Tips for Surviving the Apocalypse in a Well Populated Area
Store water in your home, enough for each family member for at least three to five days. In addition, stock up on purification tablets and portable Lifestraw water filters, so that if you need to bug out and leave your home, you can filter water while you’re on the move. Humans can survive for much longer without food than they can without water, so you’ll need to make this one of your first priorities for backyard survival.
Next, you’ll need to stock up on non-perishable food items that your family will actually eat. You’ll need to store two types of food — foods that you can prepare in your home if you decide to shelter in place, and foods that you can put into a Bug out Bag if you need to evacuate. It can be quite expensive to purchase all of the food that you’ll need in one go, so you may want to consider setting aside $5-$20 for each grocery store trip and stocking up on nonperishables, then keeping them organized in your basement, pantry, or another dry temperature controlled area.
In an emergency, you’ll need access to first aid supplies such as bandages, wound clotting materials, disinfectants, and antibiotics. As you’re able to, stock up on these medical supplies and keep them in a designated medical kit in your home. You should also stock a small kit to carry in your pocket or purse, and a slightly larger kit to keep in your car. This way, if an emergency strikes while you’re away from home, you’ll have the supplies you need to handle it properly until you can seek medical attention.
Additionally, you’ll need to stock up on camping supplies, such as a stove that runs on propane, gasoline, or sterno, and flashlights or lanterns. You won’t want to be left in the dark completely, and you’ll appreciate being able to have a warm meal from time to time. While you’ll have to ration your fuel supplies, these items will come in quite handy the first time someone is sick or injured and you need to boil water for tea or bandages.
Last, but not least, don’t forget to stock items for personal defense, such as knives, bludgeoning weapons, or guns and ammunition if you know how to shoot. In a post-apocalyptic society, these items will be extremely valuable, and also extremely difficult to come by, so the more you have now, while things are still relatively normal, the better off you’ll be after things get bad. It’s easy enough to live through the best and constantly take a few moments a day to plan for the worst, if it increases your ability to keep your family safe.