Pastor Joe over at Viking Preparedness released a video on his seven steps to take now that will help mitigate the chaos that is on the horizon; nuclear war, massive cyber-attacks, EMP or zombies…
They are all darn good steps and while I encourage everyone to check out his video I want to share my thoughts on them as well:
Hard-copies Of Critical Documents/Data
You should be doing this whether we are staring into the abyss of a nuclear exchange or not. Yes, there is redundancy in the systems that store our critical data. Yes, this data is (most likely) backed up. Whether from human error (stupidity), technical issues or bad actors electronic data can and is lost on a regular basis. Print hard-copies of critical data including bank records, deeds, loan documents, medical records, etc. More than that, keep them in a safe location, preferably is a fire and water-proof lock box, and make sure all the folks in the house who might have a need know where it is. Put it on your grab and go list for bugging out.
Electronic navigation (GPS) is likely to be one of the first systems taken out. Some of our enemies have spoofing technology that confuse GPS systems and send you down the wrong hobbit trail. The US is already talking about shutting off GPS services for Russian citizens…
Again, keep it in a safe storage container in a safe location but when the banking systems stop working many retailers will still be taking cash. Don’t think it can happen? Just ask the millions of Russians who used Visa or MasterCard before the war started.
Bugout Bag/Bugout List
If you’re reading this blog you probably have one. If you are like most folks you put it together sometime in the past and have no idea if those meal bars are still any good or if little junior borrowed something out of the bag for his cub scout camping trip without saying anything. get it out, knock the dust off and check the contents. You should have food, water, clothing, tools and gear to get you from point A to point B. Typically, two days is a good rule of thumb but your mileage may vary. Make sure you have one for every member of the family that can carry a pack.
I would also suggest preparing a bugout list as well. Bugout bags should be grab and go…NOW! In many cases you may have a few hours to get out (we did during Hurricane Harvey). Prepare a list items you need to grab in addition to your Bugout Bag, if you have the time. Critical Documents, IDs, cash, precious metals, food, water, gear, weapons, ammo, etc. If you have the time garb as much of the stuff that will help you get through a crisis as you can.
Learn Potential (Nuclear or Strategic) Targets
There has been a lot of Internet guessing and supposition on this. Search if it helps. My rule of thumb is stay away from strategic military targets such as large bases housing combat units and especially any and all associated with US nuclear strike capabilities. Understand that if it an all out nuclear attack, it probably won’t matter much where you are.
Get Your Car Prepped
When bombs start falling or the rioting boils out of control it is a bad time to try and get the oil changed, a tune-up or new tires. Keep your vehicle in top condition to get you out of the danger zone.
Keep the tank topped up too. You may not have time to fill it or may not be able to fill it before running for the safety in them there hills. I consider half a tank to be full on empty. Did you remember to add fuel to your bugout list?
Have a plan to communicate if everything is working. Have a plan of the cell phone networks are impaired. Have a plan for communications if no communications are available.
So, these are my suggestions to help mitigate the chaos that could shatter our normalcy anytime soon. What did I miss? Share suggestions and comments below.
Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!
God bless and God save the Republic.