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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

7 Steps For Post Apocalypse Survival

By Gerald Thomson

When we hear about the apocalypse we think of things such as judgment day, and the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse. We also think of 2012, of mysterious planets colliding with our world, or some paranoid crackpot spewing on about government conspiracies involving aliens and what not.
The reality is that our civilization will come to an end, we simply cannot keep up with the amount of usage of resources while the globs population explodes. I don't know when the end will come, perhaps it's already started I don't know. What I do know is that each and every one of us needs to be prepared to survival the aftermath of a collapse in civilization.
So what can you the average hard working person do with a limited budget and bills to pay do to prepare for this event. Here are 5 steps you can take to get yourself post apocalypse ready. For more useful information please visit my website The Razors Edge or my blog Beyond The Wire for more information of tips, advice and videos of survival tips.

1. Stay in shape or get in shape
You don't have to have a perfect body, but the better shape your in the faster wounds will heal, your immune system will function better, your confidence will improve, and your ability to think clearly under stress will greatly improve. You should concentrate on strength building and endurance building exercises, such as running, hiking, swimming. Practice hiking with a backpack or " Bug Out Bag " to get your body used to carrying a heavier load. Make sure to eat right, this doesn't mean you can't have beer and hot-dogs, just don't go overboard.

2. Take courses
Knowledge is power especially in the post apocalypse world, learn as much as you can. Some examples of what you should learn are basic mechanics, first aid, basic electrical courses, carpentry or some form of handy man type training, self defense, and firearms training. Most of these courses can be learned in the evenings or weekends so they won't greatly affect your schedule and personnel time. For firearms and self defense training it's important to always keep this skills up to date with regular practice. For self defense one should attend classes at least twice a week, for firearms training after your initial course, one should go to shooting ranges at least once a month.

3. Know the ground
In the event of a collapse or apocalypse you need to understand what resources you have available. You need to know how you can get out of your neighborhood or city as fast as possible. Plan escape routes, be sure to have alternate routes and plans to stay ahead of things you can't predict. This can be as simply as keeping a map of your city or town in your home office or anywhere where it's easily accessible. On this map plat possible routes you and your family can use to escape your location. Have a rendezvous location that everyone knows how to get to in the event someone gets separated from the group.

4. Have a plan
Keep the plan simple, complex plans have a tendency to get messed up very fast. For example when escaping your location you should pick a general direction where you feel you have the best chance of survival, rather then a specific town. Chances are good that town may be hostile, or not exist anymore. Like the above statement have alternate plans, again keep the back up plans simple to understand, follow and direct to others in your group.

5. Keep your cool
Will a collapse be extremely stressful, yes. Will you be tired from lack of sleep, be dehydrated, and afraid, very much so. However you need to keep your wits about you. If you are in charge of a group or family and you start to panic or crack what message does that send to the others, especially if those others are children. It will cause them to panic, once you and your group panic then stupid decisions are made, and those stupid decisions will most likely get somebody killed. Even if your ready to fall apart inside its vital to stay calm to keep your group calm who may be looking up to to protect and lead them.

6. Have a bug out bag
A bug out bag is a military term for a soldiers kit that is always packed and ready to go on a moments notice. Having a bag full of essential items you need to survive such as water purification tablets, fire starter kit, radio, rations, and a first aid kit will keep you and your group alive. If in a group you can also have multiple bug out bags to maximize the amount of gear, food, and water you can store which will increase your survival chances many times over. To learn how to build your own bug out bag, or get supplies for one please visit my website The Razors Edge (The Link is at the bottom of this article)

7. Research
Find out if there are any government shelters, or locations where the government will try to rebuild or gather survivors to protect them in the event of a collapse. Check forums and search the Internet to find like minded individuals to learn advice, and help develop a plan of action and possible contact list of other survivors who can help you.
These are just a few ideas you can use to prepare for the post apocalypse before it happens. for more information on survival tips please feel free to visit my website The Razors Edge a post apocalypse survival guide to find other useful information. You can also contact me via my comments page, and if you need supplies visit my online supply store located on my website to find items you can use to prepare.

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