Tuesday, November 23, 2010
DEMCAD: If Disaster Strikes...
By Reginald Kaigler (DEMCAD)
No one knows what the future holds, but a wise person hopes for the best and perhaps the worse. I don't know if America will face a dollar crisis, major terrorist attack, financial collapse, economic collapse or an epic natural disaster. But I do know that I want to be prepared for whatever comes my way. Now, I am the first to admit that I am not as prepared as I would like to be. I am a very low-income prepper (one who prepares for emergencies), but I have been making progress over the last 2 years. I started by collecting cans of food.
I didn't go all in, but I did buy some extra cans every time I went to the grocery store. I made sure I had plenty of fruits, vegetables, corn beef harsh, beans, chili, fish and chicken in a can. I never got around to canning my own food, but I've at least set a foundation for my survival. Next, I started to save my V8 bottles and fill them up with water. I stored them in my refrigerator, as I still do, and later bought large containers from Walmart and filled them with water.
The next step was to acquire a firearm. I started off with a Mossberg 500 for home defense and bought a Glock 21 (chambered in .45 caliber) for personal protection.
I also created an emergency bag (aka bug out bag) so that if I ever had to left my home, I would have the basic necessities. I tested some of this gear in the woods of Ketchikan, Alaska, so I know what works and what doesn't.
I used a rope to tie my sleeping bag (rated for 15 degrees) and three person tent to my external frame backpack. Inside the bag, I have a water filter, dry foods, magnesium fire starter, fishing line, fish hook, waterproof matches, a long lighter, small lighters, camp soap, canteen filled with water, knife and a multi-tool.
I'm currently looking for medicines to store. And I'm also considering buying a rifle for hunting. Like I said, my preparation is not perfect, but that doesn't mean that I'm going to sit on my ass and hope everything works out. I'm not saying that you should become a survivalist, but you must take basic steps to protect yourself and your family against disaster.
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