How to Prepare for the End of the World

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When life as we know it comes to an end, are you prepared with a plan of action to fall back on?
When life as we know it comes to an end, are you prepared with a plan of action to fall back on? | Source

Stockpiling wood is easier said than done.

Wood takes more than six months to dry adequately for burning - you can't just chop a tree down and burn it.
Wood takes more than six months to dry adequately for burning - you can't just chop a tree down and burn it. | Source

A subject that is surfacing more often in these troublesome times is ‘Prepping’. Prepping is a term used to describe the activity of preparing for what seems the inevitable – the end of the world as you know it. ‘Preppers’ are those that are in the process of preparing to be as self-sufficient as possible. Living off the land as your forefathers and ancestors did long ago. The aim of the Prepper is to be able to live a normal life without having to rely on supplied water, foods, electricity, etc., and to protect his/her family from threat. Prepper’s numbers are well into the millions, and more are added daily.

Should a catastrophic event occur in weather, war, or economic collapse, food and water will quickly deplete. Most will not have a plan in place, and many will not have the foresight to operate sufficiently in a world that has changed drastically. Without electricity to power and charge our computers and cell phones, many will lose communication with the rest of the world. Run on the supermarkets to stock up, run on the banks, then a run to get out of the affected area. Violent crime between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ will explode everywhere, and martial law will soon follow.

Preppers are able to fall back on their own supply when “the-feces-hits-the-fan”, or TSHTF – a term loosely used in the Prepper terminology. They are prepared to survive while others will be caught in a position to hunker down with little or no food.

Stocking Up on Food and Drink

Urban and amateur preppers often only have what space they have available in their home.
Urban and amateur preppers often only have what space they have available in their home. | Source

Urban and Amateur Preppers

Urban Preppers store canned food, water, and other needed supplies to last a month or two. At a pre-determined point (whether of his choosing or forceful outcome), this Prepper will decide that he/she must leave the city and head for an area that may be more advantageous to survival.

The city will be the first to unravel as the masses deplete supplies, and the gangs multiply for survival. Some may have hope that society will pull together, and things will return to some kind of normalcy, but they understand that some preparation is better than none in case it all goes wrong.

Crate Lined Walls

The versatility of milk crates enable the prepper to break down and move out inventory.  They stack easily, and are strong enough to hold close to 100lbs of cans/bottles.
The versatility of milk crates enable the prepper to break down and move out inventory. They stack easily, and are strong enough to hold close to 100lbs of cans/bottles. | Source

Advanced Preppers are Very Organized

Advanced Preppers are organized, and the more serious ones have developed close ties to other groups that are also organized. The Advanced Prepper has already accommodated a site away from the hustle and bustle that he will go to once it hits the fan. His site is well stocked and secure, and he has been collecting and refining his secured site for years. He is well informed, well educated, and is well armed and prepared to defend his site. This Prepper has already either installed a filtration system for his water, or has at his disposal a spring water supply.

Get Your Egg On!

Stocking fresh eggs in the cooler will last more than a few months - but keeping a few chickens on hand may be the better choice.
Stocking fresh eggs in the cooler will last more than a few months - but keeping a few chickens on hand may be the better choice. | Source

Lifestyle Preppers

This is the pinnacle of Preppers. Lifestyle Preppers have been preparing for the end of civilization for decades. He is already off the grid, or nearly off the grid. He already lives on his own site, makes his own energy, and farms his own food through crops and small animals that can mature or populate quickly. He is prepared for survival, and heavily armed. His/her relationships will be with other Lifestyle Preppers, and they will bond tightly with each other. They are no longer prepping, they are prepared.

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Are Preppers Just Crazy People with Guns?

The world we live in today is quite a different place from 20 years ago. It doesn't take much to send the livelihood that we take for granted into a tailspin. Mass flooding and earthquakes appear more frequent, and meteors and asteroids pass closer and closer to earth. There are riots, countries in economic disaster, and a tireless supply of people that hate America. The threat of war on many new fronts still looms, ever on the horizon.

This all seems so far-fetched and unbelievable, yet Katrina did happen, and we were all affected. Lets break it down even further, take a long hard look at our country’s enormous dependency on the trucking transportation system. We truck EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE. Should an event take place that disrupts America's trucking system, you could never imagine in how short a period this nation would grind to a halt, and be brought to its knees.

Thanks to the managerial practice of lean inventory or just-in-time ordering as the panacea to businesses in trouble. Groceries stores, department stores and big boxes have daily deliveries to keep their products on the shelves. Should the trucking industry cease, these stores will be out of products in a matter of days.

Should a catastrophic event occur, you won’t have time to run around and gather supplies. You’ll need a secure place for you and your family to ride out the storm. For the lifestyle Prepper, they will simply flip a switch and continue as they have for years. We should understand that all Preppers are geared to protect themselves and their families. Survival is the object of this game, and sharing is not an option.

There is no question that we should take the time to plan at least a couple of months supply of food and water. But will this be enough when that time comes? There is a saying that it’s never too late to start, but in the Prepper’s world, if you haven’t already started, you are already too late.

The Preppers Mantra: Food, Water, Shelter, and Protection.



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KawikaChann 2 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place Author

Thanks for the comment claudedog - I'll check out that link. Peace. Kawi.


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KawikaChann 2 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place Author

I agree... keep your finger on the pulse of what's happening - be a boyscout and always be prepared. Peace. Kawi.


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KawikaChann 4 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place Author

Hi Dreamhowl, I agree. Just as a person that wishes to leave a smaller footprint on the earth, I'd like to live as self sufficiently as possible. Peace. Kawi.


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KawikaChann 4 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place Author

Thanks tglowv, yes, at simplest form, a few cases of water, and a generous supply of canned food to get you through any small storm or blackout is a must. My wife makes me a winter pack that's left in my car just in case I get into a situation on my long travels to work. Peace. Kawi.


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Dreamhowl 4 years ago from United States of America

I wouldn't consider myself a prepper, but I do have a survival bag and would someday like a home with solar panels and better storage space. I'm sure if I had my own place, we'd have more supplies stocked up.


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tglowv 4 years ago from Morgantown, WV

Interesting and voted up. With the new TV series about preppers, I think more people are questioning whether or not they should prepare too. I think it's good for everyone to learn basic survival skills, as there may be a time when you need it.


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KawikaChann 4 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place Author

Thanks for the comment landocheese, the practice has been around for a long time, it's the term that's relatively new. Peace. Kawi.


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landocheese 4 years ago

I was not familiar with this term, but I was familiar with the practice. Count me as one who like the idea of being a Prepper but also likes his cell phone. Still, it's sound advice to prepare at least a bit.

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