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The Solar Eclipse And The Unprepared

As I was perusing the interwebs today and checking out some prepping groups on evil Facebook I came across some examples of the importance of prepping. I didn’t think about the impact that the upcoming solar eclipses on August 21st would have on some areas. Some of the locations that will see the full event are in some sparsely populated locations that will have an influx of massive amounts of sightseers. 

It’s not always an emergency that may cause food shortages. “Just in time” inventory practices cause their own disasters. 

Goes to show, be prepared and then you will not have to worry about fighting the crowds. 

Thank you Aimee for these great pictures.

Condor Rip-Away EMT Pouch & Charlie’s IFAK

After receiving multiple questions as to what my individual first-aid kit (IFAK) looks like, I decided to finally make a video for you. I am also taking the opportunity to give you somewhat of a review on Condor‘s Rip-away EMT pouch (MA41 and MA41-008).

MA41- Rip-Away EMT Pouch from Condor ( Also available in MultiCam as #MA41-008

First of all, lets talk about this pouch from Condor. Yes, it is imported from overseas and as such, it is not the highest quality out there. It may not be the highest quality, but far from the lowest either. I have actually been using this med pouch in my gear configuration since 2012. This has a manufacture suggested retail price of $26.95 for MA41, MA41-008 (MultiCam) is more however. My only negatives to this pouch are that some of the internal stitching on the elastic loops can be delicate, see the example in the video, and that it is real easy to overfill with excess supplies (if that’s a bad thing). The positives besides the price I would say is that the even if it gets overfilled, the zipper is fully capable of withstanding it and the outer shell is heavy duty and durable. The pouch also has plenty of elastic loops, pockets, and closures to organize your medical components. I personally like the rip-away pouch so much that I purchased a second Condor Rip-away EMT pouch from my friends at Men of Arms Tactical in 2013 to add to a second set of gear instead of just purchasing extra rip-away panels to add to each set.

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Now to get into what I currently have in my IFAKs and some may say its not enough, others may say too much, but that’s for you to decide and you can modify to suit your needs. As I have said in plenty of podcasts, I have no military training so I probably don’t have the same that components that marines or soldiers are carrying around in their IFAKs. I also am not a medical expert, so I only have items in my kit that I know how to use. I made you a list with links that will take you to the item I have or is similar on Amazon, if you want to get the same items, you may be able to find some of them cheaper through other sources. What I have is:

I hope this helps some of you get started, if you haven’t already.
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Canning Dried Goods Without A Canner

In this video I show you how to can dried goods like beans, rice, pasta, etc. It may take more time and resources, but from experience it works better than vacuum sealer bags. The biggest problem with vacuum seal bags that I have found is over time the seal leaks, that is my problem and it may be my sealer or it may be the bags. Other people have not had the same issue though and I’d still recommend a sealer if for nothing else, it will help keep frozen foods better for longer.

What you will need are:

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Charlie’s Updated EDC Video

I wasn’t able to give you all a weekly prepping podcast last week because of work. I’m sorry for that, but I made and updated video of my every day carry. This is my EDC, it may not fit everyone’s EDC model. It’s a good starting point for anyone who may not have a what they consider to be a EDC kit.

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The Time Is Close

The time may be near when preppers will have to break in to those precious food stocks. Ok well we don’t know that for sure, but what if the collapse of society is tomorrow? Are you squared away? Chances are you are not, I don’t know a serious prepper out there that says they are fully ready. You can never have enough food, water, medical supplies, or equipment; or at least for a global collapse that sends us all into the Stone Age.

Really though, what is most likely to happen that requires our preps to be activated; not a collapse or an EMP but more of a localized disaster. A tornado, earthquake, job loss, or power outage is more likely to happen than a national or global disaster. That is what we prepare for the most? You can stockpile stuff for a EMP or other equally horrible event, but if you do then you should be more than adequately ready for the mostly and if you aren’t; you aren’t doing it right.

Now lectures aside. Now all your preps are stored properly and away from moisture and sunlight to keep them lasting a long while, do you ever test them?  One thing you absolutely do not want to do is open a can of beans or tuna to find out the seal was bad on them, especially when you really need it. Yes, store bought canned goods can have bad seals also. An example for me is when I opened a can of Chef Boyardee ravioli for my kids and there was a layer of green slime on the top. Remember watch how your MREs are stored in your BOB as well. A friend and I just today took a hike with our BOBs and ate some of the food in them. He had a MRE that had been sitting in his vehicle for a year or so that, though it was still in date, was bad… Let’s just say the cheese spread was the texture of taffy and the Salisbury steak, he contributed the smell to the pile my dog left in the yard before the hike. Other than quality testing of the food, it may be a good idea to test cooking skills in which you have to be “unconventional” in your preparedness and cooking of recipes. It’s funny how a hundred years ago, our unconventional methods were the standard method; did I say funny, I meant sad. Have you tried cooking over a wood fire lately?

You may want to try your technique out before relying on it. With the spring around the corner, camping season will be also. Taking your family camping is the best way to try out fire starting methods, primitive cooking styles, and all around basic survival skills. When I say camping though, I am not talking about taking your camper down to the K.O.A. and hooking up power and water, I’m talking about rustic. You need to camp simulating off the grid living, someplace where you don’t have neighbors 20 feet to each side singing kumbaya. In a real emergency situations you will use whatever you have at your disposal including a camper, so I’m not saying to avoid using it; use your camper on without outside influence. You also should find either a campground that has rustic sites that are away from people or public land that you can camp out for a weekend. Each member of your family should have their BOB and use it. On public land you can take it a step further and get the proper hunting/fishing permits to trap small game or catch fish to eat over the weekend. I do recommend getting the licenses though before you attempt it, last thing you need is a conservation officer ruining the weekend by fining and or arresting someone.

You should try to have a survival skills camping trip with your family every month or two in the warmer months. As your family gets better you could try in the colder months as well. Now if you are just starting out with them, don’t be surprised if you can’t cover everything or even a quarter of it in a weekend. Don’t get short or irritated with them if they don’t get it either, last thing you want to do is turn them off at the whole idea of camping every month by being pissy over their slow learning curve. It is crucial that if you want your family and you to survive a national emergency, that you are all on the same page and being impatient with them will cause more failure than success. Start small with some basics like fire making, cooking over wood fire, water collection, and water purification. Those four skills can be more difficult than the average person realizes, but once mastered, will allow them to eat stored food and drink clean water which I shouldn’t have to tell you the importance of. Your next skills training with them could be shelter building and snare making. There are a lot of skills that you can work on at home on weekends you are not in the woods like knots, map reading, and sewing; so don’t think you have to do all your training outside.
The better you and your family get, the more you can incorporate into these weekends. You could start testing some of your toys like HAM or two-way radios. You should also start putting some trail hiking or off the trail hiking in as well. One day you and your family might just get so good and enjoy living off the land that you never leave the woods. Please share some of your stories or experiences with us and the other readers by commenting below.

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Every Day Carry Essentials

Everyone has an everyday carry (EDC) kit whether they know it or not; if they carry the same items every day, they have an EDC kit. Preppers take extra care in selecting the items in their kit usually adding tools that will help them with any aspect of life they may find themselves in. Some preppers and patriots however put more stock in certain items more than others and not always the correct one. A month ago American Patriot the III% ran a contest in one of the Facebook groups and wanted to know contestants most important EDC item, everyone started flashing their gun. Now as important as personal protection is, our carry pistol is the least used tool (thankfully) in our EDC kits. So what is the most used items that people use every day?

1. Cell Phone
Most everyone has a cell phone now a days and the majority of them are smart phones. We use our phones for the obvious phone calls and text, but there are several other functions smart phones do. The smart phone has successfully replaced dozens of products that people use in their everyday life which, whether you like it or not, makes your phone immensely important to survival. Here is a short list of tools that an average phone can do today without having wireless service or even wifi: road or topographical maps, camera, voice recorder, camcorder, notebook, library of books, scientific calculator, watch, timer, datebook, MP3 player, and many more. With some type of service you can add two-way radio, police scanner, weather station, up-to-date news, GPS, and then the obvious communications. In my opinion, the ability to have maps and reference books at my finger tips with or without wireless service is enough for me to always have my phone on me. There is one massive down side: durability. Smart phones are very fragile just like a basic lap-top computer, so you should protect them with the best phone case you can get. LifeProof makes a very durable waterproof/shockproof case for most models of phones and even though they aren’t waterproof, the Otterbox Defender series is shockproof and I personally have seen how well it works.

2. Knife
I use my knife or knives all the time and not just for cutting. Now even though the manufacturers will never recommend using your knife for anything more than the intended purpose of cutting, how many other people have used theirs for prying, scraping, sawing, or even as a screwdriver (even though it didn’t have a drive bit or was a swiss army design). It is due to those extra curricular “activities” that when I am selecting a new knife, I look for the most durable at a reasonable price. I currently still carry my Camillus EDC3 that I reviewed last year. I also carry a Wenger Basic Issue that unfortunately is no longer available, however the Victorinox Swiss Army PioneerEdit looks to be identical and slightly cheaper.

3. Flashlight
Now many people may not see the need for a flashlight every day, but neither did I until I started carrying one. My background profession is nothing cool that may require a flashlight, I’m not a security guard, law enforcement, mechanic, or any career that may operate in dark places; I am in retail management. Before my flashlight days, I’d just deal with low light environments with eye squinting and feeling around for objects hidden in the shadows of backrooms or under desks. With a flashlight I can actually see product names printed on the ends of heavy boxes that are shadowed by pallet shelving or that pesky quarter that rolled under the desk in the cash office. You don’t have to be a creature of the dark to need a good flashlight. Some may be saying that their phone works as a light and that may work for you, but for those of you that work someplace that may result in unintended damage to your handheld computer, get a flashlight. Flashlights come in all shapes and sizes so you should find one that meets your needs and is still small enough to carry without it being cumbersome. I have two that I walk around with all the time, one is the Streamlight NanoEdit which was my second light that I carried in my EDC. The nano was much, much smaller than my original light and that was the reason I bought it. After using it for about a month I realized the limitations and began searching for a new one and that is when I was introduced to my current light the Lux Pro LP290. It is a little larger than some models on the market and it is perfect for my main, but I still carry my nano because it’s small enough to clip on to my swiss army knife.

4. First Aid Kit
You don’t have to carry a full first aid kit on you all day, but anything from a a few band-aids to a pocket trauma kit. I personally only carry band-aids, antiseptic wipes, aspirin, and ibuprofen. You can get and carry a pocket trauma kit like the D.A.R.K. by Dark Angel Medical, but they can get expensive and not all people can fit it in to their kit. I also don’t recommend using medical equipment that you have not received proper training with.

5. Cash
Yes, I said cash. Relying on electronic payment or funds may be easy, but can be quite problematic. Ignoring all the recent collapsing economies, it’s just smart to have cash on hand with power outages or other instances of electronic card readers failing. How much money to keep on hand is up for debate, but i suggest at least $50 up to $200. For those concerned with safety and security while carrying cash, it is another reason to carry a defensive pistol or carry the bulk of the money in a safe place on your person and keep an decoy wallet.

Ultimately what you have in an EDC kit has to fit your personal and professional lifestyle. Look at what you do every day and decide what items work best for you. Please tell us what you have in your EDC.

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Back To Basic Prepping: Blackout


Recently I’ve been writing articles on preparedness and thought about the fact that they have been geared to the intermediate or advanced preppers. What about the beginning and basics; that’s what this new series is going to point at. Today we will talk about a “blackout” kit or whatever you want to call it. When I refer to a “blackout” kit; I am referring to a kit to combat the immediate effect of a power outage which is the darkness. More articles are coming on other aspects of preparedness that are also affected by power outages.

Commonly though: the most immediate “crisis” that effects people are power outages. In the winter, no power could mean no heat, check out a previous article wrote to prepare for cold temperatures. Power outages are a major irritation, but what if the outage lasts a few days or longer. The darkness that they bring can also have a disheartening effect on people; scaring children and bring down morale. A “blackout” kit or more specific power outage items already stored together and ready to access, can turn this minor or major annoyance into an indoor camping adventure.

“Charlie, I don’t need this kit, I have a generator”. Good to know, but what happens if your generator has an issue. Even if you have a generator, preppers have a little motto that we live by, “two is one, one is none”. Having a generator is awesome, but problems come up and Darwin’s law says it’ll happen at the worst possible time. Set up this kit either way, the most advanced preparedness experts in the world have a basic kit to deal with this even if they already have four back up generators. Anyone who doesn’t have a generator, you need this kit and should work towards setting up enough for two. I also strongly recommend saving money for a generator if you own or rent a house, or an inverter or battery bank if you live in an apartment. But, There are also times that you really don’t need a generator; how annoying is it to get your generator all hooked up and the second you flip the switch, the power comes back on.

Ok, so what is a “blackout” kit? The kit contains items specifically for a power outage, and it can be a simple kit all the way to and including a generator. The basics should include the following.

-Flashlights (cheap are fine to start with, but you get what you pay for)
-Batteries (name brand alkaline are preferred)
-Candles (go to the dollar store, Dollar Tree has a decent 6 pack of emergency candle sticks for a buck)
-Candle holders (check the dollar store first, but if all else fails you can heat the bottom of the candle and stick it to a kitchen plate)
-AM/FM battery powered radio (to listen for weather updates or just pass time listening to music)
-Emergency phone chargers (most expensive part, but it will help you report the outage or call help if needed)
-Plastic tote or bin to store it all in


Once you have these basics in your kit, label the box and make sure every member of the household knows where it’s stored. Now you can upgrade items or expand on what you keep in it. You could add solar chargers, inverters, lanterns, and headlamps. Remember though, being prepared is also preparing for the everyday disasters.

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Winterized, Are You?

With winter coming, is your preps winterized? No, I’m not talking about dumping RV antifreeze into your pipes or loosening caps for freezing liquid expansion. I am however talking about winterizing your preparedness mindset and having stuff squared away for a cold winter especially if you lose power or may get your car stuck in a ditch. If you are new to preparedness, you may have over looked the common seasonal emergencies.

Shelter is the most important survival tool in any preppers arsenal with exposure killing more people in a disaster than any thing else. This is the easiest item to have as well though, if you are reading this, you most likely live in a house or apartment. Whether you own or rent a house or apartment, you still must be prepared for no shelter option. Have you ever went into a room or building in the winter and felt that it was colder inside than out in a snow bank in the yard? In a power outage in the dead of winter, your shelter could have the same effect. You have to keep your shelter warm. A generator is a great way to keep your furnace blowing heat in a outage, but not all have the funds to have a big enough generator to do this. Apartment dwellers are generally not allowed to run a generator as well. Cheaper than a generator is a inverter and as Steven Harris most Americans have a ten thousand dollar generator in our driveways. You can buy inverters with a high enough wattage to run most modern furnace blowers. This will take preparation to do and you will want to ask advice or have a experienced electrician to wire the proper adapter into your furnace. You may also want to check out Mr. Harris’s website to learn how to make a battery bank to give you power for other devices in a outage.

In the event that running your furnace is not an option, you have others to stay warm. There are a lot of methods to create heat, for example, two years ago many residents of Michigan were powerless the week of Christmas and kept warm with candles. Enough candles burning can accomplish a suitable heat source although I only recommend this as a last option, plenty of people got sick off the fume exposure. Candle heat sources also include danger of fire, instead I’d recommend a propane or kerosene heater. You can purchase them from most hardware or sporting good stores. When purchasing one though, I highly encourage you to get a model with oxygen or monoxide sensor. Heaters with these sensors will shut-off if the fumes get too high, you can use a non-sensor models and just keep a window open while using it. Don’t forget to stock up on propane or kerosene as well to keep the heater running. All this could also be avoided if you have a working wood stove or fire place, just make sure you have enough seasoned wood split and stacked outside. Do not wait till you need the fire place or wood stove to test it, last thing you need is a chimney fire or a blockage in the chimney.

Insulation is crucial to keep your family warm. If you are limited to a heater, it would be best to set up a room in your residence to be heated. An interior room that does not have any wall sharing outdoors is best, but you can really only do this with a heater with auto-shutoff. Have a lot of extra blankets and use some of them to drape down the walls especially it you have windows, this will add to your insulation. It would not be a bad idea to put that window film insulation on all your exterior windows, but if you can’t do that on all at least do it on your designated “heat” room in the fall before snow hits. While you have blankets hanging on the walls, make sure to keep heaters or candles away from them.

Food and water storage in the winter does not change as much. The only change to to your storage should be moving enough water to your warm “heat” room. How much should I keep in there? I’d say put 5-7 days worth of water per person in this room. To avoid getting stuck on day 8 with blocks of ice, depending on the size of your storage containers, rotate a cold container in to the heat as you use a thawed one. It would not be a bad idea to set cold or iced water containers on or in a cooking pan or something that collects condensation. You want to avoid any blankets or clothing in your warm room, water will eliminate any insulation rating and cause people to get cold, I’d recommend boiling water for cooking outside the room as well. Try to also avoid sweating, this will also deplete the insulating of your clothing, if you get wet, remove the effected clothing and let it dry near the heat source while the individual stays warm in dry blankets or a sleeping bag.

Ok so to summarize, some items to make sure you have in your home for winter goes as follows:
•propane/kerosene heater (auto-shutoff preferred)
•extra propane cylinders/kerosene (no such thing as too much)
•seasoned dry fire wood (if you have a WORKING fire place or wood stove)
•blankets (wool surplus, down comforters, regular comforters, sleeping bags, etc. can’t have enough)
•window film insulation kit (installed prior to needing)
•thumb tacks or finish nails (to hang blankets for insulation)
•extra warm clothes (thermal underwear, wool socks, sweat shirts, flannels, etc.)
•your existing preps (this is assuming that you are already a prepper and have flashlights, candles, am/fm radio, food/water, emergency stove, etc., if not then you should read more articles on emergency preparedness as well…)

Now what if you go in the ditch and you are stuck in a snow bank. Your car bag should be switch to cold weather preparedness. You should have wool socks, thermal undies, winter hats, and gloves along with hand warmers in it. Along with switching your bag to a cold weather setting, you should add blankets or sleeping bags to you vehicle. As stated above, shelter should be your number one priority. As long as your vehicle is not a safety risk like sitting in a river, burning, or on it’s side/roof, stay in it. Crack a window if you run your engine to stay warm, this will help avoid affixation if your exhaust is blocked. Try to avoid getting out of your vehicle unless you have fresh boots and cloths to change into once your back in it. Any snow on your clothes will melt and deplete your warmth in the car. If you store your bag and gear in your trunk, hopefully your rear seats open into it. Plan ahead with extra outerwear clothes in your vehicle if you have to get out to get in the trunk.

Just like insulating your walls in your house during a winter power outage, you should also drape blankets over windows and doors. Heat sources in your car are limited due to the amount of space inside and how many flammable materials in it along with a 10-20 gallon gas tank. You will have to rely on body heat more than space heaters. Emergency blankets help reflect your body heat as well, hopefully you would already have a few in your bag anyways.

I recommend when driving in the winter to stay on main roads, but I know this is not alway possible. When you are stranded in a ditch, have a distress signal posted on your somewhere visible to other drivers. You can make a bright colored sign or if you can find a emergency car flag that mounts in your car window. Hopefully you are within cellular phone service and call for assistance, but as with staying on main roads, you may not be able to stay in a service area. HAM mobile radios work good if there is no cell service, but requires the skills to operate it properly. To gain the proper skills for HAM, look into getting your license. In the event that you do have to leave your vehicle, try to wait till the snow storm had passed and the sky is clear and only move during the day. You do not want to get traps with out shelter in a snow storm or at night when it is colder.

The following items you should add to your vehicle for the winter (as before this is ASSUMING you already have car bag):
•blankets or sleeping bags
•wool socks, thermal underwear, gloves, winter hats, etc.
•extra set of coat and snow pants
•distress signal or sign
•portable HAM (get licensed so you can develop the skills required to use it)

Hopefully you don’t have to use these preps, but in the case that you do, better to be ready than trying to play catch up.

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Creating A Prepper Nation


Recently I was listening to a interview over at The Survival Podcast with a guy named Paul Martin talking about his book. He was talking about introducing people to preparedness and I thought about that a lot. As patriots and preppers why don’t we strive to bring more people into a preparedness mind set. The more people that are prepared, even if it is a extra week worth of food and water, the less chaos there would be in an emergency. We are always trying to wake up people to the madness that is taking over this country and the world, unfortunately too many think that everything is hunky dory and won’t think for themselves. Instead of always trying to push people to think and realize the liberty movement, why not try and get the people who are extremely resistant into emergency preparedness… A preparedness mindset often leads to free thought and desire for personal liberty. We still have our work cut out for us, media still portrays preppers as wackadoos, but challenge the resistant with thought.

Almost everyone that is not into preparedness will automatically associate you to Doomsday Preppers or a conspiracy theorist if you start out talking about “prepping”. Depending on their area, start out with a question, “what would you do if a (insert tornado, ice storm, thunderstorm, etc.) knocked out power to your area for a week or two?” Maybe they’d say they would stay at a hotel or they would fire up the generator, if they say those than ask if they have a list of hotels already to call or if they have extra fuel for the generator. Now we are just getting crazy, they have a smart phone and will look it up or they will just go down to the gas station when they need more fuel. This is when you take it to a new level.


Say they plan to stay at a hotel, but do not have any phone numbers or locations on hand to book a reservation. You may want to throw the thought out there that more people are probably going to think the same, they will be competing for a room. There is also the possibility that area hotels are in the same situation as they are and is sending their current residents to a different hotel as well. Now they don’t know how far the power outage reaches, they could feel more relief if they had a list of three or four hotels in various nearby cities and their reservation telephone numbers. Now imagine if they have a furry family member as well, the extra difficulty finding a pet friendly hotel in a crisis.

The person who has a generator with the never ending fuel supply, five feet under ground at the Shell fuel station. Gas stations don’t usually have back-up generators, you may want to remind them. Yes they can drive 10-15 miles and get gas at a gas station in the next town over, if the outage hasn’t effected that town as well. It would be a whole lot less hassle just to keep an extra 5 gallon can of gas in their garage. When is the last time they used their generator? Is the spark plugs clean or corroded? Do they have replacement parts if they need them? What about fuel treatment in case moisture got into the gas can.


These are all part of preparedness or “prepping”. Prepping is not just preparing for the apocalypse or end of days, there is such a tiny, insignificant chance of either happening in any of our lifetimes. We prepare for any disaster or crisis which can include getting a car stuck in a ditch, losing power, major storm, losing a job, or death in the family. Some may claim to prepare for EMP, financial collapse, or plague, but if they are prepared or preparing for something with such a low chance of happening they should already be prepared for the more likely local crisis. Preparing shouldn’t be a gloom and doom mind set, it should be a relieved peace of mind knowing that your family will not stress or worry about when their next meal will come. Inform your reluctant friend or acquaintance of those facts.

Once they begin to grasp the concept of preparing for the inevitable, welcome them to ask you questions any time. They may still be reluctant, but this is when you may want to share little bits info of your preps with them or “show and tell” some of your gadgets. Sometimes seeing some of the cool little gadgets will get the gears turning as well. In the long run you may make a preparedness team out of this new prepper. As I said previously, the more people prepared even a little, the less chaos there will be in a emergency.

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You May Be Prepared, But What About Your Pets

You may have a years worth of food and water stored for you and the family, but what about for your dog or cat? I know some of you may be asking yourself “why have pets in a SHTF”? Personally I wonder why you wouldn’t? Sure they are another mouth to feed and more waste to dispose of, but you forget about the benefits. Dogs are one of the best security guards you could have. Dogs have much better hearing and sense of smell than us that they can sense other people and animals in the area long before we will. The barking and growling of your protective pet may also deter people from trying to take your preps. Cats may not deter people from raiding your food, but they can keep mice and rats from getting into your stuff. One other benefit that everyone overlooks, comfort and normalcy in a very stressful situation. When it hits the fan, having the comfort of your furry companion may bring you or especially your kids a normal relaxation and peace of mind at times. IMG_5373.JPG
Prepping for your pets is no different than prepping for you, only items oriented for your pet. Your pet requires food, water, and medicine like anyone else only modified for them. Dogs generally require more food and water than cats, not just because of size difference. Dogs require a high protein diet to keep up on their energy for as active as they are. Unfortunately it is the high protein or crude proteins in dry dog food that make it hard to store for long term. There are a few specialty long term storage dog and cat foods out there, but they are quite a bit of money such as a 30lb tub of 15 year storage food by Legacy Food Storage.

The problem with the protein and dry food is that it is only dried about enough to avoid mold, but if you try to vacuum seal it, it will go rancid in the package. Not sealing the dry food and just leaving it in the factory package on the shelf causes it to dry and harden over time till it’s hard as rock. Optimally, canned food is the cheapest long term storage option. Now don’t go out and buy a bunch of canned dog or cat food unless your pet already eats it, switching them to it suddenly without it being used to it can cause diarrhea which will dehydrate your pet and possibly give them an agonizing death. Also relying on your pet to live off the land is a no go as well. It is quite possible and more than likely that most areas will be over hunted over time and letting your pets hunt for their own food will just cause it sooner. Leaving your animal to hunt for it’s own food may bring out their “primal” instincts and become dangerous to you and your family just like in the survival fiction story, One Second After, by William R. Forstchen. I have also heard from people that they just planned on sharing their own food with their animals. Yes, your pets would love you to share, but our food is not going to have the same nutrients at the same levels that they need causing them to essentially slowly starve. Storing specific food for your furry friends are the easiest way to continue enjoying their companionship in a disaster.

Remember that you four legged friend needs water. On the plus side, water will be easier to take care of thank food for pet preps. I would still plan on a gallon of water a day, but since you will not be bathing or cleaning your pet as much as us people require for a healthy existence, you probably won’t go through any where close to a gallon for most pets. You can never have too much water stored and if you count on a gallon a day for your dog and it only drinks a quarter or half gallon that day, you have that excess to use for someone else.

Pet health and hygiene can be just as crucial as your own. Keeping your cat or dog’s fur trimmed and brushed will help control fleas and ticks from coming in the house with them and off you and your family. Store away a brush or two for them along with manual hair clippers and nail trimmers specifically for your pets. It is little things like flea bites or your pets long nails scratching you, that could lead to family members dying from infection in a SHTF world. A natural method to keep your pets free of pests is bathing them in a high concentrate mint tea, also gives them a better smell than wet dog. Stock up on any over the counter pet meds you can as well, but also look at some of the human medicine that can be used with you pet as well such as peptobismo. I suggest buying or putting together a first aid kit for them along with a first aid or veterinary manual too.

I hope I have helped you and your pet’s preparedness. My furry companions are just as important to me as any other member of the family, I hope this has been a wake up to make sure that your four legged family members are not over looked. If you have any other suggestions, please leave a comment. Thank you.


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