Some people believe that 12/21/2012 is the end of the world. Others believe that it is a day of some catastrophic event because of the end of the Mayan calendar. If it is the end, there's not much you can or should do. However, if there is some disaster in the near future, shouldn't you and your family be ready to face it head-on?
Many articles have been written on stockpiling. Here is one of the more common checklists of things to have on hand for emergencies:
- Water and Non-Perishable Food - You should have 1 gallon of water/person/day. You should also have some sort of water filter system available, in case the municipal supply is contaminated. Canned goods can be eaten without cooking. Also have dry goods in case cooking is not a problem.
- Flashlights and Batteries - Use common size batteries, like AA, instead of batteries that are hard to find.
- Candles, Matches, and Lighters - A small flame can light up an entire room and large ones provide a couple of hours of light for weeks. Keep your matches in a waterproof container.
- Clothes and Blankets - Keep clothes in a dry sack or bag. Give priority to wool because it keep you warm even in damp conditions. Suggestions: wool hat, wool socks, wool sweater, a pair of pants, a neck gaiter, underwear, gloves, and a jacket with a hood.
- Portable Stove or Camp Stove - Propane stoves or liquid-fuel stoves work best. Make yourself a Rocket Stove (YouTube it).
- Alternate Heat - Have a backup in case your primary heat source goes out. A fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene or propane space heater are good examples. Don't forget the fuel.
- Liquor, Coffee, and Cigarettes - These things make excellent barter items. Alcohol can also be used as a disinfectant.
- Guns and Ammunition - A .22 rifle, or a 12 gauge shotgun are good choices. Be sure you have plenty of ammo.
- Medical Kit - Medical kits should include first aid basics, plus a supply of regular medications you take.
- Tools - Hammer, axe, screwdrivers, a knife, multitool, tape and glue, rope and twine, and a pry bar.
Why Do This?
Remember Hurrincane Katrina? Hurrincane Sandy? That should be enough to get you moving! Does this make you a Prepper? You bet! Does this make you crazy? Nope!