Dooms Day Prep School
So much is happening around us from pandemic to fires to political strife. There is no ignoring the mounting tension. We could argue all day about if, how, and when existence as we know it will end — and some do.
Most of us can agree that some amount of preparation is wise, whether for the end of the world or a long Michigan winter. Here are three practical ways we can be ready when the world or the weather seem to spin out of control:
Whether you have a pantry, extra space in the basement or a high tech underground bunker, storing food is a great plan in case of emergency. A great starter stash can include honey, rice, peanut butter, dried beans, energy bars and canned goods — many of which will keep for decades when stored properly. For dried goods, use buckets with a gamma seal lid, which will help keep critters and moisture out. Oxygen absorbers are also a great idea to extend shelf life, prevents growth of aerobic pathogens and spoilage organisms including molds, and eliminate the need for additives such as BHA, BHT, sulfur dioxide, sorbates, benzoates, etc.
Keeping staples around in the event that you can’t get to the store for a length of time will help you rest easy, knowing you can feed your family in troublesome times.
Hey, you’ll never remove that gamma seal lid from your storage buckets with spaghetti arms.
Staying in shape yields benefits that extend far beyond fitting into those old jeans. Not only do we extend our own “shelf life” by being active, but we are far more capable of helping others in need. When the weather is fair, we can always go for a run or a hike. But what happens when sub-zero temperatures lurk and the gyms are still closed?
You don’t need much space inside your home to stay fit. A simple, effective indoor fitness kit can include a jump rope and free weights. You can get your heart pumping and break a sweat within a 5x5 sq. ft. space. Go back to basics with resistance training moves like pushups, crunches and squats — none of which require equipment. Interval train by jumping rope between each set.
Just 10–20 minutes 3 to 5 times per week and you’ll be ready to save the day!
Have you ever wondered how you would fare in the event of a plane crash or if somehow you found yourself and your family fending for your lives in the woods? Unfortunately, simple skills like starting a fire with friction or making tools from raw materials have been long lost in the age of technology. Many of us can’t even go for a hike without our phone to navigate. What if someone gets hurt and there is no signal? Does anyone even know basic first aid anymore? Never hurts to have a few tried and true basic savage skills in the arsenal. Check out these online survival courses to become an undercover ranger, or just less useless on your next camping trip.