Saturday, March 26, 2022

Specific To Do Items You Should Be Doing NOW For Survival

By Tim Gamble

Given the current state of world affairs, here are some specific items that you should be checking off you "To Do List" now. 

Preparing for possible cyberattacks or EMP attacks:
  • Make sure you have / print hard copies of recent bank and other financial statements.
  • Make sure you have / print hard copies of important insurance papers, including account numbers and contact info.
  • Make sure you have / print hard copies of your contacts (names, addresses, phone numbers).
  • Make sure you have physical maps of your area, also your possible bug out locations.
  • Make sure you have cash on hand (ATM machines, credit cards, debit cards, even paper checks may not work, and banks be open for business - cash may be the only way to transact business for a few hours to several weeks depending on the severity of the situation).
  • Make sure you have / print hard copies of important prepper/survival information (example: print instructions from the CDC on how to use Potassium Iodine to treat radiation sickness since you will NOT be able to look it up after a nuclear or EMP attack).
Preparing for food shortages and high inflation:
  • "Stack food to the rafters." (Most foods last much longer than the freshness date stamped on them).
  • I honestly don't think it is possible to store too much food considering world circumstances. Again, stack it to the rafters. 
  • Plant a garden, even if you only have a small amount of space, or even just containers on the patio or balcony. (See my article: Small Plot Gardening Tips.)
Preparing for possible nuclear war:
  • Get or print a hard copy of Cresson H. Kearny's Nuclear War Survival Skills at the link given in that article. (Get a free .pdf at http://www.oism.org/nwss/ and buy a paperback copy at Amazon for under $20 currently)
  • Watch the videos on nuclear preparedness that Southern Prepper 1 has uploaded to his You Tube channel recently.
  • Make sure you have extra plastic sheeting, tarps, and gorilla tape to use as dust barriers from potential nuclear fallout. Dust kicked up by nuclear explosions can travel great distances, but the good news is that the fallout dust is contaminated by gamma radiation which degrades very rapidly. You will need to protect your homes/shelter, and especially your skin, eyes, and lungs, for the first 48 to 72 hours after a nuclear event.
  • N95 masks and even those ear loop facemasks we all have now are actually good for protecting against fallout dust (dust being considerably larger than viruses). Long pants, long sleeves, shoes, safety glasses, ski masks, and gloves also work. Reduce the amount of exposed skin as much as possible. You don't have to have really expensive gear. If you do want to go the extra step, check out protective suits and N 95 masks on Amazon. 
  • In case you don't know, Potassium Iodide (KI) is used for radiation poisoning. They are not expensive, and are available without prescription. Click here to find them on Amazon (there has been a big run on KI so prices are going up quickly and supplies are running low). 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.  
Remember:  The single most important thing you can do to survive any future chaos is to start taking responsibility for your own life now.

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