Most of us consider doomsday prepping as building a shelter and storing food and other supplies to be at hand when the day comes. It surely is a good idea, but the fact is that there are scenarios by which it is impossible to survive doomsday by staying at one place. While you do need to have a shelter and gather supplies, it is an equally plausible scenario that you will have to be on the move. In cases such as this one, it is important to know where to go and how to move in case to stay safe, healthy and unharmed, and we offer you several possible solutions in case you have to be on the move. Forests, national parks and wildlife refuges – the good side of these locations is that they are not private property and you are not likely to have unpleasant situations if you seek shelter there. You can find shelter in some of the abandoned ranger stations or even in a cave. Naturally, do not forget to bring a wildlife survival bag which will contain the essential equipment you will need for surviving in nature.
Camping grounds – they can be a great solution in case of a temporary emergency, because they are equipped with bathrooms, utilities and some of them even with basic emergency and medical supplies. They also usually store firewood, clean towels and sheets, and since they are usually placed near the water, you may have a water supply as well. Abandoned factories – factories and plants are not likely to be working during or after the disaster, and they are most likely to be abandoned as soon as the disaster begins, or even before. They are large and sturdy and they provide plenty of hiding space and space for shelter. Also, they are often equipped with at least basic emergency supplies and medical kits, which can be helpful in the case of emergency.
Abandoned cities – there will be plenty of abandoned cities and towns during the disaster, and these places can provide plenty of space to hide and plenty of places where you can find food and other supplies. Also, there are so-called “ghost towns” all over the world even now, which have been standing abandoned for years and decades. Locate these ghost towns on your map, because they can provide shelter and hiding space in the case of disaster. Abandoned mines – just like factories and plants, the mines are not likely to work during and immediately after the disaster. Although they are underground, they are geologically stable and they can receive plenty of people and provide shelter for them. However, there are some cases when it is very unsafe to stay underground, such as during earthquakes, so make sure to estimate the situation carefully. Keep in mind that these locations are suitable only for short-term emergencies. In case of the long-term disasters, they are still a good choice to spend some time there before you move on, but you should not spend all the time you have on these locations.
Survivalism includes preparing for all sorts of catastrophes and emergencies, and one of the branches of survivalism is doomsday prepping. It includes getting prepared to encounter the end of the world and survive all the possible scenarios that may cause the civilization to come to its end. This movement is gaining large popularity in the USA, but in the other parts of the world as well, and it includes mastering all sorts of skills – self-defense, using various weapons, storing food and water, building underground shelters and much more. In case you are considering creating your own supplies and building a shelter, make sure to read the guidelines in order to avoid the waste of time, money and space.
1. Spend money gradually – when you begin prepping, it is useful to make a detailed list of everything you need for building shelter, storing food and self-defense. The list will inevitably be long, but keep in mind that you do not have to buy everything at once – it is very unlikely that the doomsday will happen tomorrow. When you start buying supplies and building a shelter, do not rush in and buy the first things you see. Prepping is expensive, so stay patient and calm and wait for the most affordable offers. 2. Store enough water – an average human can make it without food for as long as 40 days, but only up to a week without water. Therefore, think about clean water supplies above everything else. 3. Store food and water properly – when storing food and water, make sure that they are stored in appropriate conditions. Store water in clean containers, store canned and dry food and keep everything in cool and dry place. Also, make sure that the shelves and the containers you use can support the weight of the food you store.
4. Do not only store canned food – keep in mind that it is not only canned food that can last long without going bad. Plus, eating only canned food can damage your health because of too much sodium. Therefore, store dry and frozen food as well, in order to diversify your diet. 5. Distribute the supplies – keeping the supplies only in one place can cost you a lot, because you never know when and where the catastrophe will hit. Keep the supplies in several different places, and make them at your reach. 6. Store sanitation and hygiene supplies as well – you need to think about staying clean in order not to get sick, because in case of an emergency, even the common flu is what may kill you. Therefore, stock up on soap, toilet paper, alcohol and other hygiene and sanitation products.
7. Think about your pets – if you have a pet, make sure to store food, water and medicine for them as well. 8. Stay in shape – catastrophes may require a lot of walking, running, climbing and whatnot. Therefore, try to maintain good physical shape, in order not to get exhausted when the catastrophe comes. 9. Test everything – do not rely on luck and just assume that everything will work just fine once you need it. Instead, test everything you buy and make, and check on it from time to time, in order to make sure that you can rely on all the equipment, tools and weapons you own.
When making doomsday supplies for the shelter, what most people first think about is storing enough food and water. And of course, this is the right decision. Food, water and shelter are among the basic human needs, and it definitely falls within the things you should take care of first. Buying canned food and storing water in plastic containers is what most people consider. It is not wrong and it certainly is useful, but there are many more aspects of storing to think about and there are also some other kinds of food to be stored other than food in cans. 1. Diversify the food – as mentioned above, it is not only canned food that can be stored in doomsday shelters. On the contrary, you can significantly diversify your diet by storing other kinds of food with quite long shelf life and low risk of getting bad. The most common food for storing is freeze dried seeds, legumes and rice, which have long shelf life and can be prepared in a variety of ways. There are also all sorts of dried grains, nuts, seeds and cereal, which can be stored for a long time and do not require any special kind of preparation. In addition to canned meals, you can also store canned milk and fruit, and consider storing dehydrated and powdered products such as powdered eggs and milk. 2. Think about everyone’s needs – food supplies are usually made for you and your family, but many people make them for the extended community (neighborhood, extended family members etc). In all cases, you should carefully think about everyone’s needs and requirements. This means that you should take into consideration all food sensitivities and allergies of the people who will be in the shelter, as well as for health conditions which can affect diet, such as diabetes.
3. Use strong shelves – when making food supplies, keep in mind that cans of food and large bags of rice, beans and other dried food are very heavy. In order to avoid a catastrophe before the catastrophe and to prevent the shelves from breaking and the food from spilling, make sure to invest in strong shelves which will be able to hold the weight of all the food. 4. Store food in right conditions – canned food, freeze dried products and cereal have long shelf life, which is why they are an obvious choice when it comes to storing food intended for longer periods of time. However, if they are not stored in proper conditions, they can become moldy, rotten and last much shorter than they usually would. Make sure to keep food in dark, dry and cool place in the shelter, with the temperature between 32 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid storing food on the floor because it could absorb moisture, and provide good ventilation – you will need it in the shelter anyway, and it will also prevent your food from going bad. Keep water in clean glass or plastic containers, and avoid the containers which contained something else before. Keep food in airtight containers, and use bags with oxygen absorbers to prevent the mold and fungus from developing.
When the doomsday comes, some will stay in shelters and some will seek for the survival in forests and mountains. Nevertheless, even those who find their salvation in the pre-prepared shelters will have to leave them some day and start a new life, because the food supplies will not last forever. This is why it is important to learn how to grow crops after the disaster, in order to stay healthy and strong. Naturally, the knowledge on how to grow crops in these conditions and knowing what exactly to grow is essential. You have two options – planting crops as a part of your prepping tactics and placing your garden somewhere hidden, or adding the seeds to your supplies and planting as soon as the disaster has ended, so you can pick fruits when your food supplies reach low level. Both ways have their own advantages and disadvantages, and it is up to you to estimate and decide what you think would be better.
What is very important is buying heirloom seeds, also known as open-pollinated or survival seeds instead of GMO or hybrid seeds. This is because heirloom seeds can be saved in order to be planted the following year, and they are more adaptable to changes in climate and nature – which is very important after a major disaster. Also, they do not require special maintenance such as using pesticides, weeding and special type of soil, which again makes them convenient for the post-apocalyptic planting.
Your crops will need care in the form of natural fertilizers which contain plenty of nutrients needed for the successful growth and development of plants. This can be achieved by making organic compost, which is not only a good way to feed the plants, but also to get rid of the organic waste.
When it comes to the plants to grow, you must know that not everything will be able to grow anywhere and in all kinds of conditions. It is important to plant foods which do not require special conditions, and yet they need to be rich in fiber, protein, minerals and other essential nutrients human body needs. Also, you should choose plants from which you can take the seeds once they grow, so you can preserve it and plant it again the following year. Food such as corn, sunflower, beans and peas can grow easily and on almost any soil, and they are all easy to store and they can last for a long time. What’s more, they easily provide seeds for the future generation of plants. Lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers are also grown easily and give you the seeds for the following year, and they provide a good source of fresh food rich in vitamins and fiber. Lastly, you should plant potatoes, spinach and onions, which are easy to grow and replant, and they are rich in minerals needed for good health and strength of a human being. Make sure to prepare on time and to be ready for all case scenarios. Learn about basic gardening, crop planting and composting, and you will not starve even when your food supplies are spent.
When the doomsday comes, for those who manage to survive, the world will look a lot different than we are used to. After building a shelter, storing all the supplies and surviving the disaster, it will undoubtedly be more difficult to live in the world after the doomsday. However, if you store knowledge in your head in addition to storing supplies in your shelter, living in such a world may be easier for you than it would normally be. This is why we bring you some of the skills you will find extremely useful in case of surviving the doomsday. And not only that, these are the skills you could also trade in the post-apocalyptic world. Clothes – you and the other survivals may find useful various knowledge and skills relating to clothes. Since washing clothes and buying new will not be easy or even possible after the disaster, it will be very appreciated if you can repair clothes and shoes and if you know how to wash clothes without the washing machine.
Raising animals and planting crops – the supplies of food will be extremely limited and not very available. Therefore, knowing how to raise chickens for eggs, goats and cows for milk and the like will be very useful. Also, growing and picking fruit, grains and vegetables, especially in extreme conditions, will be another essential skill needed for as normal life as possible. Cleaning – it is necessary to keep yourself, your clothes and the environment clean to prevent the diseases from spreading. Knowing how to keep all this clean after an emergency will help you save your own life and health, and the lives and health of many other people. Repairing and construction – all sorts of repairing, building and constructing will be very demanded and useful after almost everything is torn down or damaged, which is why these skills may also help you a lot after the danger passes. Communication – in the post-apocalyptic world, it is very unlikely that communication via internet or mobile networks will be available. Therefore, if you know how to use various kinds of radios, it could save you and the others. Cooking – when there is no more canned food or you are simply sick of it, knowing how to cook a meal will help you and the others diversify the diet and stay healthy. Medical skills – it is inevitable that there will be injured survivals after the catastrophe. Therefore, knowing basic medical, first aid and dental skills will help increase the number of survivals and keep the high general level of health in your community. Making fire – fire is an essential need in case of the emergency, and it is used for plenty of purposes. If you know how to light a fire without matches or lighter it can save your life, feed you or lighten your way in many situations. Hunting – since meat will not be as easily available as before the disaster, knowing how to hunt and fish could keep you and other members of the community well fed and healthy. Teaching – it is very unlikely that schools will be open after the disaster, but it is still important to educate the kids. Therefore, those who have knowledge to share will be widely appreciated and very much needed. Water purification – water is one of the essential needs of every human being, and the sources of clean water are unlikely to be easily available after the doomsday. This is why knowing how to purify water is one of the essential skills needed for surviving after the disaster has passed.
All preppers know that storing food and water is one of the essential steps in preparing for the doomsday. If you are a beginner, storing plenty of canned food may seem as a good and reasonable option, since this kind of food has long shelf life and it can does not have to be kept in ideal conditions. However, you should keep in mind that, in case the doomsday comes, you will be forced to eat canned food for weeks, months, maybe even years. And eating canned food for such a long time will not only make you get sick of it, but because a high level of sodium, it can even damage your health. Storing some canned food is a good idea, but there are other types of food you can and should store as well. We bring you some of the foods which definitely should find place on the shelves of your doomsday shelter. Freeze dried brown rice – brown rice is rich in calories, but it contains more vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein than white rice. This makes it an ideal candidate for keeping in the doomsday shelter, and the freeze dried variant has a very long shelf life. It can also be found in the form of hot cereal, which is cooked for a shorter time, and both of the variants should be included in your stock. Dried beans – all kinds of beans are packed with protein, carbs, fiber, and essential minerals and vitamins needed for normal functioning of the body. They also have very long shelf life and they do not require long cooking time if they are soaked beforehand.
Bulk nuts and dried seeds – they are powerful source of calories, essential oils and various nutrients, and they will boost your energy level in no time. Choose all sorts of dried nuts and seeds and go for the unsalted versions, because too much salt may damage your health and make you thirsty – which is unfavorable in case of a disaster.
Peanut butter – peanut butter is full of protein, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, and it has a very long shelf life, which is why it should be on your grocery list when you decide to buy food for your doomsday shelter shelves. Energy bars – they are a fast solution for making up energy and nutrients, so you should pick your favorite kinds and always have them at hand.
Dried meat – dried (and usually salted) meat can be preserved for a very long time, and it provides the important proteins for the human body. Coffee – although it is not essential, ground coffee or instant coffee can be a great mood and energy booster. This is why it should also find its place in the doomsday food supply. Powdered sea vegetables – sold in the form of powder or pills, this super food is full of essential minerals, vitamins and proteins. It boosts immunity and helps healing the wounds, which is essential in the times of a disaster. Naturally, canned food should also find place on the shelves in your doomsday shelter. Canned salmon is a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, and you should also consider other canned fish and canned vegetables such as beans, green beans, peas, corn and so on.
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