Survival Food Storage
The growing economic and social tensions that the world is currently experiencing have drawn more and more people into the survival lifestyle. This way of living conducts your resources towards directly protecting and providing for yourself rather than relying on external paid surrogates to feed and secure you. The survivalist understands that in a disaster situation security and relief are best served by the survivalist, not some faceless bureaucracy or faith group whose agenda may be in conflict with your beliefs and freedoms.
The preparation for safeguarding and providing for yourself in uncertain times may seem like a daunting task. There are many blogs out there that address survivalism issues but most focus on the sexier aspect of preparation which revolve around guns and ammunition. Admittedly guns and protection deserves great consideration but as far as survival goes you must start with the most basic of items. If you prioritize the basics of life and move from there it helps clear the path.
The goal of the survivalist is to protect and provide for himself under all possible situations. The worst outcome for a survivalist is being forced into a refugee situation where you are no longer in control of your life. Freedom from the corporate/government machine is only realized with a sound survival plan that focuses on the basics.
To this end this series of articles will explore the most basic of survival necessities, food. More directly why, how and where to store survival food supplies. We will look into how much food is needed for various survival scenarios; where and how to store your supplies; the practical shelf life of stored items; how to prepare the survival stocks and most importantly what will it cost and how to quietly acquire them.
Let’s look at three possible scenarios where adequate food storage is critical to your existence and how having adequate food supplies keeps you out of the “evacuation” centers and free of direct state control.
A dry spring and sweltering summer have left the forests around your suburb a tinderbox ready to blaze with the smallest spark. Then one evening you smell smoke and get the call every home owner dreads. “This is the reverse 911 emergency operator. We are ordering a mandatory evacuation for your area due to wild fires. Please gather your family and immediately report to the Dick Cheney High School for processing. Disobeying this evacuation order is a criminal offense punishable with a one year prison sentence. Thank you for your cooperation”
Being confined to a high school gymnasium for two weeks doesn’t exactly sit well so you pack the bug out bags and camping gear in the truck and head up state for a two week “vacation”. You carry with you three weeks worth of energy dense foods that will allow a comfortable stay squatting at a friends farm or distant state park.
With a tank of gas and proper food stores your options are open and any option beats incarceration at the local evacuation center through the duration of the crisis. You maintain control of your life, you are not surrendering your safety to the local authorities. When the danger passes you return home.
The killer flu is finally here spreading from the population dense cities into the countryside at a lethal pace. Mortality rate is high and a mandatory 24/7 curfew is enacted till further notice to try and get in front of the death wave. No one except critical infrastructure workers outside, period. Bodies should be deposited on the roadside for collection and emergency rations will be distributed to your door as needed by trained contract personnel provided by Kellogg-Brown & Root. To request a food delivery call the local 211 operator. It will be necessary, to prevent hoarding, for you to answer some question regarding yourself and household status, you will be billed accordingly.
When the “delivery boy” shows up the first thing they will do is confirm the given answers and confiscate all firearms, you will be assured return of your weapons upon restoration of normal activities. It’s for public safety you are told.
To maintain autonomy from the system it would be really helpful to have at least a three month supply of rotated day to day food stocks. This is just a big stock of your everyday eating food. In this scenario the power stays on so however you prepare your foods today would not change. Your stored survival foods will keep you out of the system, armed and independent.
Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP)
With the collapse of the United States economy the rest of the world descends into chaos as countries fight for the dwindling resources. One conflict leads to another and it ends with China detonating one 20 megaton nuclear device at an altitude of 250 miles above Kansas. The resulting EMP covers continental North America and fries all integrated circuits within a 1400 mile radius. China’s assumption is that the United States will be to busy trying to restore order to busy itself in the worlds affairs.
Unless they are properly shielded, after an EMP attack, the control mechanisms of corporate institutions and the state will be rendered ineffective which of course brings quick anarchy and loss of freedoms to the unprepared. All communications and commerce systems will be unusable; power is off, phone won’t work, gas won’t pump and credit/debit cards are worthless ice scrapers. All are rendered equal.
This is the worst possible scenario. Stores will be looted empty within hours and with no method of communicating with the people, panic will rule. You have the complete chaos of a global disaster without any population die-off to thin the starving heard. Wal-Mart will quickly be established as the distribution centers for a starving public where food will be handed out after registration and surrendering of weapons. All able bodied people will be conscripted into work units and transported to the great corporate farms to grow the necessary food for survival. The Constitution becomes a distant memory.
You hunker down in your dark, cold house with your guns and try to ride out the initial chaos. In this scenario having a multi year survival stock of food and seeds would be absolutely necessary. The only way to protect yourself is to stay out of the system and the only way to stay out of the system is to have an adequate food supply.
Note the importance of maintaining a proper survival food stock in each of the above disaster scenarios. Now think about how a small emergency situation…something as small as extended unemployment…would affect you and how long term food storage would be beneficial.
Next we will look at the three types of food storage plans.