SURVIVAL&SAFETY Doomsday Prepping 101 Food & Water The most obvious, and the most important part of your stockpile. Here, the objective is to store non-perishable items, such as canned goods, grains, beans, and freeze-dried or dehydrated foods. Of course, everything has an expiration date, but you’re looking to maintain a commendable food source for up to a year or more. Water can be stored in gallon jugs. Rain barrels, along with a filtration system is necessary. First-Aid This is the second most important thing to collect. You will need bandages, antibiotics, ointments, vitamins and supplements, common cold medications, and aspirin. You will need to update this supply regularly, because these types of medications do have an expiration date. However, in a pinch, they’re good to have, especially if you end up in a situation where they become scarce or no longer easily-accessible. Self-Defense This is entirely up to you, but it is suggested that you maintain some sort of physical protection, whether that is a gate, alarm, and camera setup that has the capability to run on a back-up power source, or something as simple as a baseball bat. This type of protection is necessary, not only if enemy forces try to invade, but also for predators seeking your food source, such as wild animals. 84 Summer 2016 Adventure Outdoors Clothing & Hygiene Because you’re still human, even in a crisis. If the danger is long-lasting, through changing seasons and colder weather, you will wish you stored snow gear and warm clothing. If you have to stay secured in a bunker with your family, hygiene is going to be the one thing that will maintain your health (and your sanity). Stock up on antibacterial soaps, wet wipes, socks, undergarments, and blankets. Keep a standard sewing kit on hand for repairing rips and patching holes in worn items, and always have a sturdy pair of boots on hand. Bug-out Bag This is for when all else fails and you need to evacuate your home or place of shelter. This bag should contain all of the above, but in smaller quantities, specifically lasting at a 72-hour minimum. A good 20-30 lb. bag full of the essentials is recommended. Remember, it is for emergencies only, so do not pack anything other than the bare minimum to survive. Examples of things to includ e in your bug-out bag are: survival kit, first-aid kit, change of clothes, multi-tool, food, and a flashlight. Important Documents/Money If it’s not the end of the world, then you’re going to need your important documents, such as paper versions of your assets, social security information, birth certificate, and monies. Keep in a fireproof safe, inside of a waterproof bag or container. Communications and Meet-Ups This is if you get separated from your family. You may want to consider meeting at a certain area at a certain time or investing in a 2-way radio. These options will open doors for staying in touch after chaos awakens. Books For rebuilding your world after the worst has passed. Books are essential in the sense that the internet will likely be down in this sort of event, and Google Search will no longer be at your fingertips. This means that you will need to keep on hand a series of howto’s for generating power and re-building shelters, diagnosing illnesses, etc.