Saturday, February 12, 2022

Getting Ready For War: 12 Things To Do NOW

By Tim Gamble

Let's be honest about the current world situation: War in Europe (Russia-Ukraine) looks highly likely within a matter of weeks, and could pop at any time. War in Asia (China-Taiwan) looks possible within months, and could pop within a few weeks. Either of these wars could spark a true World War, and both have the potential to go nuclear should things spin out-of-control.

Consider that this is happening against a back-drop of already high inflation, supply chain problems, tyrannical government, and trucker protests, and we have the makings of a crisis unprecedented in our lifetimes. The next few weeks (or few months if we are very lucky) are crucial. Here are some things I suggest you do now to prepare for the worst. All of these can be done this week.

1) Keep your vehicles fully fueled, and maybe get a few gas cans of extra fuel if you can store it safely. I am not letting my vehicles drop below 3/4 of a tank before I fill up again. Sure, I'm spending more time at gas stations, but better safe than sorry as the saying goes. 

2) Do any maintenance or repairs on your vehicles this week that you have been putting off. Get new tires now if you need them, or think you will need them this year. Consider buying extra oil and other fluids for your vehicles. 

3) Top off your food and water storage, and keep it topped off for the next six months or so, even if it means extra trips to the store. Same goes for other categories of "stuff" like cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies, first aid supplies and OTC medications, ammo and so forth... 

4) Get your seeds for this years garden, now. Seriously consider expanding your garden this year, if possible. Enough said! 

5) Pay attention to the news, as things could pop suddenly and without warning. Consider downloading a "breaking news" app to your phone. Get an emergency radio if you don't already have one. 

6) Have a plan for when things do pop. What if you are at work and the kids are at school when news breaks that Russian bombers are attacking targets inside Ukraine? (I would leave work regardless of what my boss says, stopping only to buy gas and food, then pay close attention to the news to decide my next steps. Parents may want to collect their kids from school.) What if, while going to Church, breaking news comes over the radio that China has launched a missile attack on Taiwan? (I would turn around and head home, again stopping only for food and gas, then pay close attention to the news before deciding my next steps.) Your plan is your plan, and should fit your situation and concerns. That is why you need to think about it ahead of time.

By the way, if you live somewhere like DC, NYC, Denver, or in or near some other possible major target, bugging out sooner rather than later makes sense. Maybe it is a good time to go on an extended family vacation to Cousin Eddie's farm, or Great Aunt Ida's  place in Small Town, Rural County. See my article But, bug-out to where, exactly???

But, bugging out now may make little sense if you are already living in a rural area or small town far way from likely targets. See my article, Planning Your Escape: Considerations for Bugging Out.

7) Talk to your family / tribe / group about your plans. Make sure they know what to do when. 

8) Make sure you have a family communications plan. Make sure everyone in your family knows it. If you need help with this step, see my article Do you have a Family Communications Plan?

9) Do you have the clothes and shoes you need for Spring and Summer? Hopefully you are already set, but some folks, particularly those with young kids, might not be. Shop early, rather than late. 

10) Bring home any of your people who may be overseas (work, school, vacation). Bring them home NOW. They can always go back again later once the world calms down. But, now is not the time to backpack through Europe, or to do a semester abroad in Japan or South Korea, as fun as those activities might be. 

11) Keep working your preparedness plan. Just work it more intently. 

12) If you are new to prepping and don't know where to start, check out my outline of preparedness I give in my article A quick, no frills, down & dirty guide to preparing for the End.

Scary Bonus Step: As I said earlier, the coming wars are such that either or both could go nuclear should things spin out-of-control (accidently or on purpose). Both wars involve nuclear powers, and given the extremely chaotic world situation at the moment, anything could happen. You need to prepare for the possibility of nuclear weapons being used. Read the article Minimum Pre-Crisis Preparations for a Nuclear Event, and download the free .pdf copy of Cresson H. Kearny's Nuclear War Survival Skills (link given in the article). This excellent book is also available in paperback on Amazon for $14.29 currently. It is good to have a physical copy of this book, in addition to the .pdf file.

You might also consider ordering a supply of Potassium Iodine (KI) for radiation poisoning (and learning how/when to use them before you need to use them). They are not expensive, and are available without prescription. Click here to find them on Amazon. According to the CDC "People should take KI (potassium iodide) only on the advice of public health or emergency management officials. There are health risks associated with taking KI." Learn more on the CDC website by clicking here.  

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