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Have you noticed a certain change of attitude with family members and friends with regard to prepping? Are you suddenly being asked for advice about food and water storage, prep goods, self defense and medical supplies?
I’ve got to say, I was surprised when the sale of Ebola “gear” started flying off the shelves. Tyvek suits, N-95 and N-100 masks, protective goggles and nitrile gloves are getting harder and harder to find.
Of course, all the press about Ebola is hard to ignore, but even so, the fact that people are shelling out hard cash to prep for a possible outbreak points to the fact that many are waking from their stupor.
If this sudden interest in self-preservation grows legs and moves from reaction to action, there will be fewer desperate for a way to survive. That’s a good thing.
So, what do you advise someone who has woken up to the reality that meals on wheels won’t be knocking on their door three times a day with a hot meal and their continued health may be left to them to figure out? Today’s post is a compilation of what will be needed for self-sufficiency. It isn’t everything. That would take a book. but it covers a lot of the necessities. Today’s post is long. But better to have a list to hand a budding prepper than to spend weeks explaining everything.
Build Your Medical Supplies: Just The Basics
Basic Medical supplies are another must. But basic doesn’t really cut it while Ebola becomes a growing reality. The list below is from a previous post. Level 2 and 3 medical supplies are included in the original post.
- 4inch X 4inch Sterile Gauze Pads
- Band Aids—Get plenty in assorted sizes!
- Non-Adherent Sterile Pads (Both Sterile to protect wounds and larger to wrap wounds)
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Hydrogen Peroxide (For cleaning wounds and can be used as a gargle for tooth abscess)
- Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (Yeast infection, stomach upset and more)
- Ibuprofen (Fever reducer & helps to control inflammation)
- Children’s Fever Reducer
- Tylenol (Fever reducer)
- Benadryl (Treatment for nausea, insomnia, allergy)
- Penlight Flashlight (To check for sore throat & pupil dilation with head trauma)
- Surgical Tape
- Feminine Pads (Can also be used as economical bandaging for larger wounds)
- Mucinex (Helps reduce upper respiratory infection & the chance of pneumonia)
- Triple Antibiotic Ointment (Helps to control infection of wounds)
- Hydrocortisone Cream (For treatment of rashes, poison oak and poison ivy, etc.)
- Butt Paste (Treatment for chafing)
- Non-latex Examination Gloves (Helps to avoid cross-contamination)
- Instant Cold Packs (Used for relief of sprains)
- Thermometer–Both Adult and Children
- Ace Wraps
Ebola Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) & An Important Update
Full face respirator
Tyvek coveralls with hood
Disposable shoe covers
Disposable hair nets
Duct tape to secure gloves
Bleach or hydrogen peroxide & spray bottle to sterilize PPE and contaminated surfaces
Food: Just The Basics–1 Year Supply Per Person
Someone new to food storage may be overwhelmed by the amount of food required for a one year supply. But it can be built upon, one month at a time. The goal of a one years food supply provides time for a garden to begin to produce.
No matter what is recommended on a food calculator, selections should be made based upon what a person or a family will actually eat.
Click Here for my favorite food storage calculator. What I love about this particular calculator is it’s the only one I’ve been able to find that includes fruits and vegetables.
Over time, extras can be added to food storage for variety. For my large family group, I have added ingredients to make pizza, Mexican, and Italian meals and seafood dishes. They will only be served a few times a week (I’m NOT Rockefeller), but by changing up meal times, it avoids Appetite Fatigue which can occur when eating the same or similar meals day after day. Children and the elderly are most susceptible to appetite fatigue, and it can lead to their choosing to go hungry.
Add comfort foods, canned meat, chicken and fish as money allows.
Caloric requirements will be higher in a SHTF scenario because of the increased workload we’ll be faced with. For this reason, purchasing items like tuna or sardines packed in oil rather than water is advised.
One Year Food Storage-Per Person
Cornmeal or Whole Corn (whole corn can be ground for cornmeal)-25 lbs.
Oats, Rolled-25 lbs.
Rice, White (brown has a shorter shelf life)-50 lbs.
Beans (Buy a variety-including split peas & lentils)-60 lbs.
Fruit (*dehydrated, *freeze-dried, canned or fresh)-185 lbs.
Vegetables (*dehydrated, *freeze-dried, canned or fresh)-185 lbs.
Peanut Butter-4 lbs.
Mayonnaise (Mayo packets can be purchased at restaurant suppliers)-2 quarts
Cooking Oil- 2 gallons
Salad Dressing (bottled or dry packet)-1 quart
Powdered Milk-60 lbs.
Canned Milk-12 lbs.
Powdered/*Fresh eggs & *Cheese-13 lbs.
Brown Sugar-3 lbs.
Corn Syrup-3 lbs.
Powdered Fruit Drink-6 lbs.
Baking Powder-1 lb.
Baking Soda-1 lb.
Tuna Fish-60 cans
* The 185 pounds suggested for fruit and vegetables will need to be calculated for dehydrated and freeze-dried.
* If you’re interested in preserving eggs, unrefrigerated, check out this previous post Store Eggs Long-Term Without Refrigeration!
* To store cheese without refrigeration, check out the post Is Survival REALLY survival Without Cheese and Homemade Bread?
* There’s NO such thing as storing too much salt. It has many uses, not the least of which is its bartering leverage.
* The 14 gallons of water included in the basic food list is a bare minimum for a two week storage. It is preferable to store much more!
Note: Formula and baby food should be added to the basic food list when applicable.
Top 50 Must-Haves
The “must-haves” listed below came from a previous post, Top 50 Preparedness Items (and why). I’ve removed the descriptors to keep today’s post manageable, but you may want to read the original.
Now when you’re asked, “Where do I start?” you can point them here. It’ll save hours of your time.
1. Water Purifier
2. Water Containers
3. Wood Matches, Flint-Style Fire Starter Kit & Plenty of Matches
5. Bleach or Hypochlorite Granules
6. Flashlight, Headlamp
7. Toilet Paper
8. Alternative Cooking Device
9. Dutch Oven
10. Solar Oven
11. Manual Wheat Grinder
12. Heavy-Duty Pull Cart
13. Hatchet, Ax, and Maul
14. Tree-Felling Ax
17. Manual Can Opener(s)
18. Heirloom Garden Seed
19. Garden Tools: Gloves, Shovel, Spade, Hoe, Rake, Spading Fork, Hand Fork, Pruners, Pick Ax
21. Canning Supplies
22. Wash Tub, Clothes Pens, Hand Agitator & Wringer Mop Bucket
23. Emergency Long-Burning Candles
24. Oil Lamps, Replacement Wicks, Replacement Chimneys
25. ABC Fire Extinguisher
26. Board Games & Cards UrbanSurvivalPlayingCards.com
27. Children’s Crafts & Activities, if applicable
28. Camp Toilet
29. Wood-Burning Heat Stove, if applicable
30. Fuel: Wood, Propane, Gasoline, Propane, Diesel
31. Heavy-Mil Plastic Sheeting
32. Basic Tools & Misc: Work Gloves, Hammer, Screwdrivers (assorted sizes), Philips Screwdrivers (assorted sizes), Allen Wrench set (both American and metric), Pliers (assorted sizes), Plumbers Wrench, Crow Bar, Key-Hole Saw (to cut holes when there is no power), Tape Measure, T-Square, Wood Miter Box, Wire, Bungee Cords (assorted), Hand Saw, Nuts, Washers, Nails, Screws, Duct Tape.
33. Basic Auto-Repair Tools
34. Plywood & 2 X 4’s
35. Snake Bite Kit
36. Wind-Up or Solar Powered Radio
37. Two-Way Radios
38. NiMH Rechargeable Batteries & Solar Charger
39. Swiss Army Knife
40. Hunting Knife
44. Fishing Gear
45. Topographical Maps
48. Camp Gear: Tent, Sleeping Bag, Folding Shovel, Tarp, Camp Cookware & Dishes, Hikers Water Purifier, Water Bottle/Canteen, Backpack w/ Survival Essentials.
49. Reference Books: Gardening, Seed-Saving, First Aid, Self-Defense, Wilderness Survival, Food Dehydration, Food Storage-Related Cookbooks, Dutch Oven Cookbooks, and Meat Curing
50. Alternative Transportation: Bicycle
Bathing, Hygiene & Laundry Products
This final check-list are basic must-haves from a recent post, Keeping It Clean.
Bathing & Hygiene Products
- Body Soap
- Dental Floss
- Cream Rinse
- Body Lotion
- Shaving Cream
- Washtub for Laundry & Bathing
- Camp Toilet/Materials to Build an Outhouse
- Laundry Soap*
- Clothes Line
- Washboard or Manual Agitator (Check Lehmans & Amazon)
- Washtub (see above)
- Wringer-Style Mop Pail/Antique Wringer-Washing Machine/Manual Clothes Wringer
*Here’s an excellent solution to keep down the cost of laundry soap and limited storage space–visit the Duggar’s Favorite Recipes: Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap.
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Do you have friends or loved ones who are waking up and are in need of this compilation of prepping must-haves? Do you have any recommendations to add? Please sound off by commenting below.
God bless and stay safe,
David Morris and Survival Diva