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.
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.
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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.
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There is a plethora of information available about preserving food, and plenty of 'myths' about their nutritional value, the costs, the serving sizes, and other debated subjects. So we're going to explore both freeze dried and dehydrated, their pros and cons, as well as what's true and what's not.
When making your emergency plans for a special needs family member or friend, it is critical to consider their needs. I have found little information on
How to Create and Configure An Off-Grid Power System With a Portable Solar Generator. What will we do when we have a power outage, a REAL grid down situation lasting weeks, or months, or a year or so? How will we light up the dark, cook hot meals, and keep warm in the winter?
Indoor/outdoor thermometers provided the necessary technology to track the temperature inside your freezer without having to open its door.
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.
Getting Friends and Family On Board: Many of us are busy preparing food and gathering supplies in case of a natural disaster or other catastrophe; and we seriously believe it is in the best interests of our family to do so. But what about our friends and extended family? Can we help them to prepare also?
Vegetable gardening tips - Growing your own groceries with container gardening, indoor vegetable gardening or any small gardening plot. Start now or get your survival garden seeds to store for when they're needed.
What is in the future hold for us? Change. Change is a constant and for the human race, it is accelerating in about every metric of human existence that we can see.