On my website http://www.TheRazors-Edge.com I talk about how to survive after the apocalypse. But what can you do before this happens to make yourself mentally and physically ready to deal with the hardships from this life altering experience? Unfortunately there is no one simple answer or task that will make you 100% ready to deal with everything you know and love being destroyed, some people just won’t be able to cope with these changes and will crack under the strain of the stress. But there are things you can do to reduce the chance of yourself falling into that category, here are a few of my personal suggestions of things that I’ve done and plan to do in case the apocalypse happens.
Being healthy is always a good thing, but especially so in a world where you can’t rely on doctors or hospitals to help you since they probably won’t exist. Being fit reduces the time it takes your body to heal, and keeps you in a positive state of mind, which will be crucial when dealing with the horrors and despair of the wasteland. Find a routine that works best for you and that you enjoy doing, not all routines work for every person, so finding one that you like will make you want to do it even more. Whatever it is try to have it mix strength training with some type of cardio routine.
The cops won’t be their to help you if a gang of wasteland raiders is after you for your supplies, knowing how to use a gun will save your life. Get familiar and qualified with different types of firearms, (Pistol, rifle, shotgun etc) and book regular practice time at a range. If guns aren’t your thing learn archery, a simple Google or phone book search will list the locations of various archery and shooting clubs in your area.
I’m always surprised at how few people know how to throw a punch, or properly defend themselves from attack, especially women. At the very least take a basic self defence course, there usually just a couple of hours per session in the evenings. Even if the apocalypse never comes (Hopefully it doesn’t) this is a good thing to have in case you are confronted by an attacker.
Everybody should know basic first aid and CPR. This is an essential skill after the collapse as you could be on your own or with a small group of other survivors for a very long time. With no doctors to help you you’re going to need to know what to do if someone or yourself gets injured. First aid courses are pretty cheap and the course only lasts a couple days. Many employers also offer first aid and CPR classes, which means a few paid days away from work and a free course for you. Plus you get to make out with a plastic mannequin, how sweet is that.
When I say camping I mean not to a cabin, I mean get a back pack and hike deep into the mountains. Learn to use a compass and GPS to find your location, and go for long hikes with your back pack to get used to having to carry your own supplies for long distances. Try to also learn about how to fish, set traps to catch animals, and edible plants and berries.
Fix Your Own car
Most of use these days can barely change a tire, let alone try to figure out why our car won’t start. Practice doing things like changing your cars oil, and changing oil and fuel filters to start. Learn about how your car or truck works and what the various parts do. Look up in your area if there are any courses that offer mechanical training.
Read Up On Survival Tips
Watch movies and read books on survival advice, shows like Man vs. Wild or Survivorman are good examples of shows to watch to give you ideas of things that you can do. Find books on the subject and try out the things they suggest. In corporate them into your next camping/hiking trip to get familiar with them.
Make A Emergency Kit/Bug Out Bag
Have all the kit you need ready to go in one bag that’s located in an easy to find place. The bag should have enough supplies to last you for a minimum of 72 hours (3 days) if you need ideas on how to make one, or need supplies for one follow these links to my site to help get you started.
Bug Out Bag
How To Pack Your Bug Out Bag
Have A Plan
Get together with your friends and come up with a survival plan. Practice techniques together in your spare time. Have a meet up point in a safe location when the apocalypse comes for you and your group to get together. Remember to keep your plan flexible, you do have to live your life after all and there is no guarantee when things are going to happen. One of your friends may be in the hospital, or you’re away in another country on a business trip. Do your best to prepare for situations like this, and keep your plan simple. The most complex plans are usually the first to fail, keep it simple and keep everyone informed, and your chances of surviving the apocalypse get a whole lot better.