There’s a lot of talk out there about survival methods and supplies that may be needed in a local crisis or national emergency. Unfortunately most of the websites I’ve been led to you have to buy the information, which doesn’t help those of us who can’t pay their prices. In light of this situation I have decided to offer some free info to those who need it on this website.
The first thing I want to make clear is that you won’t need money or gold in a true emergency. What you will need is shelter, food, and water. You can’t eat gold. Some of the foods that you can stock up on and store easily are common now but you may not be able to get them in an emergency, even if you have gold to buy them. After Katrina, store shelves were empty, and stores closed when foods couldn’t be shipped to the area. When they opened up, the shelves emptied as fast as they were stocked. So the first thing to consider is stocking an emergency pantry to be used only in a crisis situation. But you should periodically replace it and use what you had to have fresher stock on hand. You should prepare emergency provisions for at least a 40 day supply for your family.
The top three things you should stock up on are dry rice, beans, and salt. You will also want to stock some whole grains like oatmeal, cornmeal, and wheat flour, some dry pastas, and some powdered milk and eggs. Stock foods in glass jars such as home canned products. Foods in glass jars usually last longer than commercially produced canned products. Stock up on some canned meats, like tuna, corned beef, chicken, and turkey as well if you can. You can stock up on cheeses that do not have to be refrigerated, crackers, and red wine which is beneficial when water is impure, even if like me, you don’t drink. It has natural qualities that help protect the digestive system. You may also want to stock sugar, tea, and coffee, but these are not really necessary foods. Roasted dandelion roots make good coffee and mint, lemon balm, and oregano make good tea.
As I have stressed before, having a home garden, even if only a small one can help tremendously in an emergency. Even if you have to do a small one all in pots on a patio, do a small one. Also you should buy and store all the garden seeds that you may need to create a garden where ever you are at or may move to in an emergency. If you can, raise a few chickens, doves, or ducks or other fowl for meat as well. Rabbits, squirrel, and other small mammals, along with deer and fish may also be hunted or raised as a source of meat.
Next, having water stored for emergencies is imperative to survival in a crisis. After Katrina, we went 10 -14 days without water. We had a pool of water which we bathed in for several days before it turned green, so having salt or chlorine bleach to purify it would have helped. I now have a rain barrel which I use to water my garden during droughts, which could also be used in an emergency if it were purified by boiling or other purification methods. You can fill up empty milk jugs, juice jugs, and soft drink bottles as they are emptied to save for an emergency. Make sure you have at least 4o and store in a dark, cool place and used and replaced every six months. Also if you have warning during an emergency, fill up bathtubs and all the pitchers you have with water as well.
Having some sort of underground emergency shelter is a plus as well. A basement, root cellar, or even a drained and roofed inground swimming pool could be converted to an emergency shelter if necessary. If you don’t have access to an underground shelter, then an interior hallway or bathroom is probably the safest area in a house. You can use tables for added protection over your head which you can cover with several thicknesses of books and you can also line walls with stacks of books for added protection. If you have no shelter, then go to the lowest area possible outside, preferably away from falling trees and debris, like a ditch or other low area on the side of a hill.
Having a source of fuel and a way to cook is also important in a crises. Every family should have a grill of some sort and a supply of fuel, whether gas, charcoal, or wood. Having a few oil lamps is also a good idea, along with emergency candles and matches or lighters. A gas grill could potentially be converted to a wood burning grill in an emergency if fuel is unavailable. I have an old gas grill that I converted to a wood burning grill by gutting it of unneeded parts. It works great.
Another thing that should be considered, is an emergency medical kit. A months supply of essential medications should be included. Bandages, sanitary products, toilet paper, antiseptics, etc. should be included, along with pain killers, and other essential products.
In closing, I will stress again, you can’t eat gold. What you must have on hand is food, water, and shelter of some sort. Having a garden and some chickens is a plus, and having fuel and an emergency medical kit is also a plus. Having a heat source in winter like a fireplace or wood stove is also a great benefit. Having a couple of changes of clothing for each person is also good. But one of the most important things I learned during Katrina is that you need the Word of God. Putting a Bible in your emergency supplies is the most important thing you can do for your family when emotions are high and fear is at it’s worst.
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