How To Survive TEOTWAWKI In 14 Easy Steps
MD Creekmore:Â I write lots of detailed, in-depth posts for you here on The Survivalist Blog aboutÂ preparedness,Â frugal living,weaponsÂ andÂ homesteading. Today I thought Iâ€™d simplify and offer you some quick survival tips onÂ how to surviveÂ TEOTWAWKIÂ broken into bits.
1)Â Keep it as simple a possible. If something can be done in two steps instead of three why bother with the third step? If there is an easier and simpler way to the same result, why make things difficult. RememberÂ The KISS principle: â€œKeep it simple, stupidâ€.
2)Â Take your time and create a plan. With a paper and pen write outÂ a detailed survival plan. What, when and how â€“ while considering your personal needs and those of your family. Do this every six months â€“ circumstances change, keep you plans flexible.
3)Â Have realistic expectations. Iâ€™m sure many of you would like to have a retreat on one-hundred acres nestled in the remote Idaho wilderness. A room full of high-tech weapons and gear. A customized humvee in the drive. A bunker stacked from floor to ceiling with MREâ€™s and the latest freeze-dried foods. But in reality most of us will never have this stuff. Set your preparedness goals at an obtainable level work relentlessly to meet them.
4)Â Educate your team, work together. Divide your family or survival group by skills. For instance; one member might specialize in medical procedures, another in chemistry and another weapons repair and reloading etc. Figure out what skills and resources you have as a group. Fill the gaps with training, classes and study.
5)Â Get a solid understanding of the basics. Everyone should at least know the basics,Â CPR / first aid,Â how to shoot, weapons maintenance and using available resources. Cover the basics first before moving to more advanced concepts. Refer to #1 above.
6)Â Know when to change strategies. Donâ€™t become fixated with plans or beliefs. If something works, great; if not you need to find out what the problem is and how to fix it â€“ even if it means a complete overhaul of your original plan.
7)Â Do a threat analysis. Stop, think, look around â€“ if you were being attacked what would be the most likely approach? What are the weak points in your defenses? Who are probable attackers? When are they likely to attack. When are you most vulnerable? Find weak spots in your defenses and harden those points.
8)Â Experiment. Iâ€™ve said this before, but it bears repeating. Never assume something works without first trying it yourself. We have to many armchair survival â€œexpertsâ€ giving advice on things they have never done. Never take anything at face value â€“ try everything yourself to see if and how it works, (This includes stuff you find here), leave nothing to chance.
9)Â Build a good library. You needÂ booksÂ on gardening, homesteading, food storage and cooking, trapping, tracking, repair, raising livestock, alternative energy, medical, herbs and eatable plants, outdoor survival etc. Make a list of the books you need. Itâ€™s best not to get many titles covering the same subject â€“ they tend to overlap and cover the same techniques and advice. See number 8.
10)Â Donâ€™t get discouraged. Itâ€™s easy to become discouraged or give up altogether. Stay focused, set obtainable goals and remember everyone started from the beginning. Stop worrying about what some survival guru said you need in his latestÂ fictionÂ novel. You know your situation and needs better than anyone â€“ plan accordingly.
11)Â Analyze your skills. Take a close look at yourself and your skills. Write down the things you are good at â€“ find your strong points. Do the same for your weak points. What do you know little about? Find the area that needs improvement and get to work building your skill level in that area.
12)Â Take inventory.Take a good look at yourÂ food storageÂ and otherÂ survival supplies. Write down what you have, look for gaps in your inventory. I did this a couple of weeks ago and found I needed to expand my medical kit.
13)Â Get a check up. If you still have a job with medical insurance great. Get a complete physical and check-up â€“ same with dental. Correct any problems found.
14)Â Find your own way. No one knows your situation or location better than you and no one can formulate a survival plan based on your personal needs better than you. You know who you are and what you are capable of â€“ plan accordingly.
MD Creekmore is a full-time survival author, blog writer, emergency preparedness consultant and author of â€œ31 Days to Survivalâ€ and â€The Dirt Cheap Survival Retreatâ€œ both published by Paladin Press. My free blog site â€The Survivalist Blog dot Netâ€ has more than 3,000 articles posted on survival and self-reliance topics. Over the years I have studied all facets of survivalism learning what works and, more importantly, what does not work! My goal is to show you how to prepare using my vast resources and personal experience with online helpful tips, guides and checklists â€“ focusing on a very modest budget. You may find other preparedness sites giving the impression that you need fancy Freeze Dried Foods, a massive gun collection, a Hummer equipped with a gun turret and a 50 acre retreat secluded in some remote mountain top of Idaho. Although this may seem attractive on some level, it is not possible for the average Joe & Jane plus, nothing could be further from the truth! It is my firm belief and conviction, backed with life experience that you can be practical, live efficiently well within your means and take positive, incremental steps towards preparedness success â€“ all with minimal finances. Let me show you how to do it.