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Six More Things Preppers Can Overlook

The first six things I wrote about brought so many new thoughts to my mind that I just had to sit down and write six more. While they may seem like basic common sense, it is easy to overlook one or all of them. I just hope it might nudge someone in the right direction.

A Plan Of Action

Do you know what you would do if you awoke to find your house on fire? If you live near the coast, do you know your hurricane evacuation route? How about a plan of action for a tornado warning in your immediate vicinity? If you are any kind of prepper, I bet you have those answers down pat.

Here is a harder one…What do you do if the government warns of an imminent asteroid impact in your area? You have one hour to hit the road and get as far away as possible. It may be unlikely, but it never hurts to plan.

Harder yet, and more likely… there is a serious global financial meltdown sending the world into a new great depression. You lose your job, what do you do?

Do I have the answers? For you? No. I don’t know your situation. For me, I know what I would try to do in those situations and many more like them.

In order to get your own plan of action, you need to play the “what if” game. Ask yourself  “What if…?”  These questions can be as simple or complex as you like.  For example: You are driving down a country road listening to the radio. What if the car coming toward you swerves into your lane? That is a simple straightforward question that many defensive drivers constantly ask themselves.

A more complex question could be what if due to economic concerns, civil unrest breaks out in your area. What steps will you need to take?

They say knowing is half the battle.  By playing the “what if” game with enough scenarios, you have at least thought about many of the potential problems you may face as a prepper, and you will be a step ahead of people taken completely by surprise.

A Water Source

Do you have a well? What are you going to drink if the power goes out? How many water sources do you have available?

Let me share what happened to us a few years ago during an ice storm. We live in an old farmhouse on a small homestead. We have three wells, one for the house, a hand pump in the front by the old summerhouse, and a barn well that no longer has power to it. I figured with the hand pump we were fine if we lost power.

Then we got this big ice storm that knocked down power lines all over the place, including one draped right across my hand pump. So no power for water and a power line on top of the hand pump—what did we do? We put buckets under the spouting to catch rainwater and then ran it through our gravity water filter. No problem.

Potable water is essential to your survival. Make sure you have a reliable source, and then make sure you have an option in case that one gets messed up.

Books

E-readers and computers—what wonderful things they are! You can download volumes upon volumes of survival info. You can buy CDs packed with thousands of pages of how-to guides. But what happens when there is no power and you need that info?

BOOKS! No power or special software needed to read them, and you don’t have to worry about a virus corrupting the information and losing it. Yes, I want an e-reader just for the reasons I mentioned above, but I also have no plans of getting rid of my paper and ink library.

What books you get, again, depends on your situation. Books on emergency medicine, edible plants, wilderness survival, firearms, training and tactics, homesteading, trapping, and general prepping are all useful, and most would say essential.

The Essential Survival Secrets of The Most Vigilant… Most Skilled… And Most Savvy Survivalists in the World!

Skills

If you have been a part of the prepper online community for any amount of time, you will run into the person who has purchased one of every conceivable survival supply available but has no idea how to use any of it.

One of my pet peeves is the people who buy lots of snares for their bug out bags but have not spent a day of their lives on a trap line. They expect to be able to set out these snares and catch animals, but they have no experience. Those of us who have trapped know that there is a learning curve involved, and these folks are in for a hungry surprise unless they are very lucky.

Another area where you see this a lot is firearms. People will go out and buy the latest whizbang and a billion rounds of ammo and never touch the thing, let alone shoot it enough to be proficient.

A very good trend is the number of women getting into the prepping movement, and for the most part, if they don’t know something about firearms, they are willing to admit it and will seek out training to make an informed purchase. They then are more skilled and safer than many men whose egos will not let them admit they don’t know anything about guns.

If you have tools or equipment you don’t know how to use, find someone who does and have them teach you how. In some cases, it is better to do without than to try to work your way through something you should have learned a long time ago.

Making Friends

I admit it: I am anti-social. I would like to build a thirty-foot wall around my homestead and never have to deal with another human again. Dream on. In truth, no man is an island, and we all need help now and then. No one has the same skill set as anyone else, so every person we have in our circle of friends brings more skills to the table in the event of an emergency.

Making the right kind of friends is important in a serious survival situation. They will be the people who watch your back while you return the favor. Most of the locals whom I consider friends I have met at church. I joke about being a survivalist when I teach Sunday school and am very open about my beliefs. The right kind of people will be curious enough to start asking questions, while the wrong kind will usually try to impress you with their “knowledge.”

I have even met a couple folks through online forums for preppers that over the years I have gotten to know a little. I have had a couple get-togethers at the homestead where I was able to get a pretty good read on what they were like and have extended an invitation to bug out to our place if the situation warrants it. These are skilled individuals that would help us as much as we would help them.

Get In Shape

The Internet is full of keyboard commandos who can run thirty miles in an hour and a half carrying a seventy-pound pack all while fully engaged in a running firefight. The reality is that Americans are getting soft, and I admit, as I get older, I spend less time out doing and more time on this infernal machine reading and writing about it.

Getting in shape is paramount to our lifestyle. What are all our preps for if not extending our own lives? What is the point of prepping if you aren’t going to be around to use them? Situations that preppers are prepping for tend to require a heightened level of physical activity, and if we are totally out of shape, we run a higher risk of injury or illness as a result.

Anyone can get in shape with just a little extra work every day. Do some research and find something that works for you. A great program for starting out is called “Couch to 5K.” It can get most people running five kilometers (three miles) in just a couple months.

Again, everyone has a different situation to think about when prepping, but these six items should be universal to everyone.  You can’t afford to overlook things like these. A little brainstorming on your part should turn up something.

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38 comments

  1. love this article I use to tell My Late Husband that when the grown Children and their Spouses were argueing all the time that I wished I could take them all 100 miles from any where on 100 acres in the center and tell them all start building and planting or You will starve or freeze come winter We never did but the one thing I knew was that with My Husband We could do it. sure miss Him miss the land even small acreages want to move to some land but I seem to be locked into living in down with a small yard I share this with My youngest Daughter who works hard and doesn’t want to give up Her job and I don’t blame Her it is a very good job and at least she is working in these tough times Love all the articles here Thanks

  2. Fro about 10 years I lived in southern Canada on the North shore of Lake Erie and every winter ice storms would cause power outages that would last from one day to 2 weeks. We had 100 acres with a 25 acre wood lot so heat was no problem. As the water was poor quality we had a cistern and either had water trucked in or collected rain water. When the power was out the pump wouldn’t work so it was either the old hand pump or a 5 gallon pail on a rope. The biggest problem was water for our horse and ponies and goats and chickens. It’s a real pain hauling water across a yard covered with 2-3 inches of ice that had a habit of breaking under the weight of yours truly carrying 10 gallons of water. But it had to be done and after the first time a bit of planning goes a long way.

  3. For those of us without a well, use GoogleEarth to zoom in on your home and then pan
    around to find the nearest water source: pond, creek, river, lake, wetlands, etc.
    There is a measuring tool on GoogleEarth that will allow you to find out how far it is to
    that water source. I have 3 different water sources and printed aerial views so I can
    map a path to the source. Next step would be to actually try hauling water from that
    source. You don’t want to carry much water very far. How do you handle a couple 5
    gallon buckets? For a closer water source, think about rain water harvesting. I have
    a 55 gallon barrel that will fill up in a jiffy if it is a decent rain. That barrel is hidden from
    public streets, but I plan to have others so I can collect everything that falls on my roof.

    • Dans, I agree with your plan to know where the closest water source is, however you need to take it one step further and actually go and talk to the person that owns the land and the water which may be 2 different people. If you do not have permission to take water from the stream, pond or well you very likely will find yourself as the outlaw and considered a thief. Now is the time to foster that relationship not when you have to have it to survive. As for harvesting rain water, I would caution you to be careful there too. Make sure that you know and understand the water laws in your area. I know that I personally own any water that makes it into of should make it into my 2 mile long ditch. In Colorado we have a saying that has stood for over 100 yrs. ” Whiskey is for drinking, Water is for fighting” This means I will gladly share my Whiskey but keep you paws off my water. Do not assume that it is free for the taking.

  4. We have been preparing for the last 6 years. We purchase a home in the Apalacians and installed 4000watts of off-grid power. This will run most essentials like water pump, lights, fans and some other favorites. Small room heaters (infrared) small room size AC units. Gas and wood stoves. Solar water and wood boilers. Lots of cut wood. Plenty of stored food, protection material. We don’t prepare fo any particular EVENT but for the civil unrest that WILL follow. I have built a Farrady cage for my electronics and the solar electronics are inside a metal cabinet with a superb grounding system. It helped that I’m a professional elecrical engineer and my wife and I have been outdoors folks all our married life (47 years). Our family is on board. I print most of the good articles and have an extensive DVD and book collection for the adults and the kids. Since we ensured our AC power we feel confident but are not blinded by our preparedness. We have built pens for animals (chickens, rabots, goats, and pigs) and have planted fruit trees and an annual crop of vegetables. We can (mason jars) EVERYTHING we can get our hands on. I sleep with my arms extended out in fear that my wife will put me in one of her jars.

    • I would love to see your set-up.We are just scratching the surface compared to you but we have to start somewhere. This year our garden did poorly as did most of the neighbors around us.Consequently, nothing was canned We would like to get a generator but my husband is not mechanically or carpentry inclined. If we have to pay contractor to install everything we need the cost would be prohibitive.
      There is a new show on TV on the NatGeo channel about preppers that I really got some good tips to help us. We live is DE and don’t know of any else who shares our philosophy. Good luck to you and your family.

  5. We think we are ready. Plenty of stored food (24 people for a year) and protection material. Canning skills, 4 kw Off-grid solar power. Fruit trees, annual vegetable crop. Prepper community with plenty of skills. Medical doctors, nurses, supplies.
    My wife and I have been outdoors folks for 47 years. We hunt, fish and plant. We try to stay in shape by working the farm and are trying to stay away from too many medications (hard). Family is ready. We are part of a mountain prepper community with engineers, farmers, doctors, nurses, plumbers, electricians, contruction people, mechanics. We feel that we are ready but will conitnue. We print our materials and have storage of bboks and DVD’s. We protect most electronics with Farriday cages. We have pens for animals (chickens, goats, pigs and rabbits) This is work in progress but some of our friends ar ready. We can (mason jars) everything er find. I sleep with my arms extended out in fear that my wife will can me. I heard her talking about a very large mason jar.

    • When I read stories like yours, I could just cry. I have been aware of the need to live like you speak of for many years. I try, but I just cant seem to get it together. Where in the world do you find people to put together a community of like minded people like, it seems, you have?

      If I could just set and chat with people that are trying. Share ideas. Share plans. Try to help one another. If this was the case, I could quit worring about what Obuma is going to do next….John

  6. I like to think I’m prepared. I’ve buried sea going containers and fixed them up as living quaters. I have a well on the property hooked into a aquafier. Enough food for 30 people for a year. Enough weapons and ammo for everyone. But just as I think I’m kool I think of some small thing. Remember the small stuff. How much toilet paper and wet wipes do you have? You’ll never be completely done. But when the SHTF you’ll be in better shape than most.

    • Damn (if we can say things like that on this site). You seem to have your crap together. More power to you vet. If this is a forum and we can chat, what have to done to, or plan to, comuncate to the rest of the preppies that have survived the first onslot of gangs? Do you use short-wave, hope for cell phones, or just smoke signals. I have thought of this, but have no answer….John

  7. We have food, water, medical supplies, guns and ammo. Not to last forever, but several months. My last two concerns are the most difficult: Alternate Power and Fencing/wire for the perimeter. I hope to put these together within the next few months. I pray we are not too late.

  8. I rarely see any mention of needles, thread, and extra cloth for clothing repairs, so don’t forget. Tire repair materials and a portable, re-chargeable air compressor are useful, too. Speaking of transportation, electric power bicycles, in lieu of a horse or mule, are a good way to get around.

    I do emphasize good physical fitness. My wife and I are in our 60s, and we excercise regularly, with no ailments requiring medicine. Don’t drink, don’t smoke, and have been vegetarians for 30 years for the most part. I have nothing against killing animals for food (I am not some PETA freak) – but healthwise – the veggie diet really works for us. Unlike farm raised meat decades ago, today’s animals are injected full of hormones and antibiotics, and many are quite sick when slaughtered. Unless you have your own livestock, or fish from a safe source, or a good place to hunt, I’d stay away from the store bought stuff. We have good muscle mass and strength, and heart rate and blood pressure of a thirty year old. With Obama care now a reality, hopefully we personally will never have to be at the mercy of a government run health care system. I spend a lot of time in Europe on business, and take it from me, these government health care systems are atrocious and literally kill people.

    One last hint: In our world of facebook and internet, try having social intercourse “in person”. Re-learn the art of conversation. Connect in person with people, whether it is a sewing circle, a poker game, a book club, shooting club, or a church pot luck social. Turn off the boob tube for good and all of the cultural garbage that is polluting our world. And practice gratitude on a daily basis, thanking our Maker for all of the blessings He has bestowed. As degraded as our society has become, I have to trust in God that there is a reason for all. It is pretty negative out there, but we try to maintain a positive atitude every day.

    We have a place in a semi-rural area of the Texas Hill Country. Have about a year’s supply of food, room for a garden, water source very close by, although at this point not nearly as prepped as I’d like to be. If worse comes to worse, my cousin has a 2000 acre ranch north of us in a remote area where he runs horses and cattle where we can also go if it gets to crazy where we are. Good news is there are many like-minded, spiritually oriented people in our area who know how to use firearms and work together. Besides, we Texans could easily secede from the union as we have an abundance of cattle and agriculture, plenty of oil and gas, major seaports, and even gold mining. We did it be before solo as the Lone Star Republic, and could do it again, no problem.

    • Good for you man. I live in Ky and plan of staying there because of my children and grandchildren, but if I were to move, it would be to Texas. I have visited there many times. The hill country, for the Blue Bonnet festivals is where I would love to live. I travel in Texas, and see the lone star flag everywhere I go. Most people, in other states couldn’t even reconize their state flag. Texans desplay their’s proudly. I can see that you can say “dont mess with Texas” and mean it. I’m behind you…..John

  9. With feral hogs becoming such a problem, ranchers ought to let people hunt them for no charge, minimal fees if lodging provided., charge for butchering. Some will charge even though the hogs are being a big problem. don’t blame them, just wish they would wake up.
    Food banks are not accepting donated game , for the most part. that is stupid.
    Charities won’t either. Food is food. When times get tougher, they might change. Hunters feed many mouths in various states.
    Just remember that hogs are probably the smartest game you will find/ or don”t find….

  10. When TSHTF, urban troglodites will spread out into the country side, becoming a very dangerous mob. Prepping for a ZOMBIE Apocalypse may not be very far off the mark. Remember – desparate times call for desparate measures. Goes both ways…
    Practice, conserve your ammo, and keep your powder dry !

  11. I guess I’m one of those urban troglodites…i won’t be spreading out into the countryside though—at this point i have a good water supply and and food stores are building up…have some weapons and ammo so I guess I’ll be ok. Not all people from the cities are as bad as you think or as you see portrayed.

  12. I keep thinking of little things too…just spent 160 bucks on hair cutting tools and a book on how to give simple haircuts.Some might think this purchase silly, but I am starting to think of the barter system.Giving someone a simple haircut for some items I do not have around seems like a good deal.

  13. New to preping and food storage. O.k. so water has been a issue. We just drilled a 5 inch well 2 years ago. The pump is a submergeable pump we have no alternative way for making electric. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thinking about solar or wind but that is expensive also thought about drilling a new well with a hand pump but again expensive. Anyone know of a way to put a hand pump onto the 5 inch well?

    • First get a generator the will power your pump. Alot of pumps are 220V so make sure you have a big enough generator. And make sure you have the means to hook it up. A couple of the RIGHT plugs and a large enough cord should do in a pinch. Hand pumps are ok but i have yet to find a good cheap one. I like well buckets my self. You can make one cheap or buy one. Check out a store called Lemans (ohio). Theres also a guy on ebay that makes a really good. Your spend under a 100$ . Just make sure you get one that fits down you well, and plenty of rope

    • Try going to website flojack.com. They sell portable hand pumps for dug or drilled wells, raning in depth up to a couple hundred feet. They’re not cheap; around $400-500 depending upon the depth you need to get to the water, but they look good.

  14. Preppers come from rural areas, suburbs, and down town dwellers. We all want to protect our family and friends. There will be crazy wackos everywhere. Good luck to all. If it is long lasting,it will just be easier to have
    Gardens,chickens, goats, pigs, or other food sources if you live in rural areas.

  15. D. Long
    Do an internet search…I have see kits for just that situation, where you can put a hand pump in your drilled well.
    TS

  16. One writer mentions a “Faraday Cage” to protect electronics in case of EMP. A Faraday Cage is a metal enclosure which is grounded, which will afford electronics some protection against EMP. A ready made Faraday Cage is a microwave oven which is no longer working, just ground it. It should be possible to get one or two non-working microwaves for nothing more than the effort of hauling them away.

    Another writer mentions his hair cutting skill as a barter prospect. Hair cutting will probably be more in demand than golf instruction. The key is to think of those goods or services which you might want or need and would be willing to obtain at the sacrifice of something of value, from this list of goods and services you may be able to identify areas of you own which can provide barter goods and services. Any skill, sewing or repair of any kind are all good barter skills. An extremely durable medium to use for sewing repairs is dental floss in addition to thread.

    .22 cal ammunition is a good barter item, .22 cal bullets are available only as a factory made item and large quantities (a box of 500 rounds is no larger than a pound of butter) can be stored in a small space. Center fire ammunition and shotgun shells are reload-able and reloading is a skill which can be easily and quickly learned. The quickest and easiest way to learn hand loading is to have an experienced hand loader show you. The basics can be learned in part of an afternoon. Currently there are no great restrictions on reloading supplies, but restrictions may be coming so it might be wise to stock up on reloading dies of each size you plan to reload, (each caliber requires a different set of dies). Rifle and pistol primers, various powders (used for different hand loads) and the other equipment and other necessary items are still currently plentiful and easily obtained..

    Once a rifle or pistol cartridge is fired most of the time it can be reloaded (hand loaded) and used again. It is surprising how small a segment of the population has the knowledge and equipment for reloading, making this a good barter service. If and when life becomes difficult, I wouldn’t make my reloading skills available to anyone other than those I’ve known for a long time, strangers might well be people you don’t don’t want to do business with, possibly even government agents.

  17. One area that I have been researching was making bandages that would be reusable. During WWII they collected muslim to roll bandages though the ladies aid society to send overseas. I have been searching for muslim but have not been able to find it. So I have come upon babies’ receiving blankets. They are made of only cotton. Cotton is so expensive these days so I go to abandoned goods sales and yard sales and get them for .25 and.50 a piece. They can be cut in different widths and lengths to be used. They are not sterile but can be considered “clean” once washed. Store in zip lock bags. Once used for a wound then they can be re-used after washing and bleached. This saves on buying bandages although they’re good to have on hand also

  18. Yep we’re pretty much “ready to roll”. Wanted to pass on this hint. Cheap and easy to store, toilet paper are the phone books I’ve collected for 8 yrs, Have some of the good stuff but that won’t last long (in the long run!) Also, know how to stitch skin. It’s a worthwhile ability to know. One of the country mags even had an article on it of late.

  19. Great web site. Lots of helpful information here. I am sending it to several pals ans also sharing in delicious. And certainly, thanks on your effort!

  20. I haven’t heard of anyone that has built a still and know how to use it. If you think I am going to sit around with the power off and not have anything to drink, you are crazy. I use a 5 gallon water despenser jug to make my mash and a home made still. I have a camp fire place in my back yard with a tripod for cooking and plenty of wood. Try setting around a fireplace on a cool evening, with a good drink, and you will forget all the worries of the world. Want to chat? janey1113 at att dot net…..John

  21. I recently become more prepared and may now claim to be a preeper in training with the help of a friend, unkown to me until I learned more he had recruited me into his circle of like minded people. Thank goodness for these articles and reader comments, its like going to a preeper academy on line.

    We were impacted by sandy here in New Jersey, because of this newsletter, we had food, water, heat, and yes electric power although through a gas generator. All steps I had taken in this never ending quest to get “prepared”. This weather event tested all of our plans, including security, and ultimately our bug out. When the gas shortage hit I realized I only had three days of fuel left for the gen, and it was snowing and cold. Our power stayed out for over 10 days. We grabbed our bug out kits and fled the house to a family members house. Conserving what fuel I had left for the vehicle, in case another relocation was needed and the fuel shortage continued

    Stories of armed gaurds, huge lines at gas stations, armed men forcing there way through the line, gas thefts, home break ins from men posing as utility workers and forcing they way into the homes of citizens are just some of the things I learned

    I wish to thank all your readers for their posts and a heart felt thank you to the publishers for the assistance and knowledge to see my family through not only safely, but quite comfortably I might add

    James

  22. Having spent many years living near the arctic circle in Alaska, various parts of Canada, Montanna, Washington, Oregan; in extreme remote areas by myself or with someone with my equal skills, I am a survivalist & prepper. Now living in the Ozarks remote countryside. Firearms and weapons familiarity are essential depending on location, laws and needs. My area of living affords hunting; deer – bear – wild boar – turkeys, etc. There is no shame in defending yourself from either two legged or four legged predators, get professional advice before buying firearms and ammo, go to a gun club and ask for advice from professionals, learn gun use and safety from professionals!

    Food storage is paramount, keep it simple; canned goods eaten without heating or a small Sterno ( canned fuel without harmfull fumes ) stove will boil 1 cup of water in 5 minutes. Water from well with electric pump already installed is easy with no power. Hand pump service head sits down near top of electric pump in existing well, pumphead & handle is inside building by sink, 5 gallons per minute is easy by hand pumping. Most well pump installers in this area are familiar with these units, very affordable to purchase and install. Water quality is essential. Certain religious organizations such as Amish and Mennonites have lived for generations without electricity, they are experts at self-contained survival and living.

    Heat sources can be varied but easily obtained without outside power, check your local ‘big box’ stores for emergency heaters that require safely burned fuels for indoors. Be prepared for at least 3 months with no power or water resources at all. City dwellers in large buildings are very challenged. As an electrician & electronics technician I have had experience with EMP type effects, the northern Aurora Borealis will play havoc with electronics and communications. Simple plastic type survival blanket lined on one side with aluminum foil protects from basic EMP, night vision equipment and hides you from predators able to see better at night; large cats – wolves, feral dogs, bears, humans with night – vision equipment, aircraft heat seeking radars, etc.

    Order inexpensive small books called; FM 21-76 Dept. of the Army Field Manual – “SURVIVAL” & Army Field Manual FM 21-11 called, “FIRST AID FOR SOLDIERS” & Army Field Manual FM 21 – 26 called “MAP READING and LAND NAVIGATION”. Buy inexpensive water-proof maps of your area.

    Take first aid classes; purchase excellent portable first aid kit with additional primary surgical tools to do things like; sewing up cuts – stabs – bites – tears in skin, removing bullets. Learn how to clean major wounds and stop bleeding, study simple surgical techniques using needles, hemostats, bullet removal, how to give injections. Stock up on whiskey for pain & calming effect in moderation. Liquid, ‘Oragel’ in small bottle provides pain relief from benzocaine med while doing small medical external procedures. Do you have at least 3 months of your personal medications safely stored up?

    Your level of survival depends on you, on how much you read and how much you prepare. No electricty means no banks – groceries – communications – fuel – power. A large EMP occurance will shut down all electric sources unless protected, duration of no power can be endless. A stationary bicycle connected to a cranked emergency generator can create electricity. Civil defense – red cross & local hospitals teach classes on first aid, plus provide further resources. Go turn your power off for one weekend and see just how well you do. Forget electricity for 48 hours or one week, now imagine going for 1 or 3 months. Years ago an ice storn hit our area and there was no power for six weeks, no problem for me but many of my neighbors suffered needlessly. You begin preparing a litle at a time; building your skills and supplies. It is up to you!

    After 9/11; the U.S. Secretary of Defense broadcast on national television that all persons were responsible for maintaining their own support system for up to at least three months as the U.S. govt. does not have the resources to help large masses of desperate people. Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy and Andrew demonstrated to humans and the U.S. govt. how fragile modern support infrastucture really is. Are you really prepared to help yourself?
    Diodeman

  23. Right you are diodeman. We’re neighbors here in the Ozarks area and remember the ice storm you mentioned. We got power back after 3 1/2 weeks. I feel that things are heading to the point that day-to-day survival will be job one. Being somewhat selfsufficent needn’t cost a small fortune,either.

  24. Crymech; indeed that ice storm was a good test of skills. One last thing for preppers…The book:
    “The Boy Scout Handbook” is an excellent resource for preppers, covering mulitple subjects, read this book about fifty times, purchase the needed equipment, practice with it and memorize the subject matter. The Army field manuals on multiple subjects and the B.S.A. handbook are my nightly reading.
    Diodeman

  25. Don’t forget to always keep your gas tank on full. Mine never gets below 3/4 of a tank. We lost electric and the car was a good place to get warm before we bought a generator.

  26. For the person wanting to make bandages–go to your local fabric store. They have all cotton fabric, and muslin in various widths–from 36″ to 109″! Good luck.

  27. No one mentions stove pipes. My family will have to stay put here in SWVa. We already heat with wood and have a wood cook stove with oven but I know how quickly a stove pipe will get dangerous little holes in it. The last thing needed in a SHTF situation is a house fire with no emergency fire responders!

  28. Outlaw Survival Well

    People who drill there own personal water wells in remote locations sometimes refer to there water well as a outlaw well for survival.

    Preppers who want water in remote secret places for later use, also could be caled a outlaw water well.

    Preppers know bottled water will only last so long. Having a way to drill there own secret water well in many places is the only way to be completely prepared. What some people used to call nut jobs are now called Preppers. Water is life, no water no life. In a completely unprepared world, portable drillcat technoolgy is where it is at. Free hands on drill training and the right rig for the right job, turning fear to solid security.

    Keeping your family safe with unlimited supply of water is a smart investment for anyone.

    Out law wells are just a water well that is not permitted and are not on the books at the county court house or state aqua- map. Some water wells now being permitted are even registered on a GPS. With many new regulations many people are reverting to drilling outlaw wells. It used to be just survival nut jobs doing this, but now local farmers, family’s and religious groups are even looking to drill under trees, in the woods and I even had one guy tell he drilled a water well in his basement with 3 ft drill pipe.

    Water wells that are permitted, are wells that can be taken away at a later date. Remember, a well permit is permission to use a water well only as long as permit giver agrees to let you use it. Water permits are not forever. A permit can be revoked or rescinded when deemed necessary by agency that issues permit.

    With satellite images now like google earth, some people are drilling where it can not be seen by air. People everywhere realize water is more than important. If Hard times come, you can have all the Y2K beans and rice stash you want, but you still need water to live.

    Remember, even though you live the USA, and own your land, Depending on the state and county regulations, you may have to ask permission to drill for your own water, or even catch rain water from your roof. One of the bad things about getting a drilling permit, is if you do not hit water and have to move over and drill again. You will need a new drill permit for every hole you drill. Holes that are dry and have no water, may require to be plugged ( additional cost ) and you may need a well plug permit also. All the permit laws are for water safety they say. Most water wells are 100 to 300 ft. Even though in all 50 states you can drill 15,000 ft deep ( 3 miles) oil well through 100s of aquifer formations without anyone having a well drilling licence. But to drill a water well 100ft well in all 50 states require a drilling licence. All goes to show you the Golden Rule. He with all the Gold rules!

    Off grid water is the safest water to have.

    In the old days, the only off grid water was a wind mill or spring, or old hand dug well. The best bang for your buck is solar well. even a cheap sure flow solar pump will do 2100 gallons per day. And if you have a elevated water tank, you even have water at night.

    Windmill for water is old school. Windmills are great to look at, but cost 3 to 4 times more than a solar set up. Also several times a year, someone must risk there life and climb the tower to add oil to gearbox 35ft in the air or more. Another set back is in high winds, the windmill tail turns out of the wind to avoid damage, so in windy times of the year, you have to check daily and climb up and reset tail for windmill to pump again.

    Hand pumps

    Hand pumps are great for shallow wells. there are many plans on the Internet to make your own, or some people use a cheap china hand pump, with foot valve on bottom, to keep well in prime.

    DIY drilling rigs

    Small cheaper to rigs will work, but only in soft sand and clay. If you have rock, or even hard clay, you may need a upgrade to better portable drilling rig. Bottom line. The deeper you drill, the better rig it takes, which equals more money. very simple math. Drillcat has some great info and cheap parts for DIY preppers/

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