Prepping for Newbies
just now catching on to the need to prep, its not too late,
but to be done effectively, it will cost you some money up front.
There are plenty of suggestions and web sites galore for the budget-challenged
to prep ranging from buying a little extra each week – see the LDS
shopping list for newlyweds – to hunting, fishing and foraging on
state land. At the other extreme are those who can afford survivalist-consultants
to build and stock extensive underground bunkers, which require
the employ of a staff including farmers and Blackwater-type security.
But, since no one else is, Im going to focus on the needs
of someone who needs to get up to speed fast and has enough money
to cover it. And getting up-to-speed has recently been sped up to
two years of preps from six months.
Lets get going.
There are already
sporadic shortages of various consumer products and, depending on
how bad things get, there may come a time when some items arent
available at all, especially things that come from far away. A few
years ago when surveying the wreckage after the 2008 crash, a consumer-products
analyst was worried about what choice the consumer would be left
with as the Great Recession deepened. Yes, I know, choice will be
the least of our concerns going forward, but you should stock up
on whats important to your family now while its still
here is not that the needs of whats left of the middle class
are different from anyone elses. The point, again, and unfortunately,
is that it will take that kind of income or enough room left on
credit cards to catch up to storing two years of necessities. And
preferably, this should be accomplished before the November elections
in the US. Our long-time friend, FerFAL,
has a few insights about what to expect from mid-November (scroll
down to What will Happen in the USA after the Elections.)
Got To Eat
list below will cover bulk purchases and storage of food, water
and minimal toiletries in quantities sufficient to get by for two
years. You can still buy the dips when favourite items go on sale;
however, I dont think theres enough time left to use
the Mormons weekly shopping list that is spread out over a
not you buy into TEOTWAWKI
mentality or not, at the very least, storms and other natural disasters
can keep you running your generator for a week or a lot longer.
This happened in the Northeast during last Octobers freak
snowstorm and happens repeatedly in other parts of the country.
Oh, wait a sec; you do have a generator, dont you? Its
at the top of 100
Things that Disappear First. You gotta have a generator. You
also gotta have fuel for it, which you gotta store. If its
gasoline, youll need a gasoline additive like Sta-Bil. Get
the original formula for the [gasoline] generator and lawn tractor,
Sta-Bil marine for your boat if you have one and Sta-Bil diesel
for your Mercedes.
Mercedes, when the drought reached crisis stage in Somalia more
than year ago, many Somalis – but not all – had to walk for days,
weeks and sometimes a month to get to the Dadaab refugee camp in
Kenya. One woman who didnt have to walk was approached by
reporters as she got out of a car with her kids. Her car was a Mercedes,
but she didnt have food and had to go to the refugee, camp.
And why didnt she have food; why didnt she barter her
car, cell phone or expensive wristwatch for food? Because there
wasnt any. There wasnt any food at any price. Can it
happen here? The US had a drought this year after a lousy growing
season last year. The effects of these things are cumulative. Sos
radiation poisoning, BTW, but well get to that some other
will end up in short supply or not be available at all. Note the
Iranian diplomatic staff stocking up on consumer products (at dollar
stores, mind you; times must be tough over there) while in
New York to attend UN meetings. Youd think theyd
have a few bucks, so I guess the items they bought were no longer
available in Iran. Their currency plunging 20-30% over a day or
two didnt help either. I hope no one still thinks it cant
The rule of
thumb has been to store six months of food, cash and anything else
you need. Some think two years are safer and I do too. While you
may have to increase your food budget 100-fold short term, keep
in mind that this is a no-lose proposition. Anything you buy today
will be more expensive tomorrow. So, as you effectively pull consumption
forward, you will be average-costing down your household expenses.
Even if prepping in anticipation of scarcity doesnt grab you,
blunting the effect of inflation, or a potential jobless stretch,
should. I dont see much of a downside here. Preps not used
can be donated to a local food pantry for a tax deduction. If you
have the extra funds, that would be a nice idea anyway.
Water: This is considered the most important prep. The plastic
containers water is sold in leach so you should store drinking water
in glass containers. I bought gallon glass jars from: http://www.freshwatersystems.com.
The Mayo Clinic
recommends [a minimum of] 72 oz/day for women and 104oz/day for
men [for a sedentary lifestyle]. Together, thats about a gallon
a day with enough left over to fill your cat or dogs bowl.
FreshWaterSystems price break for gallon jars is $4.24 for
24+. Heres where the bucks come in. If you want to safely
store drinking water for six months for two adults and a cat, that
would be about 180 [one gallon] jars for $339.20; one year $678.40;
and two years $1,356.80. The plastic jugs that you buy milk in are
now formulated to biodegrade, but can be used to store water for
bathroom use should it not be forthcoming from the faucet.
can fine tune water purity by filtering it through a Big Berkey
or other countertop water filter. If youre looking at second
homes, with prices coming down, look for something with a well.
If you can dig a well where you are now, do so and install a solar
Nutrition: The recommended daily calories for women* are 2,400-1,600/day
depending on age and 3,000-2,000/day for men.** The easiest way
to get sufficient calories and
beans and maybe a few other veggies can be made quite palatable
with teriyaki or soy sauce. I bought a lifetimes supply of
Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce at http://www.buythecase.net
$39 a 36-bottle case, which was a bargain over grocery-store prices.
veggies and meats in olive oil improves the taste and adds nutrients.
Oil lasts several years in unopened glass bottles or metal cans;
just make sure you get it in glass bottles or cans.
*A woman aged
19 to 30 years needs between 2,000 and 2,400 calories daily; 31
to 50 years 1,800 to 2,200 calories daily; those over age 51 need
1,600 to 2,200 calories daily.
19 to 30 need 2,400 to 3,000 calories a day, those 31 to 50 need
2,200 to 3,000, depending on level of activity. Males over age 51
need 2,000 to 2,800 calories a day.
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