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How to prepare for a natural disaster:
1. Make sure you have enough food for at least three weeks.
2. Ensure you have a means of purifying water.
3. Have a small gear bag with you at all times, containing a good pair of boots, a change of clothes, some food, a bottle of water, a first aid kit, a mask and some rope.
4. Make photocopies of your key documents, including passport and insurance, and put a copy on a usb drive.
5. Put together a comprehensive first aid kit.
6. Get first aid training.
7. Learn to construct a shelter, make a toilet, start a fire and cook over an open fire.
8. Plant a vegetable garden.
9. Make a disaster response plan with family, so everyone knows what to do.
10. Have a means other than a cellphone of contacting those close to you, such as a designated spot to leave messages.
Source: Maarty Lintern/Natural Disaster Prep NZ
How to prepare for a doomsday scenario:
1. Be the ‘‘grey man’’. Don’t let too many people know you have prepared for what will come.
2. Test all your equipment before you need it.
3. Have a “Bug Out” location you can travel to if civil unrest occurs during a SHTF (Shit Hits The Fan) event.
4. Stock up on toilet paper and soap. Getting sick during a survival situation could kill you.
5. Everything will be valuable, so make sure you have items for trade.
6. Go diesel. Petrol will run out fast but diesel can be obtained at more places and diesel vehicles can run on cooking oil if need be.
7. The lone wolf dies alone. Hoard and train with family and friends so you can support and care for each other.
8. Don’t put all your supplies in one place. A building collapse could destroy all your stores.
9. Pack an INCH (I’m Never Coming Home) bag with enough gear for you to survive in the bush for at least two weeks.
10. Learn to use a .22 rifle or learn to trap. If protein becomes scarce, small game and livestock become options.
Source: Anonymous doomsday prepper, Wellington region