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Preppers – If You Aren’t Doing This Annually, You Won’t Be Disaster Ready

by Jeremiah Johnson, Ready Nutrition:

Well, it may seem cliché to say that spring is right around the corner, as in most of the U.S. there’s still plenty of snow on the ground. Winter still seems “deep” to some (especially Yours Truly, as I have almost 3’ of snow on the ground), and the cold weather has not broken. Nevertheless, everyone out there in ReadyNutrition Land, the early bird gets the worm. I’m referring to all your gear that you’ll be breaking out soon when the cold weather breaks.

Stay on top of your prepper gear

Maintenance

Your gear can best be maintained according to a maintenance schedule and you can get a start on it now. Some preppers do it twice a year when Daylight Savings Time hits. But it’s more than giving it a glance and it doesn’t just mean cleaning it. It also means inspecting it for serviceability and function. It means making sure that it’s well organized and that you can pick it up at a moment’s notice to “rock and roll” with it…be out the door and on the moor! You can’t do that unless it’s ready. Let’s discuss it, shall we?

How’s that rucksack? If you’re the way I am, you absolutely hate anything that can detract from your load-carrying capabilities. Inspect that rucksack! Has it been sitting out in the garage or in the basement, on the cement floor? I hope not. Are your straps in order, and are there any signs of dry-rot, mildew, or water damage? You need to find that out now, and even more:

What does this mean? If you’re serious about survival and prepping, and you really want to survive a disaster/SHTF scenario when it happens (notice I wrote “when” and not “if”), then you’ll be on top of this…all the time. The conditions for the rucksack I mentioned should never occur. They won’t occur if you follow a regular schedule of checking it and correcting anything that surfaces. For the nylon on your rucksack you can use a shoeshine brush or a medium to stiff bristle brush to clean off any dirt and dust. Maintain the straps in the same way.

Dirt or mud, clean it off…if it’s not easy with the brush, then take some warm water on a clean towel or rag and “damp scrub” it off. The nylon of the straps and the pack clean up well, but you don’t want to leave it too damp. Always place the rucksack off the floor. Don’t allow it to contact the floor surface. Inspect the connecting points of the ruck, and inspect every piece that snaps or buckles. Everything should be clean and working. Canteens should be emptied and dried to prevent funk from going inside of them, or (as JJ does) if you’re going to store water in them the water needs to be changed periodically (say every month) to keep the “grand Funk railroad” from slipping in.

Familiarization

This may seem an oxymoron, however, unless you have a photographic memory you’re going to have a hard time remembering how you packed your gear…what is where. One way to solve this (as I mentioned in other articles) is to keep an inventory sheet of everything, listed on an actual diagram of your rucksack. This enables you to look at the diagram of the ruck and see how it’s made…where the pouches are, etc. …and know exactly what is in it. Guess what? It won’t be enough, because when you change seasons (in this case, Winter to Spring) you should have a full layout of all of your equipment you will tote.

Why? For accountability (know that everything you think you have you actually have), and for serviceability (to know it is all in working order). Along with that rucksack is that jungle hammock, that one-man tent and all of its accoutrements, flashlights, radios (don’t open that tube and find leaking batteries!), and all of your other gear and gadgets.

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1 comment to Preppers – If You Aren’t Doing This Annually, You Won’t Be Disaster Ready

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    I have to admit, that any kind of “bug out” scenario scares the hell out of me. Everything is unknown as to what the conditions of the route will be like. Will it be a leisurely road trip with light congestion? Good roads, good bridges, open gas stations for you to keep everything filled up?

    Maybe yes, probably no. Will it get even worse? Will you be forced to travel on foot with only the things you can carry?

    Aside from all the road supplies (spare tire, tire plugs, air pump, water, oil, gas, hose repair, belt repair, etc). I’d think it wise to strap a good HD bike on your car, with spare bike parts and a bike TRAILER for extra gear. Hiking on foot is far easier on a pair of bike wheels!!!

    How about taking your car as far as you can get. Will you need to drive thru muddy, wet ditches? How do you keep from sinking down and get across it? What supplies can “bridge” that stuff? How about a 3ft wide X 5ft deep crack in the road. How do you bridge THAT one?

    Driving over soft SAND is easy. Just a couple 2 or 3 sheets of 3/4″ plywood, or some 2×10’s or 2×12’s and you can make your own “sand bridge”, even though you must “leap-frog” your boards every car length, it can be done. But you’d need someplace to CARRY those big boards. If you had a decent landscape trailer, would do it. Car hauler? of course. Camping trailer? be clever and you can do just about anything.

    Have a good winch, and other tools, such as a ‘come-along’ (ratchet winch). Hand crank winch. Chains, cable, strong ropes, straps. Block & tackle pulleys can pull a car out of a ditch.
    Here’s a light weight aluminum model like for climbers, but with enough strength, it MIGHT help get a car out of a sticky situation without a winch machinery.http://www.ebay.com/itm/270837900645?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

    Here’s a bulky heavy model that is not good for carrying in a back pack, but for getting a car unstuck, might be the one for you.
    Of course, you’d need a PAIR of them, and a HEAVY DUTY nylon rope (long enough) to go thru all the pulleys.
    But things like this, can help you to move heavy logs, lumber, or other chores.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/222262151311?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&var=521098339361&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

    These CAR HAULER truck-ramps are rated at 5,000 pounds EACH side (10k total capacity), 15″ wide X 8ft long. These should get anybody over a big gap in the road, over soft sand, thru some mushy mud, etc. Lesser capacity ramps cost less money.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALUMINUM-Ramps-1-set-10K-hook-ends-CAR-TRUCK-TRAILER-ramps-auto-hauler-8-X-15/252561419348?_trksid=p2045573.c100505.m3226&_trkparms=aid%3D555014%26algo%3DPL.DEFAULT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20150817211623%26meid%3D6d7cbea74ec648df9e4f6d78b34b497f%26pid%3D100505%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26

    You see why “bugging out” scares me? Being well prepared for super bad situations is expensive and difficult, but if you THINK ahead, then may be able to foresee problems & solutions.

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