The Shocking Statistics That Prove You Need a Food Storage Plan For 2016

Posted on December 29th, 2015 by Felix

When asked “How long could you live off what is in your pantry right now?” most people will answer from a few days to a few weeks. Many people visit the grocery store several times a week even after making a major shopping trip once or twice a month. Even more people buy what they need on a week by week basis. But millions of Americans are not even that prepared.
48.1 million Americans live in food insecure households
46.7 million people live in poverty
Over 41 million people are on food stamps
1 out of 4 people eat out every day, that’s over 50 million people every day
45% of adults say restaurants are essential part of their lifestyle
66% of Americans are overweight and 30% are obese

So what do all these numbers mean when you start to look at the number of people who don’t have enough food, those who only have a few days on hand and the millions who eat out on a regular basis? It means we are one disaster away from a major food crisis.
With winter now upon us, most people know enough to stock up before a snowstorm hits. But time after time it is always the same, everyone is standing in line and the grocery stores run out of essentials. Now imagine a grid down scenario, a cyber attack on the power grid that leaves the country without power for weeks or months. Now what happens to those people who only have a few days of food on hand or can no longer get their daily fast food fix? What happens when all the grocery stores are shut down and looted? Within days things will go from bad to worse very quickly. How long could you survive on a can of soup, a half of box of cereal and what ever else you can find in your cupboards? How soon will you and your family start to feel truly hungry?

To be prepared it is essential you start your food storage plan today. How much food? For how long? Those are questions you will have to ask yourself. There are many excellent resources available to help you decide. Whether you stock up on groceries or you buy long term storage food, having enough food on hand to last for two or three months should be your goal.  By being prepared you won’t have to depend on anyone else for your needs during a crisis and knowing that will help you sleep better and feel more secure.

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The Extreme Danger in Sending 3000 Troops to Fight Ebola

Posted on September 20th, 2014 by Felix

“Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it” Once again it looks like Washington has forgotten the past. They are about to send 3000 troops to Africa to help contain the Ebola outbreak. There should be some serious red flags in this mission. The Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918 was a global disaster killing between 20-50 million people. The spread in the United States started with soldiers returning from WWI. While Ebola is different from influenza in the way it spreads it is just as deadly if not more so.

The 3000 troops are being sent directly to the hot zone to coordinate relief efforts. They plan on building 17 additional treatment centers and recruit and train medical personnel to staff them. They’ll be providing logistics, engineering and other non-medical support. The military has said that troops will not have direct exposure to patients infected with the virus.

U.S. troops will receive protective gear and specialized training to avoid contracting Ebola. “We’re going to train. We’re going to equip them the best we can. You can never eliminate risk in a military operation. You deal with it. … and the men and women who sign up and serve in the military understand that when they do,” Kirby said. “And I can tell you that should any of our troops fall ill, we’re going to do everything we can to make them better, and to get them back to the treatment that they need.”

Well that is all fine and dandy when you only have 4 patients to treat in one of only 4 hospitals that are set up to handle infectious diseases. The 4 Americans who were brought to the US for treatment were flown in special isolation equipped planes, and transported in full containment suits directly to hospital isolation containment rooms. It still took a large staff of nurses and doctors in full containment gear to take care of them. So how is the military going to get them back to the treatment they need? What if 10 troops fall ill? Or 100 or 300? Are they equipped to handle the evacuation and treatment? What happens when they start coming home? What if they are not yet displaying symptoms until they are on the way home? Are they going to quarantined for a period of time before they can go home to their families and communities?

The World Health Organization has said it needs foreign medical teams with 500-600 experts as well as at least 10,000 local health workers, numbers that may rise if the number of cases increases, as it is widely expected to.

So our troops may not have direct contact with Ebola patients but they may have contact with health care workers from all over the world who may be treating patients directly? So far over 240 doctors, nurses and health care workers have been infected and over 120 have died. Many of those were wearing full protective gear. So now you will have a melting pot of individuals from all over the world who despite their best efforts may still become infected. Every individual becomes a virtual petri dish for Ebola to find a new host and mutate. And mutate to the point it is easily passed from person to person or becomes airborne. The director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota says that the virus – which currently can only be transmitted through contact with bodily fluids – has proven to be “notoriously sloppy in replicating”, which increases the chances that it could turn into something more contagious.

“US health professionals agree it is highly unlikely that we would experience an Ebola outbreak here in the United States, given our robust health care infrastructure and rapid response capabilities,”

“Nevertheless, we have taken extra measures to prevent the unintentional importation of cases into the United States, and if a patient does make it here, our national health system has the capacity and expertise to quickly detect and contain this disease.”

Well that makes me fell better. The truth is in the event of an Ebola pandemic, our healthcare system will be stretched to the limit. If we examine the numbers we can see the frightening scenario. Based on a “mild” pandemic this is what we are looking at:

Population of the United States: 313,000,000
10-20% of the population becomes ill: 31,300,000-62,600,000
Percentage of people requiring hospitalization 10% 3,310,000
Number of hospital beds nationwide: 955,768
Number of ventilators nationwide: 100,000

Hospitals would not be sitting empty just waiting for Ebola patients, many are already fill to capacity with everyday illnesses, cancer patients, new babies, and emergency patients. Those would not go away, they would continue. Doctors offices, hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers would be filled to capacity with people who are worried they have the Ebola overwhelming the staff and the need for lab results. Those needing hospitalization would flood local hospitals that would have nowhere to put them. Most hospitals have very limited space for isolating patients that would be required in the case of Ebola. World supplies of PPEs (personal protective equipment, or “space suits”), latex gloves, goggles, booties — all the elements of protection — will be tapped out, shortcuts would have to be taken exposing more people to the virus.

There is no doubt that Ebola is spiraling out of control and growing exponentially. If it is not contained soon there may very well be 250,000 people infected by years end. And the more it spreads to other countries the quicker it will spread world wide. Even the worlds leading epidemiologists don’t know how far or how fast this will spread. The economic effects of a worldwide pandemic would be catastrophic.

Now is the time to prepare. Three months, six months or a year from now it may be too late. And to our brave troops-Godspeed.

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Why You Absolutely Must Bug Out When The Grid Goes Down

Posted on July 27th, 2014 by Felix

Every day when you wake up you are one day closer to the power grid going down and life as we know it changes forever. It is no longer a matter of “if” but “when”. Everyday our aging power grid infrastructure comes closer to catastrophic failure. Modernize isn’t happening fast enough.  Everyday we are at greater risk for a cyber attack that could cripple the grid. Nature can wreck havoc with the grid also, something we have no control over.  A solar flare could literally fry power lines. Physical attacks on power stations are another real possibility such as the one that occurred in April 2013 near San Jose CA. These are just a few of the many events that could cause us to lose power.

We have all lost power at one time or another, usually weather related or some local event. It may have been for an hour or several days or even weeks. We can usually get by in the short term. Break out the candles and lanterns, fire up the generator to keep the fridge going and life goes on. But as we have seen in aftermath of storms knocking out power for a week or more, people start to get a little frazzled and on edge. People’s patience wears thin when the power company hasn’t yet restored their electricity. They don’t like standing in line for limited supplies of gas for their generator. They get tired of unprepared neighbors asking to borrow candles and batteries. Now imagine a widespread power outage that lasts for not a few hours or days but weeks or months. Imagine everything that is tied to electricity failing. No ATM’s, no lights, no refrigeration, no gas pumps, no TV, no internet, no cell phones. Backup generators for businesses and services that need to keep running would eventually stop working. The list could go on and on. How would you survive?

In this scenario life would quickly descend into chaos. Even your normally quiet suburban neighborhoods would become a danger zone. If you have a generator and plenty of gas do you really want to be the only one on the block with the lights on? Life on the street would not be safe after dark. Widespread looting would be the norm, gangs would take the city block by block taking what ever they wanted. Life in any major city is not where you want to be in a grid down situation.

The question every prepper wonders about is when to bug out? If you know the grid is down and won’t be coming back up anytime soon then you absolutely must make the decision to bug out. And when I say bug out I really mean relocate because you probably won’t be coming back. There is nothing wrong with being prepared to bug in for a few days or a week but at some point you will realize you are no longer safe. In this scenario you should be bugging out to a safe secure location outside of major cities. A place you can be self sufficient and off the grid. While this is a major goal and dream for many preppers it does take a lot of thought, preparation and expense. Grabbing your bug out bag to go live in the woods probably won’t cut it. You can begin to prepare by planning for a grid down situation. Keep your vehicle fueled, have cash on hand for when ATM’s stop working, have portable communication to monitor news. Plan on how quickly you can bug out and make your way out of the city.

Someday, maybe not tomorrow or the next day but there will be a grid down scenario in your future. Now is the time to plan for life without electricity.

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My $200 Prepper Shopping Spree

Posted on November 3rd, 2013 by Felix

$200 Worth of Prepping Supplies

Last week I sold a few things on Ebay. If you are looking to raise extra cash for your preps selling your stuff on ebay and Cragislist is a great way. After paying the bills I still had some cash left over so I thought I would put it towards my preps. My budget was around $200 and I wanted to get as much bang for the buck as possible. My goal was not to buy absolutely everything I need because the world is ending tomorrow but to add to preps I already had and fill in a few gaps of items I was missing. Some people reading this may wonder why didn’t you buy this or that. It was probably because I already have it or that will be on another shopping trip or it doesn’t fit my needs. What you choose to buy will fit your needs and prepping goals. You might spend $200 totally different than I did.

Whether you have been prepping for some time or decided you should be better prepared after watching American Blackout the biggest question on everyone’s mind is always what do I buy and how much? For any new prepper it can be very overwhelming and if you are on a tight budget it makes buying decisions even more difficult. I thought a budget of $200 was doable for most people. Even if your budget is only $50 or maybe you have an extra $500 the following should give you some ideas.

With that in mind I chose to shop at the following stores since they were all in close proximity to each other. They are Fleet Farm, Gander Mt., Costco, Menards, and Aldi. I also stopped at a couple of thrift stores but didn’t find anything worth buying. I was looking at some cheap candles to melt down for the wax to make fire starters but decided to pass at this time. In the back of my mind I had specific things I was looking for at each store but was open to whatever I found. Here is what my $200 bought:

Fleet Farm

My first stop was Fleet Farm. I like Fleet Farm because they carry items other stores don’t have especially hunting and fishing equipment. This time of year hunting ammo is in pretty good supply but everything else is still missing from the shelves.

2 boxes of 30-30 ammo (on sale for $14.39)
Gun Cleaning kit (on sale for $6.99)
4.5-gallon water container (on sale for $4.99)
1 jar of peanut butter
2 packages of dry soup
Don’t usually buy grocery items at Fleet Farm but they were on sale. Sometimes you can find great deals in unusual locations.

Gander Mountain

I don’t shop this store that much since their prices seem a bit high but I do like to go look and check things out. After wandering around a bit I found some 00 buck 12 gauge shotgun shells on sale.

2 boxes 00 buck 12 gauge shotgun shells (on sale for $14.99, reg. $19.99)

As I continued to walk around looking at stuff I remembered I had a gift card in my wallet. Thought I had already used most of it but there was still enough to cover the $32.12 cost

Costco

This is a store where preppers love to buy in bulk. This trip I wasn’t as interested in buying large quantities because it would of blown my budget pretty quick. Too often it is easy to fill up your cart and then get hit with sticker shock at the register. Also I prefer to buy smaller quantities for reasons I outlined in my previous articles How Much Survival Food Do You Need and Prepping and Survival Food Storage Tips for Singles, Couples and Small Families. Know your prices, the warehouse clubs may not always offer the best deal. If your family size supports larger quantities then it may be a good value. A couple of things I was looking for they no longer carry but here is what I bought:

2 cases of water $3.49 each
12 pack of Annie’s Mac and Cheese. I know you can buy mac and cheese for .39¢ a box but with Annie’s you don’t get all the artificial flavors and colors of other products. $11.99 for 12 boxes
2 pack Ibuprofen 500 tablets each (on sale for $6.59)
14 pack D size batteries (On Sale for $11.89)
2 pack Duracell High Intensity Led Flashlights ($24.99)

Menards

Menards often has good sales but their rebates are a pain so watch the prices. Menards isn’t a place you think for buying food but they do stock it. As soon as I walked in the door they had a display of products so I had to buy them because the prices were decent.

Hunts Hickory BBQ sauce .75¢
2 cans Chunk Chicken $1.75 each
1 large can Chunk Chicken $2.25
When buying food at stores other than grocery stores always check the expiration dates, you don’t want to buy stuff that has been sitting around forever.
3 packages Cheddar Cheese Sauce mix. $1.19 each Seems like Menards is the only place I can find this.
5 gallon gas can (on sale for $8.99)
20 pack of N95 respirators (On clearance for $7.99)

Aldi

If you have an Aldi store near you this is a great store for prepping on a budget. Most all items are their own brand and package sizes are generally smaller but the prices reflect that. Aldi is a great store for stocking up on the basics.

Saltines (just because I was out)
Instant Mashed Potato
Stuffing mix
Honey
Pure Maple Syrup
Old Fashion Oats
Beef Stew
3 cans Chunk Tuna
All purpose Flour
Peanut Butter
2 cans Mushroom soup
Strawberry Jam
4 cans mushrooms
2 cans Roast Beef and Gravy
Spaghetti
Elbow Macaroni
Nonfat Dry Milk
Diced Tomatoes
2 Iodized table salt
2 cans Mandarin Oranges
Cooked Can Ham
Organic Pasta Sauce
Alfredo Sauce
Vegetable Oil
4lbs Sugar
3lbs Rice

Total $60.24

You will notice I didn’t buy too many multiples of items. I was adding to what I already have, not really stocking up.

In Conclusion

I actually came in under $200 at $197.36. Since I had a gift card for Gander Mountain my out of pocket costs were under $200. If I had to pay cash for the 12 gauge shells then I would have gone over by around $30. I think I picked up some good deals, filled in some gaps and added to my overall prepping goals. As you can see you can actually get a lot by shopping around and looking for items on sale. That is probably the best way to approach prepping. Don’t try and buy everything at once. Buy a few extra items every week, every month and before long you will have what you need. It would be very easy to go to any of these stores and drop several hundred dollars; the real challenge is sticking to your budget and not get carried away. When I was at Gander Mountain I saw a flashlight for $399. Now I am sure it is a high quality product but a purchase like that could blow anyone’s budget in a hurry and not leave anything left over for other prepping supplies. The other thing I was doing as I was wandering the aisles was making a mental note of ideas for future purchases and also comparing prices. If you have a good idea on what things cost it would allow you to know when you are really getting the best price.

So put together a list of what you need, the stores to shop at and a budget and then stick to it. The good news is Black Friday is only a few weeks away. That will be the time to score some great deals for your preps.

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The Best Bug Out Shelters

Posted on October 11th, 2013 by Felix

In a perfect world we would all have a permanent well stocked survival retreat in an undisclosed location. But the reality is few of us have that luxury. In reading over a number of survival websites and forums there is much discussion about bugging out. Most have well stocked […] Continue Reading…

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Prepping and Survival Food Storage Tips for Singles, Couples and Small Families

Posted on September 15th, 2013 by Felix

If you are new to prepping and food storage then you may already be overwhelmed by the choices of what to buy and what to store. You may be single, a couple, maybe a single parent or only have one child. But for that very reason it is all […] Continue Reading…

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The Most Valuable Survival Skill You Can Have

Posted on June 30th, 2013 by Felix

You probably have your bugout bag all set to go. You are stocked up on food and supplies. And you are well armed and prepared to defend yourself. Many preppers and survivalists are all gung-ho on having the right gear and can’t wait to buy the latest and greatest. […] Continue Reading…

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New Survival and Prepping Boards on Pinterest

Posted on June 30th, 2013 by Felix

I have added several new boards to my Pinterest so check them out!

Cabins: Lots of ideas for small cabins. Perfect for that weekend getaway or bugout location.

Off Grid: Ideas for off grid living. Reduce your dependence on utilities you have no control over.

Homesteading & Self Sufficiency: The dream of […] Continue Reading…

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Prepping 1950’s Style-What You Need to Know

Posted on June 2nd, 2013 by Felix

If you are new to prepping you may think the whole prepping movement is also new. It seems like everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and you may be hearing about survival and prepping for the first time. You may be too young to remember the cold war or […] Continue Reading…

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URGENT: Five Events You Must Prepare For NOW!

Posted on April 12th, 2013 by Felix

Ask any prepper what they are preparing for and you may hear a dozen different answers. We all have our own specific reasons for why we prep but here are five that are on the front burner and could change life as we know it overnight.

North Korea- Events are […] Continue Reading…

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