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.
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.
Natural Disaster Floods - What to do and have on hand in case of a flood.
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 we open a bucket or #10 can, how long will the ingredients last once opened? How can we use all the ingredients before they are spoiled? How do we rotate our long term foods if there are only two of us? (It will take a very long time to finish one #10 can or a bucket of something.)
Vacuum sealers are quick and easy to use when sealing food for storage. There are many uses for vacuum sealers, such as preventing freezer burn, long term storage of dehydrated foods, preserving the flavor and aroma of coffee beans, and more.
Oxygen absorbers have totally changed the food storage process. It used to be a lot more work (and mess) to dry pack for home storage. But these U.S. Military-spec O2 absorbers remove up to 99.8% of the oxygen from your sealed containers.
Dehydrating food at home is a great way to preserve fruits and vegetables and even make your own jerky. Dehydrating foods at home can be a fun and rewarding skill. Save money by buying fruits and vegetables in season and in bulk and dehydrate them yourself. Or, even better, grow them in your own garden. When you dehydrate your own foods, you will know for sure what goes into them.
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.
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.
'When there is no doctor' is an excellent resource book to prepare ourselves for a time when medical care may not be readily available.
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
Yes! I have tried them. There are no additives - just meat. I put a whole cup into my spicy, black bean and kale soup last night for dinner. The beef chunks tasted like a delicious roast beef just prepared.
And they're all on sale right now. At about $1.80 per serving - how can you go wrong! Grab some before the sale price disappears.