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7 minutesFirst Steps towards a Survival Pantry Getting Started As Mark Twain reminds us, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” But before you throw yourself into building your survival pantry it is wise... The post First Steps Towards a Survival Pantry appeared first on...
As Mark Twain reminds us, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” But before you throw yourself into building your survival pantry it is wise to take a few moments to think about what you are planning to do.
Tip #1: Incorporate your Survival Pantry into your Overall Survival Strategy
Your survival pantry is a central part of your overall survival strategy that helps you keep warm, dry and secure. Will you be able to do this at the same time as accessing your store? Will you have access to alternative sources of power? Who will have access to your pantry? How many people? Will you be able to prepare food where your store it?
Tip #2: Have a Plan for Using your Survival Pantry
Develop a phased, long-term plan of how to use your resources. Maximize efficiency by using your store in a planned correct order. Assess the food store available in your garden and normal pantry and be ready to use perishable food from your refrigerator first. Estimate when you will need to switch to your secure survival pantry and begin to consume non-perishable foods and staples.
Tip #3: Choose your Pantry Space Carefully
The space you choose is of the upmost importance and depends on your particular circumstances. It must be dry, it must be cool and dark, and it must be secure, both from humans and animals.
Be careful of basement locations prone to flooding. Survival pantries at the top of buildings may get too hot. Preppers who choose to base their survival pantry in a location away from their living space need to ensure access to the store in a disaster.
Size matters. The bigger your store, the more food and water you can horde and the longer you can survive. Some people will have access to larger spaces than others and each survival pantry will be constrained, to some degree, by the physical space available. Whatever space you have you can always maximize its potential through a sensible choice of food, good organization and efficient storage – you don’t need to access all your food at the same time.
Tip #4: One Location is Better than No Location; A Small Store is Better than No Store
Don’t not put all your eggs in one basket. For preppers the logic could not be clearer. As a disaster unfolds, the prepper may not have any control over what happens to their survival pantry. By having more than one pantry, preppers immediately reduce risk and increase their chances of survival.
In a perfect world all preppers would be like squirrels – able to establish pantries in a variety of locations. And in the long-run, establishing a set of stores is something that can be worked towards. When the prepper is starting, however, they must consider Mark Twain’s warning and not let the difficulty of achieving the perfect scenario put them off starting to create a much better situation.
In other words, it would be a huge mistake not to begin your project, either because you feel you don’t have enough space or because you worry you have only one space to work with. Even a small horde of food and water makes an enormous difference to you and your family. Get started now and look to improve later.
Tip #5: Make your Survival Pantry Unique to your Family
It starts with understanding your family and knowing what is important to them. The purpose of a survival pantry is to provide for their well-being and make it through days, weeks, months and maybe even years. You know your family, their needs and tastes, and you know what kind of survival pantry will be best for them.
The value of food can be broken down to the vitamins, minerals and calories it supplies. But a survival pantry should be more than nutritional support. It acts as a guarantee against the uncertainties of modern life. A guarantee that you have access to something that brings a semblance of normality to a world that may be disintegrating around you.
Food not only keeps us alive. Eating together strengthens bonds between people and in times of crisis the ability to provide a family meal ensures feelings of well-being. Those feelings could come from a favorite type of candy, or a well-loved condiment. There is no one-size fits all. The advice here is a starting point to shape a pantry for your family, its specific needs and its own special tastes. You should be able to look into your survival pantry and know that it could only be yours and no one else’s.
Tip #6: Don’t Forget to Stock Foods for your Pets
It’s amazing how many preppers forget to stock food for the furry members of their family. You don’t want to use your supply of food to feed your dogs and cats!
Tip #7: Consider how you will Use the Food in an Emergency Situation
A frequent oversight is to stock up with food that, when an emergency occurs, the prepper is unable to use. Cooking raw grains is more difficult than you might expect and requires specialist equipment and practice to do correctly.
The key to organizing a survival pantry is realizing that it is not simply a food store but a tool for an emergency. Prepping is not about buying lots of food and keeping it; it is about being prepared for action.
Tip #8: Make Storing Water and Liquids a Priority
Water is vital. Without a supply of clean drinking water your chances of survival are severely diminished.
How many times have you heard emergency relief responses appealing for clean drinking water? In all recent disaster situations, after medical care, clean water is the most pressing need. In this type of situation, do you want to be one of those with water or without?
The problem is that in modern society running water in our homes is normal. While others may take this for granted, for preppers such complacency serves as a warning. In a disaster situation it is the loss of basic services that pose the biggest threat.
The game we are playing is food preservation. To preserve food it must be free of bacteria and your survival pantry must be free of the water that allows bacteria to reproduce.
Tip #9: Keep your Pantry Cool and Dry
The ideal temperature for food storage is between 40 degrees and 72 degrees. If survival pantries exceed this, food will lose its flavor, texture, and appearance.
Tip #10: Store your Food off the Ground and Away from Outside Walls
To control temperature think carefully about the location of your store. It must be as dry as possible. An air-conditioner or dehumidifier can prevent moisture accumulating. Floors and outside walls are where moisture accumulates.
Light affects the flavor and appearance of food. This means no windows for your pantry and if you use clear containers they need to put in labeled boxes with lids. It might look a little less homely, but it’s better in the long-run.
Tip #11: Keep a Clean Pantry to Keep Pests Away
Air-tight containers not only keep out the moisture, they also prevent your food feeding pests. But this is all undone it you leave a few food particles on the shelves or floor.
Tip #12: Keep your Pantry Safe and Secure
None of this will be of any help in an emergency situation unless you keep your survival pantry protected. Invest in a good quality door and a secure lock. Keep copies of your keys safe.
Tip #13: Consider the Pros and Cons of the Deep Freezer
Deep freezers have good insulation and maintain low temperatures without power. In a well-insulated freezer, foods will maintain ice crystals (so safe to eat) for at least two days.
You can maintain cold temperatures by keeping your freezer well-packed and ensuring the seal is in good condition. Try to limit the number of times you open the door. An inventory helps you know the contents of your freezer without opening it.
Tip #14: Organize for the Short, Medium and Long-Term
Knowing when items are going to be consumed helps use space efficiently. A simple scheme divides your store into the short, medium and long term. Generally your short-term supply feeds you for six months. The medium-term supply will cover you for a further six months, and perhaps a year or so longer. Finally, your survival pantry also contains food that keeps indefinitely.
Tip #15: Store all Necessary Ingredients
When you use your survival pantry, you will find that in order to use some food types, you will need to have other food types. There are some ingredients that might not have been high on your list that you really need to make a fully functioning survival pantry.
Tip #16: Mix it Up
Avoid packing the pantry with an easy and long-lasting food. This will drive you and your family crazy and lack the variety of nutrients they need. Employ a variety of foods, types of preservation and ways of preparing food. No one knows the scenario you will have to deal with. It’s best to be prepared for anything.
Tip #17: Spice it Up
Condiments and seasoning are easily forgotten, but they add variety to meals and make them more enjoyable.
Tip #18: Choose Containers Carefully
Nothing will be worse than vigilantly preparing your food store only to find that when you need it most it has been ruined by substandard or inappropriate containers. Food needs to be protected from moisture, bacteria, insects and rodents. Poorly stored food might only help household pests to survive better than you.
Be careful when opening food boxes and other re-sealable containers. To keep out damaging moisture, seal them tightly after each use. Once packets of cookies, crackers, sugar, dried fruits, and nuts have been opened transfer them to air-tight containers.
Tip #19: Keep an Inventory
An accurate inventory is essential. Begin this good habit straight away. A good inventory records exact quantities, instructions for use, storage dates, and those all-important expirations. Use a permanent marker to write important information directly onto items in your food store
An inventory really becomes useful when you start to remove items. Your records starts to show how your family uses the store, what items they consume and how much – invaluable information!
Tip #20: Use a Checklist to Evaluate Foods
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5 minutes I have seen and read many posts over the years about adding or using medicines meant for pets during preparedness or survival situations. Now, I am not going to go all out... The post The 22 Medications You Need in Your Personal Stockpile NOW! appeared first on...
I have seen and read many posts over the years about adding or using medicines meant for pets during preparedness or survival situations. Now, I am not going to go all out and say that you shouldn’t do this or go this route, but there are several problems with this. I am also going to provide you with what I believe is a better solution.
The first problem that arises is the expiration data and shelf life of medicines. The biggest factor in this is that some medicines can as they degrade become toxic. Other medicines contain preservatives that may allow bacteria to grow once the preservative is no longer effective.
In addition, during survival situations – scavenging comes to mind and where we tend to find most medicines throughout most homes (the bathroom) is not the ideal place to store medicine. The heat and humidity is not ideal and makes the medicines degrade faster.
What is interesting is that the Department of Defense had the Federal Drug Administration test some drugs for what is known as the Shelf Life Extension Program (SLEP). It has been found that the shelf life of some drugs can be extended. Though not all drugs, and the drugs tested were kept in their original containers – unopened and in optimal temperature and humidity conditions. NOTE: When you obtain a prescription drug at the pharmacy and they place it into a medication bottle – that is not the original container.
Some other life-saving drugs have been found to degrade after the expiry date, such as EpiPen’s and Insulin. Nitroglycerin decreases in potency quickly once the bottle is opened. Most vaccines and biologicals such as blood products also degrade quickly after their expiration dates.
If any medicine has become powdery, crumbly, caked, has a strong smell, cloudy, or has dried up it should be discarded and not used.
During normal situations if you have medicine at home and you need to take it and the medicine is expired no evidence has been found that it would be unsafe to take. Though, it would be best to acquire a new prescription as soon as possible.
Research does show that medicines past their expiration date do and will degrade in potency over time. Under ideal conditions and in original containers within the military stockpile medications have been shown to retain as much as 90 percent of their potency. Though most household conditions do not meet these standards.
The second problem is that pet based medicines were not included in these studies. Now some of the medications may be the same thing, but as I said I have a better solution for you.
If you can, start your own stockpile of medicines. This may cost you some money out of pocket but you will have them when you need them. The good news is, most of the medications I will be recommending have been found to have no failures when tested and typically can have a long shelf life.
In addition to the medicines I recommend you should consider obtaining and even storing some of the medicine you may need on a regular basis. This may be easier said than done, since most drug insurance programs limit the amount you can obtain. So, you may have to get creative or even pay out of pocket to establish your supply.
The government does even recommend you keep a small extra supply of medicine in case of a disaster. Try telling that to your insurance company though. Some things you can do to get creative in this area:
1. Tell them you lost your medication while on a weekend trip.
2. Tell them you need an extended supply for a trip.
3. Try telling them you need extra in case of an emergency.
4. Purchase the extra month- 3 months’ worth from the pharmacy.
Some insurance programs will give you up to three months’ worth of medicine if you purchase through a mail order program. Ask them.
Once you are successful in obtaining ‘extra’ medicine it is important that you store them properly and rotate them. So, as you get new prescriptions filled, store those and take the ones you were holding onto in case of an emergency.
Now, here is an extensive list of medications to obtain for your own Disaster Preparedness Supply. Please do your own research on usage, dosages and contraindications.
NOTE: These and all medications listed are intended for your preparedness stockpile. If you become sick during normal times and you need medication go to your doctor and obtain a prescription. If you have the medicine and can swap out of your stockpile even better.
1. Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) 500 mg – 750 mg tabs – 750 mg is a high dosage, but if you can get it go with that one. Otherwise get the 500 mg. Reasons to have: It can treat a wide variety of ailments but can also treat Anthrax, Plague, Travelers Disease, Cholera, Tularemia, Typhoid, Pneumonia, Infectious Diarrhea, and Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s). In the event of a major outbreak, epidemic, or even pandemic supplies may be short and allocated to certain individuals. I do not recommend for prophylactic use just to have in case of real sickness. Please review contraindications of use on your own.
2. Bactrim DS (trimethoprim/sulfa methazole) 160/800 mg tabs This is another Cover it all antibiotic agent. Good for UTI’s, pneumonia, bite wounds and MRSA skin infections.
3. Amoxicillin 500 mg tabs – This is good for Upper Respiratory Infections, UTI, Bronchitis, skin or soft tissue infections, Pneumonia, and Lyme Disease.
4. Flagyl (Metronidazole) – 500 mg tabs This covers Giardiasis (Beaver Fever)
5. Azithromycin – If you can get it I recommend adding a couple of 3-day and/or 5-day Dose Packs for each member of the family. Good for Pertussis and Pertussis Prophylaxis, URI, Bronchitis, and several STD’s.
Topical Creams and Ointments:
1. Triple Antibiotic Ointment (Neomycin, Polymyxin B Sulfates, Bacitracin Zinc, Neosporin,) – A good cure-all for topical based infections. While I like creams and ointments, I had a wound specialist doctor share with me that the Neosporin cream is better than the ointment. It helps promote faster healing and reduces scaring. He seemed to be correct and I primarily use this now.
2. Lamisil or Tinactin Cream – Antifungal. Athletes foot, Jock itch, Ring Worm
3. Lotrisone (Betamethasone/Clotrimazole) – prescription strength Antifungal (covers entire body)
4. Hydrocortisone Cream – Great for skin rashes, bug bites/stings, and itchy skin.
5. Silver Sulfadiazine (SSD) – For preventing and treating skin infections after second and third degree burns. Targets multiple types of bacteria and yeast.
1. Imodium (loperamide) – The best solution for diarrhea.
1. Zofran (ondansetron) – Anti-Vomiting.
1. Aspirin 325 mg tabs – Aspirin is often overlooked these days, but 2 tabs or 650 mg works great for relieving most aches and pains.
2. Ibuprofen – Another good choice for aches pains and minor to moderate injuries. Also, helpful at reducing fever.
3. Tylenol (acetaminophen) – Another good choice for minor to moderate injuries, aches and pains. Fever reducer.
4. Oxycodone 5 mg – Narcotic – is great for major injuries, but will require a prescription and is a heavily restricted narcotic.
5. Codeine 30 mg – Narcotic – Good for moderate pain but again a prescription is required.
NOTE: For high and prolonged fever, you can give both Ibuprofen and Tylenol together at every six and four hours respectively.
1. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) – is an antihistamine for treating sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, hives, skin rash, cold and allergy symptoms and mild allergic reactions. (severe allergic reactions will require a shot). Will cause dizziness and drowsiness (sleepiness).
2. Neosporin Antiseptic Spray – easy to use spray that offers both antiseptic properties and pain relief. Topical use only.
3. FlexSEAL – Spray on water tight bandage. Great for quickly covering minor cuts and scrapes.
4. New-Skin – Liquid bandage – waterproof.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide.
As mentioned previously, some of these may be difficult to obtain unless you have a prescription from your doctor. If you have a close trusted relationship with your doctor you may be able to ask and explain why you wish to obtain these. Additionally, you may want to consider adding a doctor to your preparedness group if you have one and have them help you gather the needed supplies for your group.
If you do not belong to a preparing group, now is a good time to start considering one and looking for good people like a doctor or pharmacist to join you.
All the information in this post are based on survival and preparedness and not considered medical advice. As with any medical situation you should always seek out proper medical advice. We recommend consulting with your doctor before proceeding
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3 minutesStriking images of utter destruction caused by the likes of Katrina, Irma and other catastrophic hurricanes may lead some to believe that not much can be done to protect property from such a powerful... The post 5 Expert Tips to Survive a Hurricane appeared first on...
Striking images of utter destruction caused by the likes of Katrina, Irma and other catastrophic hurricanes may lead some to believe that not much can be done to protect property from such a powerful storm.
However, essential steps can be taken to minimize a hurricane’s impact on your home.
Entry points like doors and windows are the weakest and most vulnerable parts of your home during a major storm. Boarding up windows with storm shutters or plywood greatly reduces the likelihood of shattering.
“This is one of the most important things you can do, considering a broken window would leave the rest of your home [exposed] to wind, rain and flying debris,” said Roman Zrazhevskiy, founder and chief executive officer of Ready To Go Survival.
Installing impact-resistant windows is another effective, albeit costlier, option.
“The design makes your windows perform much like a windshield, cracking into spider web patterns when hit, but not completely shattering,” said Frank Klavon, president of glass repair and replacement services company Glass Doctor.
Plywood is fairly inexpensive, and when installed properly, it can hold up just as well as traditional storm shutters against hurricane-force winds.
Although some people opt for taping windows, experts advise against this method, which provides only a false sense of security and the opportunity for larger, deadlier pieces of glass to enter a home.
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Flooding is the most common natural disaster and can occur anywhere. When hurricanes carry drenching rainfall and deadly storm surge ashore, the chances that your home will experience some type of flood damage will skyrocket.
Before hurricanes strike, people often wait in line for hours to obtain sandbags that can be placed around their home’s entrances. Experts recommend piling up sandbags at least 2 feet high as an effective barricade against floodwaters.
“If you cannot acquire sandbags on short notice, fill a few heavy-duty garbage bags one-third of the way with water and place them side by side to supplement,” Zrazhevskiy said.
It’s also a good idea to park your vehicle on higher ground, if possible, before water rises.
Keep in mind that if you evacuate, your home might be flooded, to some extent, when you return.
“Think about unplugging all of your household electronics and appliances [as well as] shutting off electricity to prevent electrical surge or potential electrocution if your home were to be flooded,” said Melanie Hart, senior underwriter for USAA.
Ensuring that both your home and vehicle are insured against flood damage will help ease the financial stress of disaster recovery should flooding occur.
Outdoor objects surrounding your home can become deadly airborne missiles when swept up by a hurricane’s strong winds, potentially damaging you or your neighbors’ properties.
“[Ensure that you] pick up, tie down or secure anything that could become a projectile with high winds,” Hart said.
“Think about trimming trees to reduce any falling limbs and cleaning up things around your home and yard like potted plants, lawn furniture and children’s toys, so that they don’t get picked up by wind,” she added.
A lightning strike, short circuit or a downed electrical pole can cause your home’s power voltage to soar to hundreds, or even thousands, of volts, said Doug Rogers, president of appliance repair company Mr. Appliance.
“It lasts only a millisecond but can do some serious damage to your expensive kitchen appliances,” Rogers said. “While unplugging some appliances may be an option, purchasing a surge protector may be a better choice.”
Surge protectors help to protect your electrical devices from voltage spikes caused by surges. Rogers said that surge protectors are a more practical option than unplugging appliances days before the storm.
“The food in your refrigerator will likely spoil, and dishwashers and ovens are often directly wired to the electrical supply, so a consumer may not be able to unplug those devices,” Rogers said.
Knowing exactly what items are in your home is critical to post-storm recovery in the event that your home or belongings are damaged. It’s as simple as snapping cell phone photos of the contents in each of your home’s rooms.
“Recording the item number or serial number will help you recover after the storm when you’re filing a claim with your insurance company,” Hart said.
Some insurers make the process easier by offering free home inventory apps.
“Trying to remember everything you have will be a challenge for most people, as they’re also taking on the [emotional part of] dealing with recovery,” Hart said.
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1 minuteJon and I have been working hard on our new Homestead and are in the midst of installing a 6×9’ Greenhouse we got at Harbor Freight. A cheaper option for the financially frugal prepper... The post DIY – Harbor Freight Greenhouse appeared first on...
Jon and I have been working hard on our new Homestead and are in the midst of installing a 6×9’ Greenhouse we got at Harbor Freight. A cheaper option for the financially frugal prepper with space limitations. Lets face it, focusing on prepping and stocking supplies for the possible end of society as we know it can get expensive! There are areas where being smart financially will allow you to do more in other areas. We got our greenhouse on sale for a steal of a price at $199 so definitely shop around and watch for good deals. With the addition of a good solid base of 4×4 pressure treated wood (instructions called for 4×6 but you can cut cost and easily use 4x4s and still have a solid base) and wood beam shelving on the inside. It makes for a great solid greenhouse for the prepper who does not have a lot of backyard space. We plan to transition our seed starts into the greenhouse, and are planning to have plants during the winter months growing and possibly producing. Stay tuned for updates and more pictures ahead. We also are in the process of starting an aquaponic system in the garage.
At our old place we had built the same greenhouse and had great success with growing lettuces in it to the point that we were having fresh salads daily as long as we kept rotating our lettuce stock. Also be careful not to get your lettuce too hot or they will bolt. We also did really well with herbs in it like basil and cilantro.
Consider a greenhouse to move more towards sustainable living. You can grow all the food you need for you and your family.
Wishing your survival family good prepping until next time, Prepper Jon and Mandy
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