7 Needs For A SHTF Moment

May 22, 2013 by

If history can teach us anything, it’s that a SHTF moment can happen at any time of the day without warning. It is better to be prepared for situations like these in order in to promote your own survival. You don’t have to believe in Armageddon in order to prepare for catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina or the Tokyo Tsunami. In fact, many of those individuals who managed to survive those instances could have done so more efficiently if they were prepared in some manner.

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1. Bug-out Bag – This survival backpack should be loaded with ideal materials for survival. Flashlights, matches, hunting knife, water pouches and more should be safely contained within this unit and available for you to grab in a moment’s notice. You don’t want to be digging through your closet during a volcano, earthquake, or tsunami.


2. Medical Kit – Many households will have a backpack tailored for nothing more than medical supplies. Usually sitting next to the bug-out bag, both packs can be grabbed instantly and take with you should a SHTF moment arises. This medical bag could help keep yourself and your family alive with treatments for injuries should they happen while out in the wild.

3. Solar Charging – Depending on the situation, you may not have access to power for quite some time. Using photovoltaic charging devices can help keep you tuned into radio broadcasts, phone usage, or other electrical need you may have. In fact, manufacturers have developed solar charging camping lanterns that can provide quite a bit of light at night without the use of batteries or propane.

4. Solar Oven – If you have to cook, why not save the matches and wood for later? Solar ovens use the power of the Sun in order to focus the heat on the material within them. These can create enough heat to easily cook any meat.

5. Protection – In a perfect world, survivors are respectful to each other. However, it is better to prepare for an invasion in order to protect yourself and your family. Although your hunting rifle may be adequate, you should still carry a taser or mace within the group. Some tasers can be used with AA batteries that can be recharged by your solar unit.

6. Compass – Although we may have a digital compass within our smartphones and mobile devices, having a real working compass doesn’t require battery life to operate. Combined with a map, the compass could mean the difference between lost and safe within your local environment during a SHTF moment.

7. A Plan – Having a plan of evacuation for yourself and/or your family could help keep everyone together. Evacuation procedures should be clearly defined and you should establish a rendezvous point in case members are separated. If your child is at a friend’s house when the situation turns awry, you want him or her to know exactly where they need to go.

Although it is possible to survive catastrophic occurrences without having the gear to do so, wouldn’t you rather have some kind of comfort knowing you have what you need? You can greatly reduce the amount of time it takes for scavenging for survival items if you already have them on you. The end of the world may not happen for millions of years, but that doesn’t stop nature from wreaking havoc with the indigenous life on this planet.

This article is contributed by Madoline Hatter. Madoline is a freelance writer and blog junkie from ChangeOfAddressForm.com. You can reach her at: m.hatter12 @ gmail. com.

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