Q: One of our readers asks……. I like all the info you provide. What would you recommend for someone who has no experience whatsoever in survival? & doesn’t even know where to begin? Lately I’ve been hearing a lot of stuff about being prepared and it’s making me nervous that I’m not prepared. Where & how do I begin?
A. Start with the Basics. You need Water, Shelter and Food to survive, so I would first start with these three basics.
- Make sure you have plenty of water stockpiled at home. I recommend 1 Gallon of water per day, per person. You should have no less than a two weeks supply of bottled water on hand at all times
- Invest in a good Quality Water Filter. Without water, you’re as good as dead,; if you do find a source of water, without the proper filtration you still may be in big trouble. We recommend the Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter. It’s one of the best filters on the market, and can help purify even the most disgusting water.
- Make a list of all the places where you can find water during an emergency. Check out our article on Emergency Water sources in an Urban environment.
Make sure you have the essentials
- Clothing. In a survival situation, the clothes on your back will become your primary source of shelter and protection. Clothing is your first line of defense against the elements, and is something that should never be overlooked. This is the first place you need to start.
- Emergency Shelter I also recommend having some sort of portable shelter system. Tents, tarps, a bugout vehicle, etc…
- The Knowledge to build a wilderness Shelter
- Warmth – Study the art of starting a fire. A shelter is great, but a warm shelter is a hell of a lot better.
- Start building your food preps now!
- Learn how to make basic traps and snares.
- Find out what type of food stores well, and what you should be stocking up on.
And one last thing, Study and Practice, Practice, PRACTICE!!!