Think of the ability to survive a national economic or societal collapse in the context of a series of concentric rings of vulnerability. They might look like this:
The largest and most fragile outer ring would be the nation itself. Operations of federal government, supply chains, national banks, military chains of command, etc. are highly vulnerable to attack because they are exposed to dangers at every level and every type imaginable. You, as an individual citizen, have little or no control over what happens on the national level. Citizens are doubly imperiled when the government itself becomes a direct domestic threat, while also failing to defend against foreign enemies.
The next would be the ring of state powers and governance. A regional disruption or shakeup at a state level could occur in the case, for instance, of a financial collapse. The citizen wields slightly more influence on state dynamics, but depending on the state and its population, that influence may be limited to pressures applied to state legislators and activities that directly impact state agencies, such as the state board of education and department of transportation. The state of your state is much more important to your personal well-being than is the state of the union.
The next inner ring would be your community, city, or rural town. The potential for disruption to your locale is dependent upon how well its resources are managed and whether or not officials have drafted and implemented emergency plans. You have a great deal of control over where you choose to live and how you use your immediate resources. You have a lot of influence over the functions and composition of city government, if you so choose. But in the event of community failure or collapse-which would be much more dangerous and disruptive in urban areas than in rural areas-you have the advantages of familiarity with the geography and economic profile of your area. In an emergency it will be much easier for you to navigate and access the things you need to survive in your town. Your town can be resilient and prepared if you are involved in the processes which address planning for emergencies.
The innermost ring of vulnerability is the individual/family and home. This is the smallest ring, exposed to the least dangers, and it is under your direction. This is the strongest and most resilient unit of government. Individuals and families survive when governments fail because the individual directs the functions, for good or ill, of that family. This is where you have the most control, and therefore, the greatest safety, IF YOU SO CHOOSE.
Once you understand the power you have to withstand fiscal crisis and potential national implosion, you can begin to prepare in a reasoned and effective process that will ensure that you and your loved ones will have access to the essentials until the national calamities pass.
Hierarchy of necessities:
Water: Store at least 3 days worth of drinkable water in a cool dark location in your home. A minimum of 1 gallon per day per person. A family of 4 would need a minimum of 12 gallons of emergency water storage. But store an entire week’s worth if possible. Obtain water purification tablets, and water filtration devices as well.
Food: Begin with a 3-month supply of food storage. Some rules of thumb are:
Store what you eat and eat what you store.
Store foods you know you and your family will like.
Store foods that are familiar.
Comfort foods are a must in times of psychological stress.
Remember to provide for your pets.
All of the following items have a shelf life of much longer than 90 days. Be sure to store them in a cool place with a stable temperature (garages are not good) away from light.
Canned meats; tuna, chicken, Spam, salmon, etc. (only what your family will eat)
Dried meats such as jerky, chipped beef, summer sausage, salami, pepperoni
Velveeta or a similar processed cheese product
Wet canned vegetables, tomatoes, beans, condiments, and fruit
Easy to prepare dry boxed meals and side dishes ( Macaroni and Cheese is great because it is comfort food.)
Canned soups and stews
Dried pasta and a variety of bottled or canned pasta sauces
Dried fruit, raisins
Boxed Jello and pudding desserts
Boxed cake, muffin, dessert, and cookie mixes (treats and comfort foods have a lot of psychological value during times of stress)
Boxed cereal, oatmeal, cream-of-wheat, cracked wheat, etc.
Complete pancake mix, biscuit mix
Flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, arrowroot
Sugars, honey, molasses, corn syrup
Powdered drinks, hot cocoa, fruit drinks, powdered milk, other preferences such as coffee or tea
Evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk
Baby food and formula
Peanut butter, Nutella, salted nuts
Condiments, salt, pepper, herbs, spices, vegetable oil, olive oil, shortening, peanut butter, jams, jellies, syrups, ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, pickles, olives, capers, picante sauce, hot sauces, and other condiments that you use on a regular basis
For your freezer: Properly wrapped meats and other foods will last in a freezer well over 90 days. If there is empty space in your freezer, fill the spaces with 3/4 full water bottles. Your freezer will be more efficient when it is filled with frozen items and, if your lose power for a time, the food will stay frozen longer, up to 72 hours if you leave the freezer door closed.
Prepare to grow your own food (and livestock) to the greatest extent possible using farming operations, home gardens, aquaponic or hydroponic gardens, patio gardens, potted gardens, etc. National Geographic Doomsday Preppers “Secret Garden”
Build a network of Faith, Friends, Family, and Freedom Organizations: You are responsible to provide for the spiritual and temporal well-being of yourself and your family. Take advantage of your church and other faith organizations in a mutual-support, communication, and compassionate service network
Build a relationship with Heavenly Father, enlarge your personal faith, and become a source of confidence and assurance to your friends and loved ones. GO TO CHURCH and take advantage of your precious religious liberty.
Nurture your relationships with extended family and friends. Share information about preparing. Address anxieties about what is happening to the United States of America through positive action. Prepare a little each day.
Join pro-Constitution, Conservatively oriented organizations which encourage self-reliance, and involvement in government at the grassroots level. Participate in opportunities to learn about government, The Constitution, American History, and get busy with taking care of your present and future needs.
The innermost ring of vulnerability becomes the inner circle of strength when you choose to be prepared. The window of opportunity is still open, but it is quickly closing upon this nation and its citizens. Do not wait to become prepared. But you can survive. If the nation fails, you don’t have to. You are in control of the basic aspects of your life and liberty.
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Water is second only to oxygen in the hierarchy of survival. Without it, in 3 days, you’ll die. But it goes much further than that. Water is vital for basic sanitation, for growing more food, for raising livestock, for cooking, and for treating injuries. So even if you have enough to drink, without enough for those other needs, your chances aren’t good.
The solutions you choose for water should be based on whether your plans for long term survival are bugging out to a secondary or unknown location, or sheltering in place. This week we’ll talk about solutions for bugging in.
There are several aspects to water that you should consider if your long term plans are to bug in at your current location. Many of these solutions can also be put into place if you have a secondary location to which you will travel in the event of a crisis.
First things first, you must store water. This is absolutely the initial step that people should be taking in their preparedness journey. The good news is, it is also one of the least expensive preparations. There are many different ways to put back a month’s supply of water. We store drinking water and water for pets and sanitation. Keep in mind that in the event of a disaster, even if water is flowing from the taps, it may not be safe to drink. Waterborn diseases like typhoid kill many people in the aftermath of natural disasters, sometimes causing more deaths than the disaster itself.
When I moved to this location, I bought spring water in one gallon jugs. We used this for drinking and cooking water (we are on municipal utilities and we don’t trust the supply for consumption.) Once we emptied a one gallon jug, we then refilled it with tap water and stored it in the basement. This is our back-up supply for sanitation and for our pets. We have just over 300 gallons of tap water stored.
For drinking water storage, I purchased some of the large BPA-free 5 gallon jugs (the kind that sit on top of water dispensers). I have gradually acquired a one month supply for 4 people of this water. In my basement, I have stored 30 of these jugs.
The standard advice for drinking water is one gallon per person per day. I like to add a little bit to that in order to have extra for cooking. Also keep in mind if you are working outside, particularly in hot weather, you’ll drink more than a gallon per day. Sick people and pregnant women also tend to hydrate more.
Water is heavy. Be sure when you choose a place to store it that you won’t impair the integrity of your structure. For this reason, storing it all on one end of the attic might not be the best idea, depending on your situation. Also, keep in mind that extreme temperatures can cause plastic containers to break down. Depending on the type of plastic, this can leach harmful toxins into your water. If your water is subjected to freezing temperatures, it expands and can cause the containers to burst.
This step is even more important than storage, particularly if a situation turns long-term. What are you going to do after that water storage runs out? You can’t store a 30 year supply of water, in most cases. You have to be able to replenish your supply.
The best solutions are either a deep well or a natural spring on your property. Those will keep you in fresh, pure water indefinitely in most cases. Some exceptions are if the groundwater is contaminated due to a natural disaster like an earthquake or a manmade disaster like fracking.
Some naturally occurring sources to look for if you have yet to acquire your property are rivers, creeks, lakes, or ponds.
Keep in mind that you may be transporting the water from its source to your home. Look into back-up solar pumps for your well, and be sure that a manual pump is also available. If water is going to have to be carried for any distance, consider what type of conveyance will make the job easier. As people age or become injured, the job of carrying two buckets full several times a day will become a lot more physically strenuous. A sturdy wheelbarrow, pushcart, or wagon would make the task easier.
If your property doesn’t have these natural resources you must plan a catchment system for rainwater. Depending on your area, you may want a cistern or other enormous amount of storage for the water you harvest. If you get frequent precipitation throughout the year numerous water butts at the corners of your structures may supply enough water for your needs, including supplementing your garden. (Be warned that the eco-police in some places believe that the government owns the water falling from the sky – rainwater catchment is illegal in some states. Many may wish to disregard this flagrant insult to natural law.) You can learn more about rainwater harvesting HERE and HERE.
Bear in mind that the water from most natural sources MUST be filtered, so an investment in a high quality water filtration system is vital. I have a Big Berkey. I can only personally recommend Berkey because they are the products that I use myself. When you purchase your filtration system, go the extra step and also purchase extra elements and “bits and pieces” in the event that repairs are needed. I have enough elements to keep us in safe water for many years to come as well as the spare parts to replace the wear-and tear items like spigots and gaskets. There are also elements that can be purchased to remove the additives in municipal water, like fluoride and other toxic chemicals.
It’s important not to just purchase a filtration system and leave it in your closet until it’s needed. Particularly if water is in short supply, you don’t want to waste it as you try to figure out how to use your system or as you run a gallon through before using it for drinking water. Practice now while water is readily available.
Learn more about other methods of purification HERE and HERE.
Finally, if the availability of water is limited, you must make every effort to make it stretch as far as possible. I recently wrote about the drought situation on the West Coast and the toxic water due to a chemical spill in West Virginia. Our resources are finite and it doesn’t pay to waste them. This would be even more true in a world without water as near as the closest kitchen sink. If you have to go to the well or the creek and haul every drop of water your family uses back to the house, you will have added impetus to make the most of it.
Installing systems in your home to make use of gray water and black water can help you make the most of every drop of that precious liquid.
Gray water can be used for watering plants, for example, and sometimes for cleaning depending on the origin of the gray water. Gray water is the water that comes from bathtubs, showers, and clothes washing. Systems can be devised that separate the disposal fo gray water and black water, and the gray water can be diverted for use in irrigating your garden. Learn more HERE.
Black water is the water from human waste, like toilet water or dish water, and contains bacteria and pathogens. There are some recycling systems that make black water acceptable for use in watering outdoor plants. Learn more HERE.
You can find more ideas for conserving water HERE.
What are your plans?
Everyone’s situation is different based on their setting, their personal needs, and their naturally available resources. The solutions that might work in the rainy Pacific Northwest would not be appropriate for those who live in the desert of Arizona. The three basic principals are the same wherever you are: you need some water stored for short-term emergencies, you need a way to replenish your supplies should the crisis become extended, you need to make your water safe, and you need to make it stretch as far as possible. The lists here are based on my family’s situation and are by no means comprehensive or universal.
It’s important now to look at your situation and come up with solutions that will work for you where you are right now. Do you have some ideas to share, particularly ones that are unique to your geographic setting? Please do so in the comments below.
Learn more about preparing for a water crisis HERE and HERE.
Learn more about establishing a long term water supply HERE.
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You never know when a disaster might strike. Not to sound too doom and gloom, but the fact is that all of us live in an area with at least some risk of an earthquake, flood, hurricane, tornado, tsunami, or other natural disaster.
You need to be prepared in the case of an emergency because by the time something terrible happens, it’s too late to get ready. Store shelves will be bare within a few hours and there’s little people can do but hunker down and wait for the trouble to pass or try to leave on potentially clogged or treacherous roads.
Even people who are smart and prepare 72-hour kits and food storage often forget about other basic necessities. This can make life miserable while they’re waiting for help.
So here is a list of 10 things you should do as soon as possible to be prepared for problems, big and small:
1. Write your family members’ names, phone numbers, and addresses on a piece of paper and laminate it
Most people store all of their friends’ and family members’ contact information on their phones. But when the power goes out, all of that information will become inaccessible when your phone runs out of battery power in a short amount of time. Put important information about your family members, such as their home address, work address, and various phone numbers on a piece of paper and make sure it’s waterproof. Keep that paper in a handy spot, such as in your 72-hour kit, purse, or wallet. That contact list could also prove helpful to authorities if they find you unconscious and aren’t sure who to inform about your condition.
2. Store water, not just food
It seems so simple, and yet a surprising number of people I know who are well prepared with their food storage don’t have enough water to make use of that food, let alone to stay hydrated for an extended period of time. You should plan on each person in your household requiring 1 gallon of water per day. This water is used not just for hydration and food preparation, but also basic hygiene needs, washing laundry, and other important uses.
3. Secure your water heater to the wall
If you have a tank-less water heater, this isn’t an issue, but most houses, especially older ones, have large water heaters. Use plumbers tape to keep your water heater tight against the wall closest to it. Find the nearest stud on each side of the water heater and drive screws into them to make sure the plumbers tape won’t rip free in the event of an earthquake. The last thing you want is a prime source of water to break loose during an emergency and spill everywhere.
4. Have an alternate power source
Being without power is not fun. Power outages can last quite a while, too, depending on how extensive the damage is. So be prepared with a backup source of electricity. It doesn’t have to be a bulky gas-powered generator, like you might be thinking. Actually, I recently got a solar power kit from a local company in my state called Goal Zero, and it’s turned out to be a simple, reliable way to get power if I’m ever in a bind. I’m sure there are plenty of other brands out there for this sort of thing. Solar power is definitely the way to go to have at least some electricity in an emergency.
5. Get a portable toilet
Toilets don’t run on electricity, thank goodness. But don’t expect the water supply running into your house to last forever, especially if the problem persists for a long period of time. And once the water runs dry, your bathrooms won’t be very useful. To preserve your hygiene, get a portable plastic toilet. This may also come in handy if you have to leave your home and be on the road for a while.
6. Have more medicine than just what you require to fulfill your immediate needs
You can’t rely on 911 during a catastrophic event. Emergency-response teams simply don’t have enough workers and supplies to meet everyone’s needs. If you take prescription drugs that are extremely important to your health, you may want to talk to your doctor about helping you get at least an extra month’s supply of it in case something happens to prevent you from getting more for a while.
7. Keep a sturdy pair of shoes close to your bed
The last thing you want to have in an emergency is an injury that keeps you from being able to walk, especially if that injury could have been easily prevented. If your bedroom window gets shattered, you don’t want to have to stumble through the dark in your bare feet on broken glass. Simply keep a good pair of shoes or boots under your bed so you don’t have to worry about that.
Thanks to FoodInsurance.com for creating and sharing this great source of info on one of the most important needs for every single person in your life. Print it out and hang it in your kitchen, preferably your fridge door, or maybe inside the pantry so every time you look into the pantry for something, you've got that info IN YOUR FACE.
Give this graphic a serious read and take some notes. It's pretty darn good for those of you just starting out.
Survival situations can occur at any time, in any location. The word “survival” conjures up a mental picture of a horrendous situation in some remote part of the world where the “survivor” has to “survive” under extreme conditions, without food, with only limited (or no) water while fending of the onslaught of predatory animals!
Let’s get real! While some survival experiences do occur in such places, many more occur in the woodlots of Wisconsin; while duck hunting in Louisiana, or while tracking deer in Washington – in short, anywhere we recreate.
While there are many book definitions of the word “survival,” none adequately describe the difficulties that outdoor people sometimes find themselves in. Here’s my definition:
SURVIVAL – The ability and the desire to stay alive, all alone, under adverse conditions, until rescued.Ability. There are skills in which you need to become proficient if you expect to survive: first aid, sheltering, fire craft, water procurement and signaling. Without these skills, whether you survive or not may depend largely on luck. These are skills that cannot be learned “on the job” but must be practiced ahead of time. When the emergency arises, shelter can be built, water procured and signals constructed in a minimum of time and with a minimum amount of expended effort.
Desire. You must want to survive! You must want to live! Without the desire to live, it doesn’t matter how much equipment or training you have.
There have been survivors who lacked even the minimum amount of equipment; who had never received any survival training but who had a tremendous tenacity to live – and they did! There have also been people who were trained and equipped but lacked the will to survive who died when they should have lived!
Survivors, who are inadequately clothed, poorly equipped and those who have never practiced their survival skills will have their “desire to live” severely tested.
On the other hand, those who can stay warm and dry, those who have equipped themselves, and those who have practiced their survival skills may experience an uncomfortable night or two out , but because of their preparations, they should not find themselves in a life-threatening emergency.
Stay alive. First of all, staying alive means being able to administer first aid – to yourself! Few people begin their survival situations uninjured! Few people in survival situations remain uninjured! Any injuries that incurred during or following an accident must be dealt with quickly – you may be both the patient and the doctor!
When was the last time you attended a First Aid course? Could you administer effective CPR to a drowning or lightning strike victim? Would those with whom you travel know what to do if you were the one that needed help?
In a cold, wet windy environment staying alive also means keeping warm; in a hot environment, staying cool is the objective.
Accomplishing either can be very difficult. 98.6 is the most important number in your life! A deviation of 5° F. above or below 98.6° F. significantly impairs your brain’s ability to function and reduces your ability to make good decisions. Since surviving is largely a “decision making” process, your brain’s ability to function must be protected at all costs.
Staying alive also means keeping yourself hydrated. Every activity that takes place in the human body takes place in a water environment; when that water is depleted those activities begin to malfunction. Under stressful conditions, dehydrated people quickly lose their working efficiency and worse than that, their ability to think clearly and make good decision!
Under adverse conditions. Because of our past experiences, what may be adverse to one person may be routine to another. Before venturing off, ask yourself “What is the worst thing that can happen to me and am I prepared to cope with it?”
“What scares me about the thought of spending an unplanned night out?” Answering these two questions honestly is the first step in overcoming one of the biggest barriers to preparing for a future survival situation – denial of the possibility of an emergency happening. If you can see yourself in a survival situation, then preparing for it will naturally follow.
All alone.Never count on anyone else being there to help you when you are in trouble. If there is, you can pool your talents, equipment and clothing for the benefit of all. But if there isn’t, and you have never developed your survival skills because you reasoned :
“Someone else (husband, father, mother, brother, sister, guide etc.) will take care of me,” you have just fallen into a big trap. You will be totally unprepared physically and psychologically! Plan on being alone!
Until rescued. Beyond readying the appropriate signals to attract the attention of rescuers, there is little the survivor can do to expedite the rescue process. Finding an overdue hunter, backpacker or birdwatcher takes time – especially if you have failed to leave a flight plan!
To the survivor, the time it takes to be found and recovered seems to drag on forever; and remaining in one place, waiting to be found, will take all of your willpower. History shows that those survivors who were able to overcome their impatience and desire to walk out had a better chance of surviving than those that continued to move.
Sit tight, survive and wait for rescue to come to you.
Peter Kummerfeldt has walked the talk in the wilderness survival field for decades.
Peter grew up in Kenya, East Africa and came to America in 1965 and joined the U.S. Air Force. He is a graduate of the Air Force Survival Instructor Training School and has served as an instructor at the Basic Survival School, Spokane, Washington; the Arctic Survival School, Fairbanks, Alaska, and the Jungle Survival School, Republic of the Philippines.For twelve years, Peter was the Survival Training Director at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He retired from the Air Force in 1995 after 30 years of service.In 1992, concerned with the number of accidents that were occurring in the outdoors annually and the number of tourists traveling overseas who were involved in unpleasant and sometimes life-threatening incidents Peter created OutdoorSafe.comHe is the author of Surviving a Wilderness Emergency and has addressed over 20,000 people as the featured speaker at numerous seminars, conferences and national conventions.Check out Peter’s blog at: OutdoorSafe.blogspot.comORIGINAL ARTICLEhttp://www.survivalcommonsense.com/2011/04/04/peter-kummerfeldt-what-is-survival/
Yes, it's been a while since any blog posts or new articles on SurvivalRing. Life's like that sometimes when you have multiple priorities in your life, including a real world job with the state of Wyoming, a home business, caring for grandchildren and helping adult offspring, dealing with multiple vehicular mechanical issues and then doing all the repairs yourself, and then trying to maintain health and household needs to boot.
Unlike hundreds of other survival and self reliance websites, with authors and bloggers who update daily, or even weekly, my website (and blog) is first and foremost a RESOURCE. Gigabytes of downloads of ebooks, government manuals, sheltering plans, fallout planning, and the entire spectrum of all-hazards planning, self reliance content, technical info and data, classic books from the first decades of the 20th century, and so much more.
Obviously, I get a lot of traffic, moving 1.6 terabytes (1,600 gigabytes, or 1,600,000 megabytes) of data this past year. These are ASTOUNDING numbers for any survival or preparedness website. As we enter our 14th year online, I truly expect these numbers to continue to increase every day, every week, and every month.
But, with all this data being downloaded, I get virtually NO feedback from visitors. Maybe one or two emails a week at the MOST. In the early years of my websites coming online in the mid to late 1990s, such as the original Blast Shelter website on AOL, I would get dozens of emails a month, and sometimes a week. I loved looking forward to these incoming suggestions, ideas, thanks, and critiques, and even taunts for some of my crazy ideas.
Something has faded…
I returned to college in 2003, and brought my web development skills up to the cutting edge of technology and web services. This current site design allows for visitor interaction that is second to none...commenting on anything, forums, chat, help desk, and more. They're not being used. Programming and search functions allow visitors to find content ANYWHERE on site instantaneously, and our Google search engine placement in finding rare content and documents on our site is at the top of the charts.
As technology, social networking, the economy, and a myriad of other variables have adjusted the past few years, I've noticed the rise, and fall, of many survival websites. New groups, such as the American Preppers Networks, blog and Facebook groups, many rather large forums, and some well known authors frequently are targeted in the media as "resources" because of what these groups WRITE...which is mostly opinion, editorials, or reposting of news stories, OTHER websites content, and far rarer, actual NEW content and thinking in the realm of self reliance and self sufficiency.
Articles are good for Google and other search tools to keep those site's rankings up. But, original content is not often enough. The genre of "Survivalist" rantings (always on that bleeding media edge of "good survivalist/bad survivalist" neo-liberalist agendas) are generally a mishmash of myth, potential broken laws, overheated rhetoric, anti-social diatribes, name-calling, misdirection, media bashing, self aggrandizing, gun porn, post-civilization looting ideas, or societal breakdown scenarios and alternative sources for food, water, ammo, bartering, or militaristic tripe.