I am somewhat of a prepper, not as hardcore as some of those folks you see on TV or on youtube but since my stint in the military(over seas) and after watching what went down during Katrina, I decided I wasn't gonna get caught without.
Biggest prep that people don't have is good old water. Yeah, they have a ton of ammo and a dozen weapon, 6 months of food but just a week or two worth of water.
In fact, water is probably the easiest but must important prep you will have.
I would suggest to anyone that you have several cases of bottled water on hand, Aquafina keep longest, rotate it out. Don't just let it sit there.
Get you some of those big blue water containers like Aqua-Tainers, they hold 7 gallons and they don't have BPAs. Don't use milk jugs for water containers though, they are weak and degrade quickly. Those two liter soda bottles are good for storing water.
Millions of people die each year because of bad drinking water. Here in the US we have clean safe drinking water but in a SHTF scenerio it could turn bad quickly.
People think they can 'purify' water which is somewhat of a misnomer. Even the best water companies like Aquafina cannot purify water 100%. Reverse osmosis is about as close as you can get to purifying waterr.
The key word is 'disenfecting' water making it safe to drink.
You have to worry about three classes of micro-organisms:
1. Protozio: gardia, cyptosporiduims. These must be filtered out, resistant to chemicals like chlorine and idodin
2. Bacteria: E Coli, Dystentery, Botulism. Iodine or chlorine usually kills them and best to filter them out
3. Virus: Very difficult to filter out. Must boil water, chemical decontamination.
Then you have chemicals like pesitcides, herbicides, oil/gas. These are fitlered out through use of a carbon based filter.
Best thing to do is get a good filtration system like a Katadyn, a Sawyer, Monolithic or Berkey.
Also, keep a gallon of non-scented liquid bleach on hand, just remember though, after about 6 months, its strength starts to disappaite.
Better yet, get a few pounds of calcium hypochlorite granuals, pool shock. 5 lbs will last you for years.
Just remember, this stuff is extremely strong and will have to be diluted. Use 1 teaspoon for two gallons of water.
I live out in the country(northeast La) away from any major urban areas. I have two wells on my property and I am about 10 minutes away from a huge lake, plus I have a pond right across the road from me.
I keep my preps under wraps, no one other than my wife, knows that I keep a good supply of water, food, ammo and other supplies.
That will be the key to surviving a SHTF situtation. Keeping a low profile, not drawing attention to yourself will be a key to surviving.
If there ever is a SHTF or TEOTWAWKI, the first week will be the hardest as many will start to turn on each other for just the basics.
In the following weeks, the weak, the unprepared, the sick, elderly, the niave will be thinned out.
People will begin to turn on each, people will sell out their neighbors and freinds to roving bands of raiders for alittle food.
Small bands of militias will begin to form and then will further expand outward. Those with military or law enforcement experience will come out on top. Law and order will begin to be restored. Raiders, theives and the criminal elements will be hunted down and summerly executed.
TEOTWAWKI may never happen but you never know.
This post was edited on 2/17 at 11:42 am