10 Prepping Resolutions to Make for 2016
We are not promised tomorrow, nor are we guaranteed to continue to have the quality of life we enjoy right now. Whether it’s an EMP (electromagnetic pulse), Natural Disaster or a Terrorist Attack, it is always best to be prepared.
Prepping Resolution to Make #1- B.O.B
Make a Bug Out Bag(B.O.B.) A bug–out bag is a portable kit that normally contains the items one would require to survive for seventy-two hours, when evacuating from a disaster, however some kits are designed to last longer periods of time than just 72 hours. You can buy a already assembled B.O.B. or custom make your own. Read the comments on this article to see more suggestions to add to your bag, I never thought of adding a spare pair or reading glasses before but we would be lost without them. Make a B.O.B. for each member of the family (including pets) and update the bag yearly.
Prepping Resolution to Make #2- Learn How to Sanitize Water
Rules of 3- In a harsh environment ; you have 3 hours to survive without shelter. After 3 days, you need water or you’ll perish. You can make it 3 weeks without food, though we promise you that won’t be fun. Despite this possibly helpful rule, some people have survived 8 to 10 days without water.
Water is essential to survival and is one of the hardest things to carry with you should you need to leave. Learning how to find and purify water is a life-skill everyone should know regardless of the reason. Click here to read How To Find And Purify Drinking Water In The Wilderness
A nice addition to any B.O.B is this Life Straw. LifeStraw is the most advanced, compact, ultralight personal water filter available. LifeStraw contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It features a high flow rate and weighs only 2oz. LifeStraw is perfect for the ultralight backpacker, traveler, boy scout, hunter, and especially for emergency preparedness.
Prepping Resolution to Make #3- Buy a Personal Firearm
Personal protection is the top reason Americans own a gun. Those who own firearms for protection may feel that their own personal safety is a vital need on which they do not wish to compromise.
Aside from personal protection, a firearm can mean the difference between eating and not eating. I grew up in a hunting community and we learned to hunt responsibly. You always ate what you killed, you never killed more than you needed, and you would never leave an animal injured.
Gun ownership is a serious responsibility and one not to be taken lightly. First, find out the gun laws in your state. Next, go to a licensed dealer or shooting range and get a private lesson to help your choose the best firearm that is right for you. Once you find the right firearm you can apply for the required permits and take a gun safety class (I highly recommend this).
To learn more about the gun laws in your state click here
Prepping Resolution to Make #4- Learn to Forage
How long can you go without food?
From Medical Daily
Starvation Mode: 3 Days of No Food
Your glucose stores may last you for up to 24 or 48 hours, though they will mostly be depleted after six hours. Then, not only will you be hungry, but your body will be entering a state of ketosis, which involves elevated levels of ketone bodies in your system. Ketone bodies are produced from fatty acids when liver glycogen is entirely depleted, and are used for energy. Typically, if you’re fasting or starting a keto diet (a low-carb diet), your body enters ketosis. Sometimes this diet is used as a medical intervention to treat intractable epilepsy.
However, your brain can’t be fueled by fatty acids as its only source of energy, so it will continue to use the last remaining glucose stores in your body. Your brain actually uses 120 grams of glucose every day, which is a significant amount — so when glucose is depleted, your body has to figure out a back-up plan for the brain. On day three, your brain will turn to the energy from ketone bodies — getting about 30 percent of its energy from them. By the time it’s day four, however, your brain will be getting nearly 70 percent of its energy from ketone bodies.
Learning to forage for wild food can be essential for survival. There are thousands of wild edibles right outside just for the taking. To learn more about foraging click here to read this article Foraging for Wild Food by Edible Wild Food
Prepping Resolution to Make #5- Build a Faraday Box/Cage
Why do you need a Faraday Box/Cage? In the event of an EMP a Faraday Box can protect your electronic devices that can be vital in an emergency situation. To see a complete list of suggested items to store in a Faraday Box click here
What is a Faraday Box/cage?
From Before It’s News: A Faraday box is the easiest way of protecting most small electrical equipment that can be unplugged from the power source. A Faraday box is a metal box designed to divert and soak up the EMP. If the object placed in the box is insulated from the inside surface of the box, it will not be affected by the EMP travelling around the outside metal surface of the box. The Faraday box simple and cheap and often provides more protection to electrical components than “hardening” through circuit designs which can’t be (or haven’t been) adequately tested. Many containers are suitable for make-shift Faraday boxes: cake boxes, ammunition containers, metal filing cabinets and so on. Despite what you may have read or heard, these boxes do NOT have to be airtight due to the long wave length of EMP; boxes can be made of wire screen or other porous metal and be equally effective. The Faraday box is a great solution assuming that you aren’t using the equipment when the event occurs. (not likely) It is highly advised that you prepare a “back-up plan” Faraday box filled and ready for such an occasion. Shortwave radio, weather radio, small television, spare telephone and anything else you may need after. Do remember that the power grid will likely be wiped out so anything you keep will have to run off of a fuel powered generator.
Prepping Resolution to Make #6-Take a Self-Defense Class
The best defense is self defense. Several years ago I owned 5 martial arts studios with my former husband and taught Women’s Self-Defense Classes. Many of the students that came across our door were victims of attack and they wanted to learn how to protect themselves. Knowing self-defense will not guarantee your safety,but it will give you a fighting chance. To find classes near you contact your local recreation department or public school.
Bruce Lowdermilk, 8th degree black-belt, Olympic Training Team Member and Martial Arts Instructor for over 30 years, offers free online Youtube Videos showing basic skills, click here to see more.
Prepping Resolution to Make #7- Learn First Aid
Know it before you need it. From everyday life to emergency situations, First Aid is a must-know for every family. Chances are you will use this knowledge sometime in your lifetime, end of world days or any regular day.
First aid courses are available online, you can contact your local hospital or Red Cross for classes near you. To check out a free online course click here
Prepping Resolution to Make #8- Become a Knot Expert
Knowing how to tie a knot is not just for Boy Scouts anymore. From setting a fishing line to setting traps, knot-tying is an essential skill.
A good knot can save lives when you’re dealing with a survival situation, performing first aid, and when working over heights or water. But, you have to know how to tie it.
From Off Grid News 5 Crucial knots for Off-Grid Survival with videos
Prepping Resolution to Make #9- Learn to Track Animals
If you are in a situation you need to hunt to survive, or you want to see what type of wildlife might think you are prey, you will need to learn how to track animals. From scat to prints and learn all the steps in-between. You never know- this may become your families favorite pastime!
From One Acre Farm, How to Get started Tracking and 16 Tips and resources
Prepping Resolution to make #10- How to Start a Fire
Sure you know how to start a fire in a burn barrel with some fat-lighter, lighter fluid and a torch. But what about in the wild, with damp surroundings and no match? Learning how to start a fire when it’s not the ideal condition could mean avoiding hypothermia, sterilizing drinking water, or eating a meal.
Learn more about how to make a fire from Wilderness Survival by clicking here
To make DIY Fire Starters to pack in your B.O.B. read my post 4 Easy Fire-Starters