People around the world are making preparations for the end of life as we know it. Plenty of theories revolve around how it’s going to happen, from widespread natural disaster to upheaval against the political powers that be, but most agree it’s inevitable. In light of this collective expectation, survival prep is on the minds of countless people. Certain basic essentials will help foster your efforts while other people flounder in the face of difficulty.
Everyone knows water is vital, but few understand just how much might be enough. According to reports from FEMA, WHO, and other organizations, being ready means having on hand at least one gallon per person, per day. It’s necessary for not only drinking but for cooking and cleaning as well, so more is better.
Barrels and bricks make for the best storage, but keep in mind you can only store so much. You’ll also need a rainwater collection system to keep things flowing. If contamination concerns arise, boiling for several minutes or adding 1/4 teaspoon of unscented bleach per gallon should kill bacteria and parasites.
Companies offering freeze-dried and dehydrated foods, and even entire meal plans, have arisen from the prospect of doomsday. Available options are designed to provide nutrition, last up to 25 years while unopened, and offer all-inclusive solutions during times of hardship. Be sure to read the labels thoroughly, though, as a one-year supply typically means for a single person unless otherwise stated.
In the event you’d rather prepare meals and snacks yourself, you’ll need a dehydrator or freeze-drying system, with the latter being the most expensive. Old-fashioned canning shouldn’t be overlooked, either. Just be sure to start with clean food and sterile jars, vacuum-sealer bags, and other equipment to avoid contamination and spoilage.
Bandages, rubbing alcohol, peroxide, pain pills, allergy medications, antibiotic creams, gauze, sterile gloves, vitamins, sutures, and knowledge of best usage practices are essential in survival situations. If anyone in your care suffers from asthma, diabetes, and other serious conditions, stockpile the necessary staples for them as well.
When things do take a turn, being ready is likely to mean the difference between life and death. At the very least, preparation is the key to carrying on with life rather than depending on luck and the kindness of strangers. These are only a few of the necessities for survival. A list of other items should be kept on hand as well.