So Let’s recap this poll and see where we ended up, interesting results.
Even though I set this question up wrong, thanks for voting, we did get some good information. I meant to have you give us your most importatnt Task and you saw what I meant and gave it to us.
The most votes went to:
- Food and Water Storage with 64% of total votes.
- Firearms, shooting and combat skills was second with 18%.
- Communications and “other” both had 9% each. The write in was Shelter, nice add to the list.
I was glad to see Food and Water Storage as top dog, because it is. We have to eat every day and frankly I have not shot anybody in weeks! I think this is a first line for preppers and survivalists who need to take care of themselves and their family, it’s the first thing they can do right out of the gate. In case you need help with the storage part, view my bucket packing video: Packaging Day! This can help you get your packing started. I also have food storage lists in the “Free Info” tab at the main page to help.
So firearms, shooting and combat skills has the second most. If you can, we should all be CCW holders if we are able to do that and will accept the responsibility. Get a good instructor and get training and have some fun at the same time. This is something that the whole family can be a part of.
Communications: I need to do more for myself here. I want to get my HAM radio license and will be studying to do that. Besides that, learning morse can be helpful and fun to do. MGRS radios or MURS radios can help your communication as well. These radios take no special license and normaly use the line of site for transmitting which does limit their use somewhat. Remember that texting with a cell phone when cell towers cannot take normal phone calls is something to remember. Sometimes making the comm’s simpler can make a difference.
Shelter, well now I seem to have forgotten this one from the list. Given it’s the second in the rule of Three’s. 3 hours without shelter in weather can kill you. So it’s important to learn what make up shelter and how to make it happen. Two large drums can make a shelter in a pinch, a poncho rigged up with 550 cord can keep you out of weather, learning to Bivouac is a good tool to have in your box.
The other items stretch from self reliance to self sufficiency. You start with chickens, your own eggs and meat when you need it. Rabbits are a good food source that once started can keep itself in animals. Gardening is going to be the one item that keeps us from starving once the food started to run out and will extend the food we have. This is something that takes time to learn to do well, and the time to learn is now and not in the middle of the storm.
So from this maybe we all start looking at what we do a little more. Here is the POLL.