Teothwawki – How to Prepare
Teothwawki (the End of the World as we Know It) may very well be inevitable. Whether the end of the world comes in ten days or ten decades, there will only be two kinds of people when it comes down to it: those who have prepared, and those who have not. Ultimately, the people who have prepared will definitely be better off.
First of all, what’s going to cause the end of the world? There are actually a variety of different scenarios that could play out: a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, a grid down situation, a famine, a drought, or who knows, possibly even a zombie apocalypse.
Regardless of the scenario, it’s important that you are preparing to provide for both you and your family if the worse comes to worse. You don’t have to go all crazy and dedicate the rest of your life to prepping like people do on shows like “Doomsday Preppers,” but you can still set aside some basic materials and supplies.
Bug Out Bag
A Bug Out Bag is a pre-packed, easy to grab and carry bag (like a backpack) filled with survival gear to grab if you need to bug out of your home. At the very minimum, your bug out bag should have at least three different ways to start fire, water bottles and a water filter or purification tablets, a good knife, a handsaw, a first aid kit, an emergency space blanket, a tarp, a poncho, a map of the surrounding area, and a spare change of clothes.
You’ll need weapons for security, and you have to know how to use them. You don’t have to go all out and build an arsenal of high powered weapons, but you should at least have some means to defend yourself and your family.
There are three guns at the minimum you’ll want: a good rifle, a shotgun, and a handgun. A rifle allows you to shoot at long range distances and is very handy for taking down game. Popular options with survivalists are military-style AR-15 rifles (which are actually very versatile weapons), but many people who may be intimidated at the thought of having an automatic weapon in their home select bolt-action hunting rifles chambered for popular calibers like .308 and .30-06 instead. Your shotgun should be a 12 or 20-gauge pump action, as pump actions can reliably feed nearly any kind of shells. As for your handgun, the 9mm should be your default caliber. The 9mm is plentiful, popular and very affordable to shoot. Be sure to have enough ammo stored away for each weapon, and take the time to practice with each weapon on the range.
You’ll also need a good, fixed-blade knife for a variety of reasons, a hatchet, and a machete.
Food and Water
Storing away food and water is essential: you should have actual food and water stored away as well as the ability to get more of it you need to. The best foods to store are canned food and rice as they have a long shelf life and are also cheap to stock up on. You may also want to consider taking up gardening to grow food of your own, as well as having the ability to hunt game if it comes down to it.
Storing large quantities of water is also important, but water doesn’t have an indefinite shelf life. Store all of your water in a cool, dark location in both large containers and small water bottles for easy versatility. Divide your water into cleaning water and drinking water, and alternate the containers and bottles out every six months to a year.
In a true Teothwawki situation, gasoline will be scarce to come by. Do yourself a favor and set aside some gasoline in red cans. As a good rule of thumb, fifteen gallons of gasoline will last you for a week if you use it only when necessary (for cars, ATVs, and generators), so think about how long you want to be prepping for.
Don’t forget as well that you need a plan. In a Teothwawki, everything will be chaotic. Figure out if it’s best to stay in your home or bug out to another location, if you can join up with friends and family, and set aside the same above supplies not only in your home, but in other locations as well.