"Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them."
Packing checklist and important documents
Plan ahead and buy items to pack a little at a time if you cannot afford purchases all at once.
If possible, carry 30 days of all medications
Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container. Possible containers include a large, covered trash container; a large camping backpack or a duffle bag.
Your preparation kit should include:
* A black footlocker style stoage trunk can be bought at Wal-Mart for about $ 20.00, buy only the black color trunks.
Which has two latches and is built for heavy use. This can be located in the car Dept.
* A map of the state or a nation wide map. Do not count on GPS all the time.
* 1 ea 5 Gal can for gas. Keep empty till needed. Keep your car filled up during
a pending disaster. There may be a mad run to the gas stations.
* 1 emergency car kit, which has basic tools, jumper cables, small air compressor,
flashlight which does not require batteries, a small hand crank radio and other needed
items. Can be found at Wally world (Wal-Mart) or hardware stores.
* 1 Family size first aid kit. Can be bought online, Red Cross or in any automotive store
or Wal-mart (Wally world).
* 1 container for water for car emergency or personal use, use an official water can. Do
not use a milk jug, water can be stored for six months till you have to change it. (See water article on this site)
* Cash to be used during traveling since many gas stations may not want to do plastic.
* Manual can opener, flatware from camping gear or plastic ware, camping cook stove with fuel.
* Some canned goods (SPAM, fruit, tuna or some sort of canned meat) and any other
snack foods for energy, drinks (No Sodas or coffee, they Dehydrate the body in the heat).
Baby food and dry milk powder or canned for long stays. Baby supplies also.
* Toilet paper 6 pack, a small box of kitchen garbage bags.
* Important documents (Keep in a waterproof container): last will, power of
attorney, deeds, titles, medical cards, credit cards, checkbook, insurance papers,
addresses and phone numbers of all outstanding bills, shot records, copies of medical
records, social security card, birth certificates, passports, bank account info, life
insurance, pet medical records.
* Clothing to last for 30 days. One laundry bag for each person or a large one, Rain
gear and boots, hat, work gloves.
* Pets must have a pet kennel and leash, pet food, shot records and current tags.
* Sleeping bags, travel pillows or regular size, blankets, air mattress or foam pads.
* Your Bible !
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Real Goods, ECO Survival supplies - online - http://shop.realgoods.com/
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Chain Saw, fuel / oil can in case of fallen trees in the road when you return. If you shelter in place, you may have to cut your way out. (Take some training to use the chain saw or lose a foot or your head.)
Just as important as putting your supplies together is maintaining them so they are safe to use when needed. Here are some tips to keep your supplies ready and in good condition:
Prepare Your Own Personal Home Grocery Store And Pharmacy
There are many reasons for stockpiling a three-month, six-month or one-year supply of food. For one thing, it’s a good investment.
The value of food commodities generally increases at the same rate as inflation. Money in the bank doesn’t do that. Investing in $500 worth of canned goods, tuna, canned chicken or dehydrated food that will last five to 15 years is a better bet than putting $500 in the bank.
But the most important reason to store food is that it comes in very handy in a crisis of any kind, whether it is a large-scale emergency such as an earthquake, flood, volcanic eruption, war, strike or economic crash or something as personal as being laid off work, moving or helping other family members that are down and out. When cash is short, it is comforting to know that you can use your home grocery store to help buffer lean money times. If there ever comes a time when you have to live on what you have in your food storage for an extended period of time, you will wish you had a well-rounded supply of food.
In general, most households do not have more than a one-week supply of food. Let’s face it, as a Nation, we rely almost totally on the supermarket and fast food restaurants.
If you ask any supermarket chain manager to tell you how long it would take to empty the shelves in any store in the event of a crises, the answer would be approximately three days. They just don’t keep that much in their warehouses. And if there were a trucking problem, it would be less than three days. People would storm the grocery stores and buy anything they could get. Water would be the first thing to go.
I strongly suggest that you find a place in your home, either in a basement, spare bedroom, closet, junk room, pantry, under the stairway or heated garage, and go to work turning it into your own home grocery store and pharmacy. Somehow, get shelves in there, build them, have them built or buy them pre-built. Whatever works best for your family, just do it.
This “home grocery store” will be to you and your family as the ark was to Noah and his family. It will contain all the necessary food, water, bedding and medical supplies to sustain life for a minimum of three months and up to one year.
If you store what you eat and eat what you store, the rotation will automatically take care of itself. Rotating your food so your family gets accustomed to eating it is very important. Always replace each item as it is used up so you can maintain your stockpile.
Purchase cases of items when they come on sale. Our hometown grocery store has case lot sales about four times a year. The best prices are when items are in season. I save a lot of money by purchasing in bulk.
As you calculate what you need for your favorite recipes, keep in mind that these items must be stored. Nothing perishable will work so choose recipes that use canned or dehydrated food items in them. A sample formula for knowing how much food to store is to keep track of what you eat for a two-week period of time. Surprisingly, most families repeat meals every few days. Multiply the basic ingredients by six to calculate a three-month supply and by 13 for a six-month supply of those items. Separate menus can be calculated for summer and winter, taking into consideration gardening and seasonal foods available. Build your own stockpile slowly, over a six-month period of time. Then you will quickly have your own supply of the essentials and receive the peace of mind of knowing that you are not dependent on the government, church or anyone else.
Every time I go to the grocery store, I get two of each item that I normally buy, such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, pickles, olives, cream soups, mayonnaise, salad dressing, spaghetti sauces, mixes, etc. I put one away and use the other. It’s a good idea to keep adding more and more of a variety of items to your home grocery store, so your diet won’t be bland.
Planned menus can eliminate the panic feeling you get when you know you should store food and you don’t know where to begin. This will assist you in avoiding impulse or panic buying, which will save you a lot of time, money and grief.
I have included a chart in my book Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook to plan menus for two weeks. It asks you to list every ingredient to make sure you have each item on hand.
Anticipate your needs for a three-month period of time. Buy bulk food in larger quantities and store them in plastic food grade buckets that have airtight lids. (We will be discussing the different methods of storing bulk food in an upcoming article.)
Store your food in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and in a place that stays a constant temperature of about 40-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot or cold fluctuations in temperatures can destroy the nutritive value of the food and shorten its shelf life. A basement or cold storage area is ideal. I realize that some people don’t have a basement; that’s why it is so important to plan a space that can stay cooler than the rest of the house.
Always label every can, bottle or bucket with what is in each container, the date of purchase, shelf life, and the date to be used by.
An emergency could last from three days, three months or six months. I believe we need at least two weeks’ worth of quick, easy meals that don’t require much effort to make. There are several companies selling pre-made meals. Meals that have all the ingredients in them and you just add water and cook them for 15 minutes. I especially like the ones called GoFoods. The name stands for On The Go Foods for families. The things I like the most about these meals are that they are healthy and quick to fix (15 minutes), and the shelf life is 15 to 25 years. There are no chemicals, additives, preservatives, dyes, trans fats, hydrogenated oils, GMO foods or MSG in their meals or food items.
Most of the information in this article came from my book Emergency Food Storage and Survival Guide.–Peggy Layton
Make sure when you prepare that you list all valuable household items on an inventory by brand name, serial number, and if possible a digital picture of each item. Do the same with jewelry. Once an inventory is completed, place it in your safe or in your disaster go kit. For more information about how to make an inventory and on what format contact your Disaster preparedness coordinator.
Notify your next of kin before you leave and provide an address and/or contact information for your relocation site