Essentials for Survival – Food and Water
As important as food is to survival, knowing what kinds of food to store and how to store that food for short, intermediate and long-term, is vitally an important part of any essentials for survival plan.
In this post, we will explore short-term food selection and water storage.
When I first started looking for survival ways and means, my first inclination was to purchase one of those “72- hour bug out bags” that you often see advertised on many website these days.
Well, I almost bought into the idea of a “72- hour bug out bag” without giving it considerable thought and doing a little research.
I am not advocating against the “72- hour bug out bag”, it might fit into your SHTF plan, but not our plan since my wife and I are in our 70’s and live in a less populated area, which affords a little more safety then a large or even a small city. Plus, we would not survive long living off the land, neither my wife or myself have the training for it.
So, we have prepared to “survive in place”, which includes stocking up, short-term, intermediate and long-term.
It took me awhile to make the decision to stay in place in the event of economic collapse or any other event with only a few exceptions. The only thing which may cause us to move from our little home might be a chemical disaster – but that would be only temporary since we live in a high wind area. Our small village could flood, but we live much higher than the town.
Consider these possibilities:
What are the emergency circumstances that may arise in your area like flooding, chemical spills, earthquake, economic collapse, gang activity, martial law, major fire – forest or otherwise, etc?
Where do you live, who are the people in your neighborhood? Are you safe in place – or not?
What is your physical situation, are you able to travel safely?
How many family members? Are they able to be moved safely?
Children and the elderly, are there medical concerns which may prohibit their moving away?
Do you have the funds to prepare for an extended stay from home?
Do you have a “safe haven” to go to? Will you be able to get around any road blocks to that “safe haven”, have you a plan “B“?
If you live in the city, what kind of neighborhood? Are your neighbors responsible, trustworthy and helpful? Are they self-sufficient? Are they willing to band together to protect the neighborhood?
Those are just a few of many possibilities for consideration.
Even though I have been preparing for about 4 years now, we are just getting around to the intermediate and long-term food and water storage. There really is more to preparing, books on “how to’, plus tools and equipment for survival – as for us, we have tried to prepare in a balanced way.
We are both retired and living on a fixed income, so “prepping” has been just a little bit at a time.
We started out stocking up on canned and dry goods, items that would last maybe 30 days or more. There are certain canned and dry goods that are “shelf-stable”, meaning, they should be good for many years going forward – there are 2 manufacturers that consistently manufacture “shelf-stable” products – according to my research. We have stocked up on some of those. I will get into that in a later post.
Starting when we did, the canned goods we eat today are about half the price of what they are in the super market now. At this point in time, I try to just replace what we eat rather than stock up on those goods. The money I save is used for the purchase of intermediate and long-term storage items such has cans of freeze-died and dehydrated dairy, fruit and meat products. We have also purchased dried meals.
Those products are said to be good for 20 to 25 years.
I have studied up on recipes for complete meals using the long-term freeze-died and dehydrated
ingredients I have stored and plan to purchase in the future – time and funds permitting.
One of the first items I purchased for storage was vegetable seeds, vacuum-packed for long-term storage, these are “Heirloom Seeds”, different from altered seeds (GMO), the crops of these seeds can be harvested for the their seeds and replanted time and time again.
Water collection and storage:
One of the best and most educational You Tube channels I have found to date is ZombieTactics
This channel covers many areas of preparation, politics and myth busting. I highly recommend it.
We have also stocked up on cases of bottled water – now, there are many different stories about bottled water that may be of some concern, we keep ours in a dark, cool place. But, I also have purchased some top-of-the line hand-held filtration bottles as well as water purification tablets and Clorox to take care of any real bad water problems, the filtration bottles will remove most everything except viruses and bacteria – I believe some chemicals can be removed.
The reason for the filtration bottles is for possible future water shut offs or contamination – leading us to “live off the land” looking for water. We are very fortunate to live near a river, but, the river may contain undesirable contaminates which need to be filtered out and the water purified. The filtration bottles and Clorox should cover all of that. We could also boil the water to purify, but this uses up energy.
There is a difference between purified water and filtered water, they are not the same. For a good take on this, view the following You Tube video.
You will need to plan ahead for a situation that puts you in a position of needing to find and store water, cheaply, by exploring your nearby water sources, the following video is very helpful.