No one really likes to talk about it, but the majority of economic indicators show that we are headed towards some sort of cataclysmic event in the next 10 years. So if the SHTF (s**t hits the fan) will you be prepared to take care of yourself and your family?
What You Need to Know
The majority of our country runs on a 2 day supply chain. In layman’s terms that means that any particular resource such as food, gas, or medical supplies have to be restocked every 2 days. If there’s any sort of interruption in the supply chain, most cities and towns would have at most 2 days worth of stock.
My eyes were first opened to this back in 2011. San Diego California had a massive power outage that lasted roughly 24 hours. During that time everything in the city was shut down. Grocery stores were closed and couldn’t store or sell any food. Gas stations were shut down. And whole host of other services were incapacitated.
At our house we had essentially enough food for about 24-36 hours, depending on how slowly we decided to eat our 2 cans of canned chili. Not a good situation. So at that point I decided I needed to be better prepared for the possibility of some sort of difficult and possibly unforeseen event.
These are the first items I decided I needed after acquiring enough food to sustain myself and my family for at least a few weeks.
A Survival Knife
If you camp or hike on a regular basis, you probably already own one of these. But for those of you who don’t this should be one of your first purchases. In addition to cutting things, a sturdy blade can come in handy as a tool for any number of things. Some even have the capability of being used as a strike for lighting a fire when you don’t have matches. To find the best survival knife for your needs, check out Amazon.com or other online resources. User reviews are a great place to learn about how they hold up in the real world under tough conditions.
Once you have a knife, don’t neglect it. You’ll want to be able to keep it sharp and in top condition. The best knife sharpener for use in an emergency situation is one that is compact, sturdy, and lightweight. If you’re in the woods for a while, you’re not going to want to carry around something heavy.
A Reliable Food Source
Learning about the Paleo Diet has taught me a lot about sustainable food sources. Our food sources now may not be available to us if we were to suffer an economic collapse. Things like gourmet paleo cookies and other treats that we now enjoy will most likely be a thing of the past.
In these circumstances we’ll be forced to find new sources of food. Knowing what is edible and what is not will be a major advantage if you have to spend any time in the wilderness.
Gardening is something that everyone should learn. Having your own food source growing in your back yard is a huge advantage over having to rely on grocery stores. One of the things that helped Russians survive the collapse of communism was that so many individuals were already dependent upon themselves and their gardens as a source of food. This was mainly because the controlled economy couldn’t supply these items with any regularity. In the U.S. this is not nearly as widely practiced.
For more on the Paleo diet and what it teaches, check out Marks Daily Apple.
Last But Not Least
Maintaining your health is hugely important for surviving in desperate times. Making sure you are in tip top physical condition will help insure that you are able to provide for yourself and your loved ones when an emergency strikes.
Make sure you perform regular high intensity strength exercises. And help your body recover by using the best creatine supplements that you can afford. Creatine helps your body more quickly recover from a a workout, allowing you to build more muscle faster.
This list is by no means everything you will need if things do go down the tubes, but it is at least a good start. Don’t delay.