Like most all kinds of survival preparedness, war preparedness needs to happen long before any conflict takes place. The first thing you need to do is make sure you are set up to be self- sufficient for at least two to 12 months, if not longer.
Since we are talking about preparedness for war it makes sense to talk about your first aid kit. There are literally hundreds of kits to choose from and it can be hard to decide which is best for you and your family. You can get kits that will cover anywhere from one person to one thousand.
Some supplies you are going to want include, elastic bandages, gauze pads, sterile saline, a suture kit, and a chest seal. You might also want a snake bite kit, a tourniquet, a burn care kit, and medication supplies specific to your family’s needs. You can have all the supplies in the world but if you don’t have the training you’ve just got a lot of expensive junk.
The next logical step here is to make sure at least one person in your household has more advanced training, like that of an EMT. Once you have gone through that training you are prepared to deal with any type of injury including gunshot and stab wounds you may encounter in a state of war.
If you don’t have the time or money for that you should at least be CPR certified. You might try a first responder course as well. It’s not as comprehensive as an EMT’s training but it’s pretty good. Once you have taken care of your families medical needs in terms of preparedness for war it’s time to talk about self-defense.
Thousands of forms of self-defense are available, but some are better than others. Without naming names, I suggest you stay away from any school that displays a wall full of trophies. Training to get a point in a sparring match is different from training to take out a guy with a machete.
If you find yourself hiding out in your house trying to protect your family in a time of war and lawlessness that often follows, it’s important to have the right mindset. You need to be thinking about hitting an attacker in the throat or eye and not winning some trophy.
When you’re talking about preparedness for war, mental preparation is everything so do it right by preparing for armed attackers and not some guy with boxing gloves on in a ring.
When you’re talking about preparedness, you have to talk about the real possibility of a nuclear war. The cold war may be over but with everything going on with Iran and North Korea we have to accept the fact that any war now could contain nuclear armaments. If you survive the initial impact of a nuclear warhead you still have to live through the fallout. Living through the fallout is all about finding the right shelter.
To survive the fallout (dust) you have to do more than just keep it off your skin. As that mushroom cloud of dust lands the problem is that it emits radiation energy similar to that of an x-ray. It’s that radiation and not the dust that goes right through walls and gets you. The only way to stop the radiation from penetrating is to put something between you and the source of the radiation.
You’re going to need a shelter made from basic materials like four inches of steel or sixteen inches of earth. You could also use twenty-four inches of water, or thirty-eight inches of wood. If you can’t afford to build a shelter from the ground up, you may already have one close to you.
All you need is a little extra mass between yourself and the fallout in order for you to be safe. Sometimes just piling up a few more tables or sandbags will do the trick. Because of the rate that the radiation dissipates you may only have to stay in your shelter for two weeks to six months, depending on how close you are to ground zero.
When it comes to war preparedness you need to do a few things to be ready to survive a possible war in your backyard. To start, you’ll need a shelter that will weather nuclear fallout. To stay in that shelter long enough to survive the radiation you’re going to need at least three days of food and water. You’ll also need adequate medical supplies and someone trained to deliver that much needed medical care. The best thing is, you don’t have to go broke getting prepared. And lastly, you’ll need some self- defense training in case things go hand to hand.