Why Popular Survivalist Food Advice is a Disaster
Most of us want to take action to mitigate risk of trouble in life for us and our families. That is why most of us have home and car insurance, buy smoke detectors and gas alarms, and have periodic safety maintenance of our homes and cars. Yet when it comes to disaster preparedness only 7% are prepared. Why? For most the perceived risk level is much lower than a house fire or other events that happen more frequently than a disaster so there is less desire and interest in taking action. Another factor however is the perceived significant, huge, dedicated, effort involved to be “food prepared”. Where does this perception come from? Do a Google search on survival food or food preparedness and you will find a lot of information from survivalists. Many of these survival sites provide good expert advice on survival and food preparedness. However much of that survivalist advice is for those who are committed and dedicated to spending a huge amount of time and effort to be prepared.
Advice you often see at these survival websites is to buy in bulk at big box stores. That is buy the grains, flour, and other food products in large 50 lb bags. Then you need to spend a lot of time dividing it into food storage containers, labeling those containers by date, use dry ice to increase storage life, the effort goes on and on. The simple answer is freeze dried food. Buy it once, Mountain House #10 cans can last up to 25 years. Store it in a cool dry place, forget about it till you need it. You can mark ‘Expires in 2033′ on the boxes in case you never use it in the next 25 years.
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What Type of Survivalist Are You?
When I first got into survival-ism I started reading The Encyclopedia or Country Living. I remember I was telling my wife about planting, growing and harvesting grain when she said, “We live in an apartment in the middle of the city. Where and when are you going to raise grain and turn it into food?” It was a good question, and it made me reevaluate my plans. If you’re going to start prepping, you need to think about your particular situation and what you’re preparing for. There are many definitions of “survivalist” (or “preppier”) on the internet, but essentially it is someone who makes preparations so that any emergency such as a hurricane, economic collapse, nuclear war, etc. will have a minimal impact on his or her lifestyle. There are many types of survivalists who focus on different types of preps depending on their situation and what they expect to happen. Here are the most common scenarios from www.survivalcentral.com hat concern survivalists:
- Aliens and AI. The possibility of an invasion by extra terrestrials or the rise of artificial intelligence doesn’t really concern me personally. However, there is a growing movement of people who worry about these things and prepare accordingly. This could mean having a homestead in the country where they can be isolated and self sufficient until the crisis passes.
- Biochemical. The concern here is with fatal diseases and chemicals such as anthrax, cholera, HIV, SARS, swine flu, etc. An outbreak of one of these could happen by accident or on purpose by a group of terrorists. This means purchasing respirators, gloves, sanitizers, plastic sheeting and other related items and learning about sanitation and hygiene.
- Economic. This is a very popular concern right now, and for good reason. Overspending and monetary manipulation by the government and central banks could lead to a new deflationary depression like in the 1930′s United States or a hyper inflationary scenario like in modern-day Zimbabwe. Preparing for this means converting your wealth from money into things that maintain their value such as food, water, guns and ammunition, precious metals, and other things that could become rare or too expensive.
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Disaster Preparedness Plan – Have The Necessary Tools and Supplies
The thought of creating a disaster preparedness plan with your family can seem like a daunting task. Too many people overlook the necessity of being ready for anything. Whether it is a natural disaster, loss of work or some other monumental reason for using your emergency storage supplies, you must be ready. When beginning the task, it really becomes apparent how many things we utilize every day that we take for granted. From toilet paper to macaroni and everything in between, it’s hard to imagine having enough in case of a disaster. There are tools and supplies every person prepared for a disaster should have. How do you begin the overwhelming process of creating a disaster preparedness plan? The first thing you should do is create a checklist of essentials for every member of your family.
This list should include everything from toilet paper, blankets, firewood and clothing to food and water. When putting food on the list, remember that everything that will last during a disaster should be nonperishable or even dehydrated foods. Once you create the list, start the process of purchasing items. Set aside a reasonable amount every month, perhaps $100, and begin making purchases: emergency blankets, bulk stores of toilet paper, bundles of firewood, warm clothing and dehydrated food products. Foods like eggs, butter and milk can even be purchased dried and packaged in storage containers.
When deciding what things to purchase first for your disaster preparedness plan, consider what you use the most. If your family eats macaroni and cheese four days a week, buy large packages in bulk to cut down on costs. Secondhand stores are great sources for finding inexpensive clothing items like heavy coats, shoes and sweaters. Another item that should be at the top of your list of things to purchase is a water purifier, obviously something non-electric. Emergency preparedness stores like Survivalcentral also carry large barrels of clean water. These take up a lot of space, but if there is no water around to purify, you will have a store of fresh water available to drink.
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