Simple, Necessary Prepping Tasks For The Survivalist

Re-Post from MDT

So what do your preps consist of? Do you plan for the multitude of scenarios like a number of Survivalists out there do? Have you figured out what the basic requirements for all of these scenarios is? The simple list of Shelter, Water, Food, Defense, and First Aid are basic requirements for any scenario you might conceive, and having multiple methods, or sources to draw from to accomplish these tasks increases your ability to survive bad situations.

In this post, I’m going to discuss the “Food” part of the survival equation, and how to figure what you’ve got, and what you need. Although you might think what I’m writing here is “elementary”, You need to understand that there are a number of people new to preparedness, and Survivalism. We need to make sure that the “elementary” things we have already figured out are not overlooked when passing on information to the novice Survivalist.

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Each of these types of food represents three days worth.

What types of food have you put back in your larder for bad times? If you are like most of us, you have a supply of canned goods. Yes, MRE’s, freeze dried food, and grains are good to have, but they are usually expensive, or require a lot of prep time to make into an edible meal. Most canned foods are simple to prepare, and relatively inexpensive to acquire, and their biggest downside is weight.

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We store our canned goods in plastic milk crates to make them easier to move if and when necessary.

Usually around tax time, I will go to the grocery store and restock, or more than likely add to what I already have in the pantry. We use some of what is there throughout the year, and try to maintain the amount of food available by restocking certain types as we use them. A few years back I sat down in the pantry and added up all the listed calories we had in the pantry just in canned food.

What did I find? I figured out that if we were just living off of canned good, our family of four had enough canned food calories to last six months. Considering that we would not be living off of canned food alone, due to the large and small game acquired throughout the year from hunting and trapping, and whatever would be available from gardening, I was pleasantly surprised. Considering the average caloric intake for an adult is 2000 calories, now I had some figures to work with.

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Canned meats and fruits are definitely good sources of calories

Although a tedious process, going through your larder and adding up what you have is important to giving you confidence in your capabilities. If you know that being stuck in the house without a means of acquiring any other type of food, your family will have enough for six months or a year, how would that affect your state of mind?

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2 servings X 180 calories= approximately 360 calories

The simple math of this consists of taking the amount of servings each can says it holds, and taking that times the amount of calories it says on the can that each serving has. I know this sounds simplistic, but I am explaining it because I’ve seen people only put what it says in calories, and not multiply the number of servings, and this gives you the wrong caloric total.

Here’s something a number of people I know haven’t thought through concerning their pets. Have you figured out what “Fido’s” needed daily intake is, and have you prepared for it. If you haven’t, what are you gonna do, let the animal starve after the kibble runs out? Maybe you’re gonna use Benson’s recipe for “Roast leg of Dog” (yes, it really is in one of his books)? We have already determined how much our dog eats, and what his long term sustainment requirements are. Sure, you can plan on feeding the pet table scraps, but if things are that bad, are there going to be table scraps?

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The container on the left holds 4 days of food for our dog, the gallon ziplock on the right holds 3 days worth. Having a plan for easily and quickly moving your foodstuffs is an important part of the preparedness planning process.

What we are talking about here is the “pain in the ass” part of prepping, but it is more important in a lot of ways than the “Tacticool” stuff everybody raves about. My “Realistic Logistics” definition is “What you have now that will get you where you want to go (location, goals or both), sustain you while you are going there, and then give you the ability to continually acquiring more logistics to maintain a long term existence.”. Being ready breeds a confidence all its own.

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Survival isn’t just about the tactics and weapons of defense. You need to know how to defend yourself, but other things are just as important.

PRAY, Plan, Prepare, PT, then Perform

JCD

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