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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.)
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?
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.
A portable toilet is handy to have if or when the sewer system breaks or becomes inoperable due to a disaster, for wilderness survival, or just for camping.
You've spent the money to buy survival gear you might need when the 'stuff hits the fan'. Are they still in boxes fresh from the store? Now is a great time to unpack them and learn how to use that survival gear. And what's the best way to use them? Well, the fun way is to take them camping! Here are a few suggestions:
Give survival supplies, freeze dried foods, dehydrated foods, water storage supplies as gifts - or add to your own supplies.
Self defense outside and inside of the home are both controversial subjects that are in the news frequently. This article will focus on certain aspects of these subjects.
Before writing a review, I wanted to see what they offered on their website, so I clicked on their link and read every page. I was impressed. They have done extensive testing of the many types of foods for storage for their own families. They were not impressed with what they found in other foods.
Survival Gear: Any family that loves camping will have a pretty good supply of survival gear. Items that may not be needed in a 'civilized' campground will definitely be needed in a disaster situation. Preparing for anything means acquiring survival equipment — as soon as you can afford it.
It is becoming necessary on a daily basis to purify water in some parts of the world — and maybe even right out of your tap.
If you begin with food storage basics and throw in some canned or freeze-dried meats and your own fresh-grown produce, you will have well-balanced meals during any crisis.
My son has food allergies and am wondering if I can preserve the flours I use for him in Mylar with O2 absorbers. We use these types of flours- millet,
Put your weekend to good use - try all or some of these survival skills. You'll be glad you did it, either now or later. Some could even become a regular habit or activity.
Whole powdered eggs can be used in recipes where whole eggs are called for. One of my favorite things about powdered eggs is that you always have eggs when you're ready to cook with them.
Are you as confused as I am over the calories vs servings controversy in long term survival foods? Some say you shouldn't buy this or that because the calorie to serving ratio means not enough calories. Others say servings don't count — ONLY calories count.