparation. It’s wise to start your preparation by having face masks on hand.

And you don’t want any of those low quality ones that allow droplets of moisture from an infected person to get around the seal. You need something like the N95 masks.

The 3M 8511 Particulate N95 Respirator with Valve is made by a company that knows how to deal with contaminants. You can cut your risk of exposure to the Ebola virus by wearing one of these.

Ordinary masks won’t do it because these respirator masks have a higher protection standard and can protect you in a way that dust filter masks can’t. You want a mask like this one that has a respirator valve.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has given the nod of approval for this mask. That means that this product was tested for its efficiency and showed an excellence in its ability to protect the people who wear it.

It’s specifically designed to protect people from particles that get into the air. This is an important factor because if someone with the Ebola virus sneezes or coughs – or even spews vomit everywhere, those particles hang in the air, suspended.

The unknowing person walking behind them, even if it’s not a close distance, passes through the same area and inhales those unseen particles and then the virus continues to spread.

The features with this mask are designed for comfort as well as safety. The mask keeps moisture and heat at bay so you’re protected against fogging like you get with some cheaper masks.

It has the bendable nose piece so users can be assured of a customized fit. The straps with this one don’t tangle so you can put it on and take it off easily. These masks come in a pack of ten, so stock up before there’s a run on the supply.

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The Ebola virus gets its name from the Ebola River which is the location of the first outbreaks in the mid 70s. It’s being called a crisis today because of the sheer number of deaths the latest outbreak has caused.

Experts told us not to worry, that there’s virtually no chance the outbreak will spread to other countries. Perhaps what they meant was no other countries will face the epidemic like the one being experienced in its country of origin.

But these same experts said the same thing about other epidemics and yet they spread from their country of origin. It only takes one person infected to spread the infection to countless others.

The current outbreak of Ebola, the worst ever recorded, has killed 3,879 people out of 8,033 cases as of Oct. 5, according to a report from the World Health Organization. The situation in the most heavily affected countries—Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone—”continues to deteriorate,” the WHO report said.

The U.S. experienced it’s first official Ebola death on October 8, 2014 with the death of Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas Texas.

Many serious outbreaks, including Ebola can spread like wildfire. Imagine a theater full of people. One of them is infected with Ebola but doesn’t know it yet. He coughs and his droplets hang on the air and then are inhaled by the man in front of him who opens his mouth to laugh at a funny scene in the movie. Just like that, a pandemic is born.

You need to educate yourself about the Ebola virus so that you can protect yourself and your family. That’s how you win the battle against anything – with the knowledge you need to keep yourself as safe as possible.

There are actually five different kinds of the Ebola virus. Many people don’t have a lot of knowledge about it. What they mostly know is that it can cause bleeding to come from an infected person.

Someone can get infected with the virus and it can take anywhere from 48 hours to three weeks before you notice any symptoms – and every case is unique. So that means that person can go about their normal activities spreading it to more people, not even knowing that he or she is carrying such a deadly virus.

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Everyone should have a bug out bag – even if they don’t believe that the world as we know it is going to end soon. This collection of emergency items need not include guns, grenades and bullet proof vests but they should be sufficient to meet your survival needs for at least three to five days.

When it comes to building a bug out bag there are literally thousands of posts scattered around the internet. The truth is, most of these lists are just a guideline. So take them all with a grain of salt.


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Not every list will work for you and there is no single “perfect” pre made kit. The Ultimate bug out bag for you will be the one that you build from the ground up and fully customize.

Basic Contents of a Bug Out Bag

1. Water is the first thing you have to be sure your bug out bag has. Each person needs about a liter of water daily so you need to have five liters of water if you intend to be ready for five days of isolation. Resources vary on the specific amount you need to store because the Red Cross, for example, suggests a gallon of water per person per day. The water you store should be changed regularly so that it is always fresh.

Nitro-Pak Ultimate Pak Freeze-Dried Food2. Food is of course the next most important item in a bug out bag. Be ready with enough non-perishable food to last you for three to five days. The best type of food to set aside for this purpose would be canned goods, freeze dried meals and energy bars.

3. You should include flashlights and a radio which can run on batteries. Along with this you need extra batteries. Remember that there might not be any electricity at all so flashlights and batteries are serious necessities.

4. An extra battery (fully charged) for your cell phone. The assumption here is that it is not yet Armageddon or the Crunch so there won’t be electricity but your phones will still work.

5. Towelettes, personal hygiene items, paper towels, hand sanitizers and disinfectants should be in your kit. Running water may not be available and more than ever, you will want to be clean. Make sure you have these supplies.

6. If you have a baby or a toddler, make sure you have the supplies needed by this young person. Again these have to be replaced regularly especially if you are storing things for a baby who is less than a year old. At that age they outgrow clothes and diapers very quickly so make sure what you store is the right size.

7. A first aid kit is something you should have whether it is disaster time or not. You may in fact already have one. If so, just update the contents and anticipate bigger needs. Your kit should contain good plaster and gauze, wound disinfectant, materials for slings, antibiotic creams, disposable gloves and medicines such as aspirin, antihistamines, the medication you regularly take plus those you seem too need often.

8. There are some miscellaneous items that are also good to have in a bug out bag: duct tape, multi-tool scissors, a can opener, a good knife and a dust mask (a gas mask would be better but then that would make you a prepper).

9. Sunglasses or safety goggles are also a good item to have on hand.

10. At least one change of clothes; a jacket and thermal underwear if it is fall or winter.

11. A sleeping bag in case you do have to move out for the duration of the three days.

12. Material that you can make into a tent and cover for the ground.

When disaster strikes you do need some things to survive and these things are often not difficult to gather. For example, for years homeless people have been making makeshift tents out of extra large heavy duty garbage bags so there you have your makeshift shelter material. You can get a dust mask from a regular hardware, just ask for one that will protect you while you are sanding and painting your walls. For a good multi-tool knife, read reviews of knives, check out which one is the best then order one on line. A bug out bag is a good thing to put together and keep on hand because when disasters happen, having one could mean the difference between life and death.

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Life as you know it will be altered when a pandemic strikes. You’ll be forced to make decisions that could impact the health of your family. While certain things may cease to function, you can’t ignore a child’s education.

If schools are still operating during a pandemic, sending your child into the school could be a bad thing. Wherever large groups of people congregate, the germs can thrive.

This is why when one child gets sick in a school or daycare center, the illness spreads so quickly. This is one of the reasons that during the H1N1 pandemic, approximately 600 schools closed down temporarily in an attempt to stop the virus from being spread among the children.

That wasn’t the first time the swine flu caused massive school closures. Some of the schools reacted by allowing the students to learn online at home, which is a form of homeschooling.

Making the decision to homeschool is not an easy one to make – especially if you’ve never done it before. However, in a pandemic, it can turn out to be what’s best and safest for your family.

Knowing when to homeschool should depend on the seriousness of an outbreak. You need to stay on top of how many families with kids are calling in sick.

For example, in the swine flu outbreak, almost half the students at one school called in sick. Before it reaches those proportions, it’s time to keep your child at home for schooling.

You can find out from your child’s school where your student is in the learning process of each subject and you can pick up from there so that he doesn’t lose out on any schooling.

You want to be prepared now for homeschooling. You can purchase books online in your child’s grade level – including teacher workbooks, answer keys and lesson plans.

Look specifically for subjects your child is currently taking. Find matching quiz and test booklets or make your own tests from the text your child is reading. You can buy field equipment your child will need for biology such as microscopes, slides and specimens.

Anything you can buy that will give your child a hands-on experience will help his education. You can buy books at bookstores and at thrift stores. The local library also often has textbooks on sale for pennies on the dollar.

You can find algebra books, foreign language books, science, psychology and more. In fact, there’s so much information available, that your child could end up better prepared educationally when he is able to return to school.

Start now printing off any materials you think you’ll use. Some homeschool websites will list resources and you can print off lesson plans as well as lesson samples.

Some online sites – such as Amazon – list some homeschooling digital books for free so that would take care of a portion of what you need. You’ll want to have a lesson plan book and keep meticulous records of what your child learned so that you have a way to show accountability to the state that you live in.

Each state has different laws about homeschooling, so get informed now. You’ll also want to keep records of the day and hours your child worked on schoolwork so that you have attendance and time records.

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