A Doomsday Preppers Preparedness Plan

I’m a Prepper and proud of it! If there is an emergency, a SHTF scenario I know I have at least a little bit of a system in place to protect myself. Skeptics say ‘what if there is no emergency?’ It won’t be for nothing. Whether you store dehydrated food other food storage, make a survival kit, build a bug out bag or buy heirloom seeds for your garden, you can still use all the stuff purchased, none of it has gone to waste.

I believe there are degrees of preppers or preparedness…some people are planning for an economic collapse, some people prepare for natural disasters, some just buy toilet paper when it’s on sale and stack it on shelves knowing the price isn’t going to go down in the future.

Whatever your degree or preparedness is – whether you have a 72 hour bug out bag survival kit or whether you want to buy acreage and go back to the way our grandparents lived; with an heirloom garden and some chickens for eggs and meat…the scouts said it best…”be prepared”.

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Preppers

They come in all different shapes and sizes

Preparing is different for everyone, it can be “going off the grid”, knowing how to make a survival garden or raising your own meat on your own homestead. When you start planning for survival it doesn’t take long to take on all aspects of being prepared. For example, I am now looking for a farm to raise my own meat, a wood lot so I can heat for free, I’ve already started stock piling food and weapons for protection.

I have a lot farther to go, but I do know I am more prepared than any of my neighbors.

Bug out Bag

Bug out Bag Supplies

What’s in your bug out bag? I admit…I haven’t gotten to the bug out bag stage “yet”…but it’s on the “to do list”.

I do have a basic first aid kit, a little bit of fishing gear and a few other tools as a start but this is definitely an area

I need to work on.

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You may be a Prepper if…

  1. You Stockpile food and other essentials like toilet paper, soap, water. Beans and rice when stored properly can last for years, and can feed a family in a survival situation for a very long time. Toilet paper is one of the 1st items to disappear in an emergency situation. Without water the average person can only last days.
  2. You buy gold & silver. Some people “stack” to protect themselves against currency wars. Where you measure your wealth in ounces, not dollars.
  3. You have a cache of weapons and ammo. A time may come when you need to protect what you have.
  4. Have a bug out bag. A 72 hour emergency kit could be the difference in surviving until aid comes and not.
  5. You want to move to a farm, grow your own non-GMO garden and raise your own meat. It’s about going back to the basics and the way our great grandparents did things.
  6. You start learning new skills like farming, hunting, and other survival skills.

Heirloom Seeds

Non-GMO Organic Seeds

This year I have purchased non-hybrid, non-gmo, organic heirloom seeds for my garden. And if I properly harvest and save the seeds from some of the fruits and vegetables then I will have seeds for food for life! I’ll never have to purchase seeds again.

How to Make Pemmican

Making Pemmican by Hand

Did you know you can make pemmican at home with basic ingredients and simple steps?

Pemmican is a preserved meat-based food made from lean meat, animal fats and berries. Native pemmicanAmericans invented the method in the 1700’s and 1800’s. Because it stores for long periods without spoilage, it was ideal for traveling and long hunting/trading trips.

Today, Pemmican is making a huge comeback; especially among Paleo and whole foods dieters, survivalists and preppers.

How to Make Pemmican: Venison or Beef

This is the simplest explanation of how to make pemmican. A video tutorial and then a great fruit-honey pemmican recipe with more exact amounts and directions follows.

Pemmican Ingredients:

  • Meat
  • Fat
  • Berries

Steps to Making Pemmican:

  1. Dehydrate Meat and berries
  2. Render Animal Fat
  3. Combine ingredients
  4. Allow to set, chill or freeze.

Video: How to Make Pemmican

This is a wonderful how-to video on making Pemmican from scratch. Pemmican is great for camping trips, hiking, and homemade survival food storage.

Pemmican Recipe #1

Meat & Fruit Pemmican with Honey

Do cowboys eat pemmican? Certainly! This is a great pemmican recipe, making 9+ cups of pemmican. Pemmican can be stored in a tub, or rolled out and cut into bars.

You’ll Need:

  • 5 cups lean meat (deer, beef, caribou or moose)
  • 3-4 cups dried fruit
  • 5 cups rendered fat
  • 1 cup unsalted nuts
  • 1/2 cup honey

Directions:

  1. The meat should be as lean as possible and finely ground at home or by the butcher. Dry the meat, either by spreading in a thin layer on a cookie sheet and baking at 180 degrees F in an oven for 7-9 hours, or in a food dehydrator on the jerky setting.
  2. Pound the dried meat into a powdery consistency. You can use a blender of food processor or pound it by hand.
  3. Grind the dried fruit, either completely pulverizing it or leaving some lumps for texture.
  4. Heat the rendered fat on stove at medium-low until it melts.
  5. Combine meat, powdered dried fruit, fat, chopped nuts and honey.
  6. Mix thoroughly.
  7. Allow to cool completely before storing and eating.

Also read The Lost Ways Review by Claude Davis

Historical Facts about Pemmican

Pemmican, sometimes misspelled pemican, originated with the Native Americans, in what is now the United States as well as in Canada.

“Pemmican” originates from Cree, in which the name pimîhkân comes from pimî, or “fat, grease”. It was heavily used by fur-trading Europeans after they interacted with the Native Americans who were using it in their travels and trading trips.

Since the food was long-lasting and did not spoil, was full of energy and protein and easily digested, it was an excellent trail food for those traveling throughout the continent.

Historically, pemmican was made from whatever meats, fats and berries were available at the time. The best was typically a combination of bone marrow fat and the lean meats of deer, elk, or buffalo.

Have you ever made Pemmican?

Share your tips or ask questions from those who’ve already done it.

Do You Need A Survival Kit?

Survival Kits Are For Everyone!

Survival kits are for everyone. There is no place on this earth where some form of disaster, natural or man-made, cannot happen. For the sake of this post, I will be restricting myself to the United States. Having said that, you need to understand the most likely things that could happen where you are or where you might frequently go. If you live in California, think earth quakes. If you live in one of the Gulf States, then it’s likely you should think about hurricanes and flooding. In the mid-west there are tornadoes, in the northwest, there are volcanoes, in the northeast, there are blizzards, heavy rains, flooding and even an earthquake now and again.

So what can a person do? Well, the answer is as simple and as complex as being as prepared physically, mentally and emotionally for what is most likely to happen where you are. If you are prepared for the worst, then you are able to live life more fully and with much more ease of mind, knowing that you have prepared yourself and your family for all the possibilities.

The Very First Step Is To Prepare Survival Kits.

Yep … KITS. You’ll need a more fully comprehensive survival kit that is kept where you and your family spend the most time together. Then, a smaller survival kit that contains the appropriate items to keep in your car. Individual survival kits for family members should be considered and if you have pets, supplies are likely needed for them as well.

Your Primary Survival Kit

The survival Kit you keep in your Home.

We suggest you start out with a survival kit, such as the one pictured here. A survival kit that provides enough food, water and miscellaneous items to keep one person going for two survival kitweeks or two people for one week. This kit is a good start. If there are more members of your family, then additional items need to be added.

Your kit must contain all of the following non-food items:

  • 1 Emergency Duffle Bag on Wheels. This allows you to easily transport the contents in the event you need to leave your home.
  • Aqua Block Water 8.5 oz (9) Water is likely THE most essential element of any kit. You can go a couple of weeks with little or no food, but you’ve only got about three days without water.
  • Swiss Army Knife (1) Packing a knife into your kit is a smart move. This type of knife is even better, since it gives you some additional functionality, such as a can opener, cork screw, etc.
  • 5-in-1 Survival Whistle (1) Communication is essential. A whistle is one of the best low-tech signalling devices you can have. It can be heard for miles and if you keep sounding it, the sound can be triangulated and easily found by search teams.
  • Emergency Ponchos (2) Protection from the elements and staying dry are of great importance. A poncho can also be used as a personal shelter, when strung up like a tarp.
  • Deluxe Hygiene Kits (2) Hygiene becomes important in survival situations. Good hygiene will help keep you healthy and a healthier person is much more able to stand the rigors of an emergency or disaster situation.
  • Hand and Body Warmers (2) A human being can and will die of hypothermia at temperatures lower than 60 degrees. In the case of a chilled survivor, these chemical warmers help to restore a body’s core temperature to normal levels. They can also prevent the loss of heat when used with appropriate shelter and clothing.
  • NIOSH N95 Dust Masks (2) A good dust mask is important for those situations where you might have to protect yourself from dust from building collapse or other sources, which would lead to respiratory issues.
  • 2 Person Tube Tent (1) Shelter is a mandatory item if you need to leave your home or office.
  • Deluxe First Aid Kit (1) An essential item, a first aid kit will give you what you need to treat minor injuries, cuts, abrasions, etc.
  • 12 Hour Bright Stick (1) A light stick is a good, non-powered source of illumination. These can give you light to see by in the darkness of night when the power is out.
  • 30 Hour Emergency Candle (1) As with the light sticks, these candles provide a reliable source of light that doesn’t require power or batteries. These are nice because they can be extinguished and light again many times, extending their useful life many times over.
  • Packages of Pocket Tissue (6) Many times, the simple comfort of having something to blow your nose with is worth it. However, these are also useful as a first aid item to stop blood, clean wounds, etc.
  • 4-in-1 Dynamo Flashlight (1) Boy, here’s an item worth its weight in gold! This kind of light doesn’t require batteries, power or flame. Just crank it up and you have light. When it dims, crank it some more.
  • Deck of Playing Cards (1) you’ve got to have something to keep the boredom at bay while waiting for things to get back to normal.
  • Water Proof Matches (50) Lighting a fire can be critical to keeping warm, signaling for help or cooking. Waterproof matches will give you a good, reliable method to light that fire.
  • Waste Bags (2) Waste requires disposal, but until that is possible, it is good to seal it away where bacteria, smells and other unpleasantness can be controlled.
  • 50 ft. Nylon Rope (1) If I were only given one item for survival, I would choose rope. There are so many uses for it, that would be another lens, entirely.
  • Golf Pencil (1) Well, you need to keep score while you’re playing cars, right?
  • Mylar Sleeping Bags (2) Warmth while sleeping is extremely important. These have the added benefits of being able to fit into your pocket and they are water proof.
  • Leather Palm Work Gloves (1) Protecting your hands while dealing with rubble or other difficult tasks is an important consideration.
  • 36 Piece Bandage Kit (1) You never know what kinds of injuries you will have to deal with. It’s only smart to be prepared with as much and as varied supplies as possible.
  • Water Filtration Bottle (1) Sooner or later, that boxed or jugged water will run out. When that happens, you are going to need a way to purify the water that is available. These reusable bottles are just the answer. These, like most, will filter many gallons of water before they are no longer useful.
  • Water Purification Tablets (20) These will kill off the microbial critters in what ever water is available, making it more safe to drink. IT’s good to treat even filtered water this way.
  • Portable Stove (1) Heat, cooking, the simple warmth of a bit of fire glow in the night. All of these things make a small cook stove a good item for a survival kit.
  • Stove Fuel Tablets (16) Most fold-up camp stoves use a fuel tablet of one kind or another.
  • Metal Fork (1) Beats using your fingers!
  • Knife and Spoon (1) Your axe is NOT the tool to cut meat, nor is your shovel the item to use when it comes to soup.
  • Sierra Cup (1) Liquids are tough to consume without a good container suited to that purpose.

And the following Wise Emergency Food Supply items (44 Servings) including:

What can I say about food list? We all need it, in varying quantities. Having some form of preserved emergency rations for times when the grocery store isn’t around and the food in the freezer has spoiled, is a really good idea.

  • Savory Stroganoff
  • Chili Macaroni
  • Creamy a la King and Rice
  • Pasta Alfredo
  • Creamy Pasta and Veg Rotini
  • Teriyaki and Rice
  • Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
  • Hearty Tortilla Soup
  • Apple Cinnamon Cereal
  • Brown Sugar and Maple Cereal
  • Crunchy Granola

My Recommended Book

I recommend The Lost Ways written by Claude Davis. It is the best eBook I have read that explains how human beings can survive in case of a catastrophe, such as natural disasters, economic decline and war. You can develop better understanding about the guide after reading my review.

 

Top 10 Skills to Have During a Zombie Apocalypse

Would You Survive if Zombies Took Over the World?

With so many zombie movies out these days, it’s pretty hard not to wonder what you’d do if an apocalypse actually occurred.

This post is for all of you who have ever shrieked, “CHOP OFF HIS HEAD!” or “NO, not the basement, go for the roof!” at the movie screen and insisted that you could do better than the poor, doomed characters who stumbled to their death . . . er, undeath. Find out EXACTLY how to survive in the case of a zombie invasion.

Here’s one of the biggest zombie shows (or possibly the ONLY show) around:

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  1. Climbing

Zombies can’t climb. So it’s in your best interest to learn this skill, preferably before you have a pack of brain-craving undead on your tail. Urban climbing is going to do you a lot more good than rock climbing since most people seem to need to escape in the city and there’s nothing like scaling a skyscraper to get away from the stinking masses.

  1. Build Your Own Weapons

While the local gun shop might seem like a good idea, you’ll notice that these places are usually locked up during zombie attacks. Plus, if your gun jams, you need to know how to whip up your own flamethrower in ten seconds flat.

Other useful weapons include machetes, axes and machine guns. Just make sure you know how to sharpen any blades.

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  1. Drive Without Flipping Your Car

Entirely too many people flip their vehicle when attempting to drive through zombies . . . usually this happens because the driver is too afraid to run over his or her spouse/child/neighbor/priest, zombified or not.

While it’s not recommended that you go around practicing this skill by running over people, you could do it with crash test dummies. The trick here is to ignore the fact that it’s a loved one drooling blood at you, keep your eyes open and gun it. Go straight, don’t even THINK about swerving or you’ll just end up in the ditch, zombie food.

In other words, practice your defensive driving skills.

  1. Run Really, Really Fast

There are two types of zombies. The old-school bumbling, slow ones and the newer jerky fast ones. It really doesn’t matter which type you get, they always catch you in the end.

That being said, running is still a good skill to have because if you can outrun other slower mortals, the zombies will usually stop to eat them first, thus giving you more time to utilize your other skills, such as scaling a building or quickly putting together an Uzi.

Start practicing now . . . it can take months to get in optimum running condition and you’ll need all the lung capacity you can get.

  1. Bricklaying and Masonry

If you plan to survive for a long period of time, you’re going to need to hole up somewhere. Just about every place that is worth hiding out in is gonna have entrances, so it’s a good idea to learn how to build a proper wall out of brick and mortar . . . or even better, concrete block.

This is a skill that will serve you well anyway and in the case of a zombie attack, you’ll be able to block up extra doors and windows to make any house or warehouse or even a mall an easier place to defend. Just make sure you have a good supply of concrete and bricks INSIDE since you won’t want to venture out once the apocalypse has started.

  1. Grow Your Own Food

Also in the category of long term survival, you’re going to need to learn how to grow your own vegetables. Without them, people tend to get scurvy and that’s just not pretty. Well, compared to the zombies, it’s not that bad, but still.

Since fresh everything will turn to putrid slime within a week or two of electricity going out, you’ll either have to keep going out to gather canned and dried goods, or plant a garden and look at getting a few chickens and maybe a goat or cow. Two, preferably, so you can always breed them later.

  1. Sneaking

In case you hadn’t noticed, just wandering around in the event of a zombie uprising is a bad idea.

If you want to get around and get the stuff you need, like gas, food and medicine, it’s very important to be good at sneaking. You’ll be able to slip around the mumbling crowds of blank-eyed dead and they’ll never know you’re there. You might want to become familiar with the sewers in your area, since they are an excellent way to sneak around the larger groups of undead.

A tip here, watch out for straggler zombies, they tend to alert the others to your mistakes.

  1. Flying

Inevitably, if you reach a helicopter, the pilot is either going to be dead or a zombie and you’ll need to shoot him in the head. Which leaves you without a pilot to get you to the military base where they have the big ammo.

You have two options here:

Option One: Take helicopter flying lessons. These are expensive, but it guarantees you’ll be able to get above the nasties and find a safe haven, provided you don’t run out of fuel before you discover a zombie-free zone.

Option Two: Get a flight simulator. These aren’t guaranteed to give you the skills necessary to fly a real helicopter, but if you’re on a budget, it’s a good way to go and chances are you’ll be able to get up off the ground.

The choice is yours.

  1. Morse Code

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What do you do if you’re on the top of one building and another survivor is a whole six blocks away? How do you communicate and set up an escape plan together?

If you don’t have binoculars, things could get pretty tough. That’s why you need to learn Morse code long before this happens. You can use lights, white sheets or sound to convey this handy code that has been used for decades and zombies aren’t smart enough to decipher it.

Other uses for Morse code include:

– Playing long distance chess games

– Asking what the other person is having for lunch

– Finding out how many weapons you have between you

– Communicating love letters with the only female (or male) survivor in the city

  1. Medical Skills

Doctors are the first to go in any epidemic. Just imagine millions of bitten people heading into the hospitals and then turning into zombies . . . yeah, so medical staff will be non-existent. You might want to brush up on your first aid skills, but for long term, you’ll need other knowledge.

For example, it’s pretty handy to know what type of antibiotic is best for treating different types of infections. It’s also good to know how to give injections and deliver a baby (it’s amazing how many pregnant women there are at any given time, even in an apocalyptic situation). If no one will let you practice on them, find a farmer and get in on the whole DIY vet scene to learn the basics. It’s pretty much the same for humans.

How To Survive A Nuclear Disaster

Nuclear power plant accidents can happen at any time. Remember: Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and Japan.

Everyone is asking how to stay safe during a nuclear disaster, Japan’s earthquake and tsunami disaster has turned into a nuclear nuclear explosion survivalpower worst scenario nightmare.

Why a country with so much earthquake activity would build so many nuclear power plants is a question on many minds. Their efforts toward industry and technology caused a dependence on nuclear power where there are few other energy options. However this has endangered their own country, and in turn will send radioactive fallout all over the world.

How many more nuclear disasters will this world endure before all the nuclear power plants are shut down and an agrarian society re-established on earth?

Nuclear Fallout – How to Avoid It?

…avoid risk of harm during a nuclear disaster.

If you live in the USA, there may be no way to avoid the nuclear fallout. Unknown to us in 1966 experimental nuclear explosions in China sent radioactive fallout all over the North American continent except parts of the Pacific Northwest and Florida.

The immediate threat from nuclear fallout from the Japanese nuclear disaster is the spread of radioiodine throughout the atmosphere to infect our agriculture, especially dairy cows. Our milk supply could be polluted with radioiodine for up to a month and this could later cause thyroid cancer in humans. See: Claude Davis Lost Ways Review

  • It is best to stay stocked up on food before such a disaster, as food supplies for the following year are likely to contain the radioactive iodine. If dairy products are of concern to your family you can stock up now on dry milk and cheese or other products that could be frozen and used later while US manufacturers are selling their stock of foods infested with the radioiodine pollution. To expect food manufacturers not to sell these supplies is unreasonable; that is not the way of the US food suppliers, most of whom seem to put their profit before the health interests of the American public. You can expect these issues to be suppressed in mainstream media. See: How To Be Prepared For A Blackout!

The Japanese Antidote

…from a country that should know a few things about recovering from radioactive fallout.

The Japanese government is distributed iodine to their citizens. Fortunately I already have food-grade iodine on my shelf as I use it for hypothyroid disorder issues, instead of using pharmaceutical synthroid medications.

If you are concerned about the effects of radioactive iodine, it might be expedient to find some right away. It is suggested to take potassium iodide tablets for a week to ten days while the radioactive iodine clouds are in your area.

Survive!

Why and How Japanese Nuclear Power Plant Disaster Happened?

Here we see a disaster created by a country’s excessive push toward materialism. I’m not blaming Japanese people, only the government that allowed this insanity – especially near known earthquake faults. What were they thinking?

Here in California, we have the same situation. I’ve lived in California all my life but am powerless against industrial interests and the government who have combined forces and build nuclear power plants here near known earthquake fault lines. For years people have wondered why they would do such an obviously foolhardy thing. Is materialism and industry all that important? Really?

Top 5 Freeze Dried Survival Foods

Top 5 Freeze Dried Survival Foods

Some survival foods are better than others, as not all freeze dried foods are created equally. For those to whom nutrition matters, both in good times and in survival situations, reading ingredient lists is key. Ultimately, some of the very best freeze dried survival foods you can buy are:

  1. Meat
  2. Cheese
  3. Butter
  4. Eggs
  5. Meat-based entrees

These are some of the top foods to stockpile for lean times because they will likely be the hardest to source and even when you can find them fresh, they are difficult to store if electricity is not reliable.

Also, these are calorie- and fat-dense foods, which will give the most benefit per ounce. Yes, freeze dried peaches are a great treat, but they will not provide nearly the level of nourishment found in cheese or eggs.

Why These Freeze Dried Survival Foods?

Fruits and vegetables may be grown almost year-round in mild climates or with cold frames, but animal-based foods will be scarcer for most populations and in many geographic areas.

Thus, these meat- and dairy- based foods are key for long-term food storage because they will likely be difficult to produce and hard to source in a grid-down situation or economic collapse scenario.

Fat and protein are critical for the human body, for rain function, for physical strength and for preventing starvation. Animal-based foods such as those listed here are highest in these necessary fats and proteins.

When purchasing meat-based freeze-dried entrees, make sure that meat is one of the first ingredients and that the foods do NOT contain fillers such as large amounts of soy and wheat. Check for allergens and ultimately, buy foods that you can eat and will eat.

As a family, we’ve been building a food storage supply and I’m much more careful about checking ingredient lists now than when I first started.

MRE Meals | Meals Ready To Eat

MRE Meals – Meals, Ready To Eat – Be Prepared!

If you have never given any thought about MRE meals, which by the way stands for Meals Ready to eat, maybe it’s time that you at least take some time to investigate what they are, how do you get them, how do you store them, how long they might last in your home and what you might have to use them for. If you are now going “pfffttttt” and thinking why in the heck would I ever want to buy MRE meals, much less eat them, let me give you a reason why.

Just like the Boy Scout motto, it’s called “Be Prepared!” Because let’s face a little bit of reality here, you never know when “the s**t might hit the fan” or what is commonly know by the abbreviation of SHTF. In other words, natural disasters. And if you think that’s way off base and not relevant to you and to where you live, well, maybe you’re right, but I want you to consider a few things first.

MRE Meals For Any Emergency

Again, it never hurts to be prepared! And part of being prepared for an emergency, any emergency, is having food that you and your family can safely eat until your surroundings get back to normal. So maybe having a supply of MRE meals on hand in your pantry, along with other items like water, certainly can’t be a bad idea, right? And you never know, they might MRE Mealsjust come in handy one day.

Look, the purpose here isn’t to focus on doom and gloom scenarios, far from it. The purpose here is to hopefully spur some thoughts so that you can take a look at how well you might be prepared to face a local disaster should it occur.

The second purpose here is to give you enough information regarding MRE meals so that you can make an intelligent decision on whether or not they will work for you. If they do seem a logical choice to have as a stand by food supply for you and your family, great, this page has done it’s job. If not, and you’ve made it this far, maybe your eyes have been opened just a tiny bit. And if that’s the case, this page has also done it’s job.

MRE Meals – Menu Please?

First of all, let’s dispel any myths that MRE meals, meals ready to eat, are akin to opening up a can of unappetizing mush and eating something that maybe your cat would turn its nose up to. In fact, this is the farthest thing from the truth! As most of you already know, MRE meals are the bread and butter (sorry for the pun) of our military fighting forces and a lot of painstaking research and development goes into making meals that a soldier actually wants to eat.

In fact, feeding for our troops is taken very seriously by the Department Of Defense. Everything is constantly being tested, researched and improved upon. And all that happens at the military’s Combat Feeding Directorate which is part of The Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center based in Natick, Massaschusetts. Since the debut of the MRE meals back in the early 1970’s, menus have changed and evolved on a continual basis.

So what does this mean for you right?

What it means to you is that if you choose to use MRE meals as part of your emergency preparedness, you can feel comfortable in knowing that the food you will have to eat will not only be convenient, but you’ll also be able to store a wide variety. After all, I highly doubt you’ll want to be eating the same thing for every meal, right?

And that’s just a sampling! Kind of beats the heck out of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread don’t you think?

Now do you see why MRE meals are becoming so popular among those who want an emergency food supply on hand?

Again, maybe they are right are for you, and maybe not, but you should at least consider MRE meals as a way of feeding yourself and your family should disaster strike. Be Prepared and click here if you want to read The Lost Ways review by Claude Davis.

Basic Survival Food List

Certain foods are key to short-term survival, and a wider variety is necessary for long-term survival preparation. This survival food list covers both the basics for a few days without power as well as what would be needed for a long emergency. Check out the lost ways review for my recommended book for survival.

Foods and Supplies to Store for Emergency Survival:

  1. Water, water filters, hand pump, water purification drops

Access to clean water, or a store of safely treated water, is primary when it comes to building an adequate food storage. Not only is water essential for hydration, it’s needed to reconstitute freeze dried food, cook, and for basic hygiene — washing hands, brushing teeth, cleaning cuts and more. Ensure that this aspect of your preparation receives top priority. For a few days without power, a gallon of water per person per day stored and rotated is sufficient. For long-term survival, a reliable water source is critical. Those on well water can take advantage of hand-operated well pumps for a continuous water source in a grid-down situation.

  1. Flour, whole grains, rice

Properly stored bulk whole grains will last for years and even decades, making them a perfect choice for bread whole grainhome food storage. They are also one of the cheapest items on a per-pound basis to buy; you can get great discounts for buying in bulk. These are the suggested amounts are for one adult’s one-year supply: Whole grain wheat berries, 350 lbs., other whole grains (barley, corn, oats, popcorn, rye), 100 lbs., rice (whole, brown, wild) 45 lbs., pastas (lasagna, egg noodles, spaghetti, wheat, veggie) 35 lbs. Whole grains, and not white flour, white rice and white pasta, are packed with nutrients, protein and even oils. Do not substitute empty calories for these recommended whole grains.

  1. Cereal

While commercially prepared cereals, such as Cheerios and Raisin Bran, have shorter shelf lives and need to be rotated on a monthly or quarterly basis (use the oldest items and replace with new purchases), whole rolled oats, grits, quinoa and similar dry grains processed for making gruel or hot cereal will last much longer.  Choose a variety of several types of cereal, 75 pounds per adult, for a well-rounded one year’s supply of stored food.

  1. Beans

As with all categories, it’s important to store foods that you know how to prepare tastefully and that your family actually eats. In the beans/ legumes section of your home food storage, the recommended one-year amount is 75 lbs. for each adult. Consider a combination of black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans (great for making hummus) lentils, pinto beans, navy beans, split peas and other varieties as per your taste and favorite recipes.

  1. Meat, Frozen, Dried or Freeze Dried

Buying a side of beef and storing it in the deep freeze is one way to ensure a source of protein as long as the power stays on. Aim for about 75 pounds of canned or frozen beef, chicken and fish per adult if you go that route. Dried beef, typically in the form of jerky, doesn’t require power to remain preserved. It still has a relatively short shelf life, however. Unopened cans of freeze-dried meats can last for decades, making them the most stable and reliable way to store beef for long-term survival. See our freeze dried meat blog post for more about buying and using this type of food.

  1. Dairy Products, Powdered Milk, Freeze Dried Butter

Find and store powdered milk, buttermilk powder, dried yogurt culture for making yogurt, dehydrated or dairy productsfreeze dried butter and cheeses. The goal is to have about 150 pounds of these items per adult as well as about 25 dozen powdered eggs  and two dozen cans of evaporated and condensed milks. If you have a milk cow and egg laying chickens, obviously, this eliminates the need to store these hard-to-preserve items.

  1. Vegetables and Fruits

Frozen, canned, jarred, dried, and freeze-dried vegetables and fruit, such as peaches in cans, are another component of a well-rounded bulk food storage for a family. Consider how much fruit and vegetables you like to eat in a week and multiply by 52 to build a year’s supply.

  1. Sweeteners

Honey, natural sugar, stevia, maple syrup In addition to sweetening foods, tea, coffee and other little luxuries, sweeteners are a baking catalyst; necessary for making breads and rolls with yeast as leavening. About 50-75 pounds per adult, depending on your usage, will be more than enough for a year.

  1. Oils and Fats

Good fats are necessary for your body’s survival under any circumstances. Plan to acquire and store at least 60 pounds of oils and fats (including olive oil, coconut oil, safflower oil, and lard) for each adult benefiting from your food storage for long term survival.

  1. Leavening: Yeast, Baking powder and Baking soda

Critical for baking, about 2 pounds leavening (yeast, baking powder, sourdough starter) per person is typically sufficient for the year.

  1. Salt

Plan to have 5 pounds of salt on hand for each adult.

  1. Treats: Chocolate, Coffee, Nuts and Dry Fruit

At your discretion and according to your taste, store up coffee beans, tea, nuts, chocolate and other treat items. Store candy in moderation as too much sugar has a taxing role on the body. A little now and then may be a great morale booster, however.

How To Be Prepared For A Blackout!

Whether it’s Summer, Winter, A Zombie Apocalypse, or any other time of the year…..The power can go out!

Here’s a Top 10 List of things to have, in case the power goes out. This article highlights the most important items you should own, so you’re not left in the dark and without the means. Survival is the key! Rations & Supplies! The important & relevant info needed!

#1.Batteries

The absolute essential juice for your electronics!

You should always have a nice surplus of batteries on hand. Batteries of every kind!AAA batteries

Double AA’s, Triple AAA’s, C’s, D’s, 9 Volts & in some cases, watch batteries. The majority of emergency electronics use these types of batteries. You’re less likely going to need 9 volts & watch batteries. My only need for 9 Volt batteries are for my smoke & carbon monoxide alarms. Watch batteries are generally used, more so, in hearing aids and you guessed it…..watches.

#2. Light

Whether or not the power goes out in the daytime or nighttime, it’s best to be prepared if the power is still out at night! Flashlights & Candles are your best bet for light sources…..

  • Flashlights

Flashlights are the safest approach to supplying light. Rather than using flame, like candles do, you’re flashlight for ultimate survivalusing batteries. You need to make sure your flashlights are LED as to not consume all your batteries that you have in surplus. Not only should they be LED’s because they’re long lasting in regards to their bulbs & battery life. But also because of their quality of light, nice and bright. As I said before, flashlights are better than candles because of safety concerns. You’re not going to burn your house down with a flashlight.

  • Candles

Candles are cheaper than flashlights. You could buy more candles, for less, than you could buy flashlights & batteries. You should obviously exercise caution when using candles. Make sure you turn them off when you call it a night. Also you’ll need to buy matches or lighters to use your candles.

#3. Radios

There are 3 different types of radios you should have in your supply arsenal:

  1. Weather Radio

Maybe the power went out due to a storm. In which case there could be more coming.

So you’d better listen to see what’s on the horizon.

  1. Fire/Police/EMS Scanner

Buying a scanner would be a wise investment also. You can listen to your local emergency stations to hear the progress of downed power lines or other emergencies that could be happening. There are plenty of websites online to get all the frequencies you’ll need, to enter into your new scanner. You could even see about getting a CB Radio so you can communicate with other people that have one as well.

  1. Regular AM/FM Radio

Use the regular radio for entertainment purposes. Also local TV stations sometimes have their own channel/frequency. So you can listen to the local news and weather as well as some TV shows that are playing. You’ll be listening to a show like the generations before us used to. When they used to listen to radio shows when there were no TV’s.

#4. Emergency Generator

Why worry about batteries and loss of power when you can hunker in your bunker, in style. Less need for candles or flashlights. Buy some extra-long cords so you can hook up your (faraway) top electronics. Hook it up in your basement or outside. But if you end up having it outside there’s a chance the neighbors will complain about the noise. Because they are noisy! Companies keep making progress in lowering sound pollution, so try and look for a quiet one. The neighbors could be complaining also out of jealousy but it’s best to be courteous and respectful of your neighbors because you’re all in this together.

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#5. Gas

You’ll need gas for that generator! So stock up on gas cans and fill them with gas. If the power is out you might not be able to get to the station to get some gas. Especially if it’s a storm related power outage. You don’t want to brave the elements unless you absolutely have to, for safety reasons. Conserve the gas just in case the power is going to be out for a while.

#6. Food & Water

Obviously the most essential! You can’t survive without food & water. Especially water. If you go 3 days without drinking water, it’s simple, you die.

You should buy packages of bottled water. If there is a catastrophe from a storm or of other epic proportions….. then the city you live in, their water supply could be polluted.

As far as food supplies go, you should get food that will last. Canned goods are your best shot, or package sealed foods. Make sure you pay attention to what canned goods you get, as far as how to open them. Some cans come with pop tops, some don’t. If you buy canned goods make sure you have a handheld can opener. Otherwise you’d be, dangerously, opening the can with a knife and that’s not a good idea. Which could result in, unfortunately making you use the next item on the list……….

*One more key thing to remember is that canned food and bottled water have an average expiration date of a year to a year and a half, from the date you buy it. Be sure to check the dates.

#7. Emergency First Aid Kit

You should already have one of these in your house & your car, always. Bandages, medicine for pain, etc. Emergency personnel in your area could be very busy during a blackout so it’s best not to risk getting hurt. Especially if you’re without means of contact. Home phones nowadays are digital. They require electricity to be operational. Which brings us to our next item………

#8. Phones, Electronics & Adapters

A lot of people use cellphones as their main house phones now. Why pay for 2 phones, home & cell, when you can just use the cellphone when you’re home. In the past, before digital phone, home phones could be used without electricity. The only way they wouldn’t work is if the phone lines are down completely or turned off for repair. So you should easily be able to call friends & family or for an emergency, on your cellphone.

If you’re without the means of electricity for long, then you’re phone battery will die, obviously. If you’re also without means of an emergency generator then you can’t charge it. So you’re next best thing to do is……make sure you have a car charger for your phone, so you can charge your phone in your car and you’re good to go! Same goes for your other electronics. Computers, tablets, etc.

#8. Money

Cold Hard Cash! You’d better keep some on hand. If the power is out, chances are that the stores power is out too. You won’t be able to use your ATM or credit cards. You don’t have the means if you don’t have the greens! Quick & Simple!

#10. Fun!

Games & Activities. Whatever games you and your family or friends like to play.

Charades, board games, card games, more!

The power is out, so no one can say they’re busy on the computer or etc.

Talk, hang out & just have fun waiting for the power to come back on.

One last tip…….

Some more helpful hints to prepare you for a power outage are:

Find out if your water heater and regular house heaters are gas or electric?

If it’s electric, and the power goes out, then you’re water is not going to get warm. So much for washing your hands with warm water and taking a shower!

If your heaters are electric, then you’re also not going to be able to keep warm in the winter if an ice storm knocks out the power. If you’re heaters are gas then you should be all set.

*Also if your water supply to your house is by means of a well, those are usually pumped by electricity. So that won’t work either. Which means you’ll have to buy even more water bottles to stock up on. Furthermore, if you flush the toilets or run the water and run out of the water in your tank or pipes before the well can be pumped with electricity….then your toilet and water faucets will sputter and not stop, due to air in the pipes, etc.

Ok I hope you take this advice, on what to stock up on, in the event the power goes out.

When the power goes out, it makes you grateful & appreciative for when it’s on. It makes you appreciate the finer things in life. That anything you have or someone you know could be gone at any moment. So remember to be prepared for the worst and make the best, with what you’ve got! Read my lost ways review to find out about the best survival eBook that I recommend.

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