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Doomsday Prepping 101: Taking Your First Steps

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Life’s unpredictability can catch many off-guard, but a good Prepper stays a step ahead. If you’re setting foot into the world of doomsday preparation, this guide is your beacon.

Understanding Your Motivation

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It all begins by understanding the reasons pushing you to prep. Nature’s unpredictable tantrums range from floods to uncontrollable wildfires. There are also man-made hitches to consider, like prolonged power outages or sudden economic nosedives. And of course, we often find our urge to prep stemming from personal experiences—past events that have shown us the need for a prepared mindset.

The Basics: Water, Food, and Shelter

Getting started doesn’t require an arsenal. Just remember the big three: 

Water: Your priority. Store several gallons and get to grips with purification processes.

Food: Begin amassing non-perishables like canned veggies, rice, and beans. These are your lifeline.

Shelter: Always have a strategy to keep your family warm and protected, whether at home or out in the wild.

Equip Yourself with Essential Skills

For every survivalist, mastering essential skills is a rite of passage. Knowing first aid isn’t just about having a kit—it’s about understanding its proper use because, in a crisis, those skills could be the line between life and death.

Similarly, starting a fire isn’t merely for warmth; it can be a beacon for rescue and a means to cook. And while navigation skills might sound like they’re reserved for explorers, a basic understanding of maps and compasses could be your lifeline in unfamiliar terrains.

Building Your First Bug-Out Bag

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Consider this your lifeline in times of swift evacuations:

  • It should carry essentials like water bottles, snacks, and that trusty first aid kit.
  • A good tool can serve multiple purposes. Think pocketknives, flashlights, or paracord.
  • Don’t forget personal must-haves, especially important documents and meds. 

Check out The Ready for Anything Kit from our friends at Modern Needs to get your essentials right away.

Connect, Share, and Learn

Being a prepper doesn’t mean going at it alone. Online communities are buzzing with like-minded individuals. Dive into forums or follow beginner survivalist groups. There’s no shortage of beginner guides and books. Commit to continuous learning. Keep an eye out for local workshops. They’re invaluable for hands-on experience. Check out this informative video from City Prepping about How to Survive the First 90 Days After the Collapse.

Make Prepping a Way of Life

This isn’t a phase; it’s a lifestyle choice and you have to be ready. Set tangible monthly goals. Whether it’s adding to your stash or mastering a new skill, stay proactive.

Remember, there’s no better teacher than experience. Test your prepping skills with camping trips or voluntary blackouts. In this fast-evolving world, staying updated is crucial. Regularly update your knowledge base.

Embarking on the doomsday prepping journey is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s about crafting a safer tomorrow with every prepared step you take today. Welcome to the world of readiness, and remember, even the experts were beginners once.

What’s the first item on your prepping checklist? Drop a comment below!

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Navigating Urban Unrest: A Prepper’s Guide to Election-Related Riots in 2024

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As the 2024 election looms on the horizon, the specter of urban and social unrest is becoming an increasing concern for survivalists and preppers. Regardless of who emerges victorious – be it Joe Biden or Donald Trump – the potential for cities to erupt in chaos and violence during election-related riots is a grim reality that demands careful consideration. 

The political landscape in the United States has become increasingly polarized in recent years, with deep divisions and growing animosity between supporters of different political ideologies. The 2024 election is poised to be a powder keg, ready to ignite simmering tensions into explosive and widespread unrest. Survivalists and preppers must recognize that the potential for cities to burn during post-election riots is a real and pressing concern.

Regardless of whether Joe Biden or Donald Trump secures victory in 2024, there is a high likelihood that supporters on the losing side will express their frustration through protests, demonstrations, and potentially, violent riots. Survivalists need to prepare for the fallout from both scenarios, understanding that civil unrest may erupt irrespective of the election outcome.

What’s more, there is the specter of the winning side being targeted for their political views. Conservatives and patriots are well aware that the left is all too willing to go to extreme lengths, including violence, to punish those with the “wrong” set of beliefs. 

Cities Are the Most Vulnerable

Cities, with their dense populations and social disparities, are particularly vulnerable to the ripple effects of political unrest. Survivalists and preppers must recognize the unique challenges posed by urban environments during times of upheaval.

  • Population Density: High population density increases the likelihood of large crowds gathering during protests, making it challenging to navigate or escape potential danger.
  • Limited Resources: Cities may experience disruptions in essential services such as transportation, healthcare, and utilities, affecting the availability of vital resources for survival.
  • Law Enforcement Response: The presence of law enforcement in urban areas may exacerbate tensions, leading to clashes between protesters and authorities. Escalating violence can result in damage to infrastructure and property.

Don’t think that being in the suburbs will protect you from this, however. During the wave of rioting related to BLM, the suburbs were often not spared from the destruction. What’s more, suburban police forces are often ill-equipped to deal with such unrest, being understaffed and lacking of riot-style training that the cities have. 

Preparing for Urban Unrest

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In light of these potential challenges, survivalists and preppers must take proactive steps to prepare for urban unrest related to the 2024 election.

  • Emergency Evacuation Plan: Develop a comprehensive evacuation plan that includes multiple routes and alternative modes of transportation. Identify safe locations outside urban areas where you can seek refuge if necessary.
  • Urban Survival Gear: Equip yourself with essential survival gear tailored for urban environments. This may include compact bug-out bags, communication devices, protective gear, and first aid supplies.
  • Community Networking: Establish connections with like-minded individuals in your community. Building a network of support can provide valuable resources and information during times of unrest.
  • Defensive Training: Consider obtaining self-defense and situational awareness training to enhance your ability to navigate potentially dangerous situations. Understanding crowd dynamics and de-escalation techniques can be invaluable.
  • Stockpiling Essentials: Maintain a well-stocked supply of essential provisions, including non-perishable food, water, medications, and hygiene products. Ensure you have enough supplies to sustain yourself and your family for an extended period.

The 2024 election presents a unique set of challenges for survivalists and preppers concerned about urban and social unrest. The potential for cities to burn during riots, irrespective of the election outcome, underscores the need for thorough preparedness

By understanding the underlying factors contributing to these risks and implementing practical strategies outlined in this guide, survivalists can navigate the storm of urban unrest with resilience and vigilance. The key to survival lies in proactive planning, community engagement, and a steadfast commitment to adaptability in the face of uncertainty.

How are you and your family getting ready for election-related riots? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Keeping The Power Going With A Generator 

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As winter storms wreak havoc across the central and eastern United States, leaving more than 40 million people under a severe storm threat, power outages have become a pressing concern. 

With thousands already experiencing electricity loss, many turn to portable generators for a semblance of normalcy. However, using generators improperly poses significant risks, including electric shock, fire, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Here are essential tips for safely utilizing portable generators during power outages:

Install Battery-Operated Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon monoxide, a silent and odorless gas produced by generators, poses severe health risks. Installing battery-operated carbon monoxide alarms with digital readouts helps monitor CO concentration levels. This precautionary measure is crucial to avoid symptoms like headaches, dizziness, weakness, vomiting, and even potential fatalities.

Disconnect Normal Power Source

Before connecting a generator to a household circuit, turn off the main breaker or fuse of your normal power source. Failure to do so can lead to back-feed, where electrical current travels back to the power grid, endangering utility workers and neighboring buildings. Disconnecting the main power source is a critical safety step.

Position Generators Safely

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Generators are meant for outdoor use only, requiring placement at least 20 feet away from doors, windows, and vents. Running a generator inside a home or garage, even with open doors or windows, can lead to lethal consequences. Proper grounding is essential to prevent shocks and electrocutions, following guidelines from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Keep Generators Dry

Operating generators in dry environments on dry surfaces is paramount for safety. Standing in water while operating a generator poses significant dangers. Using a canopy or similar structure during rainy weather protects the generator from water exposure, preventing potential hazards.

Directly Plug Equipment into Generators

When connecting appliances directly to generators, use heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cords with the appropriate wire gauge. Avoid daisy-chaining extension cords, as this may lead to fire hazards. Plugging equipment directly into the generator ensures a safe and efficient power supply.

Manage Fuel Carefully

Proper fuel management is essential for generator safety. Store fuel in approved containers in a cool, dry place, away from heat sources. Gasoline or diesel fuel stored for over a month may require stabilizers to remain usable. Turn off the generator and let it cool before refueling to prevent potential fires.

Regularly Inspect and Maintain Generators

Regular inspections of above-ground storage tanks, pipes, and valves are crucial for generator maintenance. Any signs of damage, cracks, or leaks should prompt immediate replacement. Keep fresh fuel in the tank and run the generator intermittently to ensure readiness during emergencies.

By adhering to these safety guidelines, individuals can confidently use portable generators during power outages, mitigating risks and ensuring the well-being of themselves and their communities.

Do you own a generator? If not, why not? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Northeast States Descent Into Chaos Due To Power Outage

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A devastating storm has swept through the East Coast, claiming lives and leaving thousands in the region without power. At least four individuals lost their lives as the winter storm battered its way from South Carolina to Maine, causing dangerous flooding and travel disruptions.

Perhaps most concerning, however, is the power outage affecting over 620,000 homes and businesses, predominantly in Maine, where more than 432,000 remain in the dark. For prepper families, this serves as a stark reminder of the importance of emergency preparedness.

As we witness the aftermath of this powerful storm, it underscores the need for prepper families to be ready for unexpected challenges. Power outages, while usually just a minor annoyance can quickly turn into a survival scenario. Indeed, thanks to “just in time” delivery services, your local supermarket probably only has enough food on hand for about three days, with the local distribution centers having two weeks tops.

What’s more, in the event of a massive power outage, you will likely have no way to pay for food even if they have it on hand. When was the last time you paid for your groceries with cash? How will you get the cash if the ATMs aren’t working?

Massive power outages are becoming increasingly common due to the rickety and outdated state of the United States power grid. The question isn’t if there will be a prolonged power outage where you live, it’s when it will happen and whether or not you and your family will be prepared. 

Now is the time to revisit and reinforce your family’s emergency plans, ensuring that essentials like alternative power sources, sufficient food and water supplies, and communication strategies are in place. The storm’s impact on the Northeast serves as a real-world scenario emphasizing the necessity for prepper families to be resilient and self-reliant in times of crisis.

As the Northeast grapples with the aftermath, let this be a call to action for prepper families everywhere. Preparedness is not just a lifestyle but a lifeline when the unexpected strikes. Use this moment to reassess, refine, and fortify your family’s emergency preparedness, turning adversity into an opportunity to showcase the strength and resilience of the prepping community.

How is your family getting prepared for power outages? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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