Friday, October 26, 2012

10 Tips for Preppers to Prepare for SHTF Situations

Being prepared really isn’t that complicated, it just takes a willingness to do something about your situation. If you haven’t started prepping, it’s time to start taking the decisive actions you need to take, to keep yourself and your family safe.
Here are 10 ideas that can help get you started:
Part of truly being prepared for anything, means knowing exactly what threats you’re facing and then analyzing how those threats will effect you in the future. By performing a realistic threat assessment, you can get a better idea of what threats you’re facing and learn how to prepare for those threats in the future.
When your just getting started in the world of prepping, preparing for an EMP or an asteroid hitting the earth is probably not the best course of action. While both of those scenarios are scary, the probability of them happening is pretty low. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t prep for these things, I’m just suggesting that you prep for the most likely dangers first.
Performing a SWOT Analysis is a great way to determine how prepared you really are. A SWOT Analysis is a simple but useful method of pinpointing your Strengths and Weaknesses, and will also help you identify Opportunities that you can exploit, and Threats that you might face in a SHTF situation.
It’s great to be prepared for an end of days scenario but what happens when you’re faced with a foreclosure or the possibility of living on the streets? Is that not a survival situation?  To be truly prepared for the worst we must also think of our financial security. That means paying off debt, living within our means and starting an emergency fund.
No matter what survival situation you may ultimately find yourself in, there is one thing that you’ll likely find, survival is going to be hell on your body. One of the best things you can do to ensure your survival, in just about any situation, is to make sure your body and your mind are trained and prepared to survive. This means motivating yourself to get off your butt and get in shape.
To really be able to rely on your knowledge when the SHTF, you need to run through your techniques in a number of scenarios and environments. The more you train in real world situations, the more likely you are to be able to perform these skills in a high stress survival scenario.
Survival isn’t glamorous and it’s nothing like what’s depicted on T.V. Survival is down right brutal and will beat the hell out of you not only physically but emotionally as well. Don’t overlook the importance of cultivating a mindset that will allow you to face lives greatest challenges.
In a survival situation, knowledge is going to be a critical factor in determining the outcome of your situation. The ability to be able to predict what will happen in a survival situation is an important part of being prepared. Start gathering a list of trusted resources and information sources that can help you prepare for whatever the future has in store.
Many preppers talk about the prospects of bugging out, but how many of them have the skills or the strength to actually do it? It’s one thing to talk about bugging out, it’s another thing to carry your gear 10-15 miles a day in dangerous and unforgiving conditions.
During a SHTF situation, maintaining a sense of normalcy is going to be a very important concern when dealing with children. With children, comfort items can go a long way in helping them feel as safe and secure as possible. Don’t overlook how important it will become to give them a sense of comfort and control during a stressful SHTF situation.

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