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Prepping for Man’s Best Friend

Prepping for Man’s Best Friend

You’re prepared for the apocalypse, but is your dog?

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’m going to be discussing survivalism for pets. Do you have a SHTF plan in place for your dog? If you don’t, it’s time to start putting one together and investing in supplies. Your dog is going to need gear and training in a post-apocalyptic situation, or it might not survive. Make sure your best friend is ready for anything that might come your way before it’s too late.

A 2017 study in the Swedish Journal of Scientific Reports associated dog ownership with a 33% decrease in the risk of cardiovascular disease and a lowered risk of death. That is incredible news for dog owners, but in a SHTF situation, your risk of death will change—and fast. After the collapse of society, your dog may end up more significantly and immediately connected to your survival.

There are myriad benefits to pet ownership, including support and companionship. Dogs lower your stress and increase your mood, but more than that, they’ll defend you. It is your dog’s natural instinct to warn you of danger because they see you as a part of their pack. During TEOTWAWKI, your dog will literally lay its life on the line for you when the people who didn’t bother to prepare before the grid collapsed will be scrambling to take what you have.

Don’t lose your beloved pet to the elements, the terrain, or the enemy. When TEOTWAWKI is upon us, don’t leave your friend behind. Do what it takes today to make sure your whole family has what they need to survive, including the dog.

Steps You Can Take NOW to Help Your Pet Survive

Although disaster is not imminent, there are steps you can take today that will give you peace of mind if the worst should ever happen. Make sure you have a pet first aid kit handy, invest in any protective gear your dog may need to brave the elements where you are or where you’ll be going. Get a tactical dog training harness that holds gear. You’ll be glad you did!

Your dog’s ability to act in your best interests is a matter of life or death for both of you. Is your dog trained? Be honest…how well are they trained? Can you reliably count on them to follow your commands? If not, begin intensive training or hire a trainer now. Most communities have some form of affordable or even free group training classes.

Another thing you’re going to want to do ahead of time is educate yourself about safe ways to store your pet’s food, because a food and treats stockpile isn’t going to do your dog any good if it makes them sick. Make sure you have enough dry food, canned food, and treats to weather out the storm. Whatever you’ve stockpiled for you and your family, make sure you have the same for your pets.

A well-trained dog may know enough not to stray from its owner, but anything can happen. If your dog is separated from you, you’ll want it to have an ID collar. Put any identifying information someone else could use without a power grid in place to potentially return your animal to you. Your dog may be chipped, but with no electricity, who is going to be able to read it?

Last but not least, make sure to take your dog to the vet regularly, while you still can. It’s important to keep current on your pet’s shots and to stay on top of any potential problems that may arise. A crisis situation is not when you want to learn your dog has a health issue.

Your Dog’s Bug-Out Bag

You have a bug-out bag ready and on-hand just in case you need to get out in a hurry, right? Well have you ever considered that your dog needs one, too? Make sure your dog’s emergency survival kit contains the following items:

  • · Water and purification tablets
  • · Dog food packets
  • · Leash
  • · Lightsticks
  • · Thermal blankets
  • · Travel bowl
  • · First aid kit
  • · Rope

· Any protective gear that is appropriate for your area’s climate

As you do for yourself, you’ll want to keep one doggie bug-out bag in the house, and one in your car. Because you just never know, and that’s why it’s crucial to BE PREPARED.

If you don’t already have a dog you can count on, or you don’t have a dog at all, remember, when it comes to survival not all dogs are created equally. Researchers determined certain breeds offered more health benefits than others. The breeds you want to look for are scent hounds, terriers, and retrievers.

When the SHTF, where will your pets fit in? Find out with VP Prepping & Survival.

AlaskaGranny shows you how to safely stockpile food for your pet.

Prepping for Pet Owners

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again. Today’s blog is for pet owners, because if you have a dog, cat, or other animal your disaster preparedness efforts will require you to take them into consideration in a survival situation, if you aren’t safe, your pet isn’t either. For many of us, our pets are a part of the family, and for others they are valuable tools and assets. Whether your pet is your lap dog or your hunting assistant, in a SHTF situation it’ll be vulnerable. And, if it isn’t a useful animal, it can also become a burden.

The number-one recommendation I can make for dog owners who are survivalist is to make sure your dog is well-trained. If you want an animal that can and will defend you, you must train it to do so. Don’t assume because your dog barks at strangers that it will be able to protect you. Some other training your dog will need is:

  • Basic commands like sit, stay, and kneel
  • It must know how to stay completely quiet
  • It must be trained to stay with you and not to panic or run
  • It must be trained to haul and carry equipment

Cat owners, the most you can expect your feline friend to protect you from is rodents. However, if you’re in an area where they are a problem and you want extra protection for your food supply, a cat can be a tremendous asset.

 

How to prep your pet for a disaster:

 

Your pet will need adequate food and water, and this amount will be determined by the animal’s size, its health, and the weather. Looking for survival storage tips for your pet’s food supply? You’ll find them here:

If you don’t already have a dog but you’re thinking of getting one, you may want to consider which breeds are best suited to survival. Let’s face it, pugs are cute, but you don’t want to have a pug with you when you’re in the wild! The following video may help you decide which breed is best for you:

 

Don’t Leave Grandpa Behind

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to discuss an issue that will affect many of us in a SHTF situation even though you may not have considered it before, and that’s seniors. Do you have an elderly loved one? If TEOTWAWKI were to happen, of course you would want to do everything you can to care for beloved older family members. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to determine if you will be up to the task!

Are you in peak condition?

Now is the time to take stock of your own health, because you can’t take care of someone who is dependent if you don’t take care of yourself. Make sure you have the non-expired medicines and other health supplies you’ll need for yourself and your older family member—at least enough to last two months!

Are you going to be mobile?

Do you have batteries for your family member’s wheelchair? Do you have an extra walker? Can your wheelchair handle rough terrain? Do you have enough gas to get to safety (if you are lucky enough that there is still a place that is safe)? And yourself these questions now and not after it’s too late.

Do you know where FEMA and other shelters and services will be in your community?

If not, it’s time to find out, especially if your senior family member(s) has special health needs that require outside assistance. Knowing where these facilities would be ahead of time could mean the difference between life and death for someone who cannot survive the elements.

Are you being realistic about how much time you have?

Don’t wait until it’s too late to leave the area before it becomes a hazard. You don’t want to be the person who burned while they were trying to fight a forest fire with their hose when they could have been safely at a shelter miles away, and neither does your grandmother.

While I don’t need senior survival help myself yet (LOL), I hope you will find this advice helpful. Do you have anything to add to the discussion? Let me know I the comments!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDzAT2cPTuI

 

How to Choose Your Survival Team

I’m a big believer in strength in numbers, and in a SHTF situation you may very well be better off being part of a team. Just being a part of a team, however, is not enough, as not all teams are created equally. What is best for one, may spell doom for another. If and when the time comes, how will you know who to let into your group? This is not a decision you want to put off until the last moment. It’s best to start thinking of this TODAY, and the sooner the better!

The first thing you’ll want to do when you are interviewing people about being in your group is to make sure they are on the same page you are. That is to say, make sure they share the same survival goals, they agree who or what you are preparing to survive, and that they plan to bring the same number of people into the group with them. For example, if you are alone, or you are part of a married couple, you might not want to bring in three other guys who each have five children.

It’s also a good idea to have something that functions like congress or senate (when they function, lol!) or an elder tribunal…whatever you want to call it is not important. What is important is that it creates a system of checks and balances so no one person in the group can become powerful at the expense of the others. It’s also helpful to assign each member of the group a tasks they are in charge of.

There are a number of factors you should consider before allowing someone to join your team. Things like group goals, number of family members, and your actual bug-in location will play large roles in deciding who gets admission to the group. Get everybody on the same page, and things will start off a lot smoother.

If you are parents, you might want to bring other parents into your group because you will have the shared priority of keeping your children safe. You can assign your children a task they are to master now so they can become skilled at it today, rather than waiting to teach them to learn in less-than-ideal circumstances.

Want your prepper group to be a success? Make sure you have group members who possess the following skills:

  • Hunting and gathering
  • communications
  • Military training
  • Survival training
  • Medical training

And last but by no means least, you’ll need a strong leader who can coordinate efforts, smooth out difficulties, and bring the group together in even the most difficult circumstances.

How To Build a Food Supply in a Hurry

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and for today’s post I’m going to address those of you who may be new to prepping. Not everyone has been prepared for years, as I and so many others have. There has been increased interest in the topic of survivalism lately, due in part to what’s going on in Venezuela and the fear that it could happen here if (ahem) certain parties were able to win in the midterms. People who never thought the collapse of society could happen to them are seeing now that it can and does—and we could be next!

 

Of course, homesteading and advanced prepper tactics take many years to master, but anyone can get a short-term survival food supply together. Those of us who have families owe it to them to have a month of food and water at a bare minimum.

 

Are you ready to put an emergency food survival kit together for your family? Let’s get started! Here are some of the foods that are best for a TEOTWAWKI situation because they have a long shelf-life and are easy to store and prepare:

  • Rice and beans – make sure you have at least 20 pounds of each!
  • Canned meat – at least 20 cans
  • Canned fruit and vegetables – at least 20 cans of each
  • Peanut butter – go for the Costco-size, and get two
  • Oats – at least five pounds
  • Pasta – at least 10 pounds and canned sauce
  • Pancake batter – two Costco-size boxes

You may want to adjust some of these amounts based upon your family’s personal tastes, but the basic goal is to have enough protein, fruits, vegetables, and carbs to keep you all going. Remember, anything can happen in today’s unstable world, so BE PREPARED!

All About Fire Bricks

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk to you about fire bricks. What are fire bricks? This is a brick that is made from refractory materials that has many uses, including lining fireplaces, furnaces, and kilns. You can buy these at Home Depot and many other stores, but in a SHTF situation you won’t be able to go to the store. So what then?

This is where your old junk mail can come in handy. We’ve all got it lying around. I know I’ve got so much of it that even in a post-apocalyptic situation I could probably find plenty, but it doesn’t hurt to think ahead and start turning your junk mail into fire bricks now, before it’s too late. It’s easier than you think, and you’ll appreciate having them later.

To transform your junk mail into fire bricks, check out this informative post and video from SHTFBlog.com. Highly recommended!

Pioneer Preps: Fire Bricks

Essential Survival Skills for Kids

Hello everyone, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk to you about survival skills every child should know. Parents know how terrifying it is to think of being in a TEOTWAWKI situation when there are children involved, but the truth is if there is an attack or a natural disaster, our children will be at risk—and they will need to learn how to be contributors to your family unit.

 

If you’re a prepper parent, make sure your children possess the following skills:

  • Recognizing edible plants
  • Hunting for, cleaning, and preparing wild game
  • Building a fire and basic fire safety
  • Firearms safety
  • Growing plants from seeds
  • Cooking on an open fire
  • First aid and hygiene
  • Filtering and boiling water
  • Identifying water sources that are safe
  • Building a shelter
  • Opening a can without a can opener
  • Effective hiding and camouflage
  • Basic self-defense
  • Tree climbing
  • Map and compass reading
  • Weapons making
  • How to use the sun and stars as a compass
  • Mending tents, garments, etc.

More than anything else, your child’s attitude is the key to a family unit that functions effectively in times of crisis Make sure your child understands that they are a contributing member of society and their work is as needed and appreciated as anyone else’s. Instill good morals in your children that will carry them through adversity and help them to make the world a better place going forward.

Why You Should Have an Air Rifle

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk to you about air rifle prepping. If you think of Ralphie putting his eye out first when you think of air rifles, think again. This is an undervalued tool that any prepper should add to their inventory because it offers high velocity and accuracy. You can also make your own air rifle pellets at your homestead or while you are out hunting, making them your go-to weapon when you don’t have access to ammo.

 

Are you shopping around for an air rifle? Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re choosing one.

  • Distance – How far do you need to shoot?
  • Purpose – How do you intend to use your air rifle?
  • Type- PCP, Gas Ram, or Spring Gun?
  • Trigger Sensitivity – Buy the gun that is designed for your needs.
  • Features – Do your research and make sure you are getting the features you require.

 

One thing many preppers use air rifles for is hunting small game. This is another reason to consider this weapon. If it’s TEOTWAWKI, there will be a shortage of wild game, as I have discussed in previous blogs. In this situation, small game may be all you’ve got.

 

Another benefit of using air rifles is they are a quieter option. This may also be to your benefit in a SHTF situation, when you may find yourself trying to avoid detection.

 

Did you know air rifles aren’t considered to be firearms in many, if not most, jurisdictions? Although state laws vary, in most situations it is legal for survivalists to own these weapons.

 

Do you own an air rifle? Share your opinions and tips in the comments!

Prepping for an EMP Attack

Hello everyone, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to discuss the threat of EMP attacks and what preppers can do about it. Kim Jong Un has not kept his word, and North Korea has threatened an EMP attack in the past. An EMP attack would devastate the electrical grid, and depending on its strength it could cost millions of lives. Make sure you and your loved ones aren’t included with the casualties by taking steps now—before it’s too late!

 

What Would Happen During an EMP Attack?

  • People would be trapped anywhere you needed electricity to get out of. Think elevators, subways, and anywhere else you’d depend on automated doors or security.
  • Hospitals would not be able to do their jobs and there’d be no life support.
  • Nearly all communication as we know it would cease, including phones and internet.
  • Water treatment plants would no longer function, so no more clean water.
  • There would be panic and disorder in the streets, putting everyone in danger.

 

If your car doesn’t work, your phone doesn’t work, and planes are falling out of the sky, it may be the result of an EMP attack. Are you worried about an EMP attack in the future? Many of us are, but luckily there are steps we can take TODAY that will help you to prepare.

 

Return to Your Home Immediately

This is not the time to stay at the office wasting time trying to get your computer or phone to restart. The first few hours after an EMP attack will be make or break, and time will be of the essence.

 

Use Your Cash While You Can

Think your cash will hold its value for long after the electrical grid has collapsed? Think again. Use cash to get as many essential supplies as you can, while you still can.

 

Fill Every Receptacle You Can with Water

Sinks, tubs, buckets—everything! You’ll never regret having enough water on-hand, and if you don’t you may not live long enough to regret for too long anyway.

 

Make a Security Plan

If you are in a neighborhood, you’ll also want to meet with your neighbors to organize. You’ll want to consider issues like safety, rationing food, and possibly securing the community.

 

You can never be too prepared, so remember, do your homework today for a better tomorrow!

Most Watched YouTube Prepper Videos

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to share some prepper videos with you. More people are prepping now than ever before, and one place where this is really evident is YouTube. As long as we still have electricity and the Internet, we will have a steady stream of new survivalist videos, but not all content is created equally. Here are a few of the most popular videos you’ll find online today.

How To Start Prepping: Top Ten List

YouTube user DynamicPrepper’s video has an incredible 1.5M views. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a prepper but you aren’t sure where to start, this is the place.

Top SHTF Prepping Ideas 2017

YouTube user SurvivalGuru’s video deals with important topics like SHTF food, the best survival training, and economic crash warning signs.

 

My Top 10 List of Survival/ Prepping Items

If you’re worried about the future of Canada under Trudeau, check out Canadian Prepper’s video, in which he shares his survival and prepping Top 10.