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.
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.
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.
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.
More self reliance could have saved many people, but FEMA will not and cannot save people.
Dehydrated food, bulk food storage, is economical and has a very long shelf life.
Nuclear Attack - Too many countries currently have nuclear capabilities. Not one city in America has a plan in place if a nuclear bomb is detonated. We can change the survival rates by doing some commonsensical things.
Self defense outside and inside of the home are both controversial subjects that are in the news frequently. This article will focus on certain aspects of these subjects.
Power Outage - No phones. No lights. No running water. What would you do if the whole country went dark and you didn't know if or when the power would be coming back? What you need to know when the power goes out unexpectedly.