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Survival Diva here. Before beginning this week’s post, I’d like to first say that my heart goes out to all those involved in the Boston Marathon bombing and their loved ones. As we wait to hear official word as to who instigated this attack, it is a time to double-check that we are as prepared as possible should this situation grow worse.
(David’s update/note: In addition, we’re praying for the victims of the West, Texas explosion. My wife used to love going to the WestFest Czech festival and it was humbling seeing two explosions in one week in places where we’d been.)
Lists are GREAT tools–in fact, if you’ve been in the military, law enforcement, aviation, or part of a successful business organization, you know how valuable they are. Lists pick up where memory drops off, and allow you to quickly and visually check your status.
With that in mind, today we’ve got 2 valuable lists for you: a must have list for emergency food storage and another list of top medical supplies to have on hand. We’re also going to refer you to our list of the top 50 items to disappear first and be missed most after a crisis from last fall. Mind you, the lists can grow from basic to deluxe, but in this post I’m listing the absolute must-haves.
These lists have been combined to serve as a basic check list that can be scrubbed against what you have already put aside for preparedness. Don’t worry if items are missing from your personal stash…like everything worth doing, it takes time, and each item you’re able to check off your list means you’re closer to your goal. Besides, prepping is never a one-size-fits-all. There will be items on the list that won’t fit into your situation, but for the most part, most of these items will be necessary for most of us.
Before We Get Started On The “Top 30 food Storage Foods”, Here Are Some Points to Ponder:
I realize some of you plan to store MRE’s, but you might also consider adding canned fruit and vegetables along with your favorite comfort food. Having foods you enjoy today will help you get through a stressful time tomorrow.
For those who plan to Survive In Place and have put the lion’s share of food storage into bulk items, consider adding easy to prepare canned meals for times when illness makes cooking from scratch difficult, or for the beginning of a crisis when you’ll need the convenience to allow time to kick-start your preparedness into gear.
I’ve mentioned a syndrome called appetite fatigue in previous posts, but it bears repeating. Appetite fatigue is a real issue that occurs for most people when they have to eat the same meal (or similar meal) day after day. Eventually, the issue can cause people to choose to go hungry, even in the midst of a long-duration emergency. It affects the elderly and the young the most, but studies done on military personnel showed that even they chose to go hungry when facing the same bland meal day after day.
There are several inexpensive ways to alleviate appetite fatigue. Spices can change the flavor of meals—consider investing in several different spices you enjoy now to your food storage. Another solution is having comfort foods to offer those afflicted. It can be something as simple as a bowl of popcorn, or a few hard candies. It will break the routine of similar meals and it is uplifting, bringing a little normalcy to an unsettling time.
(David’s note: You may want to think about spices and other foods that have medicinal qualities. As Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine.” Some quick examples are oregano, garlic, onions, and turmeric. If you have other favorites, please share them below.)
The Top 30 Items for Long-Term Food Storage includes nutritious foods that for the most part have a long shelf life.
Top 30 Storage Foods:
- Flour or Wheat, or Both
- Dehydrated Eggs or Long-Term Stored Eggs (Click Here For Instructions on Storing Eggs)
- Dehydrated Cheese or Long-Term Stored Cheese (Click Here For Instructions on Waxing Cheese)
- Rice, Couscous
- Oats, Pancake Mix, Cornmeal
- Beans, lentils, Peas
- Condiments; Mayonnaise, Mustard, Catsup, Soy Sauce, Salad Dressing (Dry Packets Will Store Longer), Bottled Bacon Bits, and Other Preferred Condiments
- Powdered Milk—or Canned Milk (Canned Milk Has a Long, Stable Shelf Life. Mix ½ Water, ½ Canned Milk to Drink)
- Peanut Butter
- Jams—Assorted (Buy In Smaller Sizes to Avoid Having to Refrigerate, or Purchase Individual Packets From a Restaurant Supply)
- Canned Tuna Fish, Salmon, Oysters, Sardines, Clams and Other Preferred Canned Fish
- Canned Beef
- Canned Chicken
- Canned Ham
- Nuts (To Stretch Shelf Life, Consider Freezing or Vacuum-Sealing)
- Assorted spices: Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Chicken & Beef Bouillon Cubes, Cinnamon, and Assorted Spices to Flavor Meals as Preferred.
- Baking Supplies: Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Yeast or Sourdough Starter (Click Here For Info On Making Sourdough Starter), Baking Chocolate, Cocoa Powder, Vanilla, Maple Extract (To Make Syrup), and Other Preferred Extracts
- Oil, Shortening
- Sprouting Seeds & Garden Seeds
- Canned Fruit
- Canned Vegetables
- Tomato Sauce, Jarred Spaghetti Sauce, Stewed Tomato, Tomato Paste, Chicken & Beef Stock, and Other Bases For Soup, Bean Dishes, and Pasta Dishes
- Pre-Cooked Canned Meals; Chili, Stew, Soups, and Others You Prefer
- Drinks; Powdered Drink Mixes, Kool-Aid, Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, and Drinks You Prefer
- Comfort Foods; Trail Mix, Popcorn, Candy (hard candy keeps longer than chocolates), pudding, Cake Mixes & Frosting, and Other Comfort Foods You Prefer
- Packaged Meals; Macaroni & Cheese, All-In-One Pizza making Kits, Top Ramen, and Other Pre-Packaged Meals You Prefer
IMPORTANT NOTE: Water is your first priority. In several posts, I’ve suggested keeping at least 2 weeks of stored water indoors, and more elsewhere like a garage or an outbuilding. The purpose of storing 2 weeks of water is for situations like a nuclear event, where you cannot go outdoors for a protracted time, or for times when it isn’t safe to go outdoors due to looting or unrest.
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Must-Have Medical Supplies: a basic list of medical supplies is posted below. Click Here for an advanced medical supply list.
1 .4inch X 4inch Sterile Gauze Pads
2. Band Aids—Get plenty in assorted sizes!
3. Non-Adherent Sterile Pads (Both Sterile to protect wounds and larger to wrap wounds)
4. Isopropyl Alcohol
5. Hydrogen Peroxide (For cleaning wounds and can be used as a gargle for tooth abscess)
6. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (Yeast infection, stomach upset and more)
7. Ibuprofen (Fever reducer & helps to control inflammation)
9. Children’s Fever Reducer
10. Tylenol (Fever reducer)
11. Benadryl (Treatment for nausea, insomnia, allergy)
12. Penlight Flashlight (To check for sore throat & pupil dilation with head trauma)
13. Surgical Tape
14. Feminine Pads (Can also be used as economical bandaging for larger wounds)
15. Mucinex (Helps reduce upper respiratory infection & the chance of pneumonia)
16. Triple Antibiotic Ointment (Helps to control infection of wounds)
17. Hydrocortisone Cream (For treatment of rashes, poison oak and poison ivy, etc.)
18. Butt Paste (Treatment for chafing)
19. Non-latex Examination Gloves (Helps to avoid cross-contamination)
20. Instant Cold Packs (Used for relief of sprains)
21. Thermometer–Both Adult and Children
22. Ace Wraps
23.QuickClot or an equivalent
24. A blood pressure cuff and stethoscope. (The cuff can double as a tourniquet or help lower blood flow in an extremity so that you can get control of bleeding faster, easier, and with less blood loss.)
(David’s note: I STRONGLY suggest getting medical and trauma training, AND having a good supply of trauma and medical books on hand. When you’re not a medical professional and seeing patients every day, you don’t want to depend on your memory to remember the correct treatment that you learned months or years before.)
Note: For those that depend upon prescription medicine, it is worthwhile to have a talk with your physician to see if it would be possible to stockpile extra in case of emergency. Having said that, physicians are highly regulated on the prescriptions they are able to write. Some Preppers have turned to the internet to stock up critical medication. However, because these Internet companies are not closely watched, what is ordered is not always what arrives in the mail. Be especially careful when seeking outside help.
There are situations where a natural remedy is available, and I urge you to research this possibility for times when store bought solutions may not be an option.
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The last list is one that we shared with you last fall: “Top 50 Preparedness Items and Why“. These 50 items will fly off the shelves as soon as there is a disaster and will be sorely missed if you don’t have them.
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We’ve reviewed the lists of must-haves…except for two very important back-ups for Preppers. One is having cash on hand. This was mentioned several times on the forum in response to David’s insightful post this Monday, “Boston Bombing Gut Check” as well as the Wednesday interview between David and his recommended precious metals dealer, titled: The Best Source For Gold And Silver For Preppers. It reminds us of the importance of being prepared in every way possible, and having cash on hand is an important must-have for each of us! Should an emergency be wide-spread enough, disruptions to banking and ATM machines could occur. Why risk it? If possible, keep small bills, so if getting change back is an issue, you won’t have to walk away poor.
The other back-up, once the basics are covered, are bartering items and/or bartering skill-sets. David has written extensively on this topic, as well as writing the book, Urban Survival Bartering and Negotiating, but is mentioned here for a thorough compilation preparedness plan that you can scrub against what you currently have on hand. Having a few of the top bartering items set aside will get you through the inevitable—when you’ve suddenly discovered something is missing in your prep goods, or you run out!
Bartering Items that will Be in Great Demand, Categorized:
FOOD & Related Items
Water & Related Items
Stabilized Fuel—any kind
Solar Battery Chargers
Fever Reducer Medicine
TOOLS & MISC
Heavy Mil Plastic
2 X 4’s
Nails, Screws, Washers—Assorted Sizes
Knife Sharpening Stone
Household & Misc. Items
Plastic wrap (Large packing wrap and kitchen wrap)
Replacement Wicks and Chimneys for Oil Lamps
Automobile Repair Tools
Many of us were reminded of the importance of being prepared with the tragic news this Monday. The one positive thing we can hold close was the number of heartwarming stories of so many heroes who risked their own safety to help others during the Boston Marathon Bombing.
(David’s note: If you observe the rest of the world and recent history, you understand how truly heroic it was for people who knew what was going on to rush to the first bomb site. A very common terror tactic is to use a first explosion to suck in first responders and a second, larger bomb to do the majority of the damage. Be aware of this if you witness a bombing–before you rush to help, make sure that you’re not simply increasing the casualty count by one–yourself.)
When you heard the devastating news, did you think it was the first of multiple strikes? Did you feel relieved that you were totally prepared, or were you left feeling the need to prepare further? Please share your thoughts here… together, we are stronger.
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God bless and stay safe,
David Morris and Survival Diva.