Am Donnerstag, 23. August 2012 09:17:41 UTC+2 schrieb Graham Cooper: > #1) Storable Food > > > > Food is going to instantly become one of the most valuable commodities > > in existence in the event of an economic collapse. If you do not have > > food you are not going to survive. Most American families could not > > last much longer than a month on what they have in their house right > > now. So what about you? If disaster struck right now, how long could > > you survive on what you have? The truth is that we all need to start > > storing up food. If you and your family run out of food, you will > > suddenly find yourselves competing with the hordes of hungry people > > who are looting the stores and roaming the streets looking for > > something to eat. > > > > Of course you can grow your own food, but that is going to take time. > > So you need to have enough food stored up until the food that you > > plant has time to grow. But if you have not stored up any seeds you > > might as well forget it. When the economy totally collapses, the > > remaining seeds will disappear very quickly. So if you think that you > > are going to need seeds, now is the time to get them. > > > > #2) Clean Water > > > > Most people can survive for a number of weeks without food, but > > without water you will die in just a few days. So where would you get > > water if the water suddenly stopped flowing out of your taps? Do you > > have a plan? Is there an abundant supply of clean water near your > > home? Would you be able to boil water if you need to? > > > > Besides storing water and figuring out how you are going to gather > > water if society breaks down, another thing to consider is water > > purification tablets. The water you are able to gather during a time > > of crisis may not be suitable for drinking. So you may find that > > water purification tablets come in very, very handy. > > > > #3) Shelter > > > > You can't sleep on the streets, can you? Well, some people will be > > able to get by living on the streets, but the vast majority of us will > > need some form of shelter to survive for long. So what would you do > > if you and your family lost your home or suddenly were forced from > > your home? Where would you go? > > > > The best thing to do is to come up with several plans. Do you have > > relatives that you can bunk with in case of emergency? Do you own a > > tent and sleeping bags if you had to rough it? If one day everything > > hits the fan and you and your family have to "bug out" somewhere, > > where would that be? You need to have a plan. > > > > #4) Warm Clothing > > > > If you plan to survive for long in a nightmare economic situation, you > > are probably going to need some warm, functional clothing. If you > > live in a cold climate, this is going to mean storing up plenty of > > blankets and cold weather clothes. If you live in an area where it > > rains a lot, you will need to be sure to store up some rain gear. If > > you think you may have to survive outdoors in an emergency situation, > > make sure that you and your family have something warm to put on your > > heads. Someday after the economy has collapsed and people are > > scrambling to survive, a lot of folks are going to end up freezing to > > death. In fact, in the coldest areas it is actually possible to > > freeze to death in your own home. Don't let that happen to you. > > > > #5) An Axe > > > > Staying along the theme of staying warm, you may want to consider > > investing in a good axe. In the event of a major emergency, gathering > > firewood will be a priority. Without a good tool to cut the wood with > > that will be much more difficult. > > > > #6) Lighters Or Matches > > > > You will also want something to start a fire with. If you can start a > > fire, you can cook food, you can boil water and you can stay warm. So > > in a true emergency situation, how do you plan to start a fire? By > > rubbing sticks together? Now is the time to put away a supply of > > lighters or matches so that you will be prepared when you really need > > them. > > > > In addition, you may want to consider storing up a good supply of > > candles. Candles come in quite handy whenever the electricity goes > > out, and in the event of a long-term economic nightmare we will all > > see why our forefathers relied on candles so much. > > > > #7) Hiking Boots Or Comfortable Shoes > > > > When you ask most people to list things necessary for survival, this > > is not the first or the second thing that comes to mind. But having > > hiking boots or very comfortable and functional shoes will be > > absolutely critical. You may very well find yourself in a situation > > where you and your family must walk everywhere you want to go. So how > > far do you think you will get in high heels? You will want footwear > > that you would feel comfortable walking in for hours if necessary. > > You will also want footwear that will last a long time, because when > > the economy truly collapses you may not be able to run out to the shoe > > store and get what you need at that point. > > > > #8) A Flashlight And/Or Lantern > > > > When the power goes off in your home, what is the first thing that you > > grab? Just think about it. A flashlight or a lantern of course. In > > a major emergency, a flashlight or a lantern is going to be a > > necessity - especially if you need to go anywhere at night. > > > > Solar powered or "crank style" flashlights or lanterns will probably > > be best during a long-term emergency. If you have battery-powered > > units you will want to begin storing up lots and lots of batteries. > > > > #9) A Radio > > > > If a major crisis does hit the United States, what will you and your > > family want? Among other things, you will all want to know what in > > the world is going on. A radio can be an invaluable tool for keeping > > up with the news. > > > > Once again, solar powered or "crank style" radios will probably work > > best for the long term. A battery-powered until would work as well - > > but only for as long as your batteries are able to last. > > > > #10) Communication Equipment > > > > When things really hit the fan you are going to want to communicate > > with your family and friends. You will also want to be able to > > contact an ambulance or law enforcement if necessary. Having an > > emergency cell phone is great, but it may or may not work during a > > time of crisis. The Internet also may or may not be available. Be > > sure to have a plan (whether it be high-tech or low-tech) for staying > > in communication with others during a major emergency. > > > > #11) A Swiss Army Knife > > > > If you have ever owned a Swiss Army knife you probably already know > > how incredibly handy they can be. It can be a very valuable and > > versatile tool. In a true survival situation, a Swiss Army knife can > > literally do dozens of different things for you. Make sure that you > > have at least one stored up for emergencies. > > > > #12) Personal Hygiene Items > > > > While these may not be absolute "essentials", the truth is that life > > will get very unpleasant very quickly without them. For example, what > > would you do without toilet paper? Just think about it. Imagine that > > you just finished your last roll of toilet paper and now you can't get > > any more. What would you do? > > > > The truth is that soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet > > paper and other hygiene products are things that we completely take > > for granted in society today. So what would happen if we could not go > > out and buy them any longer? > > > > #13) A First Aid Kit And Other Medical Supplies > > > > One a more serious note, you may not be able to access a hospital or > > a doctor during a major crisis. In your survival supplies, be > > absolutely certain that you have a good first aid kit and any other > > medical supplies that you think you may need. > > > > #14) Extra Gasoline > > > > There may come a day when gasoline is rationed or is simply not > > available at all. If that happens, how will you get around? Be > > certain to have some extra gasoline stored away just in case you find > > yourself really needing to get somewhere someday. > > > > #15) A Sewing Kit > > > > If you were not able to run out and buy new clothes for you and your > > family, what would you do? Well, you would want to repair the clothes > > that you have and make them last as long as possible. Without a good > > sewing kit that will be very difficult to do. > > > > #16) Self-Defense Equipment > > > > Whether it is pepper spray to fend off wild animals or something more > > "robust" to fend off wild humans, millions of Americans will one day > > be thankful that they have something to defend themselves with. > > > > #17) A Compass > > > > In the event of a major emergency, you and your family may find > > yourselves having to be on the move. If you are in a wilderness area, > > it will be very hard to tell what direction you are heading without a > > compass. It is always a good idea to have at least one compass stored > > up. > > > > #18) A Hiking Backpack > > > > If you and your family suddenly have to "bug out", what will you carry > > all of your survival supplies in? Having a good hiking backpack or > > "survival bag" for everyone in your family is extremely important. If > > something happened in the city where you live and you suddenly had to > > "go", what would you put your most important stuff in? How would you > > carry it all if you had to travel by foot? These are very important > > things to think about. > > > > #19) A Community > > > > During a long-term crisis, it is those who are willing to work > > together that will have the best chance of making it. Whether it is > > your family, your friends, a church or a local group of people that > > you know, make sure that you have some people that you can rely on and > > work together with in the event that everything hits the fan. Loners > > are going to have a really hard time of surviving for long. > > > > #20) A Backup Plan > > > > Lastly, it is always, always, always important to have a backup plan > > for everything. > > > > If someone comes in and steals all the food that you have stored up, > > what are you going to do? > > > > If travel is restricted and your can't get to your "bug out" location > > immediately do you have a Plan B? > > > > If you have built your house into an impregnable survival fortress but > > circumstances force you to leave do you have an alternate plan? > > > > The truth is that crisis situations rarely unfold just as we > > envision. It is important to be flexible and to be ready with backup > > plans when disaster strikes. > > > > You don't want to end up like the folks in New Orleans after Hurricane > > Katrina. You don't want to have to rely on the government to take > > care of you if something really bad happens.
If you have lots of #1, but your neighbour has a better #5 or #16 than you do, you may no longer need to worry about #20. :)