Zombie apocalypse

I’m a prepper. Yeah, I know I can feel you’re eyes rolling from here. But forget about all the stuff you think you know about preppers and hear me out, while we joke about the idea of a zombie apocalypse and preparing for that, in reality most of us will experience an event in our lifetime where you will need to shelter in place, evacuate, or in some other form deal with the modern conveniences we take for granted disappearing for at least a short time. Just recently a host of bad storms went through our area and a whole swath of the next county over was destroyed by tornadoes. That’s not normal in Michigan and many people in the area were caught completely unprepared. My heart goes out to them because while they have to rebuild their homes and their lives they are dependent on the kindness of others for the basic necessities.
Hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, wild fires. All of these things can happen in different parts of the country and disrupt our daily lives. Even if you live on the other side of the country you can feel the effects of these disasters (notice how gas gets more expensive when there is a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico?). It’s important to know what dangers there are for your area and plan accordingly. I live in West Michigan, not a whole lot of hurricanes coming across Lake Michigan (Thank goodness, hurricanes freak me out) but we do get pretty impressive lake effect snow! Especially this last year we had the Polar Vortex wrecking a lot of havoc. So we have to plan accordingly, what will we do if a storm knocks out power, or ice build up prevents us from getting to the store, what if we have to evacuate during a storm. And we work our preparations around these questions.
It’s important to know you’re risks. Know you’re abilities. Know what’s most important for you and your family. We have no kids, but we do have a furbaby. For us, it’s important to include Guinness in our plans. He has his own 72 hour bag, we know who is responsible for making sure Guinness is in the car if we have to evacuate and making sure he is included in our calculations for water requirements and having his vet records/picture in our essential paperwork binders. If you have kids, special health concerns, elderly, or some other special consideration be sure to include this in your preparation plans.
Most experts agree that in a situation where the supply chain is disrupted you’re local super store, grocery store, market, or whatnot will have empty shelves in three days or less. Most stores have such a sophisticated supply chain computerized system that they don’t hold much stock in the back room anymore. Anyone who has been to a Meijer super sale can attest to how quickly the shelves can be emptied. Now imagine what is in your house right now. How long would you be able to eat?
A month?
A week?
A few days?
Scary thought isn’t it? What if the power goes out, will you be able to cook the food you do have? Will you be able to have clean water for drinking, hygiene, etc?
If you have to leave your house quickly will you have your important papers? Cash in small denominations for if the ATM/Debit system is down? Enough food, clothing, medicine to last a couple of days in a shelter or at some other safe place? These are the kinds of things I have always thought about, ok a little bit obsessed about, for as long as I can remember. More recently I actually started to do something about it!
Me, Dustin, and Guinness each have our own 72 hour bag. Over the next couple of posts I’ll give you a good place to start your own 72 hour bags. Easy things that you probably already have in your house that would be useful in an emergency situation. As well as long term things that you can do to prepare for both short term and the long term SHTF situations.

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