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Why We Need Survival Planning...

... And Where To Start

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.

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 around the world.



4 steps of Preparedness

Start with Step 1. When completed, move on to Step 2 — and so on.

  1. Two weeks: Store enough supplies to last at least two weeks (when evacuation is not required).
  2. 3 to 6 months: Next, put away enough supplies to last 3 - 6 months (staying where you are or moving to another location where you have stashed these supplies).
  3. Long term: Store enough food and supplies to last 2+ years.
  4. Long, long term: Develop skills and abilities to provide food, water, clothing, and shelter for your family for 20+ years.

These facts should keep us preparing:

  • Disasters usually come without warning.
  • Inflation creeps up on us slowly.
  • You could be forced to evacuate your home, office or school.
  • You could be confined to your home by a disaster.

Are you ready? Because if you hear it on the 6 o'clock news, it's already too late.

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