Last updated on January 5th, 2015
If (when?) hard times or adversity comes your way, a food storage reserve and some saved cash money will be your good fortune as you make your way through the hardship.
I encourage you to prepare for difficulty in life. You may be doing fine today, but calamity is known to strike when you may least expect it. It happens, and it can bring down anyone.
Do not let your normalcy bias hinder your thinking such that you become convinced that you are safe or shielded from adversity – instead use critical thinking and common sense to realize that things happen outside of your control. And some of these things can be very bad.
Food Storage Smart
Be smart and build a food storage reserve, and save (put aside) some extra money.
Be careful not go to extremes if it is beyond your resources or capabilities. For example, do not go into debt to create your food storage. If you are just starting out, you do not need to buy everything all at once. With deliberate planning, over time, you can build a home food storage supply and a financial reserve.
Food Storage Three-Month Supply
I consider a 3-month storage of food to be the best first step for establishing an emergency supply that will fulfill the demands of many disastrous circumstances.
Surprisingly a majority of people do not have anywhere near a three month supply of food. I specualte that the average is closer to a few weeks for most. People may think they have a-lot, but if you start counting the calories (we need approximately 2,000 calories per day) your shelves, fridge or freezer may not have all that many in total for the average person.
The calorie count of a 3-month food storage should approximate 180,000 (per person).
DAY (2,000 calories)
WEEK (14,000 calories)
MONTH (60,000 calories)
3-MONTHS (180,000 calories)
Building a small supply of food is easy. Build it with the food that is part of your normal, daily diet. An easy way to do this is to buy a few extra items each week to build a one-week food storage supply. Then slowly increase your supply (based on your budget) until it is ample for three months.
When you have achieved this goal, use good food-rotation practices and rotate regularly to avoid spoilage.
Drinking Water Storage
There are circumstances in which the water supply may become polluted or disrupted. It happens.
In most instances you can simply store drinking water from your faucet tap because it has already undergone purification. Otherwise pretreat your water before storage and use.
Store your drinking water in containers fit for water. You might consider using plastic bottles which are used for soda, juice, etc.. Just wash them first.
Store your water containers in a cool environment as possible away from any direct sunlight.
The recommended minimum water storage is 1-gallon per person per day.
While most people will not store ahead a 3-month water supply (90-gallons), be advised that your home hot water heater has about 40-gallons (which can be drained via the lower spigot), and it is not too difficult to store away quite a few gallons using 5-gallon jugs or ordinary soda bottles. You might even consider a purpose-built 55-gallon drum.
Financial Cash Reserve
When hard times befall us, having saved some extra cash will be a tremendous help. Unfortunately most people do not save any money for a rainy day. They are either tapped out with debt payments or they choose to spend it all rather than save.
Sadly, the FED policies have (and are) discouraging savings due to their ZIRP (zero interest rate policy). Interest rates are being held to miniscule (they have to or everything collapses – given our current massive debt obligations) and ordinary savings actually loses money due to the ‘real’ inflation that affects us in our everyday lives.
With that said, it is still highly advisable to keep a reserve cash supply (even though it’s value is diminishing) for emergency. It’s insurance…
Savie a little money each week and gradually increasing it to a reasonable amount.
In conclusion, a beginner prepper should start with a three-month food storage supply, some stored drinking water, and a reserve cash money supply.