Just because you are prepping for a crisis doesn’t mean you have to give up your personal, and family activities. We believe in hoping for the best, and preparing for the worst. Go about your daily life, have fun, and enjoy your life, just be prepared.
Our opinion is many people have their head in the sand, and are going to get blind sided should SHTF. If you haven’t started preparing there’s no better time than now to get going on a preparedness plan.
Here are 5 critical rules you need to follow to be prepared should the worst happen.
1. Learn how much food the members of your family will need to survive. Although you may not be able to purchase or grow enough food to feed everyone for an entire year all at once, do not get discouraged.
Adding a little extra food to your shopping cart each week, growing (canning and dehydrating, too) another row of crops, and purchasing long-term storage food every payday will get you started on the road to self-sufficiency.
Purchase, raise or grow food items from that pyramid chart we all colored during elementary school many years ago. A balanced diet will become even more important during a survival situation.
2. Exercise. Physical fitness should be among the top priorities for folks to consider when planning to live a more self-reliant lifestyle. Sitting behind a desk all day requires few muscles, but farming, gardening, hunting, chopping wood and a multitude of other routine off-grid tasks demand strength and stamina.
Homesteading families do not need a bunch of expensive gym equipment to get fit. Chores both indoors and out will provide ample opportunity to increase muscle tone.
When creating a physical fitness training program for the family, think first of crossover activities and craft a chart, set up a scoring system based upon both chore activity, preparedness training, and outright exercise sessions.
Going on a hike in the woods as a family offers parents the chance to teach orienteering and tracking to children, enjoy some quality time, and get some exercise at the same time.
Self-reliance can be fun and not the least bit scary to youngsters when approached in the right manner.
3. Focus on security. Folks who enjoy living on a homestead in a rural area often enjoy existing in a community with low crime rate. Low does not mean zero, so making a mistake on the possible threat level even before disaster strikes could be deadly.
Learning how to shoot a gun for both self-defense and hunting purposes should be done in an age appropriate manner for everyone in the household.
Two-way radios are not too complicated for our tech-savvy children and should be carried when away from the house for security purposes.
Self-defense training without weapons should also be a part of the family training; such an activity will not only provide potentially life-saving skills but also aid in physical fitness preparedness as well.
4. Don’t forget fire preparedness. The beautiful cabin in the woods could be reduced to ashes in under an hour if landscaping, flammable storage items, and basic firefighting equipment and skills are not a part of the overall self-reliance plan.
Remember the cardinal rule of prepping, “One is none, two is one,” when purchasing water buckets, hoses and fire extinguishers.
Brushfires are unpredictable and deadly. Taking a basic firefighting training class should be budgeted into the survival plan.
5. Remember that emergency care in rural areas may not always be there. If the power grid goes down or some other type of man-made or natural disaster occurs, you will not be able to call a doctor.
Medical preps and dental preps are perhaps the most difficult aspect of a self-reliance plan. Stocking up on commercial medications is just one route to consider before packing your bags and moving off the grid.
Natural remedies and homemade cough syrups and prescription medication alternatives should also be incorporated into the budget. Once again, research and education is key during this process.
Learning about herbal remedies and essential oil uses is a great place to begin. Many recipes and instructional videos on traditional medicine alternatives can be found online.
Taking a basic first aid course followed by additional survival emergency medicine courses either online or at a workshop is also encouraged. Even a mundane illness or injury can quickly become life-threatening when living in the middle of nowhere or during a disaster.
Compile a medical file complete with photo for every member of the family, make a copy of the file, and store both in fire-proof boxes for quick reference and portability. To see the next 5 tips go to the full article here: OffTheGridNews.com
Originally posted 2014-02-11 20:21:18.
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