You never know when the next disaster may strike. Because of this you need to always be prepared for a disaster – whether it is man made or natural. One of the first things you should began preparing is a sufficient emergency food supply. During and after disasters, local stores may be out of stock of food and/or water. This can easily happen, especially if communication and transportation is severely affected due to damages from the disaster. Before any disaster such as hurricanes take place, you must have an adequate supply of food in your house.
If you examine the current food production situation in America, you will find that only about 1% of the population produces the food for the other 99% of the people. This is alarming since virtually the entire population does not know how to grow their own food and they have no notion about where their food is grown and produced or how it gets to their supermarket.
A great deal of American food is derived from grain or from grain fed animals. Grain is grown in a concentrated geographical area (the Midwest), and is transported to both coastal regions via only two vulnerable railroad lines.
Being able to produce your own food after SHTF will be critical to urban survival. Gardening, although taking a large amount of time, will supply you and your family with the nutrients you need after your food storage runs dry. Farming is incredibly laborious and without the right tools, will be a painstaking job to get done. Farming tools such as a wheelbarrow are force multipliers that make your job a hell of a lot of easier.
Water (second to oxygen) is our most important nutrient during a survival situation, especially in hot areas where you’d rapidly lose water due to perspiration. Our bodies (depending on environment) can survive a maximum of roughly three days without the intake of water. This is assuming you’re at sea level with a moderate room temperature and a relative humidity. A typical person will lose about 2 to 3 liters of water per day in normal conditions but depending on the size of the person, physical exertion and temperature they could lose much more. If you were to factor in the conditions usually found in a survival or disaster situation, you could be losing as much as 4 to 6 liters! Cold and hot environments both significantly effect your survivability and you’re water intake will have to be increased.
You may be surprised to know that for the most part… we are surrounded by free food. Our lawns are teaming with edible weeds that can be found virtually anywhere in the world. In this post, we highlight the 3 most commonly found/known edible weeds. Post collapse, it’s going to be essential that you’re educated in foraging food from your environment and making the most from what you have. Aside from these 3 edible weeds, there are hundreds more and you should spend the time researching the ones most common to your region.
One of the most important and yet most neglected areas of emergency food storage is water! Most home emergency food storage theory and practices are heavily reliant on dried foods like rice, beans, wheat, freeze dried fruit or vegetables and powdered milk. If you live in an urban environment where water and rain is abundant you could get away with storing small amounts of water but will you have enough?
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If you’ve planned well and have an emergency survival kit that includes food rations, you have a better chance of getting through the survival situation smoothly than those who did not put aside rations for such a contingency. Your food supply will get you through the difficult challenges that will come at you in the initial phase, such as assessing the situation, figuring out an action plan, and considering any natural food sources that might be in the vicinity. Your emergency rations might be all you need, since statistics show that in the majority of survival situations, people are rescued or escape unaided within 72 hours.
Insects, being the most numerous of any form of life on earth are not only easy to find but easy to catch, and a good source of protein! In fact, the bodies of insects consist of 65-80% protein, whereas only 20 percent of beef is protein. Thus when shit hits the fan insects will prove to be a valuable food source, regardless of how repugnant they may seem.
Sprouts have a number of qualities that make them especially useful as a part of a survival plan. One of their values is derived from the fact that the sprout stage of any plant is the time when it has the greatest concentration of vitamins and minerals, so they come in very handy when healthy food is scarce.
Setting a trap or snare is a good way to catch game if you have no weapons. A trap is also valuable in situations where you do have a gun or air rifle, but the sound of shooting off a weapon must be avoided. This section will focus on undomesticated wild life such as rats, mice, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, skunks and etc. Domesticated animals can of course be trapped but most cats and dogs will be stuck indoors. Cats can often be found outdoors and so trapping can also apply to them.