A war, at some point in the future, is a nearly inevitable prospect, no matter where you live. That means it’s crucial that you understand not only what it would mean for a war to occur in your area, but also that you understand what you should do if that war does occur.
By understanding how to prepare yourself before the war occurs, you’ll be ready for the event if and when it ever does. After all, you definitely don’t want your family to be stuck suffering from a war that they have no control over. Make sure you prepare for war to reduce this possibility.
Building your stockpile
One of the first things that you want to do is create a stockpile of everything you could possibly need if you became cut off from the rest of the world. That stockpile should include a large number of things but there are some that will be more important than others, and that means you need to make sure you have those items in larger quantities.
So what should you be including in your stockpile so that your family is going to be safe and protected no matter what may come?
The most important thing in your stockpile is going to be food and water. You need to have enough so that if you are cut off from the rest of your city or town you’ll have enough to get your entire family through. This is going to take up a lot of space in your stockpile and that means you need to have a dedicated area where you can easily store it.
Make sure you are stockpiling foods that are perishable rather than a lot of microwave or even stovetop meals. You need to operate on the assumption that you will have no electricity and that means only items you can eat as they are (the majority of your stockpile) or items that can be cooked over a fire.
There are a large number of products that should be part of your survival gear stockpile. These would include things like knives, rope, hiking boots, canvas or tents and anything else you might need if you had to hike through the wilderness. This is entirely possible if a war occurs and especially if that war starts to get ugly quickly. See our list of the top survival knives for you to choose from.
You may need to simply disappear with the rest of your family and make sure that you are able to survive in the wilderness. There are a lot of tools you’re going to want and you’ll need to make sure that most of them can fit into a knapsack before you go as well.
The best thing to do with your survival gear is to find the most important items, things like a compass, a large knife for cutting branches or meat if you go hunting, rope, canvas and non-perishable food and packing it into a heavy duty knapsack. You’ll want a bag for each member of your family, but make sure that it’s the right weight for them to carry and that you have plenty of food and water. You never know if you’ll find fresh water wherever you go. You want to keep these bags packed so they’re ready at a moment’s notice and keep them with your clothing as well.
You never know exactly what’s going to be happening around you when a war hits and that means making sure that you have plenty of heavy clothes to wear. You’ll want several layers along with thermal layers, outer jackets and pants and hiking boots.
All of these things should be near your survival gear pack so you can put them on and run out the door in a moment if necessary. If it’s not necessary this also helps you to know exactly where that gear is whenever you need it to head outside in the cold weather or take care of anything. You should have a decent store of heavy, warm clothes and blankets.
You always want to make sure you have a weapon ready. That means more than just a small gun or a couple knives. You want something that you can use for hunting but also something that you can use to defend your family if something bad happens.
You don’t want to risk your family’s lives over anything and that means you need heavy duty weapons and you need a good store of ammo as well. It’s also important to remember that things could get bad out there if your neighbors are without food or water and they know that you have it. You need to defend yourself and do whatever it takes to keep the family safe. Do check out our reviews of the top 10 guns for home defense to give you more options to choose from.
Fortifying your house
You need to make sure your household is prepared for whatever may come. That means more than just building a wall around your house (which may be a good idea if you have the time and money or skill to do it). It means making sure that your house is capable of withstanding whatever you need to.
That means cutting yourself off from the outside world, or at least having the capability of doing so if you need to. In order to do this, you’re going to need a lot of work around the place and that means putting in the effort long before there’s a war.
Build a well
Having your own well is going to make you more capable of supporting yourself and your family. You will have the ability to supply everyone with water that doesn’t require anything from your city or government in order to function. You’re also going to be able to do things like water animals and plants and that means surviving a little bit longer than someone who doesn’t have a well. Water is the most important thing if you are cut off from society after all because without water your family will not be able to survive.
Plant a garden
Planting your own garden is going to keep you surviving even longer because you’ll have your own food to help your family.
You should have some protein in your diet but your family will be able to survive on a vegetarian diet for quite a long time, a lot longer than they’ll survive without that garden because all that non-perishable food isn’t going to do as much for you as the vitamins and minerals you can get from fruits and vegetables. Sure it should keep them alive, but it’s not going to do a whole lot else and they won’t be as healthy as you would want them to be.
If you at all have the time, energy and inclination, raise your own farm animals too. This will help you prepare for your own society and the different things you and your family needs. You’ll have protein and be able to feed the family even healthier foods and that’s going to be the most important thing. Raising animals can be just a few chickens and a cow or it could mean having an entire farm. It’s entirely up to you, but even just a few animals could be the difference between having everything you need and feeling a little hungry at the end of the day. Check out our guide on how to raise pigs for consumption.
The key is finding animals that you and your family can take care of and that you will continue to take care of. Yes, this animal is going to likely be a meal for you and your family one day, but that doesn’t mean it’s entirely gross. It’s just difficult for them to realize that your pets are not going to stay pets forever and that they will, in fact, be there for you to eat whenever you feel the need to do so. You’ll need to know how to care for them and that means putting in some work, but you’ll also need to know how to prepare the meals you can make if it comes down to it.
Live off grid
The more off the grid you are already the better off you’re going to be. Now of course, if you’re living in the middle of the city this isn’t going to be true as much, but if you’re living in the middle of the country and you don’t have neighbors you can easily get yourself completely off the grid. Because you’re not going to be on the network other people will have a much harder time trying to find you and that keeps you a whole lot safer when you’re hiding from a war.
The best things you can dare the ones we’ve already discussed as well as making sure that you aren’t as reliant on energy. If you are able to produce your own energy there’s nothing wrong with that, though it can draw attention to you and your family. On the other hand, if you use electricity all the time for things that it really isn’t needed for you’re going to very much upset your entire family because it could lead to you or one of them getting hurt, and no one wants that to happen.
Preparing to fight
You should understand that your fight isn’t just going to be against a few people who want to take your supplies. You’re also not only going to be fighting the actual enemy. You need to make sure that you’re protecting yourself against anything and everything that comes your way and that’s going to include anything from martial law to the infestation of computer systems and of course you need to be prepared for the fact that anyone and anything could be your enemy. It means watching your surroundings and never taking anything for granted.
Martial law takes over when the government decides the country is at war and in imminent danger. What it means is the military can take control of your city and they can make their own rules. Other laws that you would normally have under the Constitution can be suspended by the military and that includes anything from the right to a speedy trial to the right against soldiers coming into your home whenever they want. Make sure you’re prepared for this.
Another thing to be prepared for is the possibility that everything around you could be corrupted. Because so much of our country relies on computer systems, it’s entirely possible that those computer systems will become compromised and that the many enemies we have will seek to destroy us through our computers.
After all, taking down our computer systems destroys most of the infrastructure of the country, including the communication of our military and therefore the ability for that military to carry out and coordinate attacks. You never know what could happen at that point.
What you may need, but didn’t know
Even though you’ve already started to prepare yourself for any type of survival situation that may occur, you’re probably not fully prepared for just anything and that means you’re going to need a lot of extra supplies and tools that will protect you just in case of some worst case scenario’s, like a nuclear attack or other chemical warfare.
The basics would include some additional clothes and definitely a place that you can keep yourself and your entire family safe no matter what may be going on outside in the rest of the world.
Chemical protective suit
You want to make sure you have the gear to protect yourself against anything and that means having a chemical protective suit that will keep you and your family safe if there’s some type of chemical released into the air.
Everyone in your family should have a full body suit and you want to make sure that it includes a helmet as well. That way you will all be ready for anything that comes and you won’t have to worry about breathing in harmful chemicals that could result in death, even long after the war and all the supposed danger is gone.
You really should have a bomb shelter in your home or very close nearby. Maybe you want to build it under the barn or somewhere else but you really want to make sure that you have one because it’s going to keep you safe if a bomb of any type does go off, especially if there’s a nuclear bomb blast.
You don’t want to be caught in the blast so make sure that you have this type of shelter prepared with all of your gear and extra stuff so you can run in and lock the door without any notice at all.
You want to have more than one way out of any area. If you only know one path, the quickest one, to get out of your city or state you’re not going to make it. You need to make sure you have several options when it comes to getting out of the area because if your main way is blocked you don’t want to then be trapped or trying to figure out something new at the last minute.
A set of detailed maps will make sure that doesn’t happen to you.
What do you and your family intend to do if your country is invaded? Do you have a plan to stay or do you plan to leave the country? You want to make sure that you and your partner talk this over before it ever comes to pass because you don’t want to find yourself trapped and looking for a way out because your newly formed plan relies on you getting out of the country.
If you’re going to hunker down you want to do that right away and if you’re going to make a run for it you need to do that right away as well. The sooner you know what you’re going to do the more likely you are to succeed.
If it lasts
So what if everything goes down and it stays that way? What do you do if the government never seems to come back up or the rest of your world is no longer out there? Well you need to have a plan for this too. It goes beyond just knowing if you’re going to run or hold out. What you need to do is make sure that you know how you’re going to do it. You need to know the exact plan for how you’re going to make a living for yourself and your family if the war and any subsequent invasion really does happen.
All-in-all, there are a lot of things you need to keep in mind if you’re planning to protect your entire family from some type of war. You need to know what you’re getting into and you definitely need to know how to take care of your entire family. It’s not going to be easy, but you can definitely accomplish it if you’re careful and you pay attention to everything that’s happening around you. That’s the only way to prepare for war.