Just starting out?
More and more people are preparing today. Why? There are a lot of reasons and if you are visiting this website you likely already have yours. The bottom line is this world is not getting any safer and it is just flat out common sense to put some supplies back, just in case.
So – where do you begin?
A very common question and I always have the same answer – God. In the worst of times as well as the best God can provide needed guidance.
Next up is food. We all need food to survive and going just a short time without it decreases our ability to perform needed tasks and reduces our ability to think. Depending upon the situation it is very likely that being able to think and make critical decisions will be important. Having the ability to perform work such as spreading tarps, stringing rope, gathering wood, transport water, etc. will be decreased if you do not have the food to fuel you. Make sense?
What food? Well, there is a saying, “Store what you eat and eat what you store.” This basically is telling you to buy extra of of those foods of what you find in your pantry and cupboards. Obviously those foods with an extended shelf life are preferable Examples of these are canned soups,vegetables and fruit, rice, beans, pasta and sauce, flour, and any other foods that will keep for several months.
On weekly trips to the grocery store buy a few extras for your preparedness stockpile.
Water is the next component for consideration to include your preparedness supplies. At a minimum put back a few cases of bottled water. On a budget? Refill soft drinks bottles (after cleaning of course) with water, record a date on them, and store water very inexpensively. Rotate every 6-12 months.
A water filter/purifier is a great idea if you can afford one. I am not talking about one which you buy at Wal-Mart – though they are better than nothing. Should you find yourself with no clean running water and the stored water has already been consumed – then puddles, ponds and lake water will look mighty refreshing. Water from those sources can be contaminated and be very hazardous to consume. A good water filter such as the Big Berkey or this, this, and this will filter the water for safe drinking.
Of course boiling will kill cysts and bacteria in the water – but the floating “debris” still won’t go down too good. A coffee filter or twelve will filter out many larger contaminants.
No power? No light. There is really no getting around it unless you’re prepared ahead of time with some flashlights, lanterns, and batteries/fuel. Todays lighting technology allows for brighter lights for longer periods of time. A trip to your local WalMart along with $20+ can supply you with a couple of good flashlights and a few extra batteries. Stock up on as many batteries as you can afford and make sure you buy LED flashlights.
While shopping – grab a few candles. They are cheap and provide comfort when sitting in the dark. Kerosene lanterns can also work well. Remember – they are fire hazards so be cautious!
First Aid/Medical: Depending upon the nature of the “event” you may find yourself going through rubble, being exposed to jabs from sharp sticks and branches, as well as tripping over whatever may be laying around. Years ago I saw the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo. The cleanup was hazardous as trees, electrical wires, and all kinds of other objects were…..well……everywhere. Point being that cuts and bruises were not uncommon. Have a good first aid kit stored away.
If you regularly take prescriptions and/or require special medical needs – consider what you can do now so those needs can be met after the “event”.
Communication: Basic communication would consist of an AM/FM radio. Getting news about what is going on is critical as information pertaining to evacuations, supply drops, or even the weather would be useful. A small, battery operated radio such as this Sony is inexpensive and excellent to stash away.
This is certainly by no means an end all list of supplies to stock up on. There is still sanitation, defense, gardening, heat, etc. It’s a start.
Now – go get a pad of paper, a pen, and sit down and start planning. Think about what you would do if the power went out – and did not come back on for a few days. That’s a good start.
What are some of your favorite foods that can be stocked away? Where will you keep everything? How many flashlights do you need? Blankets? How much propane do you have for the grill?
No power, no refrigeration, no microwave, no lights, no running water – how will you cope? Taking a few steps now will make things a lot easier later.
Take care all.
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