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Protect Your Home From the End of The World!

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Protect Your Home From the End of The World!

With the end of the world literally days away, it’s crunch time if you’re thinking about joining the Prepper Movement to prepare for the predicted apocalypse. Because the actual devastation and destruction is somewhat uncertain, the preparation necessary to weather a variety of disasters can become quite extensive.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide readers with a thorough and extensive array of emergency preparedness information, from natural disasters and severe weather to radiation emergencies and mass casualties. It’s smart to prepare for all manner of hazards to ensure that you’re ready for whatever unfolds.


Protect your home from the end of the world as we know it. A lack of preparation is like inviting devastation to impact you and your family in a significant way.

  1. 1.Emergency Fund

    Emergency Fund

    It takes resources to protect your home from an apocalypse – both to fund the preparation and enable you to make all the purchases you’ll need to survive and to keep you going after the disasters unfold and during the civil and environmental unrest. In general, experts recommend a minimum of six months of emergency funds socked away to cover expenses after a major disaster. Cash may be losing its value, but unless you can invest in gold, it’s the best way to go. Do whatever you can to pay down your debt before the end of the world, too. The fewer your obligations, the better.

  2. 2.Homeowner’s Insurance

    Homeowner’s Insurance

    Because everybody is hypothesizing and guessing how the world will end, it certainly won’t hurt to make sure you’ve got top-notch homeowner’s insurance in place. You just don’t know if it will come in handy or not. By protecting your home against fire, flood and natural disaster, you may receive valuable compensation in the event of a disaster that takes out part or all of your home. Don’t expect homeowner’s insurance to reap high rewards for a worldwide apocalypse that throws the earth into utter chaos, though.

  3. 3.Non-Perishables


    You will need non-perishable food to keep your family fed and healthy through the disaster. Try for a variety of canned foods, grains, dehydrated foods and freeze-dried foods to give your family plenty of different tastes and textures. To be safe, you should aim for enough food to meet your family’s nutritional needs for at least six months – 12 months if possible. Don’t keep your food in one spot to avoid destruction from various situations – fire or flood, for example.

  4. 4.Water


    You’ll need water stored for your family, too. Expect to need 1 gallon of water per person per day for drinking and cooking. You’ll also need water for personal hygiene, washing clothes and other personal situations. Options for water storage are many. One of the simplest options is to purchase gallon jugs of water from the store. By buying water every week, you’ll quickly amass a large amount of water over time. You might opt to invest in water storage containers to hold large amounts of water. You could choose 55-gallon barrels, cisterns or other storage tanks for holding your water supply. You’ll also need chlorine bleach to preserve the water and keep it from going bad. In a pinch, you can also fill the bathtub for a fast and easy water storage head start.

  5. 5.Earthquake Prep

    Earthquake Prep

    To prepare your home for an earthquake, secure major appliances and heavy furniture to keep them falling during the tremors. Fasten shelves to walls and take items off the shelves to prevent them from falling. Cover windows with window film to prevent glass from shattering and flying. Place heavy furniture onto nonslip mats to prevent them from moving. Put away glass and breakable items so they won’t fall or fly and break. Make sure your chimney is secure before the big day.

  6. 6.Miscellaneous Survival Items

    Miscellaneous Survival Items

    Aside from food and water, you’ll also need other survival items to protect your family and home. Collect items like medicine, herbs, first-aid kits, batteries, bleach, warm clothes, blankets, tools, weapons, camp stove, propane, gasoline, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, duct tape, gloves, personal hygiene products, soap, detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, waterproof matches and water purification tablets. Walk yourself through every eventuality and collect the supplies you’ll need to live day to day after a disaster. Don’t forget some entertainment items like a deck of playing cards, puzzle books, fiction books and activities for the kids, too. Boredom could become an enemy.

  7. 7.Fortify the Exterior

    Fortify the Exterior

    Your home is going to be your best defense. Make sure to spend some time fixing that broken panel of siding or retighten a loose shingle. You can also do a quick run through of the foundation of your home so that your basement can provide a safe hiding spot during the fiery inferno that is the end of the world. You only have a few days so fix up what’s important. Don’t waste time mowing the lawn or trimming hedges. They’re going to burn anyway.


    But while you still have time, just take a hammer and some nails and walk around the house. Nail in any loose panels or fill any holes you may find. You’ll be thanking us later when your house is the last one standing on the block.

  8. 8.Network


    As you learn about the ins and outs of prepping and protecting your home and family, you may spend a fair amount of time on the Internet reading and learning. You’ll meet other people who are also prepping along with you – these people can become a prepping network of support and information. Learn from people, share your knowledge and create strong ties with other preppers of like mind. Your network can be a source of relevant information that will help you complete your prepping efforts.


    We may not know exactly what will unfold and go down on December 21, 2012, but it promises to be interesting at the very least. If you don’t use your stash this month, you may put it to use at some point in the future. By doing your homework and preparing your home and family for any eventuality, you can rest in the fact that you put forth the effort necessary to keep your family safe. As you finish the final details, take a moment to drop by the Red Beacon website for more helpful tips and advice for protecting your home from the end of the world.

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