Why We Need Survival Planning

I know — survival planning, gathering survival supplies, food storage — it all seems overwhelming.

Every day there are headlines in the news that "should" motivate each of us to prepare as quickly as we can.

Survival planning isn't just for "the other guy." Stuff happens to all of us. Unemployment, hurricane season, floods, storms that knock out power, and other disasters happen fairly often somewhere in the world.

Where To Start

4 Levels of Preparedness

1-2 week supply

START HERE: 1 to 2 Weeks' Supply - Store enough supplies to last at least two weeks (when evacuation is not required). This should include canned goods, baking supplies, juices, flour . . . items that you use to prepare meals every day.

This is a good time to put your 72-hour bags together, as well as auto emergency kits for each of your vehicles.

After dinner, gather the family together and develop a family emergency plan that will include contact lists, lists of important papers, phone numbers, meeting places in case of emergencies, etc.

Need more help and suggestions? Check Food Storage for Beginners and Food Storage Guidelines.

3-6 month supply

NEXT: 3 to 6 Months' Supply - Begin putting away enough supplies to last 3 - 6 months (staying where you are or moving to another location where you have stashed these supplies).

Most important is water. Learn how to store it, how to purify it, and where to find it in an emergency.

At this point, it's good to begin learning the shelf life of foods and buying products that will last (unopened) for 3 to 6 months or more.

This is also a good time to begin assembling a substantial first aid kit. Choose a container big enough to hold a good supply of over-the-counter drugs and wound care items.

1-2 year supply

LONG TERM: 1 to 2 Year Supply - Store enough food and supplies to last 2+ years.

Begin purchasing food storage basics such wheat, rice, beans, honey, and sugar. These types of foods will last many years, even without being sealed with oxygen absorbers, although you can use them in all but sugar and honey. O2 absorbers have an undesirable effect on sugar, but sugar and honey will never go bad. Hard? Yes. Bad? No. (Not talking about brown sugar here - that's another subject entirely which you can read about here.)

Long term food supplies should also include freeze dried and dehydrated foods. They both store well. Dehydrating your own is easy, fun and saves money!

As long as electricity is available, frozen foods and home canned foods add variety to your menus. Some canned foods also add needed water for cooking when water is scarce.

Years' Supply

LONG, LONG TERM: 2+ Years' Supply - Develop skills and abilities to provide food, water, clothing, and shelter for your family for 2+ years.

This is where your efforts grow exponentially. Preparing for a long term survival situation takes, not only money, but time. Yes, you should continue to add to your food storage too, but learn self reliance skills as you add food. Learn to plant a garden. Buy a hand grinder to grind wheat and other grains. (They will grind coffee beans too.)

What will you use for light? To cook food? Thought about sanitation if the toilets don't flush because the sewer system is not working? How will you keep your family warm without the furnace? Or cool without the AC?

These facts should keep us preparing:

  • Disasters usually come without warning.
  • Inflation creeps up on us slowly.
  • You could be forced to evacuate your home, office or school.
  • You could be confined to your home by a disaster.

Numerous articles have stated that the entire world is only 3 days away from starvation - meaning, in 3 days after a disaster there would be no more food in the stores. This has actually happened in the recent past as disasters struck New York, Japan, Indonesia and other places.

Are you ready? Because if you hear it on the 6 o'clock news, it's already too late.

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