Gathering supplies

I’m sure most survivalists will tell you their opinion on the best things to have on hand in the case of an emergency: clean water, fire starter, blankets, non perishable items, etc.  The list can go on and on.  I believe in not only being prepared but also in being informed so my goal is to share with you different plans to help bulk up your on hand supply list.  Take what you like from this information.  As always…these are just suggestions.

food storage

The gals over at http://www.classyclutter.net have created a plan to bulk up your supply list with only $5 extra per week.  Now, most of these items would be irrelevant during a zombie apocalypse.  Honestly, who’s gonna lug around 120lbs of flour with them???  But it’s worth sharing for general times of emergency.

You can check out their blog and their full post about how to create a food storage plan at http://www.classyclutter.net/2012/05/build-your-food-storage-for-as-little-as-5-a-week-plus-a-free-printable-list.html

 

 

Old Cellar

Does this picture make you cringe or applaud?

As an urban homesteader at heart, I love the idea of living off the land, especially in the case of an emergency. What if a hurricane comes through and knocks out the power for a week?  What if an earthquake strikes and the roads are damaged so badly that supply trucks cant get to the stores to restock?  Everyone knows that when people panic shelves run empty, gas prices shoot through the roof and desperation sets in (even when there’s no real need to panic).  Why?  Because people don’t prepare.

Am I saying you should create a zombie bunker and stock it full of ammo, knives and gallons of water?  *shrugs*  But would it really be such a bad idea to be prepared, just in case?

Here is one homesteading top 25 must have staple foods when creating an emergency pantry.  Obviously water goes without saying.  You need it to drink, sanitize, cook, bathe, etc.  You can never have too much clean water on hand!

1. Canned fruits, vegetables, meats, and soups
2. Dried legumes (beans, lentils, peas)
3. Crackers
4. Nuts
5. Pasta sauce
6. Peanut butter
7. Pasta
8. Flour (white, whole wheat)
9. Seasonings (vanilla, salt, pepper, paprika, cinnamon, pepper, taco seasoning, etc.)
10. Sugar
11. Bouillon cubes or granules (chicken, vegetable, beef)
12. Kitchen staples (baking soda, baking powder, yeast, vinegar)
13. Honey
14. Unsweetened cocoa powder
15. Jell-O or pudding mixes
16. Whole grains (barley, bulgur, cornmeal, couscous, oats, quinoa, rice, wheat berries)
17. Nonfat dried milk
18. Plant-based oil (corn oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil, olive oil)
19. Cereals
20. Seeds for eating and sprouting
21. Popcorn (not the microwavable kind)
22. Instant potato flakes
23. Packaged meals (macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, Ramen noodles, etc.)
24. Purified drinking water
25. Fruit juices, teas, coffee, drink mixes

Want to read the rest of the article with tips on how to plan ahead?  Check out this website for more details : http://readynutrition.com/resources/25-must-have-survival-foods-put-them-in-your-pantry-now_03042013/

Old Blue Cistern

One of the most under used resources available to most people is the collection of rainwater.  Depending on where you live, this natural phenomena can provide you with countless gallons of water, that once purified would be suitable for drinking, bathing, cooking, cleaning, gardening, etc.

Kits can be purchased to create a rain barrel at home improvement stores that will fit your needs, but there are cheaper ways of doing this as a family DIY weekend project.  Check out these tips and start saving money and plan ahead.

buildyourownrainguide  This PDF how-to is supplied by the Cheseapeak Bay Foundation.

 

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