Priorities by “The Coach”
So you call yourself a “prepper”? You have done the usual and started stockpiling food, water, firearms, ammo, etc. and maybe went for some professional training. But are your priorities in the right order?
Your main goal as a prepper is to keep you and your family alive in whatever situation you are preparing for. However, what happens if something happens that you are not prepping for.
Let’s take a look at what it takes to stay alive!
If you cannot breathe, you have approximately three (3) minutes before brain damage starts to occur. So as a prepper, I would start your prepping here.
Your first step should be two part:
1) Start with every member, of age, in your family taking a C.P.R. class. Then stay certified.
2) Then purchase a military gas mask that FITS each one of your family members. You want a gas mask because of a chemical spill, bio hazard, nuclear plant radioactive gas release and for many other contaminated air problems. Buy the BEST one you can afford. The cheaper gas mask does not give you the protection that you need.
a. Be sure you can sight you firearm while wearing your gas mask.
b. Another important item is to be sure that your gas mask has a drinking water capability built into you gas mask.
i. This type of gas mask has the capability of drinking water from a military canteen. This is very important. You will become thirsty very fast because of the extra work that your lungs will be doing to draw air through the filter every time you breathe. If you are in a contaminated area, you cannot take your gas mask off in order to get a drink of water!
c. Do you know how to test to determine if a gas mask is fitted and is sealed properly?
Next, you will be dealing with a lot of sharp objects. After a disaster, depending on what it is, you will be around a lot of broken glass, boards laying around on the ground with nails in them. You will be using knives for a multitude of reasons; you could be involved in a firearms accidents or shootouts. You could be using chain saws or hatchets. In other words, accidents of every possible kind are in your future. If you cut an artery, you have about three (3) to four (4) minutes before you bleed out and no one can help you.
So second, you and every member of your family should take a first aid class, then an advanced first aid class and then at least two (2) members of your family should take a First Responders or Emergency Medical Tech., (E. M. T.) class and get certified. DO NOT depend on a medical book! Use medical books as reference material ONLY! You need hands on training here. I a time that an emergency medical procedure is needed, you will not have time to look up what to do in a book. The procedure should be known already.
Talk to your instructors and ask them what should be in your disaster first aid kit. Then put one together yourself. Notice I did NOT say buy a premade first aid kit. These prepackaged first aid kits never have everything that you will need and are always overpriced. Then have everyone stay current on their certifications.
Third, are weapons. Notice that I did NOT say firearms. However, firearms such as handguns, rifles and shotguns are my personal preference in the weapons category. With that said, you need to become VERY proficient in whatever weapon or weapons that you plan on protecting you and your family with. Take as many professional classes and/or courses that you can. Training with whatever weapon that you choose will save your life.
You might have noticed that I have placed weapons ahead of food and water. The reason for this is, if you cannot protect you and your family in a major disaster, you may not live long enough to be thirsty or hungry.
During Hurricanes Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, there were a lot of really bad people running around. There are even some preppers that stockpile just firearms and ammunition. Their plan is to take what they need from the people who have what they want.
If you cannot protect you and your family, what good is it purchasing food, water and other supplies if someone who is armed can walk in and take what you have?
Only now would I think about starting to purchase food and water. Experts tell us that you can go three (3) days without water and three (3) weeks without food before you die.
Buy a good water filter. This gives you the ability to purify as much water as you require, if you buy a large portable water filter such as a “Berkley”. Then start stockpiling food of whatever variety you want and for whatever time period you want.
I have found out that you get what you pay for when purchasing the above items. When you buy cheap, you get cheaply made items. Remember “Murphy’s Law”.
If you are one of the fortunate ones that can afford to do more than one thing at a time, good for you. Just remember, if you become injured during a TEOTWAWKI situation, you or a family member will be the ONLY emergency medical personal that will be there to help.
The above are my personal preferences and reasons. I have done all of them. It has taken me over 40 years and I am still taking classes and stockpiling supplies. I am sure some of you may disagree with the order I have listed above. However, I think my reasons are sound. It’s your and your family’s life!
“When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.”
Charles Evans Hughes,
Address at Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts,
June 17, 1925