Survival is not something that just happens… it takes effort. If a person does not take action on a “danger” signal from the brain-box, that person will not survive for long, and that survival action takes effort. Whether that action is jumping out of the way of a run-away bus, or running from a swarm of bees. The sooner the action is taken, the less effort is required (general). Take the run-away bus situation… If the person in the line of travel was to hear the bus blow it’s horn a block away, then all that is required of that person is a quick mental calculation and a couple of steps to get clear (and Survive) - no sweat. But if the person just exited a building and stepped off the curb thirty feel in front of the bus - that person would have to process the information, command the body to move, then run, jump, or hop out of the way (Maybe Surviving) - if the subject survives, lots of sweat and shakes will accompany that survival.
Water and Food Stuffs are no different, with proper preparation an individual or family/small group can store enough food to cover most disaster situations, with cost and storability as guideposts. If folks wait until the paint (the stuff they used to put the handwriting on the wall) is dry or the disaster strikes to start
buying food, they will be in the Hurt-Box fur’sure.
So how much food and water should one stockpile? That is entirely up to the individual… I have seen 72hr. Survival kits and one year food supplies for a family of four. The people of the Mormon religion have plans that include five year food supplies for their family and in some cases, friends.
What would you do if you turned on the tap in the morning and nothing came out of the spigot?
Water supplies can be interrupted for a number of reasons, maybe a broken water-main or worse an earthquake struck and 80% of the city’s water-mains are broken. Maybe a terrorist strike on a regional water distribution system has made the water suspect. Whatever the reason, access to clean, potable water is now in question and a solution to the problem had better be found soon.
One can store water for long periods of time in food grade airtight containers. Food grade water tight and air tight containers are available from pint size thru 30 and 55 gallon barrels (and even bigger), in new and used condition from many sources.
There are numerous water filters out on the market, the only things I will say about the commercial filters is look for the best fit for your needs. Pay attention to the water flow requirements, some will only work with pressure and flow minimums. The table-top gravity and backpack/camping hand pump models work anywhere, anytime.
There are inexpensive field expedient water filtering methods that are very effective in cleaning-up water from a natural source. I Recommend that folks study filtering methods that are outlined in various military survival manuals.
Here is an animation of the operation of a Bio-sand Filter, it is a very inexpensive water filtering method.
Foraging - Urban and Rural, there are many edible plants that are free for the taking. The width and breadth of the topic is huge, so here are a couple of book titles that will help anyone learn what to eat and what to pass on.
Hunting - Hunting is a very good way to add fresh protein to one’s rations. That said, do not rely on hunting to provide the majority of you families food during a disaster.
Gardening/Root Cellaring/canning - If there is an area that can be planted with fruits and vegetables… it should be. Again there are many good books on Gardening, Root Cellaring, and Canning.
Long-Term Storage Foodstuffs are available in many guises; Canned Goods, Bulk Grains and Powdered and Dehydrated food.
Discount stores are a very good starting point for anyone who is interested in building a “Famine Insurance Policy”. Dollar Tree, .99 Cents Only, Big Lots, these types of stores have a wide selection of canned goods and dry goods. If you are lucky enough to live near a Seaport, there are usually wholesalers close by who supply the .99 cent stores. I once found flats of Stag Chili at a wholesaler in Sante Fe Springs CA, 24 cans for $9.75
Dehydrated Meals are a backpackers favorite, but they are pricey. MRE’s are in this category (mainly because of price). These type of meals are extremely light weight and easy to prepare (MRE‘s can be eaten with zero prep or cooking). Major Surplus & Survival, Gardena CA is a very good source for these meals.
Bulk Storage foods are the most cost effective and hassle-free way to supply one’s self and family. One supplier of these meal kits is Ready Reserve Foods, San Bernardino CA, they have been in the bulk storage food business for four decades and ensure that all their suppliers use non-genetic manipulated plants. Currently they are running a case special on Par-Boiled long grain rice, one case, nitrogen packed 6 #10 cans, 39.95... reg price 76.00