It starts at home.
Having a conversation with family can be the most difficult conversation one can have. Having advanced knowledge of real life threats as a military soldier or any other first responder will put you at an advantage. Unfortunately an untrained person will not share the same skill sets and their level of understanding is usually very basic. The difficult conversation doesn’t have to be if it’s done correctly.
Outside interference from other family members, friends and news isn’t much help either. The news media and social media seems mere geared to use scare tactics to up ratings. This only propels the average persons mindset to be in fear instead of preparation mode.
The coronavirus threat.
Just as usual, the media hype about the coronavirus has once again stricken fear into the hearts of many people. The simple thing to do is to purchase enough supplies and PPE kits for each person of the household to sustain life for a period of time. As for any emergency situation, I recommend having a minimum of six months supplies. I am by no means downplaying this newest episode of biological threat. Preparing for this type of threat just isn’t something that the average prepper thinks of.
Having a supply of respirator masks, biological safety suits and air tanks are the ideal situation but not everyone can afford. Having some N95 filter masks, Lysol spray, Chlorine bleach and hand sanitizer is. Remembering little things like keeping hands washed and not touching your nose or face can mean all the difference. Many people forget in these types of situations to take off their shoes before entering the home and disinfecting everything before entering.
In my opinion, the difficult conversation is something that can be avoided if we gently ease into being prepared instead of being in a panic. Waiting until the last minute to zoom up to the grocery store and load up five grocery baskets is crazy. The same goes for ordering a pallet full of ammo and buying truckload of firearms on the emergency credit card. If you waited until it’s about to hit the fan then you’ve waited too long.
What do I need to be prepared?
I’ve talked about this in many of my other blog posts. Everyone’s needs will vary depending on their situation. The basic things should be common for everyone no matter what. Preparing by having enough food, water, clothing and shelter should be first and foremost. Without any of these items, one will not live for a long period of time.
My highest priority for my household is having clean drinking water purification and a source of water. The NASEM says that adequate fluid intake for a male is about 3.7 liters a day for a male. A female should have a minimum of 2.7 liters. These amounts can vary according to your size, activity and other influences. This can also be in combination with other beverages that we consume. Without hydration, a human typically doesn’t live beyond 3 to 4 days.
When it comes to food, there are plenty of sources that recommend the proper calorie intake for both male and female to maintain body weight. Depending on what your goal is during any emergency rationing situation, the truth is that a person can live for a very long time without food. Although it may become uncomfortable to go without something in your tummy, people have lived beyond 30 days without eating. I for one who have fasted on occasion also know that not eating can cause drowsiness, weakness and unclear thinking.
Shelter and clothing are important.
Depending on where you live in the country or world for that matter, climate and weather patterns vary. Having enough warm clothing to sustain cold temperatures can be a life saving necessity. The same can be said for having some type of shelter to keep you out of inclimate weather conditions.
Many people have lost their lives to hypothermia. According to the CDC, hypothermia normally occurs at very cold temperatures, It can happen at temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. This can occur if a person becomes chilled from sweat, rain or being submerged in cold water.
I like to keep a couple magnesium fire starters inside of my bugout pack. They work really well even when wet. Cotton balls in petroleum jelly are good to keep in a fire starting kit. Something else I keep on hand is #0000 steel wool. It’s very fine and burns easy. Touching the negative and positive ends of a battery to it will ignite it quickly.
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