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.
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, the Carolinas, and other places.
Store enough supplies to last at least two weeks (when evacuation is not required).
This should include:
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).
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.
Emergency lighting: Have you ever spent a night in your city when ALL the lights were out? Kind of eerie, isn't it? There are many options available - emergency flashlight, solar lantern, emergency candles - to have for emergencies when the power goes out.
Food storage for beginners - If you are in the 'beginner' stage of food storage, it can all be overwhelming. Where do I start? What kinds of foods are best? Where do I find the best prices? How much do I need?
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.
Freeze dried food IS food insurance. Freeze dried food is still the easiest and tastiest 'food insurance' you can buy. Dispel the myths of freeze dried and dehydrated foods, compare brands, research nutrition.
A common, everyday thermos bottle or jug is actually a unique piece of emergency preparedness equipment that can turn otherwise difficult-to-prepare storage foods into breakfast, lunch or dinner in an emergency situation. For a practical survival cooking method, cooking right in the thermos can save fuel and water.
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.
Safe food storage - How to keep your food storage safe enough to eat in 25 years.
What to Put in a Child's Survival Kit. Children can carry their bag if it is an appropriate weight.
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!
Comfort foods are not necessary but may be comforting during stressful times. And why have them? Comfort foods are basically 'treats' that you usually give to your children after school, to tie them over until the next meal, to keep them occupied when you're busy or . . . just because you love them.
If you live in an area where the fall and winter are cold, you might want to consider a root cellar for storing some of your garden produce, such as, potatoes, carrots, squash, pumpkins, and other root vegetables. Fruits like apples and pears can also be stored this way; plus it's a good place to keep all your canned foods if you don't have a basement.
More self reliance could have saved many people, but FEMA will not and cannot save people.