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What I’ve learned from The American Preppers Network
The senseless and the sensible things I have learned
Prepping has caught on with the American civilians like a wildfire.
Where in the last few years preppers were seen as those which went to the extreme or those which dabbled in conspiracy theories, there has been a paradigm shift in the mentality to be one of preservation and sustaining of life, especially given the legislations, economic developments, and governmental preparations made in the past few years.
Because of this many people have started to flock together and share information. One such creditable source (for there are a lot of noncredit able sources out there) of information is the American Preppers Network.
Here are some of the things which I have learned from The American Preppers Network.
No prepper is alike
There is this mentality that every prepper is preparing for the same scenario and this is simply not true. I have found that there are a great many different scenarios which can occur.
This is not to say that one prepper’s theory is wrong and another one’s is correct. The stage is set in which a number of these predictable events can occur.
The common ground that I have found is that preppers see that there is going to be an event that shakes the core of the Nation and redefines living as the American public now knows it. The prepper understands that it is the duty of that prepper to ensure a self-sufficient way of life in order to survive.
Survival and Prepping is an ongoing process
If you think that you can just stock up on food and water and buy all the guns you can get your hands on to survive, then you have been fooled.
There is a great deal more that goes into prepping and survival than just the accumulation of supplies.
True, you will want to have a stockpile of the essential prepper supplies to make your sustainable living easier.
However, you will also need to have the off the grid living skills needed to gather your own water, find your own food, make your own shelters, and live off of the land.
This means that you continuously will have to hone your survival skills. You cannot simply acquire this and that and hope for the best.
You will need to know how to cut wood
One of the key survival skills which I have found is reiterated time and time again on The American Preppers Network is the need to cut and store firewood.
At first I thought that this was a bit redundant as I have a firecraft skill and I do know how to make a bowdrill. However, it struck me.
It does no good to have the firecraft skill if you have no firewood in which to light. In a prepper situation, you will need to have an ample amount of firewood to provide you with heat, fuel, as well as to cook and sterilize. True, you may have a few trees in your location.
However, common sense will tell you that the harvesting of such trees will take years to replenish and that you will run out of resources if you do not have a stockpile of firewood already.
You can be a prepper without having a killer mentality
One of the things which has disturbed me greatly with many preppers is that they have a killer mentality. Do not get me wrong, a person needs to be able to defend his or her family with deadly force if needed.
However, a prepper should not just assume that they will have to go on a killing spree.
I really like the fact that The American Preppers Network advocates various levels of force. This means that you set a radius around your bug out spot.
The first line of defense is to give a clear indicator to the public that they are not wanted in the vicinity. This can be done with fences and signs, road blockades , etc.
The second level is to implement scare tactics to encourage approaches to abandon their pursuit. This may include dogs, flares, sirens, and such. The third and final is the use of deadly force.
What makes this beneficial is that the prepper is reminded that prepping is not about the kill or be killed, but in the preservation of their family and the defense thereof. Notice that there is not an swaying away from the use of deadly force.
Yet, it is not the first action.
The first actions are to preserve your family and to preserve life. If deadly force is needed then so be it, but let us get away from the killer mentality and get back to the prepper’s mentality.
There are some things which go beyond the standard prepper mentality
The main thing which I have learned from The American Preppers Network is that there is always something new to learn.
As preppers, we tend to have a tactical and yes somewhat militaristic way of thinking about how we will survive. It is good to see those things which we typically overlook as a survival skill (such as sewing or pottery making).
Where it is going to be essential to have tactical training in a catastrophic/ end of days situation, you will need to know a bit more than just how to get by. What is the point of living if the only thing you are doing is barely getting by?
A dedicated prepper will not only have the skills to survive in such situations but thrive.
These are just a few of the things I have learned from the network. Of Course, there are specific skills which are offered that I have honed.
There are certain crafts which I have learned a new technique for. You are encouraged to see what The American Preppers Network can provide you with. As each prepper is different, I am sure that you will find something that specifically addresses your methodology of prepping for the end of days.
10 Survival Supplies every household needs to have
Have the essentials for a catastrophic event before it happens
It is fairly apparent that something coming. FEMA and NASA have both issued public press releases urging the public to prep for an event which will change the face of the world.
Scientists continue to make predictions that the world will see a massive disaster within the next few years.
Even evangelists have predicted that there is a catastrophic event on the horizon.
These developments have led many families to begin prepping and gathering prepper supplies. Yet, if you are new to prepping you may not know what items you need to have in your household to ensure your survival.
10) Have a water filtration system
Where it may be true that you can access water now, water may become contaminated. You can have a small back up supply of bottled water and rainwater.
However, these supplies will run out and you do need to have a plan of how to ensure that your water is safe to drink. Water purification straws and water filters should be at the top of your list.
9) Dehydrated food packaged specifically for the survivalist/prepper
Survivalist/prepper dehydrated foods have been known to have a shelf life of 20 to 30 years. If possible, stock up on as many of the packages as you can.
In a survivalist situation you will need to have food to sustain you till you can find a reliable and a sustainable source of food. Preppers should have food stored away from their house as well to ensure that they prepare adequately for food survival.
8) Tactical First Aid Kit
In a catastrophic event, medical facilities will quickly become overwhelmed as rioters and marauders injure the general public to obtain the necessities for survival.
When this happens, it will be up to the prepper to provide medical care to his or her family. Having a basic first aid kit will not work. A tactical first aid kit is needed for your emergency planning.
Your tactical first aid kit should have all of the basics such as ban aids and gauze, but also elements such as blood transfusion kits, surgeon’s needles, and tunicates.
A good tactical kit will have every possible emergency addressed somewhat.
7) An offensive and defensive weapon
Where some preppers are strong advocates for guns for offense and defense, it is not the only route that a family can take, especially in households where they are not allowed to possess a firearm.
In these instances you can use a knife, a staff, or a stun gun (where permitted) as an offensive and defensive weapon. The point is that you need to have something which can be carried and used effectively in an emergency situation.
6) A sustainable heat source
Matches are not a sustainable heat source. Neither is a taped in furnace. True, you could have a propane or gas source of heat, but even this will run dry.
Your only real source of sustainable heat will therefore be either a flint and steel or a bowdrill. Yes, you can use other methods such as a flashlight or a chemical reaction to make fire, but for long term survival you will want to know a firecraft and have the devices in your household to implement that craft.
5) You need to have a bug out bag for every family member
One of the biggest mistakes that prepper families can make is to only have one bug out bag for the family. As a prepper, you need to have a bug out bag for each family member which can sustain that member for a minimum of 72 hours. It is advised that you treat each bug out bag as a totally separate entity.
Do not diversify your supplies throughout the bags each bag needs to be complete in itself.
4) Have a topographical map
A topographical map of the area may sound a bit ridiculous to someone in an urban setting. However, in the event of a catastrophic event, the streets will become clogged as people try to flee from cities. The only way in which to navigate will be by foot.
Those who do so will need to know where the cliffs and valleys of the area are so that they can take the quickest an least conspicuous route to their bug out spot.
Preppers need to have seeds. If the soil becomes tainted then all of the hunting and gathering skills will be a moot point. You need to ensure that the seeds you choose are not from hybrid plants but from organic sources.
Hybrid plants do not yield any seeds which can be replanted. Organic seeds do.
You need to have camouflage for a bug out situation. In the event that you have to leave your location quickly, you want to be able to blend into the surroundings. The last thing that you want to do is draw attention to yourself and be the target of rioting and marauders. Once you are in the wilderness you will need to have camouflage for your survival.
1) You need to have a well-defined survival / disaster plan and a stopwatch
Preppers need to have a plan of action that everyone in the household understands. Each member needs to know their role in the disaster plan.
You need to have a stopwatch to test the limits of your plan and the practicality of implementing your strategy. Have a backup plan as well.
Ensure that you practice both plans working out any weaknesses which you may find with your plan. If you find that your bug out plan takes too long to accomplish you will need to revision it.
If you find that your supplies are centralized in one location which would lower your chances of survival, you need to develop a strategic second location. Make a plan that can and will work in a catastrophic event.
Prepper Supplies for Sale
Where to Find the Best Deals
Every prepper want to have their prepping done in secrecy.
The more people that know about your storage supply the more of a target you paint on yourself for marauders and others to target your stash when the stuff hits the fan.
So the conundrum in which preppers find themselves is where to find supplies without drawing unwanted attention.
Here is where you can find the best deals on prepper supplies while staying inconspicuous.
Outdoor Supply Stores
One of the best places for preppers to find the tactical gear that they will need for the end of days is at an outdoor supply store.
Stores such as L.L. Bean and The Bass Pro Shop are a few of the higher ended outdoor supply stores where you can find camouflage, guns, and gear.
These stores are ideal for those which are planning to have a mobile bug out plan which will involve hiding their mode of transportation when not in use.
For example: If you have a trailer with your supplies, then you can purchase a camouflage netting (which is typically used to conceal turkey hunting grounds or in duck hunting) to do so.
It is not advised that you stock up on a great quantity of supplies at one time.
Neither would I recommend that you buy ammunition from ANY major retailer as they have to report anyone that buys certain quantities and certain types of ammunition.
Go to a pawn shop
I think that pawn shops have gotten a bit of a bad reputation, especially when it comes to buying guns and ammunition.
For some reason a great many people think that there is something shady with a pawn shop selling a gun.
However, the regulations placed upon these establishments are sometimes a lot more strenuous then the retailer chains.
This means that you will get a quality gun.
If you are looking for tools and survivalist equipment, you can typically find hunting and fishing gear in pawn shops for a fraction of the cost from buying it at full retail price.
Army Surplus Stores
It is not hard at all to find an army surplus store.
These are a prepper’s treasure trove.
You will need to use a bit of caution though. Sometimes the supplies which are offered at these surplus stores are there because they have a defect.
Inspect anything which you are planning to purchase. MREs should be inspected for the date of expiration, and then they should be inspected again for any holes, tears, or defects.
Remember, the shelf life is extremely long on MREs.
However, you do not want to just buy a case and hope for the best…..Oh, and if you think that you can buy functional grenades from one of these store then you have bigger problems then your prepping.
Online Survival Stores
Again, a bit of caution must be used when you buy your supplies online.
Make sure that you know exactly what is in the bug out bags or tactical gear which is being purchased.
Personally, I would only buy my tactical first aid kit, knife, and bag online.
Anything which can expire or be damaged I would buy from a local retailer or from another source.
These are oriented to the prepper. The gear is usually of a higher quality then you will be able to find at other locations.
What I like about purchasing from the prepper conventions is that you get to see what other preppers think about the product.
For example: If a supplier is offering dehydrated specialty meats and everyone is flocking to the vendor, then you know that it is probably a good place to invest in.
However, if you find a guy trying to sell you a solar paneled deep fryer and no one is at his booth, you can probably assume that the product would not do well for prepping.
Look for Stores going out of business
Just because a store is going out of business does not mean that the product is of low quality.
As the economy continues to have more and more legislation which targets small and independent business owners, you can rest assured that more and more businesses will go out of business.
Even large businesses (such as the lead smeltering plant) are being hit with major fees and fines causing them to close their doors.
Businesses which are being forced to close due to the government are more apt to try to sell everything at incredibly low prices rather than give it to the government.
Look for businesses which are going out of business and do not be scared to negotiate.
Almost every city which I have visited has a place to visit an auction within a short driving distance.
This is a very cheap way in which you can acquire some of the supplies you need for your bug out bag.
You do not want to draw attention to yourself so be sure that you visit different auction sites to draw off any unwanted attention.
The cheapest way to get your prepper supplies is to barter and trade goods.
This method has been around since the world began, and although many people have gotten away from this practice, it is a good way to prep for the catastrophic event.
For one, it will force you to provide something useful which can be traded (and as money will be of no effect bartering will be the only option in a survivalist situation).
Secondly, it is all off the grid.
No one will be documenting what you traded and how much was traded.
You can keep your secrecy and still store up your supplies that you need.
Where to avoid:
You do not want to buy your supplies from a warehouse store.
I know that some may disagree, but I have found that the majority of warehouse supplies in these stores are the defective products which could not be stored.
There is a difference between surplus (which is overstocked) and warehouse (which is the product which does not sell any other way).
Also avoid major retail stores which offer everything from toiletries to trampolines as these are not likely to have durable quality products, and if they do they will be marked up a great deal.
The items you just can’t survive without when everything goes haywire
Those which are prepping for a doomsday scenario have a general idea about how that day will come. In most cases the doomsday is a result from a manmade catastrophic disaster.
Granted, there are a few preppers which are planning for natural disasters to spark in a doomsday situation, but more than likely if we have a doomsday situation (not a major disaster but a “doomsday situation) it will be the result of a manmade situation.
Here are 7 doomsday prepper supplies you must have for your bug out bag.
7) A gas mask
In the event of a doomsday situation the air may be unfit for long exposure.
This could be the result of an EMP knocking out the containment abilities of the CDC (Center of Disease Control) and air born viruses are a threat, or it could be the result of biohazards from a nuclear bomb or radiation testing facility.
Even if the doomsday is the result of a natural disaster (such as a volcano eruption) it is a good idea to have a gas mask to help filter the toxins out of the air.
6) A Shovel
If you have to find a quick way out of an area surrounded by dirt, snow, or other non-structural debris, one of the easiest ways to do so will be to tunnel a path with a shovel.
It is recommended that you get a military grade shovel as these can easily be compacted and carried in your survival gear when not being used.
Also, the military shovel comes with a serrated edge which (if necessary) can be used to remove small debris from your path.
You do not want to get a plastic shovel or one which has a handle that is attached to the main piece by a screw.
These are very prone to breaking and will do you no good in a doomsday situation if you have to remove anything of weight.
The best shovels will be made from metal and contain metal gaskets and fittings which allow for easy storage and maximum functionality.
Part of your disaster plan should include seeds. If the soil and the surrounding area is damaged by contamination, then the only place that people will have to turn to for food is the grocery stores.
Unfortunately, this means that the supply will quickly be reduced to nothing as people will loot and rush to these locations to get all the supplies that they can.
By having a stock pile of organic seeds, you can ensure that you will have sustainable food for the long term.
Granted, you will want to have dehydrated meats and some food in your survival gear, but these are only to last 3 to 7 days.
When you reach your bug out location (for your long term location) then plant your organic seeds.
You do not want to plant altered plants as the probability that you will yield any useful seeds is bleak.
4) Water Filter
Most locations in a bug out situation will have some form of water. If in the event of a doomsday situation you can find water, you will have to purify the water so that it can be consumed.
Where some may think that boiling water will kill such bacterium, it is unlikely that all contaminants will be filtered out.
The only way in which you can successfully do this is with the use of a water filter.
Personally, I would recommend that you have a few water straws (as they are lightweight and can typically handle about 300 gallons of water filtration a piece).
In a survival situation the water from rain, snow, and from dew is suitable to collect without any filtration.
Yet, in a doomsday situation, it should be assumed that all water is contaminated. Your primary need will be food and water and so your primary supplies should include water filtration and food sustainability tools.
3) Tactical Emergency First Aid Kit
Unlike a regular first aid kit, a tactical first aid kit will provide you with “overkill” on what is needed. This is critical to your disaster plan.
You will need to be prepared for any situation.
It is true that you will get cuts and bruises, but there are so many other things which can occur in a doomsday scenario.
For example: if you have tactical gear for first aid, you will have a blood transfusion kit, perhaps an oxygen mask, a stitching needle, antibacterial ointment, and a few common medicines.
As you will not know exactly what the situation is in a doomsday situation, a tactical emergency first aid kit is paramount to your survival.
2) Have a big knife
A knife, unlike most guns, serves as a multifunctional tool.
On the one hand you can use it to craft and cut the essentials which you will need to survive.
You will use the knife every day to help you with something.
Whether this is something as simple as cutting a shoelace or something more complex such as gutting a deer, you will need your knife.
Secondly, a BIG knife serves as a great weapon and a deterrent for anyone to mess with you or your supplies.
1) A CV or Ham radio
When a doomsday scenario occurs, ignorance will be the government’s way of control.
It can be predicted that traditional means of communications will be severed and that only those which can communicate from CV and Ham Radios (or other such devices) will be privy to any information about what is going on.
You should take care to get a radio which is intended for prolonged exposure to the elements and does not require special maintenance or repair.
Remember, you will be in survival mode so you will also want to consider size as well as power.
A radio that is too big and bulky will not work.
Neither will a radio which has no backup power (such as solar power) other than batteries.
Everything you need to have for the end of days
Preppers are given their name as they are preparing for a catastrophic event that will change the world as we know it.
Where the reason for the event varies dependent upon the person, their gear and their mentality of what will be needed in the end of days is similar.
Water – water will be an essential need. However, you cannot simply stock up on bottled water.
Food – Dehydrated fruits, vegetables, and dehydrated meats are ideal for your food storage.
Multiple Knives – You will need a minimum of two knives made of complete metal.
Do not get those cheap knives that you can find adorning the thrift stores and flea markets which have a rubber handle and are all held together by a few hex nuts and/or screws.
The reason that you choose multiple metal knives is that your knife is going to be your number one tool in a survivalist situation.
You will need to have your knife for both urban as well as outdoor survival situations which will occur. Your knife will also be used (if necessary as a weapon).
Having one knife is ill prepared as; again, this is your primary tool.
You need to have one just in case you lose or damage the first one.
A tactical first aid kit – Where there are some cheap first aid kits which offer ban aids and a little bit of gauze, you can pretty much conclude that your odds of survival are bleak if you get a basic first aid kit.
Hopefully, you have taken measures to learn first aid and other skills for surviving the end of days or a catastrophic event.
Tactical First Aid kits will provide you with all the necessities that you need as well as a great deal of other gear which you might not have considered such as surgical needles, thread, burn ointment, and Benadryl.
Flashlight – A flashlight serves several purposes other than providing lighting.
In a survivalist situation you can use a flashlight as a means of communication when in an urban environment or when marauders and other threats come into your bug out area.
As a survival tool, you can use the flashlight to start a fire.
If possible purchase a survival flashlight or army flashlight. Generally, these offer a storage area for matches and other emergency supplies.
Plus, these survival flashlights/army flashlights come with a variety of lenses which can be used for signaling others in your bug out spot.
Rope – From putting up a tarp for shelter to hanging your food to ensure that no bears or other wildlife will get into your supply, rope is an essential to have in your survival gear.
Do not get cheap rope but get heavy duty rope which can be used to repelling and climbing. (This is yet another reason why you would need to have a sharp knife).
Avoid getting rope which frays when cut or those ropes which have a loose weave.
Fishing Hooks – where it may be easy to create a natural fishing pole and you may have the skills to harpoon one with a spear, it is a great deal easier to catch a fish when you do not have to make your own fish hooks or improvise.
When you pack your hooks ensure that you pack both large and small hooks.
You will need the small hooks to catch your smaller fish such as carp which will be used as your bait for the larger fish.
Don’t forget to pack a few weights either.
Shovel with a sharp edge – A military shovel is essential to your survival bug out gear. The shovel needs to have metal parts.
Do not get a shovel which is made of plastic parts as they break.
You also need to ensure that the shovel has a sharp edge on at least one side as this can be used as a knife or as a weapon if needed.
Seeds – Consider. When there is a catastrophic event, land and food will be the first resources which are pillaged for their resources.
Therefore, you have to have a way to ensure that you have sustainable food in the future. Use the food in your bug out bag and then plant your seeds when you find a suitable location.
Typographic Map of the Area – Yes, you can navigate by the sun and the stars. However, you do not know the cliffs and the valleys of the area unless you have traveled them a great deal.
By having a typographical map you not only give yourself a point of reference for your navigation should the terrain become unrecognizable due to the catastrophic event, but you also have a map which tells you which areas are likely to have more traffic and which are better suited to a prepper (high traffic areas will be those without cliffs or valleys as people will not want to risk the dangers of that location).
These are but a few of the supplies which you will need to have if you are a prepper. You will need to cater to the location and the variables of your area.
The main concern of any prepper should be to secure the essentials needed to survive for the long term. The prepper supplies listed here should help you.
Do not just store up on food and water supplies. In the event that your storage supply is ruined you need to have a way to sustain yourself.