Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Is There A List?

How Does One Start Preparing for TEOTWAWKI or WTSHTF?

Once you start reading up on the subject of survival it seems there is so much to do, so much to learn. Where to start?

Well, first off you've made a good start, you're here. ;-) Read the past posts bookmark and keep coming back for more as the blog is updated.

You've probably noticed that Preppers and Survivalist sites run the gamut from sites promoting food storage to sites promoting ammo storage.

One of the best boards I've found for survival and preparation information is the TEOTWAWKI board on The Motley Fool.

If you're female and want to skip the how to snare, skin and stir-fry squirrel sites you might want to get started with a site like The Survival Mom which has a list of lists of things you'll want to do or save to get started.

Both men and women will probably feel comfortable visiting the sites listed along the left hand side of the Prepper dot org home page

(Note that some of the sites listed take a more er… stringent view of things than others, but that's part of the beauty of the World Wide Web; if you don't like the site in your state you can check out another state's survival site with just a click of the mouse.)

If you want to get an idea of what life in America's cities might be like if our politicians don't stop spending more money than we have you'll want to read: Surviving in Argentina FerFAL's blog.

And for those who really really want to know how to skin a deer there's always sites like Survivalist Boards Where you'll find helpful hints on everything from planting, caring for and harvesting crops and raising chickens to trapping and skinning beavers.

Just keep reading the blogs, boards and web sites and pretty soon you'll be slinging acronyms like: BOB (Bug Out Bag), BOV (Bug Out Vehicle), AO (Area of Operations), BOL (Bug Out Location), BO (Bug Out) and BI (Bug In) with the best of them.

It all may seem rather daunting at first, but remember you don't have to do everything at once. Just stocking up on the canned food that you normally eat when it's on sale is a good first step. Planning out how you would "Bug Out" if you had to evacuate (and where you'd go) is another good step. Got a "Bug Out Bag" (BOB)? Your BOB can be as simple as a backpack by the back door or as elaborate as my three stage BOB system.

The important thing is to get started even if it's just saving that miniature roll of dental floss your dentist gives you.

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