A prepper's guide from the apocalypse.
Like I ones said on Twitter, I’ve been living in paradise for a couple of years now. Puerto Rico is literally a paradise on this earth. The people, the beaches, the weather, and by the way, talking about the weather two big hurricanes came to Puerto Rico this year (2017) and it was awful. First, it was Irma, which took most of the electrical grid, followed by Maria who took everything else.
Now it’s been two months and there is no electricity, the stupid local governor seems afraid of the dark so is constantly setting curfews and the military, and the police are stopping people for a stop sign ticket with long range assault weapons. Basically, because of bad urban planning and political incompetence, paradise has turned into a military post-apocalyptic dystopia.
My wife and I, talked a lot about this the days before the hurricane. I told her that if we wanted to be sure, we should prepare for at least a month with basic supplies. But the days past by and we did not prepare. We thought that, like most of the time, the hurricane was going to past by, close enough for us to feel the winds and the rain but not close enough for the absolute destruction that we faced.
So, what I learn about this? First, that I’m an idiot and that we should definitely have prepared. Second, and a little more useful information, now I’m almost certain, from the perspective of someone in the middle of the apocalypses, of knowing what you could possibly need in a situation like this.
We would like to divide this in three levels of preparation. Lightweight survival, strong survival and OMG-Hardcore survival mode.
In the first days after the hurricane there were no Walgreen’s, CVS or Walmart opened. So, the less concern prepper should at least have the following:
Medication – if you are diabetic or hypertensive or any other chronic medical condition you should at least have a month of medication and another month of prescription. You should also have the basics; Pepto-Bismol, Panadol, cough syrup, an allergy medication, etc. You never know what is going to happen this is strictly basic precautions.
There were no supermarkets open. You should definitely at least have a week or two of well-thought food supplies that do not require refrigeration. You would most likely lose electricity and maybe even water, therefore, you should also at least have two weeks of drinking water and a week or two of cleaning water.
If you want to bring it up a notch you should definitely turn your supplies from one or two weeks to a month. Also, you should be prepared for a way of purifying water and cooking with gas and camping equipment, with a reserve of no less than 4 little tanks of gas. Something that I did not expect was the enormous quantity of mosquitos, therefore you need to have mosquito repellant, battery fans, and mosquito nets. You should consider alternative equipment to launder clothing, a machete and some form of fire making. Last in this category but not least you imperatively need to get at least 4 tanks of gasoline. There were people that had to do up to 30 hours of lines to get a regulated 10 bucks of gasoline. Even nowadays, two months after the hurricane, there are 30 and 40 minutes lines for gasoline and a general lack of gasoline and diesel.
This is the way I would have liked to have been prepared. All that I have said so far is obviously adds to this next part of the list. If you want to be able to feel atleast kind of normal in the post-apocalypse you need to have a good source of electricity. People in Puerto Rico used is diesel, gas or gasoline power generators, but they are a waste of too much money. Is also important to consider that gasoline is not a resource which you will be able to acquire easily so is a good idea to be prepared with solar energy equipment. That does not mean that you would be able to survive without gasoline but your gasoline dependency would be less so it's going to be easier. Similarly, if you are really planning ahead, you should acquire a pool. Yes, a pool, because with proper filtering you will have clean water and cleaning water, much needed in the apocalypse.
There are at least one more things you should really consider. As part of any survival effort. Secure your house, preemptively. What does that mean for each of us is relative, but it is very important that you consider it. If, for example, your sliding door, or big glass windows are appropriated for your climate and living situations.
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