Prepper Tips for the Apocalypse
I have a very overactive imagination and I love a good conspiracy theory. Give me shows like Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, Doomsday Preppers, Ancient Aliens, and Coast to Coast with George Noory (talk radio) and I will be entertained for hours and I usually get a story idea or two from watching these shows. I also become extremely paranoid that a War of the Worlds or cataclysmic biblical event might take place. That paranoia helped me plot out some of the events that took place in my book, Sacrifice. I even keep a Pinterest board for Prepper Tips and my family and I play this little game of “What would you do” in the event that the world goes dark or some other catastrophe happens.
My kids always say the first place they’d go would be Walmart. My husband and I think that big stores like that will be the first place everyone goes, so we both agree we’d hit the library first to grab survival guides and How-To books. Books would be my number one priority item because even watching shows about prepping I wouldn’t be able to identify plants, I wouldn’t know how to track animals or identify them by paw prints, or lay traps, set snares, etc.
Because we live in the high desert we already keep some supplies on hand due to the crazy weather we live with. One day it can snow, have 30+ MPH winds, hail, and then be so hot you have to change into shorts all within a few hours of each other, not to mention we do get flash floods and the occasional Tornado warning. We keep things like candles, flashlights, extra batteries (that my kids always seem to use up for their Xbox controllers), extra blankets and other everyday items since we never know when we might have to go without power especially during the monsoon season.
But beyond the essentials here’s a list of 10 Prepper Tips that might help you out in the event of an apocalyptic event or a government collapse that leaves you in need of some handy MacGyver-type skills.
- Like I said before, Books are your friend. Go pick up some handy survivor guides or pocket manuals that scouts use. They have them for everything from plant identification, snake/spider guides, and animal tracking.
- Stock up on Coffee Filters. Even if you don’t drink coffee, these cheap little things can multitask for a ton of different problems and the best part is they are light weight and easy to shove into a pack. I won’t list all of the uses, but to name a few: make a bandage, a cold compress, toilet paper, use in place of paper plates (you can’t cut a steak on one but you can at least hold some food in your hand without getting covered in it), use as a rag/paper towel, and of course start a fire.
- Keep some long-lasting food on hand. Yeah, no one really enjoys Spam or those canned sausages, but there are dehydrated foods in any camping section that would make pretty good eats during the apocalypse.
- Use the tabs off of soda cans to make fishing hooks so you can grill up some fish instead of eating all that dehydrated food you brought with you.
- Stock up on glow sticks that way you can easily identify members of your group at night.
- Need more light at night? Attach a head lamp to a gallon jug of water and you instantly have a very bright lantern. P.S. we use this trick when we are camping because we never seem to bring enough lanterns.
- Store rice and beans in old (cleaned out and dry) soda/pop bottles instead of the bags they come in. The bags might puncture or tear whereas the bottle should be fairly sturdy.
- Keep chalk and duct tape on hand along with a few permanent markers for marking trails so you can find your way back and for making signs for others to follow.
- Paracord! You know those bracelets they sell in the camping section? Some of them can be un-tied to give you 50 feet or more of paracord for emergency situations. Stock up on this handy multi-use item, that stuff is amazing and can be used for tying your gear, fishing, snares, tunicates, building a shelter, building a stretcher, starting a fire, and the list goes on and on.
- Horde the stuff that people will be willing to barter for in a crisis. I’m not talking about bartering for super important things that you should probably share with your fellow survivors. I’m talking about the stuff that people crave. I once worked for a family who, during the Y2K crazy, were prepping for the fall of life as we knew it and the one thing they taught me was that during a crisis people will barter for everyday items like coffee, cigarettes, and chocolate because those are items that were essential to their previous way of life. Now, I’m definitely not advocating stocking up on cigarettes (those things are expensive), but I could be persuaded to horde some coffee and chocolate to use as payment should the government collapse and we revert to a barter and trade system. I’m sure I can squirrel away a couple snickers bars and some packages of Starbuck Instant Via coffees. It’d be a little something to help out my fellow caffeine-heads in exchange for items or skills that might help me and my family survive until law and order are restored.
Those are my tips on how to survive or at least maintain a little bit of comfort during the end days, but I’d love to hear what some of your go-to prepping tips for survival during the apocalypse would be.
In the New Mexico desert evil is stirring. A lost man must protect everything he holds dear from the oncoming storm and a mysterious woman is the key.
Abby shouldn’t have survived, but she did and that’s turning out to be one hell of a problem for Nico. The world he lives in is black and white. There has always been a clear definition between good and evil, right and wrong. Every moment he spends with Abby challenges him to see the world differently. Mysterious forces have brought them together, pitting them against a demon army. Nico will either be the savior of mankind or the catalyst of the apocalypse and Abby’s fate rests in his hands.
Sacrifice by Mia Bishop Series: Revelations #1
on August 18, 2016
A decade after being forced out of the priesthood, Nico Lynch spends his days drinking himself into an early grave and his nights hunting demons. His world is turned upside down when he is asked to help a local Striga Coven.
Abby shouldn’t have survived, but she did and that’s turning out to be one hell of a problem for Nico. The world he lives in is black and white. There has always been a clear definition between good and evil, right and wrong. Every moment he spends with Abby challenges him to see the world differently.
Mysterious forces have brought them together, pitting them against a demon army. Nico will either be the savior of mankind or the catalyst of the apocalypse and Abby’s fate rests in his hands.
Apocalypse Challenge Day 5The Big List of Ends
Today is the final day of the A[ocalypse Challenge. I was all by myself, but I still had fun dammit. I guess it’s fitting for an apocalypse challenge…considering most apocalypse survivors tend to be lonely. So, here I am lonely. But, now it’s time to lay down the list. The list of the best apocalypse novels ever.
#1 – The Stand by Stephen King
This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.
#2- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers.
#3- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.
#4 – Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
She could save the world-or destroy it.
#5- One Second After by William R. Forstchen
William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real…a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages…
#6- Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun?
#7 – Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne
In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man’s struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them.
#8- Enclave by Ann Aguirre
New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s.
#9- Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don’t know it’s there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet.
#10 -The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
#11-Angelfall by Susan Ee
It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
#12 – Nightfall by Ellen Connor
Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought in her wildest nightmares that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her-one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest.
Apocalypse Challenge Day 4DYSTOPIAN PLAYGROUND
WHICH DYSTOPIAN WORLD FROM BOOKS WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE WITHIN? Not all dystopian worlds are THAT bad, are they? What world would you like to live within? Would you like to see what the Capitol really looks like in The Hunger Games? Or have an affinity for zombie landscapes? Opine.
DYSTOPIAN PLAYGROUNDYou now you just might have wished for the world to come to an end...
You might not think the world of The Stand by Stephen King is a place you might want to play within, but I was always obsessed with the outcome of the novel. The town they formed, the rules they put in place – what would it be like to live in a small town comprised of only a few survivors? What side would I have chosen? Would I have gone to Colorado or Vegas? I wonder.
The only reason I’m going for Divergent by Veronica Roth is because I’m dying to know what faction I would be placed within. I’m not egotistical enough to think I would be divergent – but hey you never know.
Richelle Mead’s Gameboard of the Gods is an interesting world, it’s big, not the usual population shift. They have a lot of intricacies in Mead’s world, where religion is not accepted and the gods might or might not be running amock. Love it. Need more, wouldn’t mind playing around in this one.
I don’t know if I want to fight buggers, or live in a world where Peter is in charge…but I wouldn’t mind playing in the Battle Room in Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game.
I want little crazy cameras that fly around and those cool hover boards….all over the place. The Uglies series might be one of my favorite dystopian worlds.
The world of Written in Red by Anne Bishop is crazy scary. But I think I might want to check out Lakeside Courtyard and maybe buy a book. That’s it though…I’ll run home after.
Apocalypse Challenge Day 3HOT TIMES AT THE END OF DAYS
YOUR FAVORITE COUPLES, OR MAIN CHARACTERS FROM APOCALYPSE NOVELS
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Apocalypse Challenge Day 2THE BIG BAD
DISCUSS AN APOCALYPSE FROM A BOOK THAT SEEMS THE MOST REAL.
One Second After was published in 2009 by William R. Forstchen. Forstchen’s novel is about an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack on the continental U.S. He bases the book in the small town of Black Mountain, North Carolina, a place he’s lived and worked in.
The EMP blast hits the U.S. and all power is wiped out. There is no more electricity, cars will not run, plans can’t fly…the country gets thrown back into the pre-modern age in seconds, but the bad thing, is that most people are dependent on technology, so they quickly begin to die off. The EMP blasts kills off 90% of the population.
What makes this so real is that the book was written because it was requested by Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House (1999) and presidential candidate. Because of Gingrich’s passion for securing our country against an EMP blast, Forstchen wrote the book. With dire warning he prefaces the book with information about EMP strikes, how all it would take would be one nuclear bomb detonated 200 miles above us to cause what is called the Compton Effect. What is this you might ask? Basically it is a release of wavelengths of gamma rays that scatter over the planet disrupting circuits, the power girds, computer chips – anything electronic. They are overloaded as they absorb too many amps – and they fry. Bye bye the grid.
Most doomsday preppers believe the grid going down is going to be the U.S.’s apocalypse. I tend to agree that if it’s going to happen anyway, it’s going to be this way. All it takes is one bomb and we’re a Third World country.
Hence, ONE SECOND AFTER is the most believe apocalypse book I’ve read.
Apocalypse Challenge Day 1THIS IS HOW THE WORLD ENDS
FAVE END OF THE WORLD SCENES IN BOOKS. Discuss your favorite end of the world scenes. i.e. The descriptions of “Waves” in The 5th Wave.
The Yellowstone Caldera explodes and the world crumbles in Mike Mullin’s epic YA apocalypse series. Mullin’s descriptions of this harrowing event told from the naive perspective of teenager Alex is by far one of the most intense apocalypse depictions I’ve read. One of my favorites
“The next few hours were, well, how to describe it? Ask someone to lock you in a box with no light, nobody to talk to, and then have them beat on it with a tree limb to make a hideous sound. Do that for hours, and if you’re still not bat-shit crazy, you’ll know how we felt.” – Ashfall by Mike Mullin
The opening scene inRhiannon Frater’s The First Days was one of the MOST horrific apocalypse scenes I’ve ever read. Chilling. Give me more!
So very, very small.
The fingers pressed under the front door of her home were so very small. She could not stop staring at those baby fingers straining frantically to reach her as she stood shivering on the porch. The cool morning air lightly puffed out her pink nightgown as her own pale fingers clutched the thin bathrobe closed at her throat. Texas weather could change so fast, and this early March morning was crisp.
I knew we needed weather stripping, she thought vaguely.
The gap under the front door was far too large.”
– Rhiannon Frater, The First Days
While not your typical apocalyptic hero/struggle, Childhood’s End is one of Clarke’s finest novels and his stunning depiction of the end of Earth and mankind as we know it was both inspiring and scary as hell.
“There was nothing left of Earth. They had leeched away the last atoms of its substance. It had nourished them, through the fierce moments of their inconceivable metamorphosis, as the food stored in a grain of wheat feeds the infant plant while it climbs towards the Sun.” Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke