Thursday, May 31, 2012

What's in Your Water?

On average a human can live 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. Water is a huge priority, and is probably going to be your big concern, especially if you're traveling by car or in a desert area (such as AZ, like we will be). Once you have the magic life source, how do you know it's safe, and is there enough there to meet your survival needs?

There are as many ways to filter water as there are colors in the sky, and all of them are used in different situations. You can make filters or buy them, and you have many choices on how much effort you put in to it. Here are a few options.

Once you've gotten to your "safe house" and there is no running water, one of the best ideas that you can make is a charcoal filter. You can make this with little to no expense by layering charcoal, fabric or grass, and sand into a container with a hole at the bottom. Once you pour the water through the filter it still must be boiled to kill any bacteria.

If you want to go the expensive route, they have pre-made filters that come in large buckets and actually kill the bacteria so you don't have to boil it. These can come in a lot of different sizes to meet your needs whether you are prepping for just your family, or your community. They have the same idea as the charcoal filters, but with a few extra layers involved.

If you're outside hunting or on you're on your way to your bug out vehicle and you decided to fill up your water bottle, you can pour water through a piece of fabric (like a bandanna) and treat it with water filtration tablets or a few drops of bleach. Either one will kill any bacteria and diseases that may be floating in your water.

If you want to spend the extra money on not carrying the extra supplies there are water bottles available that will do the filtering for you.You can find them in both prepping and other outdoor stores.

You can also make/buy a water distiller. These work by boiling the water, collecting steam, and cooling it back down to it's liquid state. This gives you the same type of purity you would find in rainwater. One very important thing to remember in a survival situation is to not buy electric. Remember that there will be no power unless you have solar panels that work. (in the case of an EMP, the batteries and controller wouldn't work unless they are in a Faraday cage.) Even then, plan for something to go wrong with them.

Where will you get water in an emergency?

-PrepperKat

The Prepper Store

Hello!

Today has been great! ..mostly. It started off with an awesome trip to the Be Ready Inc. Erica was so helpful, and she really knew her stuff. My husband and I learned a big difference in food stuff, and the horrors of Wise food products. In short DO NOT trust them to give you full nutrition. We also learned the nutritional difference between freeze-dried and dehydrated. It's very exciting to learn tons of new information and be presented with actual facts about the food you will choose. There are definitely a few things that I want to grab next time we go.

Our trip was shortened a bit by a call from my husband's work for a drug test. (The military is tested after all major holidays.) Because we were going on a trip to the bas we decided to pick up my husband's prescriptions, and finally received them... after an hour and a half. Now I know why they have a tv in the waiting room. It was crying kid after crying kid, the hampster dance ringtone over Spongebob's voice, and by the time we left it was standing room only. What a nightmare! We drove home and saw not one, but two car accidents and were backed up in all sorts of traffic. Ugh... XP Remind me not to leave base at 3 ever again.

Now we're at home and hubby is cleaning the house (I love him sooo much!) and I am writing on my blog. We'll be headed out for a little bbq with our neighbors and good friends (Raquel's parents!) for the afternoon and she will be going into the pool for the first time! We're excited! Time to get ready! I hope we don't burn the hot dogs!

-PrepperKat

What About the Children?

Having kids is tough work. Constantly keeping them occupied and out of trouble is a job in itself, but then if you add an end of the world situation it could be a thousand times worse. Don't Panic. There are quite a few things you can do to keep your kids prepared and comfortable during a teotwaki situation.

One of the first things you need to do is make sure that you find foods that kids like and store them. Peanut butter and honey sandwiches are a great choice for kids and give them both the protein and calories to continue growing. Plant fruit trees like oranges and lemons to make a tasty snack or lemonade.

Make a list of their favorite toys, such as a stuffed animal or blanket that they NEVER go to bed without. In fact, make sure you have multiple of this item in case you lose one and switch them out frequently so that the two are indistinguishable from each other. These will be a huge factor in your child coping with the change in the world.

If you're bugging out, make your shelter like a "cabin". What I mean by this is make it a place that you visit often with your kids. The more positive experiences you associate with the place, the easier it will be for your kids when you arrive. They should be very familiar with it before you head out.

Have special toys or games ready for when you hunker down. When they have something like a new board game or a new barbie doll it'll take their mind off the world outside your shelter and give you a few minutes of much needed thinking. The less stressed out they are the easier it will be for everyone.

Let them help out with the chores. Give them options. Little children love to help out, and why not let them. When they get bored of picking vegetables let them help daddy milk the goat, or even take them out to show them how to hunt. Not only will they begin to learn useful skills, but they'll be happy to learn them. The more you expose them to new situations, the more likely they are to try new things in the future.

Any suggestions on activities for kids? Leave a comment.

-PrepperKat

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

One of THOSE Days

Good Afternoon!

I have been getting back so the real work of applying for jobs, so sorry for the late post. Today has been a hectic day of cleaning house, doing applications, and finding time to grab some quick meals. sometimes it feels like the things I have to do are just slowly drowning me, but I'm glad I have my blog to help me put my thoughts into perspective. somehow actually writing out my thoughts really helps me to not only calm down, but to move on to the next task.

While my husband was in Afghanistan I emailed him almost everyday (and he read only a fraction of them... I wrote a lot) but I quickly realized that it wasn't just for him. Through not only this, but many other ways I quickly began to realize that I didn't fit in with most other Marine wives. I was always worried about important things and asking the questions that no one else wanted to talk about. So when you're in the circle of marine wives and asking the question "How do you deal with your husband's deployment?" turns into an AA meeting and you have the only healthy answer people just tend to just stare at you. I've also realized that I'm the only person who writes my last name on my name tags... I also didn't (and still do not) have kids, nor was I planning on having kids until my husband was out of the Marine Corps. This gave me nothing to talk to other wives about.

I was also the only person who got to talk to their spouse all the time. I was very lucky that my husband has his job, because I received very few phone calls, and they were very brief. We were in constant communications when we could via email. This also seemed to be odd. Yes, I did have month long gaps and yes they came unexpectedly, but I always heard back from him. But instead of people flocking to me for information, the kind of avoided me like a disease.

Oh well. We have our own little niche now where we ignore the other wives and enjoy hanging out with and without our husbands. They all work together, and we can all relate to each other much better. One of them has also started a blog, but it is about her new daughter's life. You can check it out at http://roxyemilyn.blogspot.com/ .

so, what are some things that drive you crazy?

-PrepperKat

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Important questions

Hello all!

There are a lot of things that people need to consider when planning for the future. There are shelters, family, and security concerns, but in order to even consider these things you need to think about your food supplies.

Most people when they are prepping run out and grab the huge bulk foods that they don't like, but if you stop and think about it, is that really what you want to eat? Sure if you're starving it's a good idea to eat them, but a big part of prepping is making sure that you're not only alive, but thriving. There are a few options from low maintenance to life style changes. There are several things to think about:

1) Will I enjoy this?- Chances are that if you don't enjoy eating what you pack you'll avoid it. In a survival situation it is very important to make sure that you're getting enough calories into your body to stay healthy.

2) How much will your lifestyle allow you to do?- If you want fresh, real eggs you can raise chickens, but it'll be lots of hard work. Everyone has things that they do everyday and things that make their lives busy. Some people can fit it into their schedules and some can't. Kids, schooling, work, and spouses make all of our lives a little crazy.

3) What can you afford?- Some people are millionaires and some people are slaves to the economy. It's okay. Sometimes the easiest way is to put one or two cans of soup away each time you go to the store. The world is still turning, and until we are faced with catastrophe we all need to keep our finances in order.

4) Do the benefits outweigh the trouble?- Now is the time to enjoy being alive and do those things you want to do. Just because your prepping doesn't mean you have to be tied to the doom and gloom. If you have the time and you want to save money on groceries, then this could be a good experience for you and your family.

How you provide for your possible future lifestyle is up to you, but all of these questions are big things to think about when prepping. They can apply to just about anything with prepping including gear and weapons. prepping truly is a hobby, and it can take as much or as little effort as you like. So yes, our world is in a financial crisis, but that doesn't mean that we drop everything else that is important to us.

So, what's the most important part of your prepping?

Looking to the Future

Good morning!

Last night we had a great bbq over at our apartment's hot tub. Later in the night we headed over to our place for games, drinks, and music.The whole night our cat, Jasper was on a mission to get outside and was dragged back inside multiple times. (Bad kitty!) We had some awesome burgers with cheese baked into them and some bacon wrapped hotdogs. Yum!

I had another dream last night, but instead of the end of the world, it was about hanging out with one of my best friends, Haley. We decided to get matching tattoos and her family became cajon. Then I started speaking in a southern/france-french accent. Apparently they really liked it. Lol.

We recently discovered that there is an actual prepping store within 5 minutes of my complex! *Squee!* Unfortunately we discovered it this memorial day and they were closed, but we're headed back over later this week. I'm so excited, I can't stand it!

We're looking at land for our bug out location, but not seriously yet. Just getting a feel for the market. It's fun to look toward the future.

-PrepperKat

Monday, May 28, 2012

Unless You Speak Parseltongue, Slithers Isn't Your Friend

Hello all!

People get hurt, and it's never in a convenient place. I would know. One of the things I know a lot about is taking care of patients in the great outdoors. Why might you? Because I'm a Wilderness First Responder and Search and Rescue Technician. Now what does that mean? It means that I have experience hiking into weird places and finding people in a not so great condition and taking care of them. It also means that I have the training to watch over them and keep them alive until I can arrange a rescue or someone who knows more about medicine can give them more extensive care. So, here are a couple tips on how not to get hurt.

You already know that staying in shape will keep you healthy but did you know that it will also prevent injury? You bet! Work up a sweat and make sure that you're really taking care of your muscles, because the weaker they are, the more likely that they'll become injured.

Shed those pesky extra pounds! It'll not only make you feel better, work better, and be more energized, but it'll also take a load off your joints preventing knee and ankle injuries. Plus, there won't be much in the way of TV when the apocalypse hits, so we'll all be left to take up dancing again! I know all the boys are there are grumbling with anticipation.

If you haven't stocked up on really good shoes, DO IT NOW! Wearing the wrong kind of shoes outside will make you much more likely to slip and fall, and so grab some tennis shoes and some hiking boots (plus tons of well padded socks) and go nuts! Surprise your wife! She loves shoes! Make sure to also stock up on some shoes that are a size or so bigger (especially if you're female). when women go through pregnancy sometimes their feet get a little bigger too.

If you're bug out area isn't totally flat, or you'll have to do a little hiking to get to your water source, consider getting a good walking stick or ski pole. In addition to being useful with leg injuries, they also have this neat little trick of preventing falling and sprained ankles.

Finally, please note that unless you are magical, like Pocahontas you will not survive falling off a cliff. Make sure you're paying attention to both the terrain and the things around you. You never know what snake is hiding under the bush, and you probably won't know before it crawls back into it's hole. If the rock is unsteady and you step on it, you'll probably hurt yourself. It probably doesn't want to be your friend either.

So what are some other ways to prevent injuries? Any funny stories?

The Legoland Legotaur

Morning all!

Last night I had a dream that my husband and I got a talking dog. We were walking through a pet store and all the dogs were whining except this one, and when we got it home it began to talk. The dog was convinced that everyone on earth (besides us) were zombies. Because we were in a dream we took this without question and began running across the country. Our dog explained to us that it wasn't their physiology that made them zombies, but their ignorant belief in a free society with security. We could see riots and things begin to get crazy. And then an elephant decided to take me to Legoland to fight the Legotaur... What this means, I am unsure.

My husband has been looking at things you can buy as a "preprepped" food source. whether this stuff tastes good or not, I have no idea, but we plan to keep it as a redundancy for our renewable food sources. Hopefully we can have our long term stash and a few extra to try them out before hand. Who knows.

Still no news on the job search. I'm hoping for some more interviews soon, but I'm hoping for something decent, but who knows. Out of all the jobs I've had my favorite has been washing dishes. I firmly believe that it isn't the job that makes a job enjoyable, but the people you work with.someone one on one because you have the big realization... I will be working with this person at least once a week for 8 hours a day. I will do everything in my power to get to know this person. When you have multiple people that you don't have  constant contact with, it is a lot harder.

My husband and I are on the prowl for something to do today. Yesterday we went on a magical adventure to the off-roading store only to find ouy that they were closed. It made me sad inside. V.V

What's your weirdest dream?

-PreperKat

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Why guns are important!

Hello!

So, awhile ago my husband and I were watching the doomsday prepper show on TV and a particular family caught our eye. What was so unique about this family was their idea of weaponry. THEY DID NOT BELIEVE IN USING GUNS. Instead they planned to attack their assailants with either a knife or a blunt object. This technique during a disaster is not only DANGEROUS but also just plain stupid. If you feel that a major disaster in your town will leave your area without law at any point in time, you should immediately read up on your state's gun laws and buy anything to protect you and your loved ones. (Hopefully something reliable, but that's another post).

There was a case of an older woman in northern Arizona a few years back who had her home broken into. She heard someone come into her house and grabbed a baseball bat to beat the intruder. But, when she met up with him he wrestled the bat from her hands and beat her to death with it. Had she had a gun, the whole situation would have been fine and the most that would have happened was a nasty stain on the carpet.

There are many situations that you should be very afraid of, and prepared for. Remember that when SHTF it's not only civilians who will be in trouble. Cops, military, criminals, and everybody else who didn't prep is out on the streets looking for food and shelter. I promise that if they find out about anyone being where you are, they will come with weapons. My prediction is that everyone who does not have some sort of firepower will be dead in the first 1-2 weeks during a disaster either to starvation or being shot over food.

A good friend of mine once told me that guns took away evolution, and I honestly don't believe a word of it. Shooting is about much more than just points on a target. You have to have good footwork, aim, skill, strategy, and the ability to move quickly. It is the same concept for any kind of weapon. The person who has more training and practice will always win, and in the case of two trained equals, who ever has the better reflexes and overall strength will do better. If you have any questions regarding guns/rifles feel free to ask away at the bottom! Anything I can't answer my husband would love to!

Prepping Dreams

Hello!

This morning my wonderful cat, Jasper decided to wake me up by knocking a book off the shelf above my bed and on to my face. He is such a brat. I'm not upset because it was soft covered and small. Just a shock, but I feel like I live in the wild and danger is lurking around every corner... just waiting to pounce on your toes with its tiny kitten claws. We love our kitties so much and the cuddle more than they rough house and are absolutely good with our nephews.

Today and tomorrow my husband is off! YAY! He will probably help me look for jobs today *grunble* but hopefully we can do something fun, too. Maybe some beach action..? We'll see. Either way I'm happy to have him home and am very excited to spend time him. It's getting more rare each day with his job.

We're continually writing out a list of things that we need when I finally get a job, like having legitimate 72 hour packs with proper backpacks, a good tent, and the never ending food/water supply. Eventually we really want to buy some land and get a bug out location secured, or as my mom calls it "the family compound". I love how prepping has brought my family together and given us some really good ideas for the future.(Not to mention saved us from those awkward family dinner conversations).

So, what's your prepping dream?

-PrepperKat

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ticky Business

Afternoon!

I'm sure many of you are familiar with ticks, and have probably been bitten by one in the past. Most of the time they will attach themselves to your body and indulge in some vampiric tendencies until either removed or full. Seems like more of a nuisance than anything else, right?


If you find a tick on yourself or someone else the first thing you need to do is GET IT OFF PROPERLY.

What not to do:
-smother it in petroleum jelly/ Vaseline
-put nail polish on it
-burn it (with or without gasoline)

There are a few ways that you CAN get rid of ticks immediately and at much less risk to you. The best way is some good old fashioned tweezers. Make sure you grab the head as close to the skin as you can so you don't pump your body with bug juices and diseases. Make sure you do this gently without twisting. Remember that you'r trying to avoid the bug back-washing into your system. If your pull is straight and slow you are much more likely to take the entire head and not leave the mouth bits. Wash your battle wound with soap and water immediately. If a band-aid would make you feel better, go ahead and put one on. You can also do this with your fingers, but it is a bit harder.

If someone's been bitten there are several diseases you should look out for:

If you're in the North East, Upper Midwest, or near the coast of California keep an eye out for Lyme disease. If a team member contracts it you can expect to see a well defined rash anywhere from 2 days to 5 weeks after the bite. It can show up anywhere on their body regardless of where you were originally bitten. It can also appear in multiple places as well as disappear and reappear in different places. The affected person will also have flu-like symptoms (before or after the rash) with fever, headache, fatigue, and stiff neck. These symptoms will fade away in either a few days or weeks. Any where from a couple of weeks to a few months after that some patients are plagued with with chronic fatigue, irregular heartbeat, and partial paralysis/numbness. THIS STAGE CAN BE VERY SERIOUS. Swelling and pain in their joints (especially the knees) can occur up to 2 years later. Any joint can be affected, and the arthritis may bounce around and go away for some periods of time. Blood tests can show the disease in later stages, but it is not fatal directly. Sometimes cardiac complications can lead to death. Antibiotics can save sufferers from lifelong arthritis.

Rocky Mountain Spotted fever is found all over the country. If the tick has fed for 3 hours or more you may catch it. Three to twelve days later a spotty rash will occur starting at the hands, feet, wrists and ankles . The spots will migrate up the limbs to the rest of the body. Severe headaches are relatively normal along with stiff neck and sore muscles. The fever raises in the first couple of days and remains high. If untreated 20% of victims die. Almost everyone recovers with antibiotic treatment.

Colorado Tick fever can be found all over the rocky mountain states as well as western Canada and the Dakotas. Three to six days after infection (...no they don't turn into Zombies... usually...) the affected teammate will have a sudden fever with headaches and muscle aches. Vomiting, diarrhea and stomach aches are also normal. The patient will generally recover and relapse several times during the course of the virus. It's very rarely serious, but many patients will tell you that they "wish they would die". There's no specific treatment, but rest and comfort won't hurt them.

The south and southwest are home to Tularemia which causes high fever and flu-like symptoms. Antibiotics  will defeat the bacteria and prevent it from  destroying the tissue around the bite. If unchecked the area around the bite will decay.

There are cases of Tick Paralysis all over the globe, but not nearly as popular as it is in the US. A venom in tick saliva can block nerve messages, especially in children. The person who was bitten may be restless and and irritable with numbness and tingling in their hands and feet. They're paralysis will worsen over the next day or two. Once the tick is removed they almost always are cured without complications.

There are other tick borne illnesses in the us and anyone who shows any unexplained symptoms should be checked for ticks and looked over by a physician. The best way to avoid tick problems is to check each other daily, wear light colored clothing so you can spot them right away, and use some sort of bug repellent.

In a survival situation 9 times out of 10 you will run out of repellent and medicine, so look for plants in your local area that can do either (or both!). Feel free to ask questions!

-PrepperKat

New Garden?

Good Morning!

It's such a beautiful day over here! Just wish I could have slept last night! I've been really excited about writing and have decided to limit myself to 2 posts a day.

Hubby was at work last night, and when he spared a couple of minutes to call we discussed starting another step towards our prepping goal- an herb garden. I'm not quite sure when this will take effect, but I will be taking pictures and letting you know how I do everything. (Maybe even a little video..?) If anyone has any suggestions for fertilizer or anything else, let me know.

So, the interview I briefly mentioned was a bust. Had they told me they wanted someone bilingual before I got there, we wouldn't have wasted each others time. Oh well. Just goes to show that they aren't good with instructions/details and it's time to move on to the next one. Hopefully it will be the last one, but I'm improving my interviewing skills each time.

We are very excited to have "The Blazer" in our lives. This means our camping is no longer limited to our porch and should we choose to go out into the wild for a weekend, our car won't hold us back! Plus it's black. And we like black.That and my husband is very excited that it can reach 60mph in I think 5.5 seconds or so... It has a very powerful engine.

Your thoughts on Bug Out Vehicles?
-PrepperKat

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Bit About Me

Hello world!

I'm currently living in beautiful southern California with my awesome husband. (If I talk about him way too much, it's because I love him.) We live in an apartment, which has limited our prepping for now, but not entirely stopped it. We have two cats, Jasper and Padme. Jasper is a 4 year old silver tabby who terrorizes our house. We got him from the humane society at age 3 because of his personality and he has presented us with a unique set of challenges. (Anyone have any tips on training a 4 year old cat who doesn't respond to spray bottles and enjoys loud noises..?) Our other cat, Padme just turned one on May 4th (yes, Star Wars day!) and is the sweetest little kitten when she gets to know you and isn't attacking your feet when you are asleep. We can't imagine life without them.

We grew up in the suburbs of Mesa, AZ and moved to California, where my husband is currently stationed. We love the weather and having things be green, but we hate the economy here as well as the gun control laws (most of our preps have been left with family). My husband should be out of the marine corps next spring *cross fingers* and we can start a life where we have a little more money and a little control over our schedule.

We love camping and being outside. My husband has been getting into rock climbing with some of his friends, and it's given me a chance to work on my fear of heights. Now I can climb a 2 story wall... baby steps. When we aren't enjoying the great outdoors you can find us either at the shooting range, in the hot tub, or grilling.

I'm currently looking for a job, but being 20 with weird job experience and competing against people who are much more experienced than I am in any field makes it very difficult, especially here. Until a magical job that pops up out of nowhere comes, I'll be at home taking care of the kitties and (sometimes...) the house.

We are preparing for either an EMP and/or a governmental collapse. If an EMP were to occur technology would fail and we would be reverted to the stone age. EMP's are just one of the many unpleasant after effects of a nuclear explosion. However, if you have questions about any other types of SHTF senarios I will definitely do my best to research them and give you an answer!

What are you prepping for?

-PrepperKat

Teamwork!

Good Morning!

Today I woke up to a phone call from my husband (who works strange hours). I'm getting ready for a job interview and have a few extra minutes to sit down and think about the day. Usually my husband is here to find things for me as I frantically run around trying to get my hair to do "that flippy thing" or finding my other shoe. I love him to death because he completes me, puts up with me, and loves me to death.I'm so lucky to have him be a part of my prepping team and my life.

There are a lot of things that should be considered when adding someone to your prepping team, and a lot of important skills your team will need to have access to. My prepping team consists of my close family, and everyone has a unique set of skills that makes them useful. Some of the skills that each of us has are a redundancy, and others we specialize in. For example: My husband is very good with weaponry and communications, and so is my father. However, my father has been doing HAM radio for years and understands a lot more about which ones are better and has a better handle on where the repeaters are. My husband is active military and is more likely to win in a hand to hand combat scenario than my father. He also is an "expert" on guns/rifles/explosives (they're a bit hobby of his) so he is more suited for security. Both are very proficient in both aspects and are more than capable to handle either task.

There are certain skills, however, that your entire team MUST be able to do on their own. Every person in our team has a basic knowledge of medicine, and if something happened (broken leg/gun shot/burns/ect) we would all be more than capable of taking care of them until we could get them to our "expert". In this case, my mother would be the one who would be in charge because she is an RN, but we can all begin a treatment by ourselves and understand what to look for as warning signs.

These mandatory skills are:
-shooting
-first responder (one step above first aid)
-basic knowledge of gardening
-outdoor survival
-negotiation
-identify poisonous plants
-work a radio
-get long with everyone for long periods of time

Remember that when you need help with something urgent you can't wait for someone to find you. At the bare minimum you need to be able to contact your team and keep yourself alive. Your team members need to be people that you are able to get along well with. I promise that all of those "little things" become so much worse in an end of days scenario. The last thing you want is an enemy who knows everything about your security, food storage, and weapons. Family and friends that you have known for years are both viable options. Just remember that every person you invite must be fed, so it is up to you to decide what is truly valuable. Every team is different and needs different things. This is just an example of the things that I find important for my prepping team.

What is important to you when it comes to a prepping team?

-PrepperKat

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Can I Keep Him?

One of the many things I have seen when it comes to prepping is that people immediately decide to get rid of their animals in an end of the world as we know it (teotwawki) situation. However, I personally would like to keep my animals, and believe that they may be more useful than you think.

Cats were worshiped in ancient Egypt for the many benefits that they gave their masters. "As a primarily agrarian society, the ancient Egyptians had a distinct problem with mice, rats and snakes all of whom threatened the grain stores. It is thought that the ancient Egyptians learned that wild cats preyed on these scavengers and so began to leave out food (such as fish heads) to tempt the cats to visit them regularly."  (http://www.ancientegyptonline.co.uk/cat.html)They are especially good at getting rid of mice, snakes, and other small prey. The downside is their habits of eating certain plants themselves and using veggie gardens as a litter box. But, a little fencing should keep them out with no difficulties. They can also keep your sleeping/storage quarters safe from critters who may wander in. If you plan on having a permanent shelter (whether you plan to bug in [stay in your current home] or bug out[move to a safer location]) having at least one cat may be a smart idea. I would recommend making sure to have your cat be indoor/outdoor BEFORE a disaster strikes so they are not only comfortable outside, but are able to actually hunt for themselves.

Dogs are a much more versatile option for when the world ends. Dogs can hunt game, offer protection, and help find lost members of your party.They require a lot of training and everyone in your group should know how to handle the dog and understand its movements. Any and all dog training should be done, perfected, and practiced well before you need these skills. Breed is a huge consideration for any type of training you would like them to do. Chihuahuas are mostly not going to be very threatening to a person who is starving and may even make the perfect snack. In the same regards a lab is not meant to hunt deer. It all depends on what you want from them.

Both cats and dogs will take time getting used to hunting for themselves and will need an incentive (other than love an affection) to stay near your site. If you are considering animals, be sure to stock up on a dry food or some other resource. If you feel that you can't provide a sufficient amount, or that it's too much work to have your animals ready, then you should consider an alternate plan for them (i.e. release them into the wild or protein).

What are your thoughts on animals and the end of the world?

-PrepperKat

The Beginning of the End

Good Morning!


It's a wonderful night here at the Prepper household. I'm sitting in the dark with my loving husband and our two kitties, Jasper and Padme. We live in a small apartment and are fairly normal, except that we have decided to plan for the future... in an apocalyptic society. Although we believe that the end of the world is inevitable, we realize that it is very unlikely to be in our lifetime and like to fantasize (as well as prepare) for a collapse of the modern day lifestyle.


Today was our first big purchase toward that goal, a 2008 Trailblazer. This was accomplished only after four hours of dealing with car salesmen, but we came out with a car $5,000 under market value. YES! We can now officially go camping and further hone our survival skills!


My husband is a part of the military and a past boy scout who has a love for all things that go BOOM. He is very good with both outdoor survival and security. I am a housewife who did search and rescue for a few years and am great with outdoor medicine and  survival. Together we decided that if we combine our hobbies together (and my obsession for being overly prepared) then we could turn it into a full blown hobby. 


On this blog, I'll be talking about some of the many things that we are doing for the end of the world, as well as events in my day to day life. Hopefully we can give you ideas for your own home whether it be prepping, first aid, or whatever else ends up on here. I am also happy to hear any constructive advice for any of the topics that I post. As a disclaimer I will not always post prepping things, and this blog my grow into an entirely different animal as my life changes, so please bear with me.


-PrepperKat