Harsh economic times, the impending end of the Mayan calendar, global warming, there seem to be 101 doomsday theories in recent years. The fear and uncertainty have crossed religious and regional boundaries. There is now a worldwide subculture of people participating in what has been dubbed “doomsday prepping.”
How to Start Doomsday Prepping
There are a number of theories behind doomsday prepping. Regardless of the reasons, the basics are the same.
Doomsday preparation is an extreme form of disaster preparedness – something we should all be doing. In the event of a natural or manmade disaster, it may take hours, days or even weeks for emergency responders to get to your location and your family. You will be on your own until then, possibly without electricity or telephone service. You need to have a few items on hand just in case.
Doomsday prepping for beginners should cover the necessities – food, water, shelter and first aid.
We cannot survive long without water. Your doomsday prepping list should include one gallon of water per day per person. If your family has four members, you will need four gallons of water per day for drinking, food preparation and sanitation. In addition to the water you stockpile, you should also include water treatment tablets in your kit for long-term survival.
Shelf-stable food is also necessary. In the event you lose electrical supplies after a disaster, frozen and refrigerated foods will not last but a few days. The recommended foods to stockpile include canned and dried items. Don’t forget to include fire starter and matches in your survival kit.
Alternative shelter may become necessary if you home is damaged or otherwise becomes unsafe during the disaster event. Downed power lines, ruptured natural gas lines or structural damage are all possibilities. If you need flee your home, you will likely find the packing of a lightweight tent or tarp a welcome retreat.
The recommendation of a first aid kit should come as no surprise. Your household should have at least one on hand whether you are a doomsday prepper or not. These kits are inexpensive and can be lifesavers. Remember – it may be days before emergency responders can get to your location. If you have no telephone service after the disaster, you will not have a means to notify them in the first place. Keep a first aid kit and manual in your survival kit and in your vehicle as well.
The government’s minimum recommendation for preparedness is 72 hours. Depending on the disaster and severity, you may want to prepare more for 15 days than three.