Surviving a long-term SHTF Crisis is all about knowledge, training, and preparation. While some websites are dedicated to selling you a bunch of fancy survival gear and Doomsday Preppers garbage, we are dedicated to giving it to you straight. Yes, survival gear is important; but without taking the time to increase your survival knowledge, to practice your preparedness skills in a real-world setting, and without really understanding why you do or don’t need a certain type of gear, nothing you can buy is going to help you survive.
But if you take the time and put in the effort, then you are going to put yourself a thousand steps ahead of the panicked masses when things go bad. If you do all of those things on a regular basis, chances are pretty good that you’ll not only survive a worst case SHTF event, but you just might actually thrive. Fail to prepare, and all I can say is good luck, we tried to warn you!
Here are five small things you can do to prepare yourself for future problems:
Perform a Threat Assessment
One of the best ways to really test your level of preparedness is to do an in-depth assessment of your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to different threats you may face.
- Do you know your routes without a map?
- Do you know where to find food and water along your routes?
- Do you have a plan B?
- What are the most likely threats?
If you plan on hunkering down:
- What are the most likely threats that you’ll face?
- Do you have a security plan?
- Is your location equipped and strong enough to face these threats?
- How long could you survive at that location before leaving?
Create a worse case scenario evacuation plan
Get out your notebook and start to figure out what you would do during a bug out situation.
- Do you know where you would go?
- Do you have a plan of action in place?
- Do you have alternate routes?
If not, now’s the time to create an evacuation plan.
Create a Survival Binder
Knowledge is one of the most important things you can have is any survival situation. But how can you remember everything?
A good way to start is by putting together a personal survival guide filled with important articles, tips, and how-to guides. The guide should be filled with things that you would have a hard time remembering in a survival situation.
Test your Skills
Knowledge is great, but have you ever tried to put that knowledge to use? To be truly prepared, you need to start practicing your survival skills in a real world situation. A survival situation should never be the first time you test your skills.
Take an inventory of your supplies
Take an inventory of your supplies and calculate how long you can realistically survive with what you currently have. If you’re not satisfied with the outcome of your inventory assessment, make a list of what you need and then start stockpiling those items. Check out our list of long-term survival foods for some ideas.