Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. How much money will this take?
A. As much or as little as you have available. For hundreds of thousands of dollars, you can buy a personalized survival bunker that will keep you alive for months. For $2/week you can buy an extra bag or two of beans at the grocery store. I began stocking up by the latter method, but do whatever works for you!
I personally recommend setting aside about $20-50/week to spend on extra food, first aid, and misc survival gear. This is enough money to get you off the ground, but probably won’t sink your budget. Remember: start small and be smart. Plan before you buy ANYTHING.
Q. What does “BOB” stand for?
A. In the prepping community, “BOB” stands for “bug-out bag.” Basically, a BOB is filled with the essentials you’d want to have with you if you had to leave your home for a few days (or longer). Some people pack their bags with 72-hours worth of food and supplies, other people plan for an indefinite amount of time spent in the woods.
Q. If I only have time to do one thing, what should I do?
A. Easy – store water. Use empty 2-liter soda bottles, fill them up to overflowing, cap them, and and duct tape the tops. WARNING: do NOT use old milk jugs for water storage!! The plastic absorbs organic material from the milk and can render your water potentially unsafe.
Q. What if I don’t have space to store water?! (see previous question)
A. Try this: fill a bunch of old 2-liter bottles with water, as described above. Remove everything from the bottom of your closet. Line up the bottles in rows on the floor until you can’t fit any more in your closet, then lie a sturdy, flat piece of wood or plastic on top of the water bottles. Return your belongings to the closet, placing them on top of this “new floor.” You can fit a LOT of water into your apartment by making better use of your vertical storage space.