120 Powerful Pieces Of Advice For Preppers

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Our world is becoming increasingly unstable, and millions of Americans are feverishly preparing for what they consider to be “the end of the world as we know it”.  In fact, it is estimated that there are now approximately 3 million “preppers” in the United States.  But for people that have never done much prepping before, getting started can be both confusing and intimidating.  In fact, I get more questions about prepping than anything else.  People are constantly asking me how they can prepare for the difficult times that are coming.  Well, in this article I have compiled 120 powerful pieces of advice for preppers.  No two situations are exactly the same, and almost every prepper approaches preparation differently, but there are some basic principles that apply to almost everyone.  And without a doubt, a lot of people that are not preparing now are going to regret it in the years ahead.  The global financial system is falling apart, the United States and Europe are absolutely drowning in debt, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are becoming more frequent, signs of social decay are everywhere and war could erupt in the Middle East at any time.  Actually, it is absolutely amazing that there are so many people out there that still believe that “prepping” is not necessary.


When people ask me what they can do to prepare, there is usually one tip that I give above everything else.  It is not very “sexy”, but it is absolutely foundational.

During the last recession, millions of people lost their jobs, and because a lot of them had no financial cushion, many of them also lost their homes.

For the next couple of years, my number one tip is to build up an emergency fund.  If you are a prepper and you are living month to month, then you are in a very vulnerable position.

What is going to happen to all of your preparations if something goes wrong and you suddenly lose your home to foreclosure?

I recommend that everyone have an emergency fund that will be able to cover all bills and expenses for at least six months.

Yes, cash is continually losing value.  But during any economic downturn it is absolutely essential that you be able to continue to pay your bills.  Having a cash reserve is the smart thing to do.

So what else can people do to start prepping for the tough times that are on the horizon?

In a previous article, I explained that a good place to start is by focusing on the five basics….

1) Food

2) Water

3) Shelter

4) Energy

5) Self-Defense

If you have those five areas totally covered you will be in pretty good shape.

The following are some more things to consider as you are prepping….

*Do not post pictures of money or gold or your preps on Facebook.  If you do, you might get some unwelcome visitors to your home.

*Make sure that your preparations are not against the law.  If you have any doubt about this, make sure that you do not go on national television and tell all of America what you are doing.

*In the event of a major disaster, there will likely be hordes of “non-preppers” running around looking to take away the things that all of the preppers have been storing up.  This is something that you will need to be prepared for.

*The following are 6 excellent privacy tips for preppers that come from an article by an anonymous author that was recently posted on theintelhub.com….

1. Trust no one that you do not personally know. Even the little old lady down the road will rat on you if she is hungry when the SHTF.

2. Keep your prepping to yourself. Again, do not tell anyone you are prepping. If they know you have stores of food, where do you think they will think of first when the SHTF? Oh and don’t forget, the Department of Homeland Security thinks people with stockpiles of food and weapons as potential domestic terrorist.

3. Don’t share any prepping articles on Facebook or other social media. Don’t draw attention to yourself by posting prepping articles or discussing the topic on the website. You may think you are educating your friends, but in reality you are just letting them know of your actions and plans.

4. Make sure boxes are not labeled with the company name if your order emergency supplies. Most companies will publish this in their ordering information. You don’t want to tip off the UPS driver that you just received a year’s worth of freeze dried food.

5. Do not tell anyone what you are up to. You don’t know how hard it is for me not to tell people I meet that I was almost on the National Geographic TV show. That would be a disaster.

6. Be alert to what others are saying. I was sitting in my dental hygienist chair a week ago and she told me about another customer that was storing food. She thought he might be prepping and she said if it ever got bad, she knew where to find some food. I just acknowledged the statement and let it rest.

*In one article that I did about preparation, I listed 10 things that you can start doing right now to get yourself into a better position for the chaos that is coming….

1 – Get Out Of Debt

2 – Find New Sources Of Income

3 – Reduce Your Expenses

4 – Learn To Grow Your Own Food

5 – Make Sure You Have A Reliable Water Supply

6 – Buy Land

7 – Get Off The Grid

8 – Store Non-Perishable Supplies

9 – Develop Stronger Relationships

10 – Get Educated And Stay Flexible

*Would moving to another area of the country be the best choice for you and your family?  In an article entitled “What Is The Best Place To Live In The United States To Prepare For The Coming Economic Collapse?” I detailed some of the pros and cons for living in various areas of the country.

*In a recent article posted on shtfplan.com, Norse Prepper shared 11 questions that all preppers should be asking themselves….

1. What am I preparing for?

2. Am I going to bug in or bug out?

3. Can I defend my family, property and preps?

4. Do I have enough to feed my family until order is restored?

5. How will I heat my home?

6. How will I keep clean?

7. How will I provide light and electricity?

8. How will I keep up on information and communicate with the outside world?

9. What do I have to offer others?

10. How will I fight off boredom?

11. How do I pay for all of this?

You can read the entire article right here.

*In the years ahead food might cost a whole lot more than it does right now.  Your food dollars are never going to go farther than they do right now.

*Many people do not realize this, but you can grow herbs that have tremendous healing properties in your own garden.

*In a recent article, I detailed some of the things that you will want to consider in the event of a major economic collapse….

#1 Food Shortages Can Actually Happen

#2 Medicine Is One Of The First Things That Becomes Scarce During An Economic Collapse

#3 When An Economy Collapses, So Might The Power Grid

#4 During An Economic Collapse You Cannot Even Take Water For Granted

#5 During An Economic Crisis Your Credit Cards And Debit Cards May Stop Working

#6 Crime, Rioting And Looting Become Commonplace During An Economic Collapse

#7 During A Financial Meltdown Many Average Citizens Will Start Bartering

#8 Suicides Spike During An Economic Collapse

#9 Your Currency May Rapidly Lose Value During An Economic Crisis

#10 When Things Hit The Fan The Government Will Not Save You

*You need to have a plan for what you will do if a massive wildfire comes sweeping through your area.  This is especially true if you live in the western half of the United States.

*In a previous article entitled “20 Things You Will Need To Survive When The Economy Collapses And The Next Great Depression Begins”, I made a list of 20 things that you will need when you are not able to rely on Wal-Mart or the grocery store any longer….

#1) Storable Food

#2) Clean Water

#3) Shelter

#4) Warm Clothing

#5) An Axe

#6) Lighters Or Matches

#7) Hiking Boots Or Comfortable Shoes

#8) A Flashlight And/Or Lantern

#9) A Radio

#10) Communication Equipment

#11) A Swiss Army Knife

#12) Personal Hygiene Items

#13) A First Aid Kit And Other Medical Supplies

#14) Extra Gasoline (But Be Very Careful How You Store It)

#15) A Sewing Kit

#16) Self-Defense Equipment

#17) A Compass

#18) A Hiking Backpack

#19) A Community

#20) A Backup Plan

*In the comments following that article, my readers suggested a number of additional items to add to that list….

1. A K-Bar Fighting Knife

2. Salt

3. Extra Batteries

4. Medicine

5. A Camp Stove

6. Propane

7. Pet Food

8. Heirloom Seeds

9. Tools

10. An LED Headlamp

11. Candles

12. Clorox

13. Calcium Hypochlorite

14. Ziplock Bags

15. Maps Of Your Area

16. inoculars

17. Sleeping Bags

18. Rifle For Hunting

19. Extra Socks

20. Gloves

21. Gold And Silver Coins For Bartering

*There are more preppers out there than you might think.  Don’t be afraid to reach out and make new friends.

*In a recent article, Brandon Smith shared some of the factors to consider when choosing a location for a survival retreat….

1. Property Placement

2. Community Network

3. Defensibility

4. Water Availability

5. Food Production

6. Proximity To National Forest

7. Secondary Retreat Locations

You can read the rest of that article right here.

*Almost everyone can grow a survival garden.  Even if you only have an apartment, you can still grow a few things on your balcony.

*Don’t underestimate the impact a major transportation disruption could have on our daily lives.

*You would be surprised what you can actually do with limited resources.  For example, there is one family that is actually producing 6000 pounds of produce a year on just 1/10th of an acre right in the middle of Pasadena, California.

*Survival Mom once shared the top ten survival tips that nobody wants to talk about….

1. Duct taping your windows will not save you from radiation poisoning.

2. You may have to dig a latrine (more than one time).

3. You may not receive any government benefits or payment from your place of employment during a disaster.

4. It is possible that you may be sick or in the hospital during a disaster.

5. Your pets may not survive.

6. It is likely that your cell phone will not work.

7. No one is coming to help you.

8. Insurance doesn’t cover everything, if there is an insurance company left.

9. There will not be enough food and water for everyone.

10. If it is the end of the world, the previous nine tips will not matter!!!

*An EMP burst caused by a high altitude nuke or by a major solar event could fry most of your electronics.  What are you going to do if that happens?

*Spending a million dollars on a “survival condoin an abandoned missile silo in Kansas is probably not a very efficient use of your limited resources.

*Off Grid Survival recently posted a list of four powerful traits that most survivors have in common….

1. Survivors stay Calm in the face of Danger

2. Survivalists are Experts at Improvisation

3. Survivors are D.I.Y Experts

4. Survivors are Great Leaders

*You can always learn more.  Organizations such as The American Preppers Network enable preppers to network and learn from one another.

*During the difficult times that are coming, in addition to physical preparation it is going to be absolutely crucial to be both mentally and spiritually tough.

Many have accused me of being a “doom and gloomer”, but I don’t see anything negative about being prepared.

In fact, having a plan can give you a tremendous amount of hope.  There will be a lot of people out there that will be tremendously blessed in the midst of the chaos that is coming.  Victory often goes to those who are most prepared.

But if you choose simply to have blind faith in the system and you choose to stick your head in the sand, you might find that “ignorance is bliss” for a little while but when the stuff hits the fan it is going to be incredibly painful for you.

Previous generations understood that it was wise to store up supplies in the good years in order to make things easier in the lean years.

Unfortunately, most people these days have never been through truly hard times so they have no idea what they are like.

Just because the world has enjoyed a tremendous amount of prosperity for the last several decades does not mean that things will always be this way.

Wake up, take a look at the storm on the horizon and get prepared while you still can.

If you choose not to prepare now, you will regret it later.

  • HecatesMoon

    Canning! I have canning questions if anyone is willing to sit down and answer them. This will be my first time. I bought an old canner with an instruction booklet. It was all very basic which for me is a problem. Nothing taught simply is simple for me. It only makes sense if it’s complicated. :P Will someone help me out?

    • Dan

      You can go on You Tube and learn it. There are also many good books. Ball makes a great book. You tube is like free schooling. Use it while you still can.

      • HecatesMoon

        I hadn’t thought about youtube, thanks. I think Cory is going to help me out though. :D

    • savgal

      You need to , first, have your County extension service check your seals ( if you have them,gaskeis). and check the pressure is accurate, second, get the Ball Blue Book on canning, ALWAYS follow a TESTED recipe, don’t watch vodeos or listen to people who Invent recipes, that i show you get food poisoning.. Canning is NOT the time to get Creative, in spite of what old Aunt Sarah’s recipe cards might state..Low Acid foods require canning to prevent Botulism, dairy can NEVER EVER be canned, Flour based things NEVER Can..

    • Annie Mouse

      there is an excellent group at yahoo.
      wonderful people who are glad to share information, techniques, recipes, and their files are awesome

    • HecatesMoon

      Thank you, all! I made my first attempt a couple days ago with blackberry jam. Like with all things, I tend to look before I leap when I am very excited. I think it went ok, the jars sealed, but I had a rather confuzzled time of it! lol I didn’t make sure I had plenty of cleared counter space so I was stepping here and there looking around “where do I set this, where do I set this”. I didn’t put enough water in the canner starting out so my canning time was delayed because I had turned off my other pots of water just sure I wasn’t going to need them. I didn’t have a funnel, so I was frantically cutting the bottom off of a small soda bottle and then couldn’t find my ladle. Three children half under my feet, “What are you doing, mom? What are you doing, mommy?” Otherwise, I think I did ok for a first timer. Lol

      • HecatesMoon

        oops I tend to NOT look before I leap!

      • Helene Bergman

        No need to process jam. Use sterilized jars, lids, wipe clean, and you are set. Process tomatoes, meats and the like.

    • JW m

      here is a reading assignment:

      Patrice has her Self-Sufficiency Series – Inexpensive e-booklets for increasing independence.
      Included are articles on canning.

    • PattyK

      Be happy to help–what are you canning? Each food is different. Some work best with pressure canning, some with hot water bath canning. E-mail me and we can help each other.

      Where are you located?


    • Janet

      You can find canning and other do-it-yourself books at the Library. OR do a simple search on the item you want to make.

      AND your tax money has already been used for the Cooperative Extension Services of your states land grant University; phone, walk-in, check their website, or email them for info on all types of information related to servival.

  • ScoutMotto

    Excellent list, Michael.

  • mondobeyondo

    Ummm… 120 Powerful Pieces of Advice for Preppers:

    1: Fight the good fight! Stand up for what is right and true!
    2: Never, never, never give up!

    Repeat 60 times. :)

    • Ouida Gabriel

      Amen and Amen!

  • cory

    hecatesmoon, i have extensive knowledge of canning let me know where the confusion is…… maybe we can get you sorted..


    • HecatesMoon

      Cory, thank you! Well now, lets see…
      I have this really great tomato sauce type recipe that’s made with oil. Can I not can it since it uses oil and not water?
      What about multi-veggie recipes, again like the tomato sauce. Do I use the pressure and time for the highest required vegetable that’s in it?
      There are no considerations for putting herbs in what I can?
      The booklet kept talking about using salt in the recipes, but it didn’t say canning salt. Does that mean regular salt then? Is there some reason I couldn’t use regular salt?
      If blackberries already have pectin in them, do I need pectin?
      Oh! And I bought an old canner. How do I test to make sure it is working the way it should? Will it simply not hold pressure if it is damaged?

  • ScoutMotto

    I’m big on communications equipment. I have a pair of two-way radios for use around the house or between cars, a scanner for local police and fire, a ham radio (with a license), and a hand-crank radio if needed.

    Also, alternative power and lighting is very handy. I have a small solar-charged 9-volt power supply, a solar-charged flashlight, a couple shaker-charged flashlights, and a generator (though must be used with care in a shtf scenario). Almost all flashlights are LED.

  • Listing all of these pieces in one central area was brilliant! The one thing I want to add is that now, before the SHTF, is the time to learn to deal with stress. Learning to cope and learn to roll with the punches without going ballistic. That is one of the best pieces of advice I can offer.

  • annie

    THANK YOU Michael!! This article says it all. I finally feel that this meltdown is going to happen soon! I have a good start, but really need to finish my preps. My husband bought me a pellet gun, because I am afraid of firearms. Getting good with the pellet. Now on to learning to shoot my 38. Oh! You are NOT a doom and gloomer! Your my hero!! Oh, and remember to have your bible in your backpack!! God bless!!

    • Michael


      Yes indeed, a Bible is a great item to add to the list above.


  • The BOY SCOUTS have a motto ‘BE PREPARED.’We should be prepared for anything.Besides politics there have always been natural disasters and shortages in life.if everyone in the USA were prepared,we would not have to ask the government to intervine in most of the problems that arrive.REMEMBER,WHEN WE ASK THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE CARE OF US,THE GOVERNMENT THINKS IT HAS THE RIGHT TO TELL US WHAT TO DO IN OUR LIVES,BECAUSE IT IS GIVING US SOMETHING.To be AMERICAN is to be independnent and make your own destiny by yourself and NOBODY is supposed to be in your way.Michael this is a great article,because it helps people to understand that when the storms in life arrive,we need to be prepared and get through them.If for some people there is no bad storms in life,then with the preparations we can be a blessing to others.If we believe in GOD and his goodness,we need to also be compasionate to others,not greedy ME,ME first.

    • ScoutMotto

      sequoia, I’m all for sharing under certain circumstances, but the parable of the ten virgins comes to mind. Those who did have oil told those who were running out to go out and get more for themsleves, lest there not be enough for everyone in the end. I can’t just share all my preps with the world, lest there not be enough for myself over the long term. The preps I putting away are not earmarked for anyone outside immediate family.

  • Dave Webb

    I suggest that none of the above will matter. My own opinion is the government will confiscate whatever they want to including any and all food you have accumulated. Dictators take what they want. This group is no different.
    Your suggeston about secrecy makes a lot of sense if you consider the above statements. That is all short term. It makes little or no sense to stock frozen goods. The power companies can have you down and out for days at a time as we learned when we had high winds a few years ago.
    My own suggestion would be having a generator that operates on the same gas as your stove does. That would be the easiest fix. Again governments confiscate which is a polite way to say they steal whatever they want.
    Anyone that depends on government and (I include myself) on pensions and social security is in deep trouble. Take a good look at the American Indian people. The government has been stealing from them for years quite illegally. The courts have postponed dealing with it indefinitely. What does that say about our justice system? We used to have a saying about the Korean People when I was in service. I asked a Catholic Bishop about the people’s morality in economic harsh times with no unemployment insurance, welfare, or social security for backup. He said: “In this place, the people believe that Whatever is convenient, is ethical and moral.” This country had just devalued its currency literally. A dime became a cent, a dollar became a dime, 10 dollars became 1 dollar.
    We went through the same thing. In the 1970s, Nixon took us off the Gold Standard. In the next ten years we all experienced 12% inflation as our currency devalued naturally on international markets. The genius was to open new markets in India and China and put Europe out of business in the process. You cannot compete with free labor and billions of people that are hungry. That is simply not fair competition. So material goods from poverty stricken countries like India and China become the new wealth as we depend on their retail goods bankrupting our own. The alternative is World War. That is what happens when leaders in these countries are faced with wholesale rebellions. They direct the nation’s resources to war.
    We are now going into a phase in which economies all over the world are going bankrupt because of socialist policies that steal from the rich to give to the poor.
    Whether the preppies can weather it out or not depends on whether they are left alone to do so by the very people in government that caused the problem. The old proverb about the grasshopper and the ant is true! Only the grasshopper kills the ant and steals his food. There is always another ant hill when you have killed off this one.

  • Mike


    Thanks for mentioning my article thats posted on theintelhub.com; I am a firm believer in staying under the radar.

    Good article by the way.

    • Michael

      I thought that your article contained some really good advice. The more people that we can get educated the better.


  • DianeS

    Someone recently pointed out that the solar yard lights could be use in the house at night by making a 4×4 stand for them. You just need to remember to put them back outside to recharge in the day time, probably somewhere others can’t see them.

    • Tammy Mills

      They can also be used as a battery charger for rechargable batteries of the same size that comes with it.

  • DownWithLibs

    Kudos Michael,

    A very thorough read…just what many new posters were looking for. All right there!!!

    • DownWithLibs

      Maybe post a link to this in the economic collapse blog?

  • Randome-11

    If you may be suspected of being a prepper, it is good to have a “fake” food and water reserves for show, made of food that have long expired and water with a slight taint of diarrea or laxatives.

  • Angus

    Add to gold and silver coins the new copper coins available in 1 oz and 1/2 oz from http://www.AOCS.com. Copper is the new silver, and is still cheap enough. When the SHTF, even silver will be too precious to find change, so copper coins will fill that need.


      The web site you posted doesn’t bring up anything useful. Is this the proper addy?

  • Get a good book on edible plants.

  • billybobLove

    The most important medicine prep you could possibly have, and it’s dirt cheap, and it will last forever is: well, you need to read colonel Joe’s book about God’s chemo. Just look into it, cause his info alone could save millions of people, if only they knew, when the SHTF. Why am I being elusive? If you have to ask this question, you have NO idea what kind of world we live in. NONE. It’s so bad, you cannot imagine it.

    • xander cross

      Then just tell us then. Stop acting like Kevin Trudeau.

    • Posting a link would be nice too



      This guy billyboblove is just spamming this site for donations – there is no book or info on what he claims.

      Poor form billy

  • Gary2

    Keep prepping so all your ********* can be taken by the hordes of non preppers.

    Thanks in advance for all your hard work.

    • ME

      Pretty obvious what your plan is, Gary2. No different than what you socialists do right now.

    • Yea Gary2 will be the one who will hurt & steal from others when times get bad and all because he didnt prepare when he should have.

      His comments show his lack of integrity & care for his fellow citizens.

      All you can do is present the truth & pray for him.

      • Gary2

        I was simply making an observation. There is NO WAY preppers will have enough guns etc to prevent non preppers from simply taking their stuff. I am not saying I would be one of them but that as useful as prepping is it seems to me to give a false sense of security.

        • Ozmo

          Again you forget about the power of the Pink Mist. This alone will sway a good deal of people to leave you alone for the time being. Just a thought.

      • Nobody

        Some of us DO have enough ammo.

        And if not, at least it will be fun to leave as many bodies laying around our perimeters as possible, before getting overrun, anyway.

        Hey, guess what? That may just be a deterrent in itself, too!

    • late but catchin up

      Hi Gary2, you’ll might be able to go to 1 or 2 place’s, then no more Gary2.

  • JR

    Why use Facebook? Might as well contribute to the dark side.

  • noticeably missing in all of this

    The Lord is my refuge & shelter. i shall fear no evil.

  • John Berbatis

    Checkout online; Biosphere Collapse – Peak Oil.

  • Kelly B

    Shoot what I am scared of as well is gamma radiation. The only thing that can protect you from a mass attack of gamma radiation is several feet of steel under the ground. I am most concerned with building a bunker. A radiation attack is a thing one cannot use their wits to change the situation, like you can in a survival situation. All you can have is an amazing bunker. I need one cause I’m 20 and I want to live a long life, not get fried by gamma.

  • 1% fan

    At best these preppers need some valium. At worst, a straitjacket. There is nothing to fear. Our benevolent government and corporate leaders have everything under control and only have your best interests at heart. Stay calm. Go back to watching Jersey Shore and the Kardashians.

  • Toast

    What are we old folks to do? I’m thinking that dying early on would be preferable to trying to survive. I live on SS in public housing. Zero privacy. It’s difficult to make ends meet as it is. This is the case with all my elderly neighbors. They are resistant to prepping, instead wanting someone to rescue them. Must be the demnentia kicking in….

    • John

      I’m 65 with a very limited income. (What our government feels I should have after paying in all my life) It’s NOT impossible to put back a small amount each month. Maybe can some food and so on. You actually have to give it some thought rather than throw your hands up and say, “I can’t do it!!”

      • Alysia Lopez

        Exactly! Not being able to get to the grocery store easily in the winter months, I always started stocking up in late summer just to get through the winter. Still do, but now also with long term in mind. 1 or 2 extra items here and there may not seem like much, but it builds up. Start now and you’d be amazed at what you’ve accumulated in a year. You don’t need fancy equipment to dehydrate fruits & veggies – your oven will do. Don’t need a yard or even a patio to grow stuff – a sunny room or windowsill will do. Don’t need to spend a lot of money for some other items – Family Dollar or Dollar Tree will do. There is so much info out there and no reason not to do a little reading/researching. This is one older, SS income, urban dweller who will, if nothing else, be able to eat & keep warm and clean in the face of disaster!

      • Tammy Mills

        Same here John. I’m on disability but my mind still works.

    • Concerned dad

      Adding a cpl cans of various things to a box in a closet potentially could extend you long enough for things to square away. Dont think preps JUST as the end of the world as we know it but as a preparation for even a short term disaster. Then add to it over time. Extra blankets for warmth, fruits , veggies and meats in cans work nicely with a bit of water and herbs for longer food usage like soups. Never give up because the rest do. Find a purpose, find like minded younger folks looking for wisdom.

      • Pat R Lanier

        It is amazing how much you can accumulate with just a few $$ a week. And as I have mentioned before, prices will never go lower, if you end up not needing what you prep for, you will save money on it when you do start using it.
        Be smart in what you put up for survival. Many canned foods have several years expiration dates. Dried beans, rice, flour, corn meal and hundreds of other items have many years “life” if stored properly.
        And I sure wouldn’t depend on anything that requires electricity or gas (ie a generator) those may not be available, Buy candles after Christmas at about 80% off for light.
        Did you know a crayon will burn at about 3 times the light of a candle for about 20 minutes? They stand up nicely in some empty bullet shells like a 38, just be sure to clean them out very well,
        Prepping doesn’t have to be expensive, a little research could save your life and the lives of your family.

      • Tammy Mills

        The Dollar Tree is a great place to stock up. Everytime I go there I grab some canned meats and other items to go in my preps. You can beat some of the things they have for a buck and after a while it adds up.

  • Here is a good tip for ammo storage – cross loading.


    I hope it helps,


  • laura m.

    Read the SurvivalMom.com June 19th post: 28 inconvenient truths, etc. There is no guarantees no matter what you do to prep or have land way out in the woods, etc. that things will be ideal in a shtf situation, etc. Interesting article. Gary 2, I agree, or taken by the UN gestapo troops to use. I prep for hurricanes for several weeks. Most of us are ltd on space and don’t want clutter laying around. I’ve “been there done that” in the late 90’s y2k hype. Stuff was dumped later or went to the food bank.

  • Nadine

    The first 6 comments show what your heart is really like. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Will you help people out when they are starving and you have food? Did you not read in the Bible that God will bring famine and pestilence. You could die of a serious disease even though you have enough food to last you three years. Get your priorities straight! Trust in God.

    • John

      EVERYONE has the same opportunity to store food and all the other things they need. If you choose to sit on your butt and do nothing it’s your own fault you have nothing. God helps those who help themselves. You can pick and choose which parts of the Bible you want to quote but the bottom line is My family comes before anyone and frankly I don’t believe for a minute that I will go to hell because I didn’t take care of people too lazy to take care of themselves.

  • Moon

    Many preppers are already monitored, their food will be confiscated and trashed. Guns?!, HA!, they (police, military) will take´em down. To prepare with material things is useless. The only hope is the sacrifice Jesus Christ did for us humans.

    • Christopher de Vidal

      Here, here. Still prepping though :-) “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.” (Prov 22:3 ESV)

  • meditate

  • SWP

    S.W.P. ..CA.
    Yes remember the boy scouts motto BE PREPARED.It was advice we as kids were to grow up on and take to heart.Now our Government looks at anyone who has taken this to heart as someone to watch.When the Government fears it’s people it’s time for the people to fear their Government and take any measures to replace it.To bad not enough people were in favor of Ron Paul.I think he could have made a difference.With Obama or Romney nothing will change.ps…notice how the Government/Media seemed to fear Ron Paul.

  • JoJo

    If there’s one thing I learned extremely well while living in Alaska was that if you want anything done, YOU do it yourself. There were NO choices in the matter. As a female, people ask me why I’m not more ‘feminine’. Well I tried that and it doesn’t work in the real world, only on TV and the movies. So I learned to hunt, fish, grow a garden, use power tools, change the oil, change a flat tire, obtain firewood, and store food like crazy. Because if I didn’t learn this, I would have been dead a long time ago. An example: before cell phones, you didn’t make a mistake driving in white-out conditions with a rear-wheel drive vehicle. The list is long and yet I know my own limitations (am not a good mechanic whatsoever).

    Living in the Lower 48 now, there are simply too many people that have NO desire to prep – they’re busy being ‘cool’ on their electronic devices. Thus, I’m moving to ANOTHER state where I will be way out in the country with my own water supply. Prepping and situational awareness has sharpened my survival skills to the nth degree. Trust NO ONE that hasn’t prepped themselves and whatever you do, DON’T TELL THEM ABOUT YOUR OWN PREPPING. That should be the NUMBER ONE rule for everybody for these non-believers are your BIGGEST enemy. It can be a lonely endeavor, but it’ll keep you and your family alive.

    • Snuffy

      Damn right!!!

    • MntGrizz

      Where you at now, JoJo? and how long were you in Alaska?

    • John

      So anyone not prepping is just “being cool” on their electronic devices…………Wow too bad everyone can’t be just like you, huh?

      • Concerned dad

        arent you a ray of judgemental sunshine

        • John

          Yep and aren’t you the snide little ass?

      • Pat R Lanier

        And IF the SHTF, you will be one of the first to whine and cry and even loot. Why don’t you try putting up a FEW survival items just to be on the safe side? You would be amazed at how much you can accumulate just spending $5 a week.
        If you never need those items for survival, you are still ahead because buying now is cheaper than later and you will save in the long run.

    • Tammy Mills

      I so agree with you. For a female I have a lot of skills and am working at learning more. One can never have to many skills.

  • Jimbo

    Everyone should stock up on antibiotics as well. I just received my package from this website: http://www.antibioticsforsurvival.com

    There are 7 different antibiotics, each with 50 to 100 pills per prescription.

    • Kelly

      I read your post and am hoping that this website is secure and safe to order from. I get a bit nervous about these kinds of things. Also, do you know if one can obtain antibiotics that do not contain pennicillan as I am allergic to it?

      Thanks for the help, just wanted to be sure before I looked further into this possibility.


    • David Dally

      I mention this on every Prep site I visit because it seems no one ever thinks about it. Personally I don’t drink but I have a very good supply of Clear Alcohol i.e. vodka, ever clear. If the worst happens the number of things alcohol can be used for is endless…… fuel, heat, light, cooking, wounds, sanitation, and don’t forget trading. Give it some thought it is worth adding to your inventory.

      • John

        And of course Rubbing alcohol will do every bit of that cheaper but you can’t drink it. By all means barter alcohol then sit there till the drunks with guns come back for the rest of what you have.

  • Michael

    I have been a prepper for most of my adult life. With that in mind, I appreciate all the tips you put in this article. I do however disagree with your advice to keep your prepping secret. There seems to be this idea that when disaster strikes it every man or woman for themselves. That may be true in the inner cities when there is a disaster but I have noticed that the reality is that people pull together and help each other out in an emergency. I don’t know how people will react if we have a hyperinflation or other financial melt down but I don’t believe that being the ‘lone prepper’ in your town or neighborhood is a good idea. You may think that keeping your prepping secret is a good idea. But think about this. When the SHTF an you are the only one who seems to have food, power, etc. Then people WILL come looking to find out how you are doing it. You might as well include as many of your friends and neighbors into your plans as you can. This actually increases your security. Unless your plan is to bug out to a isolated retreat and sit out the chaos, your better off being inclusive in your plans.

    • Tammy Mills

      I live among the Amish. They are friendly and always willing to help. My next door neighbors are Amish and are great!!!! They live off the grid daily.

    • ozarkat

      I think people who prep would be more than happy to work with other preppers, but it is those who expect to go on day to day and not lifting a finger to ready themselves. Those people become leeches on everyone who has been making ready. If you can’t afford to stock up on goods, stock up on knowledge–learn first aid, CPR, how to sew, can food, carpentry skills, mechanics, repairs, self defense, trapping/ hunting skills, you name it. Go to library sales, garage sales and pick up reference, DIY and How To books—learn from them. Your knowledge cannot be taken from you and you will have worth where ever you go.

  • kay

    One of the best survival manuals is the ‘Little house on the Prairie’ series. Read it to your children and act some of it out. It is fun, educational and instills an “I can do it attitude”.

  • I see a lot of work as gone into this but just keep in mind I sell pocket 120 volt hand crank generators that already have a wall plug built into them. Its perfect for lets say charging a 9 volt battery or flash lights. We are also pre-ordering a slightly bigger version that can charge HAM RADIO’s! It is light weight so it can go on the move with ease.

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  • bob

    snuffy you are awesome

  • Janet Perkins

    Quite a long list for the preppers ad the preparations themselves. But I guess as one, they would not like to any single item that they deem important. They want to consolidate some things, though.

  • Aaron

    Just had an idea that I’ve not heard of, but it’s worth mentioning. For around $50, you can get a queen size water bed mattress that will hold 187 gallons of water. I wish I had thought of it earlier, as a 55 gallon storage drum costs about the same, but isn’t something that would normally be stored indoors. The mattress, however…

    • john

      you wouldn’t want to store your water in plastic you noob…

      • John

        and who called you names when you didn’t know?

    • Concerned dad

      Water bed mattresses have chemicals to kill bacteria.. ALL bacteria and the plastic used is NOT BPA free so will leech chemicals into the water. I wouldn’t suggest this as an option unless used JUST for cleaning and not drinking. Good concept to think about but material is poor for the use you want.

  • BimBam

    There are two more things I might add. (There are many more)

    Because there will be no electricity and dust will gather on the floor:


    Because there might be “dirty” and unsanitary work to do get some:


    Many more not obvious:

    safety pins
    Spare lumber & nails
    Manual drill


    Surgical kit
    Manual sewing machine
    Books on survival

  • Fred

    For those concerned about a g*mma burst or an n**tron b…, look into a Faraday cage. A well grounded fine mesh wire behind sheet rock enclosing one room will accomplish the same effect as a bunker against such attacks. Yes, your windows can be covered by a screen that looks similar to the insect screens you may currently have installed, just do not forget the windows you do not open need to be covered as well. Anything termed for use in protecting against rad..tion or RF qualifies, however the higher the grade the better the cage. Chicken coop wire technically qualifies, but is very poor and not suitable for an event worth protecting yourself and equipment against.

    Make sure you research enough that the grounding requirements are met properly, if done incorrectly the energy can loop back into the cage surpassing the intended protection. There are several ways to test this, make sure you try all three different theoretic types.

  • When the SHTF you’re going to want a chemical protection suit for each one of your clan. The tychem “F” hazmat suit is the best availible for the money. $17 each (shipping included) is a small price to pay for piece of mind. Buy them on ebay at the link below or just go to ebay and search for item number 330805831929


  • Anon

    This is ridiculous. While the end of the world is close,
    It’s NOT happening in our life time. If you read the bible in the book of revelations, (#1)you can see that there is not anyone claiming to be the antichrist. Secondly, nobody knows when the end of the world is. Every time you guess it, your gonna be wrong and God will just back the actual date up. I’m assuming that few of you are Christians or religious and that’s fine. I’m not trying to convert you but what’s written in the bible is historically correct proving that it’s authentic. Rest assured my God isn’t ending the world any time soon.

    • pfwag

      You are making the same mistake you claim others are making. The Bible actually says nobody will know the
      “day” or “hour.” It doesn’t mention month or year. Additionally, Jesus says to look at the dawn to determine what is going to happen that day. Same for “end times.” There are other “signs” that one can look and see that there is trouble brewing. The apostasy in the church for one. Whether it happens this day, week, month, year, or decade is immaterial. There are plenty of other things that could happen, besides “End Times” that one needs to be prepared for. A Carington Event for one. An sneak EMP attack for another. Those even have knowledgeable scientists and government officials concerned.

      • nope

        You guys have it all wrong. In Matthew 24, Jesus is talking to his disciples and he is yelling them to watch for these things not us. If the crp hits the fan, are we supposed to flee to the hills of Judea???? The coming collapse is not end times, its just god allowing the pride of man to destroy ourselves.


      • ChrisFromCanuckistan

        Uh… I just checked, and there is over 40 things said about who the Antichrist will be and will do… with exceptionally vague wording. And some of them straight-up don’t work. I’ve yet to see Obama leading a 10-nation alliance, and usurp 3 others…

        • Wayne Chipman

          The Pope is the Anti Christ.

    • Anon

      depends what you mean by TEOTW – I’m a Christian and we are in end times now, the economy is a mess, the politics and government is at its worst, when I think of the end of the world, its not a ‘end of times’ like a movie, but the start of a new age when Jesus will come back and kick some backsides, supermarkets can empty in hours when there is bad weather, its not silly to be prepared for this :)

  • Cupcake

    I believe in god and the book of revaluations. When the end of days come and we all meet our maker, there is nothing that can be done but to except your fate. However, I have a family and am constantly thinking about their future and safety. Being prepared for any situation rather natural, man made or as simple as the loss of a job can provide your family with what is needed to survive. The bible teaches many things but also teaches that having faith in prayer during a storm will ease the fears but without proper preparations the storm could kill you. Remember Noah?

    • CuntDracula

      You get EXACTLY what you deserve when you lack the common sense to recognize a dusty-ass book of fairy tales for what it is. Boy, isn’t it a MIRACLE that you just *happened* to pick the right religion out of the hundreds available?

  • jimmy

    dont you think preppers are taking it to far, we see people building building that they think are camp but i saw the second i lookat for it. We have preppers that think they will survive a holocaust on american soil yet they break down and start havving a panic attack when there is a tornado watch?!? OR the guy that is preparing for terrorists to take over the world, really really man come on. Another thing we have the guy that has 100 years worth of food for 10 people to survive a flood. yet hes sinngle, hmmm wonder why, and he wont give any of it to his neighbor I think they over do it i beleive in being a prepppared american wholehartedly but that is too far.
    ps: ill survive i may not be a survivalist but i am a surviver.

  • John

    I thought it was pretty funny when I read #3 Don’t share any prepping articles on Facebook or other social media.
    Don’t draw attention to yourself by posting prepping articles or
    discussing the topic on the website. You may think you are educating
    your friends, but in reality you are just letting them know of your
    actions and plans. Since I found this ON FACEBOOK

  • David Dally

    I mention this on every Prep site I visit because it seems no one ever
    thinks about it. Personally I don’t drink but I have a very good supply
    of Clear Alcohol i.e. vodka, ever clear. If the worst happens the number
    of things alcohol can be used for is endless…… fuel, heat, light,
    cooking, wounds, sanitation, and don’t forget, it could be outstanding for trading. Give it some
    thought it is worth adding to your inventory.

  • Marie

    Clorox has a fairly short shelf life. You shouldn’t stockpile large quantities of it.

  • Dale

    Location location location, look at how our ancestors survived, and do the same things they did.
    First, live where Nature can and will take care of you, if you live in the dessert with little to no rain, your done, as you must have water, this junk of having 100 gal. or a 1000 gal. will NOT last, so you should live where it rains regularly, as then the others around you will also have water and NOT be after yours. We have 12,000 gal. plus a 300,000 gal. pond, and still have a problem, as those around us see the pond from our spring, so we will have those come for water, as they are on wells.
    Second, live in a place where you can grow food, store all the food you want, but if you can’t replace it your also done.
    If you live in an area where people can and do grow food, again they will not be after your food but protecting their own food supply.

    Remember to stay silent, stay hidden.

    I have many people who say when SHTF they are coming to my house, as they see our pond and gardens and such, I tell them flat out, good, I could use the extra meat.

    Dogs, as they will let you know if someone is coming, we have 6 dogs, we live on several acres, but there is NO WAY you can even get close without us knowing about it.

    A good tip is to prepare, I hate the word Prepper, as it is used to say people like us are crazy.

    My grandmother grew almost everything they ate in her city back yard. She also canned, as she lived through the great depression and survived because she was raised on a farm and was prepared.

    Practice, practice, practice, turn off all utilities to your home for a week, then two weeks, then a month. Write down everything that went wrong, each time, then fix those things one at a time.
    If you do not, you will be in for one hell of a shock with everything that goes wrong later, but then it will be too late to fix them.

  • Tammy Mills

    I live among a great number of Amish. My next door neighbors are Amish. They live off the grid daily and prosper.