I come from a place where emergency preparedness is a big deal. We talk of it in our church, and in our community. We want our neighborhoods prepared for what ever comes our way. It is nice to know that there is a plan in place for the community, but putting a personal plan in place is equally important.
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Where does one begin? I would suggest a flashlight and a first aid kit. Then you can move on with a 72 hour emergency survival kit. Once those things are in place, then you can move on even further with a more detailed plan. I have included some links at the bottom of the post to help you get started on a 72 hour kit.
We have moved on beyond the basic 72 hour kit. We have worked hard on creating a years supply of food on hand. It is fun to see our store room grow. Sometime it seems to be so overwhelming, but it is nice to know that we will be able to survive when the worst happens.
How much is a years supply of food you ask?
for one person to survive you would need in a basic storage
300 pounds of grains This could include wheat, flour, rice, corn, oatmeal, barley, pasta etc.
60 pounds legumes This could include soybeans, pinto beans, red beans, lima beans, lentils, nuts, peanut butter, nuts etc.
75 pounds of dairy products This could include powdered milk, canned milk, evaporated milk, cheese
60 pounds of sugars This could include sugar, honey, jams and jellies, jello.
20 pounds of fats or oils
8 pounds of iodized salt
Water as much as you can store. We have about 40 gallons per person.
These amounts are for EACH PERSON. Just multiply it out for each member of the family. You could survive off of this amount of food for one year, but it would get boring.
If you add a few more items you can make a larger variety of dishes.
dried whole eggs
These items really open up the baking part of it. When you add;
canned fruits and vegetables
dried fruit and vegetables
spices and condiments
you will be able to not only survive, but thrive.
Where do you begin?
1. I know people who have had great success with buying a bit at a time. Each shopping trip they buy one or two items to store for later use. It is a great way to begin on a budget.
2. For those who want to buy it all and be done with it; there are several companies that provide that service. Whatever you choose you have to begin now.
There are many resources available to help out. I have listed a few here below to get you started.
72 hours.org survival kits
make a 72 hour kit video version
shelf reliance food storage systems
new life on a homestead blogger and self reliance specialist, distributor of Thrive food products
Begin right now with that flashlight. Find it, make sure it has batteries and put it in a safe place that you will be able to find it again when needed. NOW GET TO IT! YOUR SURVIVAL MAY DEPEND ON IT!