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Start Small, Become A Prepper

September 4, 2012 by  

Start Small, Become A Prepper
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Peanut butter and crackers are good foods to have on hand in case of emergency.

Many of us have some spare time on lazy afternoons during the waning days of summer. It is a perfect time to make sure all of your survival supplies are in good order; or, if you have none, take the initial steps to being a prepper.

Becoming prepared for worst-case-scenario events may seem like a daunting task when you consider the amount of time, effort and cost that would go into stockpiling enough nonperishable food and water to last weeks or months. But taking small steps toward being prepared in your spare time can yield surprising results in just a matter of weeks.

You can start small by organizing a basic three-day food supply. Including things like:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables.
  • Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water).
  • Staples: sugar, salt, pepper.
  • High-energy foods: peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix.
  • Vitamins.
  • Foods for infants, elderly persons or persons with special dietary needs.
  • Comfort foods: Cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags.
  • One gallon of water for each person in your household for each day.

Once you get a small store in place, you will likely notice that your efforts to prepare for the worst snowball into a lifestyle that will leave you and your family safe and ready for almost anything.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO GO TO THE GROCERY STORE ONCE A WEEK HAVE A PROBLEM. WHY DID YOU PAY $2500 FOR A STATE-OF-THE-ART REFRIGERATOR WITH FREEZER? WHY DOES YOUR KITCHEN HAVE A LARGE PANTRY CLOSET?

    ANYONE WITH A JOB SHOULD A-L-W-A-YS BE ABLE TO EAT GOOD FOOD AND NEVER ALLOW THEIR FOOD STOCK TO GET LOW.

    • Tom T

      Speaking as a former resident of Florida, a $2500 fridge makes a great storage cabinet when you have been w/o power for a couple of weeks. Items in the freezer and fridge get eaten within the first week so it doesn’t go to waste. Plus a lot of the freezer items are removed and eaten before the storm to make room for gallon milk jugs of water to freeze for the fridge and coolers. Dry goods are far superior due to this.

  • Jon

    I don’t have a $2500 refrigerator. Would you buy me one?

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      I HEAR YA, “Jon.”

  • Jamie Cameron

    Also stock up on Dandy lion greens and milk thistle to keep your liver clean of toxins from Canned food preservatives
    keep bleach to purify water. make a rain water collecting tanks to catch and store it.

    • Dennis48e

      “Dandy lion greens”

      Never heard of them is that greens that came up where the lion took a dump?

      Seriously I know what you mean I had to look it up to spell dandelion correctly.

  • JimH

    Once a month buy another box of ammo.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      I HEAR YA, “JimH” – THE MAN WITH THE PIZZA STONE.

      • JimH

        Christopher, I’ve got many jars of pizza sauce.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “JimH,”

        THE KEY TO A GOOD PIZZA IS MUSHROOMS, ONIONS AND GREEN PEPPERS. I LIKE A SPICY SAUSAGE AND A MEDIUM AMOUNT OF CHEESE. THE EASIEST WAY TO KILL A PIZZA IS TOO MUCH CHEESE.

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “JimH,”

        I HOPE THAT PIZZA SAUCE IS GARLIC-LADEN. GARLIC IS MY FAVORITE SPICE.

    • Michael

      Buy brass, primers and bullets and reload. Quite wasting money.

      • JimH

        If you can retrieve them, arrows and crossbow bolts are reusable.

  • Tom T

    Also look into Wise dehydrated foods, I bought a two month supply for me and my wife (2 entree buckets an one meat bucket) for around $300. They will send you one to try for free and they are not bad at all(we tried the chilli Mac). Good for 25 years as well. On top of my other stores I think I am up to about a six month reserve.

  • SJJolly

    Additional:
    Make friends with your neighbors. One of them may have extras of something you forgot., know how to do things you don’t. And, worse comes to worse, defensive fire from multiple directions could be a big help!
    Water purification tablets, for when your stored water runs out.
    Material to make solar stills, for water too dirty for purification tablets.

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “SJJolly,”

      I UNDERSTAND YOUR SENTIMENT, BUT, I DO NOT ASSOCIATE WITH NEIGHBORS. MANY YEARS AGO, I HAD NEIGHBORS WHO UTILIZED BINOCULARS TO SPY ON ME AND THE ACTIVITIES OCCURING ON MY PROPERTY. THEY WOULD CALL LAW ENFORCEMENT. BUT, I “HANDLED” THAT SITUATION.

      • Marty S.

        Pesky neighbors.

  • Brian

    after you get the 1st 3 days of food set up is there a list u should start on a little bit at a time

  • KG

    I agree that people need to be ready for an emergency. And I see the need to prepare. However, I was thinking about that. What if I “holed-up” and started shooting people who wanted to take my food? If I had to do that, I realized that I would run out of bullets. However, i would NEVER run out of humans! So, I realized that was STUPID. If people wanted to take my food, I decided that I WOULD LET THEM! In fact, I might join them in there search for food. Better than shooting them.

    we are all connected. the sooner we realize that, the better it will be.

  • Henry

    A hundred years ago, it was normal for people to store a year’s worth of food. The put up a year worth or more of what ever was in season as there would not be any more until next year if the crop didn’t fail, or it could be 2-3 years or more until next harvest of it.

    • Henry

      oops! They put up

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Henry,”

      NEGROES STILL DO THAT TO A DEGREE. MY FREEZER IS FULL OF GARDEN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES – BLACKBERRIES, “PURPLE-HULL” PEAS, ETC. AND I HAVE MANY JARS OF PEACH AND PEAR PRESERVES, HOMEMADE “CHA-CHA,” ETC.

  • David

    Everytime we go grocery shopping, we try to buy a little extra to have on hand incase of emergency, be it weather related or man-made. Guess that makes us preppers.

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