Preparing for an emergency is important. However, many people think all this means is stocking up on food, water, and supplies.However, true SHTF preparedness is much more than just stockpiling. You need to be in certain habits (and to have certain skills) in order to survive. And it’s best to start doing these things now, before a major emergency occurs.For true disaster preparedness, you’ll need to be ready to practice these…
4 Ways To Get Ready For When SHTF
Get In Shape
Unfortunately, many preppers overlook the importance of fitness. However, they often don’t realize just how much physical exertion your body will be put through when SHTF. Between walking/running everywhere, building a shelter, and carrying all your supplies, these activities can be incredibly taxing on the body.
Now you don’t need to be a bodybuilder to be ready for an emergency. However, you’ll need to be able to do some heavy lifting, and will need to be able to walk/run a few miles each day.
Start slow, and work your way up to this fitness level by taking a long walk and doing some bodyweight exercises every day. This will help ensure your body is ready for what’s to come.
Cooking Over An Open Flame
This is a survival skill many people don’t even think about. And, believe it or not, it can be harder than it seems if you’re not knowing what to expect.
Cooking over an open flame is a lot different than using an oven. And it’s more difficult than a grill, since the open flame doesn’t have a good way to conveniently contain the flames or the heat. There’s also no pre-built place to place your food.
Build a fire at a campsite or even in your backyard (if it’s legal to do so) and practice cooking some of your favorite camping foods. The better you are at this cooking method, the more likely you’ll be able to cook and eat quickly when SHTF.
Know How To Recognize The Natural Forms Of Medicine
Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines are very convenient. But, when SHTF the grocery store shelves will be completely clear in just a matter of hours. As such, it’s important to know how to recognize (and use) medicinal herbs and plants that you can find in nature.
While you read up on medicinal plants, it may also be a good idea to look into essential oils. These have some surprising uses that can help you keep your stress levels low and your health as good as possible in an emergency situation.
Let’s face it – even outside of a crisis, ammo is pricey. And, if you’re on a budget, it can be difficult to stock up. Not to mention the fact that, in an SHTF scenario, you’ll only be able to use what resources you have to survive.
The beauty about reloading (or hand loading) is that you buy the ammunition as individual, separate components. So, rather than purchasing a whole case of ammo, you buy the casings, bullets, and powder separately. Then you combine them yourself.
This can save you money in the long-run, as you won’t be shelling out money for manufacturing costs. Plus, you can reuse the cases a few times, which helps your dollar go further.
Here’s a bit of info about the basics of reloading: