With countries like North Korea in the news nearly every day, nuclear disaster seems more possible than ever. I use to be one of those people who stated, “I would never want to live through such a disaster”.
If you spend time on the internet these days, you can’t go anywhere without seeing talk about a nuclear attack. It’s frightening. And it should be.
Since there’s never been a nuclear attack on American soil, no one really knows what to expect. Scenes from post-apocalyptic movies are running through our heads. People are imagining their children dying of radiation poisoning, which is a brutal and horrific death. We’re desperate to protect the ones we love.
But many of people have told us something even scarier than all of those Armageddon-style nightmares:
“I hope I go in the initial blast because I don’t want to be around in the aftermath.”
This assumes that a nuclear strike is unsurvivable. That the world will become a barren wasteland, unfit for human life. That there is no option but to die of radiation poisoning in the short term or excruciating cancer/starvation/deprivation in the long term.
This is absolutely incorrect.
If you aren’t at Ground Zero, you can survive without ill effects IF you know what to do.
So how do you prepare?
Over the years, I’ve heard survival-minded folk talk about SHTF, WROL, and TEOTWAWKI as though they are something to look forward to. They can test out their cool gear, get to their bug out locations, and live out in real life the survival fantasies they’ve only read about in books.
Obviously, I’ve been considering this particular worst case scenario for a while and have determined the best course of action for me and my family: prep to maintain the best level of normalcy possible. Think of it this way:
Let me make myself very clear. The US economy is on the verge of
I don’t know if you know this disturbing fact, but the Federal Reserve is printing money like there’s no tomorrow.
In fact, the US dollar is rapidly becoming devalued to the point where it will become almost worthless. This is such a problem that even whistle blowers at the World Bank have openly stated that the US Currency is no longer viable:
If my income is interrupted, I can prep by:
- Save money
- Pay off debt
- Possibly pay ahead with property taxes
- Learn additional skills that could generate income
- Set a goal of paying off our house
- Teach my kids skills that could be used to earn money
My thought process here is to become as financially independent as possible on my average, middle class earnings. By being very careful with our money we can meet most/all of these goals. If war does come, I’m not going to count on the mortgage company telling me I can continue living in our house if I can’t make payments. Even if the dollar becomes devalued, I’d rather have $10,000 in savings than nothing at all.
If supply lines cause scarcity, we can:
- Continue stocking up on food, medicine, and other hard goods
- Get in the habit of cooking meals from scratch in order to utilize the least expensive “survival foods”, individual freeze-dried or dehydrated ingredients
- Make sure my kids know how to cook from scratch
- Keep track of these preps so there’s no shortage of anything critical
No one can stock up on multiples of every single item they might ever need, so I’ve been working on covering the basics and covering them very well. Every month we buy a little more food specifically for our food storage pantry. My wife looks for coupons and sales on non-food items, like OTC medications, household cleaners, paper plates, pretty much anything that would come in handy and has a good long shelf life.
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If we aren’t able to leave our house, I can have these plans in place:
- Have supplies on hand and plans in place to homeschool our kids.
- Learn about nuclear survival.
- Keep in mind that entertainment isn’t a luxury but a way to wile away time and take the focus off hardships.
- Become as self-sustained as possible within the walls of our house and on our 1/3 acre suburban lot.
- Keep track of the services we use throughout the month and plan to either not use them at all or have the supplies and good-enough skills to take care of them ourselves.
Here, I’m thinking about a nuclear event or pandemic that might turn a quick errand into a deadly trip with no return. Another possibility is active warfare in and around our town and everyday violence and civil unrest . Are you ready for a quarantine if biological warfare is used? Stuck at home, we would have to rely on ourselves, our preps, and ingenuity. With or without kids, a schedule and routines will be important to maintain sanity, a bit of normalcy, and chores to keep the home in order.
If medical and dental services aren’t available, we can prep by:
- Stocking up on the over-the-counter meds we use most often
- Keeping up to date with dental and vision check-ups
- Annual physicals are on our calendar and we follow up with anything the doctor recommends
- Working toward eating clean, healthy foods and reaching/maintaining healthy weights.
- Working out on a regular basis to build muscle strength and stamina
- Taking as many classes as we can related to medical care and health, and encourage our kids to do the same.
This is an area that is so important but I fear it’s overlooked my many preppers, unless you’e talking about how to gouge out a bullet from a body! If you’re a couch potato, who wants to get up and work out? My wife pointed out to me just last week that I’ve gained a few pounds, and I have. With my job getting busier, I haven’t been exercising like I used to. All the preps in the world, though, won’t do you any good if you’re sickly, weak, unable to lift/carry/walk, etc. While preppers with various health issues definitely CAN survive, if you’re able-bodied but just lazy, there’s no excuse!