Saturday, May 7, 2016
1. Store a VARIETY of foods THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO COOK and THAT YOU ENJOY!! Remember, the beauty of prepping is that you are in control! Don't prepare to eat miserably! Plan your emergency food storage to include a variety of food types and flavors... canned foods alone offer a tremendous range of options. Dry goods like rice, beans, and flour also offer many different options (basmati vs. brown rice, chickpeas vs kidney beans, etc). But don't stop there; spices, sweeteners, and condiments are inexpensive, space efficient, and long-lasting. Don't overlook these. 2. Study you storage location! Your storage space doesn't have to be luxurious or climate controlled, but it should meet some requirements if you want to get the maximum shelf life out of your emergency food supply. As a general rule, try to minimize the following 3 factors: temperature, humidity, and sunlight. Check your storage area a.) at the hottest part of the day and b.) during very rainy weather. If you notice any visible condensation in the room or temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, you may want to consider storing your emergency food to a different location. 3. Strategize through storage containers! In most cases, it's worth the extra energy to separate your emergency food storage into smaller containers. Buying in bulk quantities is usually the most economic option, but consuming in bulk is far from convenient. Storing your food in airtight ziploc bags allows you to break your inventory down into convenient daily or weekly portions. These bags can then be organized efficiently in plastic containers. 4. Rotation, Rotation, Rotation! Remember: waste is the opposite of preparation. Keep an organized log of all expiration dates so that you can easily maintain a First-in, First-out rotation system. If you let your food spoil without knowing, all of your preparation energy and money will mean absolutely nothing!
Monday, May 2, 2016
Honey is ideal for any family’s emergency food supply. It has an unlimited shelf-life, and will tolerate a wide range of atmospheric conditions. It is also consumed in small quantities, so it goes a long way. Honey’s wide range of nutritional benefits practically make it a superfood! In a post-disaster breakdown, this sweet elixir will help you and your family stay healthy and happy. Honey is packed with clean calories that boost energy & metabolism. It’s also high in antioxidants, B & C vitamins, and long list of minerals (magnesium, zinc, copper, calcium, and more!). Like other sweeteners, honey will also help to maintain your family’s morale. Why? Because it’s so delicious! From a culinary perspective, its mild sweetness and smooth flavor integrates well with almost any flavor combination. Honey is also very versatile as an ingredient, which will help you to achieve variety in your family’s meals. Even in an emergency situation with compromised kitchen capability it can conveniently be eaten as-is, baked, used as a glaze, dissolved into liquid... the list goes on. Honey is a superfood, but it also has an added bonus: it’s lengthy list of medicinal properties. Raw, unfiltered honey is a powerful antiviral, antifungal, and even antiseptic! Honey has been utilized for centuries as a topical agent to treat cuts, burns, and certain rashes. Honey can also be ingested to treat multiple conditions, including (but not limited to): influenza, sore throat, arthritis, and insomnia. It is also a digestive aid, which will be useful in helping your family adjust to the stress and diet shift that you’ll encounter in an emergency/disaster situation. Although raw, unfiltered, organic honey is the most potent, understand that Honey comes in a variety of forms. From powder, to liquid, to raw, to manuka, each type of honey has its pro’s and cons. Do do some quick research to figure out which option(s) will be best for your family’s emergency food supply.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
In the face of a major disaster, your family unit may have to leave your home for an unknown amount of time. In addition to friends’ & families’ homes, a dedicated survival shelter should be considered as an option in your disaster preparedness plan. ‘Survival shelter’ refers to a broad category of structures. It can range from a simple camping tent to a makeshift log cabin to a luxurious underground bunker with running water and electricity! Your shelter’s dynamics will depend on your family members collective skills, needs, and resources. Just remember that it needs to enable relatively civilized housing for all of your family members during the most stressful moments of their lives. While planning your family’s survival shelter(s), be sure to ask yourself the following questions: What resources do I have at my disposal? Your resources fall into four main categories: knowledge, location, transportation, and budget. Knowledge - Go with what you already know. Limit the number of tasks that you’ll have to teach yourself during a disaster, especially involving priorities like shelter. Location - Do own or have rights to undisturbed areas of land? If so, start planning and building. If not, start identifying strategic areas of land (natural water source, tree cover, close to roadways, etc.) and prepare to assemble your shelter when the time is right. Transportation - Your vehicle’s size, performance, condition, terrain capabilities, and fuel capacity should allow you to arrive to your survival shelter without incident. If not, reconsider your shelter’s location. How long will you prepare to stay in your shelter? This one is up to you, and there’s no “right answer”. However, this is THE most important factor when choosing your survival shelter. Authorities recommend a disaster plan that will sustain your family for 3 to 14 days. These questions will help you choose the right shelter for your family. You may prefer the camping-style shelter (a.k.a. “Roughing It” or “Bugging Out”). Caution: this method may sound romantic, but this shelter type quickly become uncomfortable for some family members (even those who are well prepared). Pre-constructed shelters or bunkers are popular, but much more expensive. They range greatly in scale and design, but most consist of a simple sitting area and storage space. A simple online search will give you an idea of what your budget will allow you. Planning your family’s survival survival shelter will be a multi-step process. Work towards developing a “Bug-Out” plan and establish a shelter/bunker option as well. Many communities have shelters, so educate yourself about the options in your area. Good Luck!