With all the events currently occurring around our great nation, it would be wise and very prudent to take steps to have some basics stored in your home or location to hold you over in the event of disruption to our existing supply and demand system. As I have covered in previous articles, newsletters and training, we are currently living through a period not previously experienced at once. That being, a pandemic, fires, hurricanes, riots, anarchy, shortages of some consumption supplies and soon winter will be upon us, not to mention what appears to be a tumultuous election soon. Are you ready?
Below are some basic goods and materials you may wish to stock up on and have available in the event any of the ongoing events impacts your region or community. Remember, the disaster does not have to be upon you to impact your way of life. Any event around the nation could impact the ability to keep food, fuel, medicines, and even electricity, to you. Are you prepared?
Just do the best you can to stay ahead of the game. There are many available checklist to build your own personal lists.
Food Pillar – You should have no less than a 30-day supply on hand for each person. I strongly encourage you to stretch that out to six months as soon as possible. You must determine the number of calories required daily for each person. Men should be around 2,500 and women around 2,000. Also, consider the level of activity, stress, age, and healthy condition when determining the total needed per person. I attached a food calculator to the email just sent to you that you can use to identify number of personnel and number of days/months you are planning for as you start to identify your food requirements.
Cooking Oils (coconut, vegetable, olive, etc.)
Cooking Powders (flour, baking powder/soda, etc.)
Dairy products, dry
Freeze-dried entrees and meals
Fruit (dried, canned, preserved)
Grains and cereals
MREs and other ready-to-eat packaged foods
Protein, animal (fish, meat, poultry)
Protein plant (beans, lentils, nuts, powdered mixes)
Seeds for both consumption and planting
Soups and stews
Sweeteners (agave, honey, sugar, etc.)
Vegetables (dried, canned, preserved)
Food Procurement Needs (Hunting and Trapping)
.22 air pellet gun, pellets and gas cartridges
.22 rifle and ammo
Compound bow/crossbow and arrows
Maintenance materials for items in this group
Rifle and ammo
Shotgun and ammo
Traps and snares
Fishing – Compact fishing kit and full-sized fishing rod and tackles
You should have enough potable water to support each person with two gallons per day for the duration you are planning to support. Hydration is critical. Store water away from light, chemical and pesticides, and do not stack plastic containers on concrete surfaces. You should always use opaque, FDA-approved, food-grade containers to store your water. If possible, rotate your water supply every six-months unless you treat it with a water preservative.
Water Storage Options:
Individual bottles or cans
Portable water container (1, 5, or 7 gallons sizes are easier to move)
Static water containers (30-50 gallon drums, larger tanks or cistern)
Water resupply plan
Water filtration straws, water treatment tablets, drops, or clorox
Preservation and Treatment
Chemical disinfectant supplies
Heat source and fuel for boiling water
Ultraviolent water sterilizer
Water filter/purifier per person
Water flavor enhancer to improve the taste of treated water
During an emergency, you are usually better off hunkering down in your home. A time may come when you need to seek shelter elsewhere. Additionally, you should know where your emergency shelter is located but also have a bug-out plan in a safe location where you can seek shelter.
Hunkering Down at Home
Generator, fuel and maintenance tools and materials
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and batteries
Wood or manufactured fireplace logs and kindling
Sleeping bags and ground mats, appropriately sized and insulated
Tarps, real 550 cord and bungee cords
Tent replacement and repair parts
Tent(s) large enough for people, pets and weather-sensitive gear
Local Emergency Shelter
Know the location of the closest emergency shelter
Clothing and Equipment
Base layer and street clothing suited to your environment at any time of the year
Hunting/camouflage clothing and accessories
Insect-and snake-protective clothing
Weather-resistant clothing, outerwear, headwear and footwear
This pillar includes safety issues, along with self-defense, making it a very broad category. If you have additional security and safety preparations, you should add them to this list.
Remember, you want as much stand off distance between you and the threat and early warning to let you know the threat is approaching. The threat doesn't always have to come from the outside. You should also consider internal threats as well. A hungry human can turn on you instantly, family, friend, or stranger.
Home Security/Early-Warning System
Remote camera systems
These items are just the basics and you should consider adding other resources as you identify them. Build a binder with your checklists, location of resources, quantities, and then track same to know when you are getting low and need to resupply if possible. Don't wait till the last minute, if there is a last minute.
If you have questions feel free to email me.
Bravo Echo Out