Week #1 – SHTF Plan Prepping
When discussing a SHTF plan, I thought instead of focusing on one item each week, I’d cover what I had done that week to prepare. So, let’s get started with Week # 1.
What Did I Do To Prep This Week?
Organized the 17 gallons of water in my basement storage area. Water is obviously a key component of any SHTF plan so I’ve planned to be very conservative. In addition, I need to account for more than 5 people. The conserative planning says a gallon per person per day we should be covered for about 3 days.
Add to the that the 20-50 gallons held in the hot water heater, we add another 6-7 days. After turning off the gas, all we need to do is have containers to place near the drain of the hot water heater. Then we simply open a nearby faucet to release the pressure as we have additional drinking water.
We could also utilize the 3-5 gallons in each toilet tank for cleaning, etc (also drinkable). Simply scoop out with a ladle or cup and away we go.
In preparation for TEOTWAWKI, I starting stocking up on batteries of several types as well. 132 AA batteries, 24 C batteries, and 12 D batteries. This is only a start as I believe we’ll certainly need more of the larger batteries (C’s and D’s). I’ll be using radios, lighting and other gadgets that will require these larger batteries. The local big-box store has sales on batteries every few months and I’ll be planning on picking up additional ones as I go.
c. Storage Containers
I’ve also cleared out a plastic storage container in preparation for moving food items there for safe, dry keeping. I’ll be gathering more of these in the coming days as the storage closet grows. A clean, dry and cold location is key for storage of any perishables you plan to stock.
My next task is getting the toys/other storage out of the closet so I can make it strictly for storing emergency items.
I’ll be outlining the various other areas I’ve been prepping for in the coming weeks. However, in the meantime, any thoughts or comments you’d like to leave below regarding the items above, I’d certainly love to hear them. There are many different ways to build a SHTF plan.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m just a suburban dad trying to prep his family for the coming economic and social collapse by executing a solid SHTF plan.
Remember, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin