Regardless of whether you buy into the latest doomsday theories, the fact of the matter is that many U.S. citizens are not prepared for any type of disaster. Many Americans have not thought ahead to tomorrow, nonetheless do they have enough supplies on hand to get their families through several days without a grocery store, running water, utilities or emergency responders.
Disaster can strike at any time. It may come from nature, such as tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis or hurricanes. Tragedy may come at the hand of your fellow man, such as nuclear fallout, biological warfare or economic crisis. In any event, basic doomsday prepping supplies will be essential.
Water may be in short supply or contaminated post-disaster. We need water to survive even short-term. You should be stockpiling one gallon of water per family member per day. Though absolute minimum requirements suggest 72 hours of personal supplies, you should anticipate being without everyday essentials for up to 15 days. In addition to bottled water, also store treatment tablets or water treatment system just in case.
Food is your next necessity. The best survival food will be shelf-stable. This means that the food has been processed to require no refrigeration. It can be stored at room temperature long-term, in some instances up to 25 years. Not only is it easy to store, it is also easy to prepare and transport.
First aid is another essential to prepare for in advance. Not only may emergency responders not be able to get to your family for several days, they may not know you need help. Telephone, internet and cellular service may be unavailable after a disaster. Brush up on your first aid and CPR skills, have a few first aid kit stored in your home and vehicles and do not throw away those first aid manuals. Your memory may not be at its sharpest in an emergency situation.
Having a secondary, or even tertiary, plan should be considered. In the event your home is structurally damaged or becomes otherwise unsafe in a catastrophic event, your family may need to flee to a safer location. Contact your local government offices in advance to inquire about emergency public assistance plans and shelter locations. You may also want to consider heading into the wilderness with your family in the event of civil unrest. To prepare for this scenario, create or purchase bug-out bags for family members and be sure to include temporary shelter supplies, such as tents or tarps.