“The revelation to produce and store food may be as essential to our temporal welfare today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah.” Ezra Taft Benson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from November 10, 1985, to May 30, 1994.
Introduction to The Sensible Survival Solution
As I sit typing this I hear gunfire coming from the trailer park just down the road. Pop, Pop, Pop followed by someone returning fire, BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG. This goes on for a few exchanges and stops. This trailer park is about a mile from the house. Easy walking distance for someone or a group of someones to come looking for food, supplies or just plain trouble.
This blog site is written for my family and friends to use to prepare for the disasters in life. (Also, the accompanying E-book.). Whether they be natural or manmade. I have seen both. I fear both.
Written For My Family
What may seem odd about this plan is that I did not intend to broadcast or discuss this plan with anyone outside of our family. If someone dropped by the house and saw our preparations that was fine. We just disn’t intend to be known as the family that is prepared and then have people show up with their hands out looking to cash in on our planning and work. Cruel? No, not really. Disasters are cruel, not me.
If you decide to read this blog then you must realize that I write this from the perspective of someone who has always lived in the Southern United States. I know hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and racial unrest and grew up in the Southern woods, hunting and fishing. I have been raised around guns, having had my own gun since I was 8 and I can shoot a bow and arrow and have lived in a tent when I did not have a home and lived in homes that the only source of heat was a fireplace.
Cold weather living in mountains or snow is foreign to me. Read and learn from a southern survival point of view and you will do fine as long as you stay somewhere in the Gulf States Region.
Videos and Links
There are links within this blog to YouTube videos related to the topic being discussed. I highly suggest, no, I strongly suggest (almost require) that you click the links and watch every video. If they weren’t important I would not have included them. To fully comprehend the serious nature of the subject matter and how to prepare properly it will be necessary to learn from experts in the field of guns, preparation and survival. The videos linked will add validity, clarity and expert advice to the subjects discussed. Do not skip them.
Whats Your Plan?
My kids have heard me hundreds of times ask, “What is your plan?”. This is no different. I am no hypocrite and this blog is a good example of that. This is my plan and I hope that each of my kids adopts this plan as the foundation for their own Sensible Survival Solution.
That’s right. I expect each kid to have their own plan, their own supplies and their own personal solution. The solution documented here is my personal solution. This will not be the perfect solution for everyone. Each person and each family will have their own personal needs and situation that must be accounted for. For that reason alone, having as your Plan A be “Let’s just go to Dad’s house.” is not going to work. Plan B, yes. Just not Plan A.
Then there is the theory of a “force multiplier”. That is if I have enough supplies for a family of 4 to live a year and you each do the same then if combined we will all survive for a year.
If we have enough supplies for a family of 4 to live for a year, if we have another family of 4 show up without supplies we have now cut our survival time from 1 year to 6 months. Not good.
No one plan can cover all types of disasters or possibilities. This plan will be broad but also have the ability to adapt and grow as needs change, families grow and the world changes. Everything stays in motion and so should any good plan.
The 4 types of disasters discussed in this plan are:
- Hurricanes (Weather)
- Local Unrest or Riots
- Police State
The Rule of 3’s
Studies have shown that people who survive the first 72 hours of a disaster live. So, the first 3 in our plan will be to survive 3 days.
In Scouts we learned that you can only survive:
- 3 minutes without air
- You can last 3 hours without proper shelter from cold or heat.
- 3 days without water.
- 30 days without food.
After the initial plan for 3 days we will move on to survival for 30 days, then 3 months and finally for 3 years.
The 3 S’s (Shelter, Supplies, Safety)
Using the Rule of 3’s we will plan for 3 hours, 3 days, 30 days, 3 months and 3 years worth of:
Shelter from the elements. Not just for you but also for your supplies and others.
Supplies of every kind. Not just food and water but also medicines, seeds and educational materials such as survival manuals.
Safety. Not just weapons but proper clothing, communications, and defensive tactics