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Doomsday Preppers Supplies – What Food Do I Need?

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So you have made the decision to start preparing your food supply in case of emergency.  Congratulations!  This is certainly an important step.  Although it may seem overwhelming, it is actually surprisingly simple.

For me, it depends upon what type of event you are planning for.  Are you more concerned about local events, or more global events.  Obviously, the more you have reserved, the longer you can survive.  So step
one is to decide if you need a few days worth, a few weeks worth, or enough to last a few months.

Whatever you decide is right for you, at a minimum, I would recommend at least a 3-day supply of food and water.

Begin with the non-perishable foods and foods with longer shelf lives.  Also, you will want to focus on foods that are higher in calories and carbohydrates for energy.  Depending on the “event” you will need a lot of energy.

Another thing to consider is storing some spices.  Just because you are in survival mode doesn’t mean your food can’t taste good!

While it is a good idea and best practice to begin storing food slowly, what I found is that one of the quickest ways for beginners to start prepping is by starting with pre-packaged meals.  By purchasing a 3-6 month supply of food right off the bat, you can gain a little piece of mind very quickly and with very little money. From there you can start building out your food supply.

What to Store

  • Protein bars and protein drinks
  • Canned or dehydrated meats (Tuna, Beef Jerky, etc.)
  • Lard and Coconut Oil
  • Cereals high in carbs such as shredded wheat, Cheerios, Grape Nuts
  • Instant Oat Meal
  • White rice
  • Any kind of Pasta
  • Beans
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruits
  • Waxed Cheese (can last up to 25 years)
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Honey (Lasts forever, high in sugar and can be used as an antibiotic)
  • MRE (My personal preference…Pre-packaged Meals Ready to Eat)
    • Long shelf life
    • Easy to store
    • Tastes pretty darn good
  • Freeze Dried Food (Expensive, but saves time and extremely long shelf life)
  • Don’t forget about your pets

Meals Ready to Eat (MRE)

As I mentioned above, the MRE or pre-packaged food is my personal preference in prepping for beginners.  Because there are so many options with dry or canned foods, to be honest, I kind of took the easy way out when I first started.

I felt guilty about not having anything at all for my family and, I wanted to fix that immediately.  I wanted to feel a little sense of relief and accomplishment quickly.  So, I hopped online and started doing some research.  I read about all the different options and read the reviews on taste, etc.

Surprisingly, I found that I was able to get samples from many different suppliers before making my decision and landing on what I thought was the absolute best tasting option out there.  So, I’ve kind of already done the work for you.

Remember, it is important to try and keep as much of a sense of normalcy as possible.  You want to try to eat the foods that you normally eat and that you already know how to prepare.  A lot sites out there talk about storing buckets of rice, beans, flower, etc., but unless you know how to use those items to make food that you will want to eat, they are useless to you.

Like I said, you want to maintain as much of a sense of normalcy as possible in order to maintain your composure and your sanity.  Things are already going to be difficult and stressful enough without you trying to figure out how turn all of the dry food you have into a meal.

What’s in the Box?

First of all, don’t get turned off by the plain brown box.  There are other options out there with pretty, colorful boxes with all kinds of pictures all over them.  I can tell you…just because the box is pretty doesn’t mean the food tastes any better.  Ultimately, once you open the box, the meals are in an individually prepared plastic kit anyway.

Depending upon which brand you choose, the options inside the box could vary greatly.  For me, I prefer Sure-Pak.  These meals come from one of the same companies that supply our US Military with MREs in the field of battle.

With Sure-Pak, each case comes with 12 individually packaged meal “kits.”  There are usually six different meal types or “menus” and there are two of each per case.  Each package will consist of an entree, side dish, dessert of some kind, crackers or bread, a powdered drink and a package with a napkin, wet napkin, spoon, salt/pepper, coffee, cream and sugar.

What’s on the Menu?

The menus can vary depending on what box is shipped (I have never seen the option to choose), and each meal contains between 900 and 1,25o calories.  Here are some of the menu options:

  • Cheese Tortellini
  • Meatloaf with Gravy
  • Sloppy Joes
  • Vegetable Lasagna
  • Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
  • Chicken with Noodles
  • Chili Macaroni
  • Cheese Omelet with Vegetables
  • Beef Ravioli
  • Beef Stew
  • Grilled Chicken Breast
  • Penne Pasta with Veggie Sausage Crumbles

Yeah, But How Does It Taste?

Well, I would be lying to you if I told you that they taste like a home cooked meal like Mom used to make, but overall they are actually not bad!  Like anything, I like some of the items more than others.

Remember, this is about survival and subsisting.  You will be eating for fuel, not for taste.  Having said that though, you will get both fuel and taste.  You won’t hate them!

I prefer the package that comes with a heater, because I prefer my food hot.  The heater works extremely well, but keep in mind that the meals are fully cooked so you can eat them straight out of the package….that’s just not my preference.

How Many Do I Need?

Each case comes with 12 meal kits.  At a recommended 2 servings per day, a case will last one person for up to 6 days.  The number of people in your family or household, and the length or type of event you are preparing for will determine how many cases you will need.

For a family of 4 seeking the minimum 72 hour survival duration, that would equal 8 meals per day times 3 days, so 24 meals.  Given that there are 12 meals per case, I would recommend at least two cases.

The price works out to about $8.50 per meal, so the cost is extremely reasonable given the shelf life of the product being around 5 years.

By no means to I intend to tell you that MREs or pre-packaged foods are the only way to go.  I am advocating that you start with these and then build out your own supply of other items that were discussed above.  If you already have canned foods and the like, then consider supplementing your supply with some MREs.  They are quick, easy and relatively inexpensive.

 

What are your thoughts? What are some of the food items you would recommend to this community or people who are just beginning to prepare?

Please leave a comment, question, feedback, or any of your best practices.

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Is Nuclear War A Reality In Our Current Political Climate?

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Just this month, North Korea made a strong statement in which the threat of a “nuclear strike” towards the United States was made.

North Korea is blaming the United States for increasing nuclear tensions as a result of the current conflict between the US and South Korean.

North Korea said in a statement on March 8th that if “a single bullet is fired” between the US and South Korea they would respond with a nuclear strike.

The statement went on to further say, “The Korean People’s Army will reduce the bases of aggression and provocation to ashes with its invincible Hwasong rockets tied with nuclear warheads, and reliably defend the security of the country and its people’s happiness.”

What makes these statements even more scary is that North Korea claims to have conducted successful tests and credible sources have estimated that North Korea may have as many as 10 warheads.

As you may have seen in recent news, Secretary Rex Tillerson eluded to the fact that 2 decades of sanctions against North Korea have done little to nothing, and military action is something that is “on the table.”  He went on to say that North Korea is an “imminent threat.”

It’s unclear why Kim Jong Un recently fired missiles into Japanese waters, but some say it is a veiled threat against the US to show that if he wanted to, his missiles could hit nearby US bases.

North Korea’s missile range is estimated to be approximately 1,250 miles.

The popular thought now is that the only way to prevent any sort of threat against the US is to strike first.  More specifically, a military strike against North Korean facilities.  The problem with this is that Kim Jong Un would probably retaliate with action against South Korea.

As unstable and unpredictable as he is, this could mean chemical weapons and warfare, and I don’t have to tell you what that would mean for South Korea.

I think we all agree (and even North Korea knows) that they do not stand a chance in a war with the U.S.  The real challenge is that North Korea, and Kim Jong Un specifically, are just crazy enough to try and are completely willing to take that risk.

But it’s not just about military warfare.  North Korea has other retaliatory means such as cyber attacks against the United States that could cause disruptions to everything from businesses to banking systems.  If you recall, although it was never proven, North Korea was implicated in launching cyber attacks against South Korea back in 2013.

Either way, all of this uncertainty creates a climate of increasing instability.  Regardless of who fires the first shot over the bow, every other country in the region will be on standby with their finger on the trigger, and don’t you know that trigger finger will be awfully itchy.

It’s always easy to fire after someone else fires first.

What are your thoughts?

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Prepping For Beginners – Do You Have a Plan?

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Whether you are prepping for a small scale-local event, or are more concerned with a large-scale global event, the first step in prepping for beginners is to create a plan.

In fact, I would encourage you to devise multiple plans in preparation for multiple scenarios. While there are a plethora of scenarios in which disaster could strike, they can really all be boiled down into three main scenarios that you would be most likely to encounter.

Scenario 1 – Disaster Strikes While At Work

Most people imagine that when S.H.T.F. (Sh!t Hits The Fan) they will be at home with their family and all of their emergency supplies, food, water, and tools will be within arms length and readily available.  The fact
is, there is absolutely no way to predict what time of day or what day of the week disaster could strike. You may recall that 9/11 happened on a Tuesday morning, and most of the country was either already at work/school, or in the middle of their commute.

As such, it is best to consider this probability when creating your preparedness plan.  As part of your plan, it is a good idea and a prepper “best practice” to keep one B.O.B. (Bug Out Bag) in your car, and another in your office, desk or locker at work/school.

It is also important to remember that depending upon the scale and severity of the emergency or disaster, the roads will most likely be a complete mess, and you will be experiencing bumper-to-bumper gridlock situations on all major roads and highways.  Therefore, as part of your plan, you should consider having multiple pre-planned routes as you make your way to gather your supplies, meet up with your loved ones, or are simply attempting to just Get Out of Dodge. 

Hopefully, as part of your emergency preparedness plan(s) your family has already discussed and pre-determined your B.O.L. (Bug Out Location), and knows exactly where to go and what to do.  In most cases, but depending upon where you live, it will not be your primary residence.

Scenario 2 – Disaster Strikes While You Are On The Road

The primary thing to remember in this scenario is that most of the people around you have not even considered the need to prepare and are going to be consumed by sheer panic and terror.  The first thing you must do is remind yourself that you have considered and prepared for this possibility.  Second, take a moment to assess the situation, accept what is happening and remain as cool, calm and collected as possible.

At this point all traffic and safety rules will be thrown out window and it will truly be an every man/woman for themselves. If you are in your vehicle and still able to move, you should immediately find a safe location to fill up your vehicle with gas, food and water if possible. Once you have obtained this items, you can begin to make your towards your pre-determined B.O.L.

If the roadways are unable to be traveled, you must quickly make the difficult decision to exit your vehicle, gather your supplies and begin making your way to your B.O.L. on foot.

The combination of different scenarios are endless and it is impossible to have a perfect preparedness plan for every situation. The primary goal is to at least be in the position that you have thought through the possibilities ahead of time and will not be paralyzed by the element of surprise.

Awareness really is the first step in prepping for beginners.

Scenario 3 – Disaster Strikes While You Are At Home

Because the day of the week and time of day that disaster may strike is unpredictable, it would be unfair to say that this would be the least likely of the three scenarios.  Having said that, when you consider how little time most of us spend at home these days, I personally consider this to be the least likely scenario for myself.

Please understand that with all sincerity I am not here to project my thoughts and opinions on to you.  I understand that your situation may be different than mine and completely unique to you.  My earnest desire is to just help you create some awareness, and at the very least, get you thinking about some of the possible scenarios.  From there, you can begin putting an action plan together with each scenario in mind.

For some of you, home may be the absolute safest place that you can or strive to get back to when disaster strikes.  You have all of your food, water, tools, weapons and supplies at home, so it seems like the best place for you and your crew to hunker down.

For others that live in the more densely populated urban areas, this may not be the case.  Again, your situation is unique to you and you have to plan accordingly.  Whatever you do, please, just devise a plan that works for you and stick to it!

The mistake that many people will make will be to try and get as much information about what is going on as they can before springing into action and implementing their plan.  Many times, this will be the most dangerous thing that they can do.  If you should find yourself in this situation, you will already know that something has happened or is currently happening. You don’t need your neighbors, NBC, CBS, Fox, or CNN to confirm that for you.  Depending upon the severity of the event, you may not have this luxury anyway as the power grids may be down and there is no access to public communication.

Essential Items For All 3 Scenarios

Regardless of the three scenarios above in which you may find yourself, the common theme among all three is to have a plan that includes quick access to a predetermined supply of essential tools and resources by way of a B.O.B.  

As I began my education in prepping and my Prepping For Dummies research, this is the area where I found the information got a little muddy, a little blurry, and a little tricky.  The reason I say that is that yBug Out Bagou can ask 10 different Preppers what they would classify as the “must haves” in a Bug out Bag and you will get 10 different answers.  Generally, they will all several items in common, but none of them will agree on all of them.  Ultimately, you have to decide what is right for you.

Just know this…ANYTHING is better than NOTHING.

Additionally, the B.O.B you keep at home could be very different from the one you keep in your car.  The one you keep in your car could be very different from the one you keep at work.

Remember, it will all come down to personal preference and it should be customized for your needs as well as customized to the area in which you live.  Whatever you preferences may be, I would just encourage you to start somewhere and please start now.  Having a Bug Out Bag was my first priority and the very first thing that I purchased.  I can’t tell you the sense of relief I felt after purchasing one for each member of my family.

If you are like me, just start with the very basics.  Understand that you can change and adapt your B.O.B. as you become more comfortable and knowledgeable. You don’t have to be an expert and you certainly don’t have to take it to the extreme. Prepping for beginners (as with beginning anything new) begins with the first step. It’s like the metaphor for eating an elephant…..one bite at a time.

Earlier I shared with you that I am not here to project my thoughts and opinions on to you and your unique preferences or situations.  I am not going to try to steer you towards any one item over another.  I am just here to share with you the first steps I took to get started.  I will reserve my opinions for my other articles where I provide objective product reviews and recommendations.

What I will tell you is that there are some excellent pre-assembled beginner B.O.B.s on the market, and if you would like my opinion or recommendation on any of these, or any other tools and supplies, I will be glad to provide it to you.

 

I hope you found this article to be helpful, and if nothing else, it helps remove the mystery in taking that first step in preparing yourself and protecting the ones you love.  There are also several great Doomsday Prep Books that you can buy that will help get you started with your planning.

Keep in mind that “Doomsday Prepping” is just like any other type of insurance policy that we might buy.  While we hope that we will never need it, it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

What are your thoughts?

Please leave a comment, question, feedback, or any of your best practices.

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