I know — food storage, survival planning, gathering survival supplies, survival skills — 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." Adversity can happen to any of us. Unemployment, hurricane
season, floods, storms that knock out power, and other disasters happen fairly often —
somewhere in the world.
Store enough supplies to last at least two weeks (when evacuation is not required).
This should include:
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).
Store enough food and supplies to last 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.
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.
Why do we need a 72-hour kit? When planning the contents of your 72-hour kit, remember that this is only for 3 days max. Keeping that in mind should help you to not over pack. There are many situations where this kit could come in handy - not just during a disaster. There may be short-term reasons to keep a 72-hour kit in your car, in the office, as well as at home.
How many hours do you spend in your car each week? In any crisis, auto emergency kits could save lives or be a 'get home' bag in a grid-down situation.
Can we survival World War 3? Do you believe it's coming? Will it come to our/your county? How can we prepare?
Being comfortable using a knife will increase your chances of survival. Whether you are camping, building fires, or hunting and preparing game, knowing how to use a knife is essential. By teaching your kids about knife safety early on in their lives, they will become seasoned veterans by the time they reach adulthood.
Storing grains of all kinds gives your family some variety. These grain storage guidelines will help you learn how to store and use the various kinds.
You'll never worry about a power outage again with the variety of ways available to cook your family a hot meal. Use highly efficient charcoal, wood chips and sticks, or propane to boil, grill, fry or bake using very little fuel. You can cook an entire meal with as little as 6 briquettes or a handful of sticks and pinecones.
Besides adding to your own survival supplies, remember what great gifts freeze-dried food or other survival supplies will make to adult children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors - everyone. There are even gifts for kids — light sticks, flashlights, freeze-dried ice cream and MORE!
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.
Nuclear Attack - Too many countries currently have nuclear capabilities. Not one city in America has a plan in place if a nuclear bomb is detonated. We can change the survival rates by doing some commonsensical things.
Mountain House Freeze Dried Food - What if your electric power is knocked out for several days by a storm? Or a natural disaster? Or a financial crisis? Having some kind of food storage protects us the same as auto or home insurance - for those unexpected times. The easiest food insurance you can buy is freeze dried foods.
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:
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.