Just when things are finally looking up, the world is now staring at the possibility of another global war. People are now starting to prepare for World War 3 just in case the violent conflict spills over from Russia and Ukraine. If you haven’t been prepping yet, you should start now because the repercussions of war can reach you even if you are thousands of miles away from the warring countries.
If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks, you should know that Russia began its invasion of Ukraine. A lot of properties have been destroyed, bridges were blown up, and casualties are piling up. All because of Russia’s dream of world domination. Well, actually Russia attacked Ukraine because of the latter’s desire to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). If Ukraine becomes a member of NATO, it would mean that Russia’s southern border is now protected by the alliance, and Vladimir Putin doesn’t want that.
With the NATO Response Force activated for the first time ever, the prospect of another world war is closer to reality. While the troops are being deployed to Eastern Europe, they will not enter Ukraine since it is not a member of NATO. The best they can do for now is to “defend every inch of NATO territories,” as US president Joe Biden said of the 5,000 American troops deployed to Poland before the attacks began. Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia are the other NATO countries that border embattled Ukraine.
You may be wondering how the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine will affect you. The answer is, that it depends on your location. If you live in a NATO country, there’s a chance that Russia will come knocking on your door soon. But even if you don’t live in a NATO country, the economic tension between the two countries plus the sanctions imposed on Russia will surely affect you.
So what can you do to prepare for World War 3? What can you do right now that’ll increase our chances of surviving the economic repercussions of the ongoing conflict? How can you prepare in case the war reaches our shores? These are questions that should be addressed right now.
Stockpile Food and Water
World War 3 or not, you should be stockpiling food and water in case of an emergency. Make sure to have at least a three-month supply of food and water for each member of your household. Include particular needs of infants and older people. Don’t forget to stockpile food and water for your pets, too.
Store lots of bottled water. Buy BPA-free water containers and fill them up with drinking water. You can also build a rainwater collecting system. Invest in portable or personal water filters so everyone will always have safe water to drink. Make sure you have water purification tablets, too. It’s also a good idea to have a water tank installed, especially if you live on a farm with crops and livestock to take care of.
As for food, store non-perishable foods in your prepper pantry. Canned goods, dried foods, and grains are all good choices. You’ll also want pasta, energy bars, beans, nuts, cereals, candies, crackers, peanut butter, and non-perishable pasteurized milk.
Aside from ready-to-eat emergency foods, you can also stock up on items that you’ll need to make different dishes like salt, sugar, flour, oil, herbs, spices, bouillon cubes, sauces, instant potato mixes, and cake mixes. Condiments like ketchup, soy sauce, different kinds of vinegar, honey, and syrup will make your meals taste better.
Some of these emergency foods last longer than others. Make sure you have the proper system in place so that you can consume the ones that are nearer their expiration date. Whenever you use up your supply, replenish them immediately. Of course, you can always add more even if you don’t have to consume any of your food supply yet.
Make sure your emergency food supply is in properly sealed containers and stored in a dry and clean place where you can control the temperature. The food items should also be kept off the floor so they won’t be damaged in case of floods. Keep at least one manual can opener, a portable stove, some pots and pans, and fire starters in your prepper pantry. You’ll need them to cook or heat your food and to boil water.
Gather Survival Gear and Emergency Supplies
In addition to food and water, you’ll want to make sure you have emergency supplies in case of an attack. This includes the same things you have in your bug out bag plus a lot more.
You’ll need lanterns, tactical flashlights, headlamps, and candles in case of a power outage. Make sure you have a hand-crank radio, HAM radio, and lots of batteries so you can stay up-to-date on what’s happening around you. When the power goes out, so does your heater. You’ll need lots of wool blankets, winter clothing, and other things that’ll help you stay warm inside your home.
You’ll also want to stockpile medical supplies and first-aid kits. Make sure you have antibiotics, pain killers, and other prescription medications you might need. And don’t forget hygiene items like soap, conditioner, toothpaste, and shampoo, as well as cleaning agents such as detergent, dishwashing soap, and bleach.
In the event of an attack, you’ll also want to make sure you have proper protection. This includes helmets, body armor, gas masks, and other gear that will help you stay safe. Shovels, hammers, crowbars, glass breakers, a gas shut-off tool, and fire extinguishers will be useful when your home is hit by a bomb.
Prepare Your Bug Out Bags
Ukrainians in Kyiv and other parts of the country that are under attack scrambled to escape the invading Russian forces. Many were forced to abandon their cars and go on foot to reach safety as stranded vehicles went for miles. Many of these evacuees had to walk for 2 to 4 days just to reach Poland or Moldova.
While the thought of walking that far is gruesome enough, many of these people didn’t get the chance to bring anything that will help them through their journey. Aside from hunger, thirst, and fear of attacks, these people also have to survive the cold night. Without the proper attire and survival gear, many of them are in danger of succumbing to hypothermia.
A bug out bag is a bag containing everything you need to survive for a few days if you have to leave your home in a hurry. Your bug-out bag should include at least three days’ worth of food and water. Pack more if you’re carrying for another person though it’d be wise for each member of the family to have their own bug out bag.
Aside from food and water, shelter is another basic human need. Make sure to pack a tent, tarp, and sleeping bag in your bug out bag. You’ll also need clothing and other items that will protect you from the cold or wet weather including gloves, headgear, thermal blankets, wool blankets, bivvy sacks, rain ponchos, and hand and body warmers.
Survival gear such as fire-starting tools, a portable stove, and a small pot or kettle will also come in handy in cold weather conditions. Other emergency kit must-haves include a pocket knife, multi-tools, flashlight, headlamp, light sticks, paracord, duct tape, mirror, whistle, compass, maps, and a GPS device.
Since we’re talking about war, you’ll need weapons to defend yourself from the enemy. Firearms are your best option but there are other weapons you can use. Aside from a pocket knife and multi-tools with blades, you can also use a crossbow, hatchet, tactical shovel, jungle bolo, and blunt weapons like a baseball bat, lead pipe, hammer, and tactical baton.
Other non-lethal weapons you should have in your bug out bags include stun guns, pepper sprays, tactical pens, and kubotans. They’re no match against the guns and bombs of invading forces so you should think thrice before engaging the enemies. Your best option is still to evade them and find safety unless you’re called by your country to stand pat and protect your homeland like what’s happening in Ukraine right now.
It’s also important to have first aid supplies in your bug out bag. Some common first aid items include bandages, gauze pads, triangular bandages, splints, medical tape, scissors, tweezers, safety pins, thermometers, wipes, and surgical gloves. Also, pack medicines like aspirin or ibuprofen, antihistamines, throat lozenges, antacids, and ointments for burns, bites, and rashes. If you’re taking prescription meds, ask your doctor for help so you can hoard an ample supply at home and in your emergency kits. The world is still dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic so you should pack N95 respirators and face masks. In case of nuclear fallout, you’ll need gas masks and hazmat suits.
Since you may be dealing with bullets, bombs, and shrapnel, you should also pack supplies for treating wounds like tourniquets, chest seals, Israeli bandages, QuikClot, suture needle and thread, and ZipStitch.
Of course, you need to know how to use each item in your first aid kit. Take a first aid training course with your family so everyone knows how to treat injuries and illnesses. Keep a first aid manual in your kit, too.
Make sure to pack all of these in a sturdy and water-resistant backpack so you can carry them with you wherever you go. Go over your bug out bag checklist regularly to make sure that you have everything you need in case of an evacuation.
Create a Disaster or Evacuation Plan
You should also have an evacuation plan in case of an emergency. Your disaster plan should include evacuation routes, meeting spots, and contact information for family and friends. Find out where the hospitals, evacuation centers, and fallout shelters are. Determine all the routes to get to these destinations and give each one a test drive. Of course, the drive will be completely different when there is so much chaos but doing so now will help familiarize you with the routes.
Prepare your vehicle for evacuation by keeping it in tiptop shape. Stock it with food, water, supplies, and survival gear. Make sure you have all the tools and other equipment you need in case your car breaks down or gets a flat tire. You’ll also want to have a full tank of gas. If you have to leave in a hurry, you don’t want to have to search for a gas station.
Practice your evacuation procedure regularly so everyone in your household knows what to do when the time comes. If something happens and you’re forced to leave your home, don’t panic. Stay calm, think things through, and do what you’ve practiced all these times.
Secure Your Home
Your evacuation plan will only be necessary if you have to escape to a safer place. But you still have to secure your home if you want to prepare for World War 3.
Start with your fence and gate. Make sure they’re strong enough to withstand a physical attack. You want to see if people are loitering around your property so install security cameras and alarms. Trim or remove trees and bushes that can be used by intruders as hiding places.
Next, make sure your windows and doors are secure. Invest in good-quality locks and deadbolts. Use strong hinges and long screws on all your doors and windows. If possible, replace your glass windows with bullet-proof ones. You can also install bulletproof metal covers on your doors and windows. For the walls, there’s this bulletproof wallpaper that you can use.
Another option is to use sandbags. They’re quite cheaper than metal covers and bulletproof glasses and wallpapers though they take up a lot of space. You can also use barbed wire around your property. It’s not as pretty as flowers but it will keep people out. If you live on a farm or homestead, you can install barbed wire on your fences right now. You may find it difficult if you live in a posh neighborhood or apartment complex. But just in case, be ready to start filling those sandbags and installing barb wire before the enemy soldiers come marching in.
Build A Panic Room
If it’s not possible to evacuate your home in the event of an attack, you’ll need a place where you can safely hide. If you don’t have a basement, create a safe room. This is a room in your home where you can hide during an attack. The room should have no windows and be made of reinforced concrete. You’ll also need an air filter to keep the air clean and a stockpile of food, water, and other basic needs. It’s also a good idea to keep your surveillance system inside your panic room. This way, you can still see what’s happening outside.
Build Your Weapon Cache
To Arms! In Kyiv, civilians are lining up to get guns and are learning how to make Molotov bombs. This is the reality in countries at war. If such conflicts reach your shores and your neighborhoods, you have no other choice but to go “This is Sparta!!!” and defend yourselves, your loved ones, your property, and your country with everything you got.
And by “everything you got,” we mean guns, bombs, knives, cast iron pans, lightsabers, magic wands, Batman soundtrack LP, or whatever you can get your hands on. Of course, you can drive invaders away better if you have firearms.
Build your armory by purchasing firearms legally. Make sure you have plenty of ammunition, too. It’s also important to keep your weapons in tiptop shape so get gun cleaning kits, as well. More importantly, learn how to fire your guns properly.
Of course, it goes without saying that you should be responsible gun owners. If there’s no threat then there’s no reason to take them out. Gun safety is of utmost importance.
Be Fit and Learn How to Fight
Another way to prepare for World War 3 is to be physically fit. Whether you’re trying to escape or standing your ground, you need your body to be capable of the physical demands.
Join a gym, start running, and lift weights. Do yoga to improve your physical and mental well-being. Lose weight if necessary. Remember, it’ll be harder to evacuate if you’re carrying too much excess baggage, and by that we mean pounds. Also, the bigger you are, the easier enemy snipers can spot you.
In addition to being physically fit, you should also learn how to fight. Learn hand-to-hand combat or join a self-defense class. Look into Krav Maga or another form of martial arts. It’s important to have the ability and knowledge to defend yourself and your loved ones.
Prepare for Cyberattacks
There’s a good chance that World War 3 will involve cyberwar. Countries have been practicing cyberattacks for years, and they’re getting better at it. In fact, a lot of the fighting will likely take place online and it’s possible that they could cripple the country by targeting the electric grid and other infrastructures, which will then affect banks, hospitals, and possibly even the military and government. That means you need to be ready for cyberattacks in order to prepare for World War 3.
Make sure that your computer and electronic devices are protected against cyberattacks by keeping them up-to-date and by using the latest security features. Install antivirus software and make sure it’s also up-to-date. Back up your data regularly in case your computer is hacked or damaged. Keep your software up to date, as well. You should also create strong passwords and use two-factor authentication whenever possible. Back up your data regularly in case your computer is hacked or damaged.
Be careful what you click on. Don’t open emails from people you don’t know, and be especially careful about clicking on links or downloading attachments. Hackers often use phishing emails. Also, keep your valuable devices in Faraday bags. They help protect your gadgets from EMP attacks and your data safe from hackers.
In case your country’s foes manage to hack and shut down the power grid, internet, or other vital infrastructure, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan. Your emergency food and water supply, along with other important supplies you’ve been stockpiling will be even more important when the enemy resorts to cyber warfare. You’ll be glad you purchased different electricity-free tools, solar devices, and battery-operated equipment like HAM radios and other two-way radios.
Prepare for a Chemical or Nuclear Attack
Putin has put his country’s nuclear forces on high alert after some of the NATO nations released “aggressive statements.” This simply means Russia would be ready to launch a nuclear attack. In order to prepare for World War 3 and a possible nuclear or chemical attack, you should take the following steps:
1. Find Out Where the Fallout Shelters Are
Determine fallout shelters near you and study the routes you would take to get there. When the time comes, make sure you grab your bug out bags and gas masks before heading to the shelter. Keep lots of duct tape and plastic sheets in your vehicle or bag in case you can’t make it to the shelter. You can either take shelter in the nearest building or, in the absence of any structure, stay in your car, seal yourself inside with tape and plastic, and wear your gas masks and hazmat suits.
2. Build A Bunker
Take it from the rich and famous. A bunker is a good investment if you’re preparing for World War 3 and other apocalyptic scenarios. A bunker will protect you from the elements, enemy fire, and zombies. As for nuclear fallout, your bunker needs to be at least ten feet deep and have at least two feet of ground on top of its roof to stay safe from radiation.
It’s important to make sure that your bunker is well-constructed and that it has all the necessary amenities, such as food and water. You’ll want to fill your bunker with survival gear and equipment such as hand crank and HAM radios, gas masks, hazmat suits, and handheld nuclear radiation detectors. You’ll need electricity to survive in your bunker so make sure you have alternative power sources such as solar panels and generators.
You want to stay as comfortable as possible in your bunker since you won’t know how long you’ll be in there. Store beddings, clothes, a portable heater, and toiletries. You’ll need books, board games, jigsaw puzzles, and other things that’ll entertain you and keep your sanity intact while you’re down in your bunker.
3. Seal Your Home
In case of a chemical agent attack, you should close all windows and doors in your home. Cover all possible entryways where the chemical can seep through. Prepare for chemical warfare by checking your home right now for cracks and holes and doing what’s necessary to fix them.
Once a chemical attack occurs, try to flee from the area as quickly and as far as possible. If it’s too late to evacuate, stay inside your panic room or any central room and close the door and windows. Cover the vents and any opening to that room with duct tape and plastic sheets. Wear your hazmat suit and gas mask until you determine it’s safe to leave the room.
These are scary times indeed. With how things are going with Russia and Ukraine, no one should be surprised if other countries get involved. In fact, Belarus has joined the war and supposedly has some troops in Ukraine ready to do some damage. If the warring countries fail to settle their differences right now, it’s completely possible that this turns into another world war. Before that happens, everyone needs to do everything to prepare for World War 3. Discover more ways to prepare and survive such emergencies over at Gentleman Pirate Club.