A prep mindset considers everyday issues as well as doomsday scenarios.
In this video, Angela of Food Storage and Survival talks about 10 preps that may counter the more common “disasters” we may run into, including:
The video is heavy on the issues, but light on the solutions. Still worth a listen since it does offer “survival food for thought”.
Source: Food Storage and Survival
If you are preparing for a long-term survival scenario, one of the first orders of concern is having enough survival food for you and your family.
And not just any kind of food. Your food stash must meet two requirements.
First, your food stores must provide healthy nutrition. Health maintenance is a basic necessity in successful, long-term survival. Second, your food supplies must be edible for as long as possible …. without refrigeration.
There are at least seven long-lasting nutritious foods. Everyone knows about rice (over 30 years of shelf-life), and powdered milk (also over 30 years). But what about these:
Dried or canned beans (over 30 years of shelf-life)
These type of beans can last over 30 years if stored under the right conditions. If the can is vacuumed and they’re kept away from a light source, there’s no telling how long dried or canned beans can go, but they can easily outlast a human generation.
This claim is supported by a recent study conducted by the B.Y.U., which claims that pinto beans stocked in #10 cans (devoid of oxygen) and kept away from light sources last well over 30 years.
The really old beans may be a bit harder to cook, as they will take longer to soak (re-hydrate) and cook. And if you want to avoid the toughening up the skin, you can add salt or other acidic ingredients.
Honey (indefinite shelf-life)
If it’s stored in proper conditions, in an air-tight container (tightly sealed) and away from humid environments, honey can last forever, thanks to its low content of water. It doesn’t hold an outstanding nutritional value, but it can provide you with basic sugars, it can add flavor to meals and it can also be used as a treatment for burns or wounds.
It crystallizes over time, resulting in thick, sugary deposits on the bottom of the container. But the process can be easily reversed by gently heating up the honey.
As a testament to its immortality stand recent archaeological discoveries of Egyptian tombs, in which containers filled of honey were found. The color and consistency of honey may change over time, but nothing to compromise its edibility.
Pemmican (indefinite shelf-life)
The tiny pemmican cakes are a Native-American recipe that is very easy to make and will last outstanding periods of time. They’re made out of lean meat, animal fat and berries (for flavor more then anything). The might was dried over fire and crushed into a thin powder, which was mixed with animal fat and berries to add flavor (but it’s not necessary).
The meat that was used for pemmican was wild game, like deer, elk or buffalo. But more traditional lean meat (like beef) will do just fine. It’s tasty, easy to make, it’s a great source of protein and it doesn’t require cooking, heating or refrigeration.
Source: The very knowledgeable survival resource Alec Deacon of My Family Survival Plan. Check out his site. It’s full of valuable information.
September is Emergency Preparedness Month. If you’re reading this post, you probably already know that. Most folks going about their “day-to-day” don’t have a clue.
But they should.
In a very simplistic sense, disasters are of two kinds: man-made or natural. This post focuses on an emergency prep checklist for natural disasters.
The basic elements of an emergency checklist include: likely natural disasters where you live, an evacuation plan, and making your home disaster ready.
Please comment below on your current prep checklist.
While every disaster will have its own set of unique challenges, there are some things that you can expect during most natural disasters.
Whether it’s a hurricane, flood, earthquake, wildfire, or even just extreme seasonal storms, there are a number of things you should be prepared to deal with.
- Expect to be without utilities for several days to several weeks. That means services like electricity, gas, and water could be affected.
- Disruptions in Food Distribution. Depending on the severity of the disaster, it’s very likely that you will see at least temporary disruptions in food delivery systems. Your local grocery stores may have trouble keeping food on the shelves.
- Loss of Infrastructure Services. Things like trash collection, emergency services, and even hospital services could be affected.
- Crime, Looting, and Violence. During most disasters there is usually a pretty big uptick in the amount of crime. From unprepared people who are desperate to find supplies, to the lowlifes who prey on the innocent in the aftermath of a disaster, this is something that has become far too common of an occurrence post-disaster.
Do you know what Disasters are most likely in your Area?
In order to plan for emergencies, you need to know what disasters are most likely to affect your immediate area.
- Do you live in an earthquake zone?
- Is your home situated in a flood plain?
- What disasters have affected your geographical location in the past?
If you live in an area that is prone to a certain type of natural disaster, then that’s where you need to start your planning. I suggest performing a survival threat assessment to find out what disasters you should be preparing for.
Do you have an evacuation plan in Place?
Being prepared for natural disasters means preparing for the possibility of having to evacuate your home, and possibly even your city or state.
Events like hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes can create a situation where hunkering down could prove to be a life-threatening decision. It’s essential that you have a plan in place to deal with evacuation causing disasters.
Depending on where you live, millions of people could be hitting the roads trying to flee the area.
If you don’t have a plan, or you decide to wait for the government to issue an evacuation notice before you leave, you’re probably not going to get out of town on time.
At the very least, you will find yourself stuck for hours in traffic with hordes of people all trying to escape; but more likely, you will probably find yourself stuck in the danger zone without a way of getting out.
- Your plan should have a trigger. You need to decide ahead of time what things would need to happen for you to kick your plan into place.
- You need to keep communication in mind and have a plan for contacting your loved ones during an emergency.
- You need to Practice your plan before disaster strikes.
For more information on evacuation plans and Bugging out, check out our Bugout Resource Guide.
Is your Home Disaster Ready?
When disaster strikes, there is a good chance your home is going to sustain some sort of damage. To minimize the effects of the disaster, and to help ensure your safety, there are some things you should be aware of.
- Find out where your homes emergency shutoffs are located. If a disaster ruptures your waterlines or gas pipes, or damages the power grid in anyway, you may need to shut off these utility services at the source.
- Do you have a Safe Room? You should have a room in your home that is a dedicated safe zone – an area away from windows that has been structurally fortified to withstand severe weather.
- Is your emergency gear easily accessible? Things like flashlights, candles and emergency radios should be in a place where you can easily grab them once trouble strikes.
Source: Another great post by Robert Richardson. Founder and editor of Off Grid Survival, checkout the complete post for more insights on preparing you and your family for a natural disaster.
Jane is a cool mom. She makes her own laundry soap, toothpaste and deodorant. And she uses the highly visual social site, Pinterest, for seeking and sharing emergency prep ideas.
If you’ve never used Pinterest, or haven’t used it for prepping and survival insights, then this post is a great place to start. So start here:
I’m a visual person. I’ve always read tons to learn, but find that I’m visual in so many things. I need to see something done or see something organized before I can fully grasp it.
That’s why Pinterest has been such a blessing to me. In the past, saving bookmarks to my computer of places I wanted to go back and visit for reference was the way things had to be done. But I often looked down at the scrolling sea of text that were just links and would get lost. I couldn’t easily see what it was I was after, and spent way too much time searching.
Then Pinterest came along. What once started out as a site to share beautiful images as become a virtual image reference library. I can quickly ‘pin’ a page …
Source: Jane is a Mom With A Prep and an excellent resource for all things prep.
Image: Kevin Phillips