Sunday, November 5, 2023

Are You Ready For World War III? 12 Things To Do This Week.

By Tim Gamble

Be honest about the current world situation: There is a major war ongoing in Europe (Russia - Ukraine). There is a major war going on in the Middle East (Israel - Hamas). There is a potential major war brewing in Asia (China - Taiwan). All three have the potential - perhaps even the likelihood - to spiral out-of-control at any time, dragging many other nations directly into the conflicts. Add to that possibility the fact that many of the current and potential combatants are nuclear powers, and we are facing a dangerous situation unlike any we have ever seen in human history. 

This begs the question, are you ready for World War III? Are you ready for what could happen?

Getting Ready For War: 12 Things To Do 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.

2) Do any needed maintenance or repairs on your vehicles this week. 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, 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... 

If you haven't even started getting stocked up or making other preparations, you may want to read my article A Quick and Easy Outline of Preparedness.

4) Get your seeds for next year's garden, now. 

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. Imagine the unthinkable: China attacks Taiwan, sinking a nearby US aircraft carrier at the same time. Iran manages to set off a nuke in Israel? Russia uses tactical nukes in Ukraine. Or whatever. Imagine the what ifs, and what you will do in response. Hunker-down? Bug-out? Where to? What if the kids are at school? What if Mom and Dad are at work? Will you meet up somewhere? How to the various family members get there? How do you communicate with family and friends? 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 Winter, 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) As I said earlier, the situation could go nuclear should things spin out-of-control (accidently or on purpose). 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. 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.  Of course to use KI, you must actually have them. There won't be time to get them off Amazon after the nukes start flying. 

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