I haven’t been able to bring myself to adopt a ‘prepper’ lifestyle, but recently with the large number of natural disasters it made me think about how well prepared I would be for one. I’m definitely failing that class. It’s not a huge concern for me, but thinking forward I’d like to be prepared in the future.
Living off the power grid sets you up for success in the event of a disaster. Having your own power source that doesn’t comes from the lines is crucial. Having multiple heat sources in a cold country is hugely important. Fresh water is another hugely important factor.
I haven’t gotten too detailed into my plan, but I will without a doubt recommend the following:
Two or more sources of clean water
- 365 Gallons of drinkable water
- Water purification tablets
- Water Distiller
- A good stock of perishable foods (say 1 month?)
- Optional stock of Meals Ready to Eat (MRES). Costco sells a year worth, it’s expensive but it would be a game changer
- Ways to grow your own food (I think without an emergency this is important)
- A weapon and ammunition. You may not want to hunt, but it might save your life. Ammunition is tradable in the event currency isn’t of much value
- Wood Stove and a winter’s worth of wood
- Propane heating and a large tank/bunch of tanks
I don’t have a hazmat suit on my shopping list yet, but it’s always worth keeping an open mind. All of the above things you can use day to day anyways, just keep more of it than what would be considered average.