Preparing for the Changing President

riotingIt is a time of great strife in America, which is having long-reaching effects across the world. America elected a new president. There was no right choice or wrong choice. The outcome is what it is and people are angry. Riots and protests have already started. Threats of dire consequences and circumstances are being predicted and it is hard not to feel a little anxious about the future. This isn’t about a political party, race or anything else. This is what preppers have been preparing for. This change of hands in the White House that could be good or it could be bad. One thing is for sure, it has divided the country and the world as a whole.

It doesn’t matter who you voted for or who you did or didn’t want. It is about preparing for the fallout. Our lives are going to change. We can all hope it will be for the better, but is that a realistic outcome? It is truly hard to say. The media in general thrives on the drama. The more that is stirred up, the more they have to report on. The more they report, the antsier and angrier people get, which is where preppers come in.

You all need to be ready for the changing tide. Now, more than ever, you need to get your stuff together. Get your food stockpiled. Get some water stored. And yes, store some guns and the ammunition to make them effective. It may not be the newly elected president that poses the threat. It could be your neighbors or another country. The changing of the guard so to speak is always a vulnerable time.food pantry-1

Start stockpiling these things now;

  • Non-perishable food items i.e. canned meat, dried beans, grains, freeze-dried foods
  • First aid supplies
  • Guns and ammo
  • Basic construction supplies i.e. hammer, nails, saws
  • Pandemic supplies i.e. face masks, gloves, Tyvek suits, plastic
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Entertainment items i.e. books, board games, cards, pen and paper, crayons for the kids
  • Communication devices i.e. 2-way radios, HAM or CB radio, satellite phone
  • Backup power source—solar is great option
  • Prescription medicines

You know what your family needs. Stock up on what you need to stay alive should you have to stay in your home for weeks at a time to ride out civil unrest or a terrorist attack. Don’t get caught off guard.

The Importance of Concealing Your Preps

food pantry-1With more and more people realizing the danger the world is in, it has become very normal for people to start prepping. People are stockpiling food, water and weapons in the anticipation of a major fallout. We all know we are on a speeding train headed for disaster, with no way off. The only option is to prepare for the impending train wreck we are headed for.

With so many people prepping, you wouldn’t think it was necessary to be too worried about hiding your supplies. If everyone has enough, who would need yours? Well, sadly, the majority of the population isn’t prepping. They are not ready to deal with a total collapse. This is bad news for those that are prepping. When the non-preppers run out of food and water, they are coming for yours. It is important you take the time to disguise and hide your preps.

Hiding your supplies will ensure the average looter doesn’t find them. It ensures you will have food to feed your family. There is an old saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” That is the case with your preps as well. Don’t put them all in one place. You need to not only hide them, but you also need to have several caches hidden around.a stocked pantry is disaster insurance

Get creative with how you hide preps. You can hide them in plain sight. Fill boxes with food and supplies and label them with things like “winter clothes” or “Christmas decorations.” People who are in a hurry are not going to waste a lot of time searching boxes that are not going to yield them anything good.

Root cellars that have been concealed are also great options. Dig the cellar a little away from the home or secondary location. Looters are going for the obvious and are not going to spend a lot of time searching around the grounds for a root cellar.

Never, put all of your food and supplies in one place. Having a main storage room is great, but have some backups as well. A good prepper has a backup for their backup. Get creative and think out of the box a bit so you can make sure your preps are there when you need them.

5 Things to Do Today to Prepare for an Apocalypse

food pantry-1When you think about prepping for a future apocalypse or something on a similar scale, it is easy to get overwhelmed. There is so much to do and so little time (possibly) and you don’t know where to start. Do you run out, max out the credit card at Costco and call it a day? No. Don’t do anything rash. You don’t know when the end of the world as we know it is going to come. It could be tomorrow, it could be next year or it could be 10 years down the road. It is all about prioritizing and taking small steps forward. Every little or big thing you do is going to make a difference.

You need a starting point. The following things you can do right now to help prepare you for an apocalypse on either a small scale or an all out world-changing event.

1-Take inventory. Yep, go dig out your supplies and write down exactly what you have. You can make your own spreadsheet or download one of the hundreds of different lists from preppers that are available on the internet.

2-Organize your space. If you don’t have a dedicated shelf or pantry for your prepping supplies, consider cleaning out a hall closet or making some space in the laundry room. If you can get to the supplies fairly easily, it will make it easier to see what you have and load more supplies on the shelf.emergency supply list

3-Make a list of things you still need. If there is something really important that is missing, like a water purification method or basic kitchen tools like a can opener, those need to be at the top of the list. Keep the list handy so it stays fresh in your mind. When you get an item, mark it off and the next item on the list takes priority.

4-Come up with a disaster plan. If you know disaster is coming your way, you need to spring into action and don’t have time to think about what to do and who is going to do it. Have a backup plan as well. If your goal is to bug in, go with that, but also have a plan to evacuate in place, just in case. Your plans should include tasks for each member of the family. If you are bugging in, someone needs to lock the doors, cover the windows, fill water containers and so on. If you are bugging out, have bug out bags at the ready and your route already planned.

5-Put together a binder. This binder will include copies of your inventory lists, things you want or need, ideas you gather from surfing the internet or talking with other preppers and your disaster plan. This is also a good place to store copies of your insurance policies, birth certificates, deeds, emergency phone numbers and other important information you will need.

These few things will help get you organized and on a path to prepping for the future. It doesn’t cost any money to get organized. Plan a few hours or make it a project for the day.

13 Staples You Need in Your Emergency Food Pantry

file0001706313190When you are shopping around for things to put on your shelves for a rainy day or after a major collapse, it can all seem a little—messy. You add a little of this, a little of that and look around the grocery store to find a few other odds and ends to fill the shelves. If you are stockpiling food without a plan in place, you need to stop. You have to have an idea of the meals you will make after SHTF. It may seem trivial, but it is important.

When you have some basic staples, you can prepare a variety of meals. You won’t have to worry about getting bored with the same food every single day. Eating canned foods for a month will get old and can make you ill. Adding freeze-dried foods to the mix is a good idea. There is no rule that says you can’t have a variety of quick meals, like freeze-dried and a variety of staples that allow you make some good old fashioned home-cooked meals.240serving-cat

The following 13 staples should be included in your pantry. This way you always have options.

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Cornmeal
  • Coconut oil (vegetable oil goes rancid)
  • Raw honey
  • Pasta (variety of noodles)
  • Seasonings
  • Cocoa powder
  • Instant milk
  • Rice
  • Dried beans (pinto, kidney, navy)
  • Coffee

With these basic ingredients, you can make filling meals that taste great and offer the family a lot of variety. It is amazing what you can create with just a few ingredients. You will have the ability to mix things up and create some new recipes that are sure to please your family. Adding a can of corn to a pot of rice or adding some canned fruit to a homemade biscuit can help change things up.

Each of the items on this list can be safely stored for decades without spoiling. You will want to make sure you seal the food in Mylar bags and store within a sealed bucket. Between your freeze-dried foods, canned foods and these basic staples, you will be set.

Could You Survive in Your Home for Days without a Trip to the Store?

riotingWe have seen it happen a few times in the last year. Civil unrest and rioting prompts police to shut down entire neighborhoods and even rural areas. Blockades are put in place and people are not allowed to come or go. Sometimes the stipulation is if you leave, you cannot come back in. An impending disaster like a fire, snowstorm or hurricane can also result in a complete shutdown. Could you survive without leaving your home on the supplies you have right now? You wouldn’t be able to run to the store for toilet paper, milk, bread or any other necessity. What you have is what you got.

That is a scary scenario for some, but it does happen more often than you think. Residents are forced to decide to take anything they think is valuable and flee their home; not knowing if it will be standing when they get back. Or, they choose to hunker down and ride out whatever is coming their way until the last minute. Many people have poured their entire life savings, energy and their very soul into their homes and can’t imagine leaving it to chance. If you are one of those people and you want to stay to protect what is yours, you need to be prepared.food pantry-1

Having at least a week’s supply of food, water and basic necessities on hand at any given time is a must. Ideally, you should aim to have at least a month’s supply. If it is a disaster that is coming your way or the civil unrest is especially bad or violent, leaving your home after a week to get supplies could be futile if there is nothing left in your local area.

Don’t get caught off guard. You just never know when the next riot or natural disaster will force you to stay in place with the supplies you have on hand. The recent snowstorm along the east coast is a perfect example. Supplies were wiped out and those who didn’t plan ahead were left without. Get started prepping for any disaster, big or small.

Fall Harvest Perfect for Emergency Food Storage Prep

canningThis is the time of year to take advantage of bountiful harvests of apples, onions and possibly the last crop of corn depending on where you live. This is an excellent way to add to your food storage without spending a great deal of money. Canning, freezing and drying are all great ways to make the food you harvest or buy from a local grower, last for years.

If you haven’t learned how, it is time to start learning about food preservation. Invest in a dehydrator and pressure canner if you don’t already have one. Can those apples! You can make apple pie filling or applesauce fairly quickly and it is very easy. Dehydrate the apples for a nice snack to toss in the bug out bags. Onions and potatoes are excellent for drying, but not for canning. It is important you learn how to safely can before you ever try it. Home canning the wrong way can result in food laced with botulism, which is typically fatal.

Fall is also the time of year to start pulling up the root crops before the ground freezes. Root crops and things like apples can be stored in a root cellar for months before they spoil. You don’t have to do any kind of preserving at all. Carrots, potatoes and apples can make any meal great and will retain their freshness for several months after harvest. The trick is to keep them in a cool, earthy place like a root cellar. You will also want to leave the dirt on. Wash as you go.potatoes-533577_640

Preserving your own food is rewarding and will save you a lot of money. You will have the satisfaction of knowing where the food came from and what kind of quality of food was used in the preservation process. It takes very little to get started in home preservation and the initial investment will pay itself off very quickly as you can up veggies and add soups and jams to your food storage.

If you are a hunter, this is also the time of year when you will be bringing in meat. Knowing how to can and dry that meat can save you a small fortune in processing fees while putting food into your emergency storage. Prepping for disaster doesn’t necessarily mean you go out and spend a small fortune on food and supplies. Learning skills like hunting, gardening and food preservation will be more important and something you want to learn today.

Planning Your Prepper Garden

starting seedsWhile spring is still a couple of months away for most people, it is the time of year you need to start planning your prepper garden. Growing your own food is an essential part of the food pantry process. You will not only save money by growing your own food and preserving it, but you will also have an established food supply source if and when things do get crazy.

It is important you spend some time planning your garden so you can take advantage of every inch of space. This is especially important if you have limited space. Many gardeners make the mistake of picking up a bunch of seeds and planting them simply because it seems like the thing to do. Those gardeners usually end up with a bunch of food they won’t eat and either give it away or let it go to waste. You can’t afford to do that when your garden is what feeds your family.

You need to learn about companion planning. One common method that has been around for centuries is planting corn with pea plants in between stalks. The corn shades the peas (which like cooler temps) and provides the pea vines with a trellis. This is an excellent way to maximize your space. Another option is to plant a root crop with a shallow-rooted crop on top. Herbs are excellent for planting over a root crop. Both plants will get the sun they need and will not fight for nutrients. Read up on this because some herbs should not be planted near certain plants. Garlic for one is not a plant you want next to your peas.seeds

Another trick you will want to learn is succession planning. Depending on where you live and your growing season, you may be able to get several crops of potatoes, corn and other veggies. If you start early enough, you can typically get at least 2 crops of vegetables with short growing cycles.

Lastly, invest in heirloom seeds. These seeds produce fruit and vegetables with seeds that can be saved and used for the next season. This is absolutely essential to your prepper garden. You want to be self-sustainable. In a SHTF scenario, you won’t be able to run to the store and buy new seeds every year. You have to produce your own. In many areas, you will need to order your heirloom seeds. They are not usually readily available in most stores. Order now so they are in your hands when it is time to start your plants indoors in preparation for the spring.

What Food Should You be Stockpiling in Case of Emergency

food pantry-1If you have wandered into the grocery store and stood in the canned food aisle staring at all the different foods and contemplated what to put in your cart—you are doing it wrong. Stockpiling food is a must. Stockpiling food you don’t like, have never tried or have never heard of is a huge mistake. Preppers need to follow one rule of thumb;

Only store what you eat today!

Every prepper pantry is going to look a little different or at least it should. Mine won’t look like yours because we live in a house full of picky eaters. If you are a “go with the flow” kind of person, you can pretty much stock whatever you find on sale. You may love spinach and buy it buy the caseloads. That is great, but if you loathe spinach, don’t waste your money on it regardless of how cheap it is.

The key is to buy foods that are going to give you that homey feeling that will be taken away from you in a post-apocalyptic world. You want your comfort foods and the foods you are familiar with. How scary is it to open a can of split pea soup when you have never tried it before? That stuff does not look appealing. While many people love it, you may not be one of them and the looks alone may have you tossing it out before you even give it a try. You will have wasted precious storage space and money storing food you can’t bring yourself to eat. Sure, you may be able to gag it down if there was nothing else available, but that sure isn’t going to help you feel any better. Survival is as much mental as it is physical. Gagging down cold split pea soup could be pretty tough and will leave you in a foul mood with thoughts of giving up.

Here is a fairly generic list of items you should be storing. Pick and choose the things you and your family like. Don’t waste your money on wheat flour if your family has an allergy to wheat or you really don’t like it. Stock up on white flour instead. Don’t buy things simply because you read some prepper list that said this is what you should have.cans

• Canned fruit
• Canned vegetables
• Freeze-dried meals that actually like
• Baking ingredients, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cooking oil, shortening
• Rice
• Oats
• Cereals
• Crackers and various snacks
• Jerky
• Canned meat—only what you eat; if you hate sardines skip them
• Protein bars
• Peanut butter
• Soups
• Chili, ravioli, canned spaghetti and so on
• Mac and cheese
• Dehydrated fruits and veggies
• Dehydrated or freeze-dried dairy products i.e. milk, butter, cheese
• Spices, salt and pepper

This is a fairly basic, generic list. Take a look at your pantry right now. What do you see? Those are the things you eat every day. Those items are what you want to start stockpiling.