Doom and gloom is all I know. My heart skips a beat at the thought of armageddon. I've been preparing for the apocalypse my whole life. I have been studying it for so long that I am currently working on my Ph. D. on the subject.
Surviving The Next Big Bang
Millions of meteors travel through Earth’s atmosphere each day. Many are so small they burn up before hitting us, the select few that have can leave a lasting impact on our lives and also our landscape. A meteor is a solid piece of debris made from stone, iron, or both that has come from outer space. We may not experience a meteor the size that took out the dinosaurs, but it is not 100% out of the realm of possibilities. You have a one in 250 million chance of being killed by a meteor strike. For National Meteor Watch Day, I thought it would be a good time to discuss what to do in the event of a meteor strike.
Everyone has at least one bad habit in their life. Over the last two years, because of COVID, there has been a 61% increase in people developing at least one to cope with the “Pandemic Stress”. People develop such habits as a coping mechanism to handle the increased levels of anxiety being put into their lives. Some are harmless like drinking a glass of celery juice in the morning, to more harmful ones like drug use. These are the ‘Top Five’ habits keeping you from your doomsday planning goals.
This is the most boring part of getting disaster-ready. Most people often skip this step because it’s not as fun as putting together a food rotation. 32% of preppers do not have a disaster plan in place. Your disaster plan is your family’s road map to any crisis and should cover all potential disasters known in your area. It lays out who does what and where you are supposed to go when evacuating. Here are some tips can use to speed up this task.
Protecting Your Water
Water is important to us. Without it, you’ll die of dehydration in three days. As mentioned in Prepping 101 (https://vocal.media/lifehack/prepping-101) I recommend you store two gallons of water per person per day. You can’t just put water on a shelf and forget about it. It needs to be taken care of like all your other preps, or you run the risk of getting sick. Here are some handy tips to keep your water in good shape and doomsday ready.
Don't Buy Snake Oil
Over 4 million people suffer a minor injury every year. A third of these cases will occur at home. The National Safety Council state that if you get proper first aid on site, this could prevent 25% of ER visits. In this new age of technology, there are many sites that offer first aid advice and training. Unfortunately, there is an ugly side to our new wave of information. This leads many to swear by fake, unhelpful medical tips. As I mention in all of my health- base medical articles, I’m not a medical professional. I am certified in administering first aid, but I still have to tell you that you are taking my advice at your own discretion.
Late Night Toast
Growing up, I struggled to make friends. The Locals in my hometown were set in their ways, and there was no changing it. Being a more open-minded child made me sort of a social outcast. But, I had one friend I could rally on to be there for me no matter what, my grandfather Doc. My grandfather was a great man. He was always there for me, no matter what. He was also very ill with kidney failure. A concept I didn’t quite understand until I was much older. Because he was so sick, he had to take an array of medications at various times of the day and night. Every summer, I would spend two weeks with him in July. Maybe more, depending on my mother’s summer plans. Despite going to Dialysis every morning, he never let his sickness stop him from taking me on many adventures. Boy, did we have fun! We would go to the theater to watch plays. We go to the video rental store and spend hours deciding what movies to watch that night. Then we would head to the nearby mall to buy all toys and books I could carry in my tiny arms. My favorite part of the day was going to the thrift store in town and conjuring up little stories for the trinkets we came across inside. When we got back to his house, we would eat dinner, and spend the rest of the night watching the movies, or old TV shows like The Munsters and Bewitched. As the evening hours approached, we would move the party outside. We sat on the porch swing watching the sunset over the nearby riverbank. The colors were as stunning as my grandfather’s strength. As the stars began to pop out, we went back inside to wash up for the night. Around nine o’clock, we would all head to bed. I would sleep on the folding cot near the foot of his bed because of the limited space in the house. This is where the battle of wills began. While he and my grandmother slept, I would watch TV to fight the urge to sleep myself. It wasn’t a hard fight, though. Growing up, I was always a night owl, so staying up past my bedtime wasn’t the issue. But staying awake until two in the morning could be challenging for a kid. I would sit there on my little cot, trying my best to keep my eyes open. No matter how badly I wanted to, I knew I couldn’t fall asleep. At long last, two o’clock would come. The first sign I knew it was time was when the TV would click off. My grandfather had it set on a timer so that I wouldn’t fall asleep leaving it on. The next clue was the part I was waiting for all night. I heard him shuffling to get up in bed.
Happy (Late) Father's Day
Happy late Father’s Day everyone! Today we honor the men that took part in creating new life. There are about 72 million dads, with 29 million of them also being a grandfather. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when Nixon made it an official holiday. 76% of people celebrated the event with yummy BBQ and cold beer. Now that it’s past, stores will offer steep discounts on most bought gifts that would benefit your preps.
Extinction is an unpleasant subject. It is a natural phenomenon that occurs when a particular thing, plant, or animal ceases to exist. 137 species of animals go extinct every single day. This causes a domino effect on an ecosystem that could change the landscape of a region forever. Some factors that cause extinction are habitat loss, introducing a destructive new species, a rival’s population growth, and overconsumption of a particular food group. During an apocalyptic event, there will be an enormous drop in humans leading these animals toward a path to extinction.
How To Keep The Yummies For The Tummy
Food is the cornerstone of prepping. It’s one of the five major categories of survival, and a branch of the Three Rule. For every food item you buy, there is a good chance you’ll throw it away before you even have time to eat it. Food wastage is a growing problem across the world. Every year we throw away 2.6 trillion dollars of food. That is one-third of the market! With every household in the U.S. Contributing $1,866 to the problem, the best way to cut this number is by setting up a proper food rotation system at home. Here are some tips to show you how.
Packing It Right
Once you get your home disaster ready, the next big step is to assemble a bug-out bag (or BOB). The point of your bug-out bag is to help you evacuate as quickly as possible. Many sites provide you with a list of what to pack, but almost no one tells you how to pack it. I’ve seen bug-out bags filled with everything you could think of, including a kitchen sink. Bug-out bags are completely personalized, so I can’t tell you for certain what to pack in yours, but I can give you tips on how to make a more reliable bag.
Herbs are easy crops that are perfect for beginner gardeners. An herb is any herbaceous plant that is seed-bearing and doesn’t have a woody stem that dies shortly after the flowering phase. They are often used as a flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume base. Herbs have always played an important role in many cultures for centuries. They originally were used as a food preservation method and have grown into much more than that. These are just some of the great choices available for the doomsday garden.