Perpetual Preparation: 3 Tips to Maintain Survival Readiness
Its easy for so-called preppers to get complacent when martial law, wartime conditions, and full-fledge police state policies are expected but have not come to fruition. Nobody particularly desires a complete societal breakdown. But completely re-embracing that former Pollyanna lifestyle will leave you with your proverbial pants down when the SHTF.
It’s not a death knell to let your guard down a little. But there are some skills, activities, and exercises that need to stay sharp no matter your perception of the situation.
Hunting & Food Supply
It was March 1, 1942 when the U.S. government commenced the Food Rationing Program for all Americans. Gasoline shortages prevented trucks from delivering food to supermarkets, while most canned goods were shipped overseas for U.S. troops to consume during the war. Victory Gardens—people growing their own food—became both patriotic and necessary. Many pundits and political scientists believe World War III has already started based on the sheer number of conflicts around the globe. It’s more important than ever to ensure your food supply is adequate in the event of sudden shortages.
Disassemble, clean and oil all your hunting firearms after every trip to the gun range. Inaccuracy or complete failure due to fouling build-up is possible otherwise. Spend at least 30 minutes every week on target practice, whether at the range or on your own property. Bow hunters need to wax the string after every session. Replace the string entirely if there is excessive fraying or loose strands, especially around the servings.
It’s important to know what type of game is abundant in your locale and how much meat you can harvest. A hunter safety course in Virginia, for instance, educates participants about rabbits, deer and even bears as potential food game. Those west of the Mississippi could snag one buffalo and have enough meat to last a year. Next time you harvest a deer or other big animal, process and butcher it yourself. This skill will come in handy when processing businesses are no longer available.
Make sure to update your in-house food supply as well. Grab a few extra cans of tuna, chicken and other meats every time you go to the supermarket. Toss out and replace any sugar, flour or other basic ingredients that have been sitting around for years. Now is also a good time to get acquainted with and practice box gardening to grow your own fruits and vegetables.
There may come a time when you run out of traditional hooks and line for your fishing poles. That is when your improvisation skills can save you from starvation.
Paper clips, soda can tabs, nails and even a wishbone from certain birds can be sharpened and used for makeshift hooks. Dental floss or even a loose thread from an article of clothing can be the line. You can make lures out of earrings or some other shiny metal that fish will think are fluttering insects. When fishing in clear waters, use a bright-colored cloth for a lure.
Practice constructing all these makeshift items and go fishing with them. It may not be as enjoyable as an afternoon fishing with your high-end reel, but it could ultimately save your life down the road.
Bug Out Maintenance
When you’re ready to head for the hill, it’s essential your bug out vehicle is ready for the trip. Take it for a drive a least once every month and listen for any unusual noises or vibrations. All bug out vehicles should have at least two five gallon cans of gasoline in them, treated with a fuel stabilizer. The fuel tank should be full at all times, but make certain to drive it enough so the gas isn’t sitting in the tanks for more than six months. Test your extra battery’s voltage and charge as necessary.
Make sure that your final bug out location is off the grid and off the map so that others will be unable to locate you. A shelter is a must when it comes to survival, so be prepared and prep a custom bunker for you and your family.
Survivalists can live a fairly normal life and still be prepared for the worst as long they keep essential skills and equipment sharp (literally and figuratively). The saying goes “the revolution will not be televised.” The imminent SHTF scenario will not be announced either.