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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
An emergency radio powered by solar, batteries, wind-up, and electricity is a vital item in the event of a catastrophe to keep in contact with the outside world.
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.
I know that's a very negative and unpleasant statement, but we need to think about it and prepare — so NO ONE dies. But let's face it, winter is a more dangerous time and we need to be prepared. We all know that winter comes somewhere on this planet all year around.
The Ready Store has just launched 23 new EasyPrep pouches. Having freeze dried food in pouches means half the food will not be wasted when I open a #10 can. Pouches are perfect for taking camping, backpacking, or adding to 72 hour emergency packs
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.
Flood Preparedness - Floods are a natural disaster that can happen no matter where you live, but especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water, at the bottom of a hill/mountain, or downstream from a dam.
The latest statistics surrounding food stamps and other food assistance are astonishing. Food stamps feed 1 in 7 Americans. (The U.S. Department of Agriculture,
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.