One of my favorite Youtube channels is The Modern Survivalist. It’s run by Fernando Ferfal Aguirre, and man who survived the 2001 economic collapse in Argentina.
In the video below, he talks about the top 5 goals you should set as a prepper. Here’s a quick summary…
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1. Get in Physical Shape
This isn’t about becoming an elite athlete but about being healthy with a reasonable body weight and a good level of cardiovascular endurance. It’s essential to stay in shape due to the possibility of having to run or do some physical labor during a disaster.
You can easily buy used exercise equipment, and they can often be found for very cheap. YouTube is a great resource for exercises you can do, and you don’t have to join a health club.
2. Procuring Weapons
This is important for self-defense. There’s no substitute for a firearm in the event that you have to protect your family. You also need to know how to use any weapons you procure.
The first priority should be a handgun like a Glock pistol. A revolver is also an option and is easier to use. Also, think about a pump-action shotgun which can be quite affordable. Another great option is an AR-15. And don’t forget the ammunition.
Cash is king in troubled times. Credit cards and ATMs may be useless. Consider both paper money and coins. Paper money can be used for large purchases and coins for everyday items. US dollars and Euros are the best currency, so keep an eye on the value and volatility of any currency you use.
Silver coins are very valuable, and they don’t have to be 100% silver. Even coins with silver content will be very valuable because of their inherent value. As a general rule, you should always have at least $400 cash on hand in case of an emergency.
Start with things like rice. You can easily supplement rice with seafood, fruits, and vegetables. Lentils are also an excellent food stock, and these kinds of foods are very healthy and nutrient-dense as well.
A general rule is to stock up for a few months or more although, think about growing a garden as well. But don’t forget gardens are seasonal, so adequate food storage is important.
Add water to your food storage. You can store water in plastic bottles, but make sure you have plenty of empty plastic jugs for future water collection. Don’t forget a method to purify water.
5. Grid-Down Supplies
These are supplies you’ll be using if or when you don’t have electricity or gas. Think in terms of cooking, and have the tools you need to cook your food. Plan to give yourself a few cooking options.
You’ll need to think about heating as well. If you live in a cold-weather location, you’ll need to stay warm day and night. Consider a kerosene heater, but keep it well ventilated. You can also cook on top of a kerosene heater and you could even improvise a small stove from empty tin cans.
Remember flashlights and consider ways to recharge the batteries. Small LED flashlights have a long battery life and they’re cheap, so consider buying a few of them. A generator is always an option as well.
For more info, be sure to watch the video below.