Always Be Prepared

In light of the recent death of Osama Bin Laden, the flooding that many states are facing as well as the tornado devastation in the south, I thought a post about being prepared was in order.  There are some very simple steps you can take to ensure that your family can survive in any situation. 

First, there are 3 basic needs that must be met in order to ensure survival.  Keep in mind I am not talking about life as you know it survival.  But a more primitive, rustic way of living.  These needs are food (this includes water), shelter and warmth or fire.

Lets start with water. The average person needs about 2 quarts of water per day.  Of course children, nursing women and sick people will need more.  This also does not include any water for cooking and hygiene.  A good rule of thumb is 1 gallon per day, per person.  At the very least a 2 week supply is a good amount to have on hand.  Water can be stored in a variety of places.  One simple way is to refill empty two liter bottles with water and keep in the fridge.  We also keep some in our freezer.  That way if we were to lose power the bottles would help keep food frozen longer. 

Storing food is also very simple.  Of course consideration will have to be taken for how you will prepare your food.  A stove such as this Coleman Stove may be invaluable.  For a simple meal that is high in nutrients and yet easy to store, I recommend stocking up on rice and beans. While simple, the dish is very nutritious, often referred to as the ‘perfect meal’. Rice is rich in starch and an excellent source of energy. Rice also has iron, vitamin B and protein. Beans are also protein-rich, and contain a good amount of iron and other necessary minerals, and the consumption of the two in tandem provides all the essential amino acids. 

Another food item that is easy to store and great to have on hand is Mainstay Emergency Food Rations Bars.  These bars each contain 6 pre-measured 400 calorie meals.  The best thing about these is they are good for 5 years and will withstand temperatures from -40 to 300 degrees Celsius. 

Shelter can be met in a variety of ways.  From a simple tent to a more elaborate bunker of sorts.  This really depends on your budget.  The main thing to keep in mind is you are going to want something to protect you from the elements. 

Fire often seems to be the most daunting and hardest thing to be prepared for.  Often we don’t have the space or the funds to keep firewood on hand.  A small axe coupled with some waterproof matches can turn a fallen tree into a roaring fire for heat and/or cooking. 

The Red Cross is also an excellent resource for more ways to be prepared for any emergency. 

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Rachel Akers writes about crafts, recipes, and features the adventures of a family of 4. It is always crazy but I wouldn't change it for the world! Comments or questions? Talk to me on Facebook or Twitter or sign up for our RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.