How to Prepare For an Emergency

Good advice to remember: loose lips sink ships; talk about your preps to only likeminded people.

The four enemies of food storage are light, air, moisture and bugs. Proper storage is a must.

Remember to only purchase what you like to eat and drink, if you don’t like it now you will not like it when forced to eat it or starve.

Know where the nearest water source is and how to purify water; get the necessary supplies while you can.

If you do not plan to shelter where you are, plan now where you will go and how to get there. If you plan to go to family or friends talk to them now about your coming, please do not surprise them.

Most experts will tell you, “do not go in debt for preps –pay as you go.” If no event happens then you can eat the food and still have peace of mind.

Do not get overwhelmed, just do as much as you can and your budget allows for; it will add up generally pretty quickly.

What will you store?

The number one item on the list is water. You cannot live without it or store too much of it. It’s needed for drinking, cooking, bathing and laundry. The rule of thumb is one gallon per day per person. I know I use way more than that per day.

What many have found is a very easy way to start prepping. You start by making a menu for 7 days or 14 days. From this, you list all the ingredients to make the meal. This keeps you focused and from just randomly buying off the shelf. Then you multiply each item on the list for the number of meals and then by length of time. Example: I am prepping for a month supply of food. My dish calls for 1 bag of egg noodles for each meal and I will have this once per week. So I need to have 4 bags of egg noodles. If I wanted to prep for a year then I would need 52 bags. Do this for each item on the list. Now you have a master list to work from and you can keep track of what you have on hand and what you need to purchase.

What will you store?

The number one item on the list is water. You cannot live without it or store too much of it. It’s needed for drinking, cooking, bathing and laundry. The rule of thumb is one gallon per day per person. I know I use way more than that per day.

What many have found is a very easy way to start prepping. You start by making a menu for 7 days or 14 days. From this, you list all the ingredients to make the meal. This keeps you focused and from just randomly buying off the shelf. Then you multiply each item on the list for the number of meals and then by length of time. Example: I am prepping for a month supply of food. My dish calls for 1 bag of egg noodles for each meal and I will have this once per week. So I need to have 4 bags of egg noodles. If I wanted to prep for a year then I would need 52 bags. Do this for each item on the list. Now you have a master list to work from and you can keep track of what you have on hand and what you need to purchase.

Don’t forget to include condiments, toothpaste, shaving cream, toilet paper, shampoo, laundry soap, hand soap and other items you would use. I wrote on my tooth paste the date I started using the tube so I could see how long it lasted, now I know how much I need for a year supply.

Pets will need water and food as well, please do not forget them.

Please remember that all these items need to be shelf ready; meaning no refrigeration needed.

How will you prepare the food you store?

Can you build a fire? Have a grill with charcoal or propane with extra tanks?

If you need to learn to make a fire please do it now don’t wait till you need or have to.

Make preparation for trash and human waste – these will need special attention.

Medicine and first aid are vital. If you are on any type of medication try and stock as much as possible, then see if there is a natural alternative to the drug you take. Many wild plants or essential oil offer the same or better results in some cases. Also, all the normal first aid supplies, but I would add several bottles of alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, 3-4 bottles of bleach, vinegar and couple bags, (40LB. each) of Diatomaceous Earth (DE).

Buying garden seeds are a must in my book. If an event lasts longer than expected and food starts running low these are going to be essential. Butdon’t wait till you need to grow food to learn. Start now, if nothing but a few potted plants of tomatoes or herbs. Buy seeds for what you will eat, and for the area you are in. Print out any information you need from when to plant, how to plant, when to harvest, companion planting and proper storage. How to harvest new seeds from your plants for the next planting and how to store them while you wait for planting season. Make sure to get non-gmo seeds or you will not be able to harvest the seeds and replant them. The county extension office is a wealth of information when it comes to gardening and other helpful information and in most cases it is all online and free for the taking.

Also, protection is a must. It is also a personal choice that every person has to make for themselves. I personally own a firearm and pray I never have to use it to defend myself. If you do have a gun of any kind please take the appropriate safety classes. Don’t forget the ammo, lots of it!

If you have a well, lucky you, but how about a hand pump? No electric means no water. Check on-line for one that will fit the well you have. And buy a water testing kit in case the well is flooded by rain water. You will have to treat and test for bacteria before drinking.

Batteries, matches, extra lighters, candles, flash lights, gardening tools, hand saw, extra nails and screws will be needed. Storing solar lighting is a good way to save money on batteries, put the lights out during the day to charge and bring them in at night and place in a vase or Mason jar. They are safer than candles and last longer.

Think about your surroundings for a minute, would you feel safe where you are if we had an EMP or other major event? Could you plant a garden if you needed too? Do you have friends or family nearby you can trust? I don’t ask these questions to invoke fear or worry, I have asked myself the same questions. If you answered no, then you might want to start looking for a better or different place to live.

Other sources to store food are canning, dehydrating and freeze dried. These I’ll discus in another post. As well as where to put all this stuff!

Blessing to All

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