There is one thing that we all count on in this world, and that is the ability to resupply. And when I say ‘resupply’, I mean everything. Literally.
What are you going to do during a time when it is no longer possible to resupply?
Here’s what I suggest:
First, you need to get an understanding for what it is that you already regularly resupply the most. Logically, these might be the supplies that you will need the most during a time when you can’t get them. So first, you need to identify them.
Second, you need to assess your own risk tolerance and choose a length of time which you couldn’t live without these supplies. In other words, based on what you believe to be the length of time in which you might not be able to resupply (the length of the disaster and after-affects) this will be how much you should store ahead for preparedness.
Third, you need to procure these supplies and store them appropriately in your home or other designated place.
Fourth, unless you believe that every potential disaster will be relatively short lived, you will need to figure out your own resupply plan for when your storage runs out. This presumes that the regular distribution networks are down or no longer exist. In other words, you will need to do it yourself, make it yourself, grow it yourself, barter and trade for it yourself, etc..
While the fourth step may seem unrealistic to some, and while the probabilities of occurrence may seem relatively low (for a long term resupply outage), the fact is that it is certainly possible that a given disaster could actually become a major SHTF long term event. Some worse than others, potentially lasting a very long time.
Is 3 weeks of supplies enough? For some, yes, that’s enough. For others, 3 months is the ‘feel right’ target. Still others, 1 year. There are even those who have gone beyond 1 year of storage as an insurance policy in a world of instant resupply gratification.
When resupply is not possible, you will need to supply yourself.
To discover the realistic and practical supplies you’ll need, simply keep track of what you consume. For a period of weeks, it may be helpful to save the receipts of everything you purchase. Every store. Every thing. This will help you discover some of the supplies you may want to store ahead. While lots of these supplies (from your receipts) may actually be unnecessary during a time of resupply outage, there will be necessities in there.
Ask yourself some questions:
What are the foods that I regularly eat?
What are the consumables that I go through on a regular basis?
What if there were shortages of some or all of these things?
How long could I make it without them?
Do I really believe that resupply gratification will always be there for me?
Will I always live in a world of plenty?
Am I somehow immune from being affected by a disaster in which channels of resupply distribution become majorly disrupted?