Establishing a Long-Term Survival Plan

long-term survivalIn order to survive long after a disaster event occurs, you need to plan now. The tools and survival supplies you gather today may likely determine how well you and your fare should an emergency event arise. These items can be collected and stored in a cool, dry place for safekeeping.

As we have mentioned several times in the past on this site, you have four main survival needs you should focus on before all else; food, water, first aid and shelter. When it comes to shelter, your primary concern is protecting yourself and your family from the elements. A waterproof tent and thermal blankets should be in your prepping stores.

If your location experiences cold temperatures, coats, gloves and hats should also be considered – as should the tools to create a fire. Waterproof matches and an axe for cutting firewood can easily be stored away and require very little space.

When it comes to surviving a disaster, your first aid kit will likely need more than just band-aids and antibiotic ointment, though those things are important too! Field dressings, scissors and tweezers may be needed. A first aid manual should be kept with your supplies.

In a recent post we discussed foods that should be stockpiled at home. Our list included items that require no refrigeration and minimal preparation. Foods such as peanut butter, beans and rice can easily be stored long-term.

Remember to include a handheld can opener in your food storage supply. You will also want to purchase a portable water filtration system or purification tablets to ensure your family has safe drinking water.

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Stress and boredom will likely become big challenges during a long-term survival event. Something as simple as a pack of cards can provide you and your family with a much-needed distraction during tough times. A deck of cards is cheap, easy to store and require no batteries.

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