Preparedness and In Home Storage–a Primer for Beginning Preppers

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grocerystoreTo quote James Talmadge Stevens, also known as Doctor Prepper:

The basic concept of being prepared is having the resources located in your home (or at least on y our property) to be able to live in a near normal manner for up to a year when natural, people-caused, or personal disasters impact your geographical area, your neighborhood, or your own home.


This effort is a choice you make to become self-reliant far in advance of need.  Once you make this choice, the negative impact of any disaster is mitigated by your preparedness, and you can provide for your family continuing security.

I bring this up today as a reminder that self-reliance and preparedness should be like brushing your teeth:  an automatic and natural habit that is so ordinary that it becomes routine.  And also so ordinary, that anyone can prep, regardless of where they live, the amount of space they have, and even the amount of funds they have available.

And why am I doing this?  Because of couple of my loyal readers let me know that although they philosophically agree with the concept of emergency, disaster and survival preparation, they still have not started because they are intimidated by the process.

Jeesh.  What is Survival Woman to do?  I’ll tell you what:  I will give you a kick in the fanny to remind you that prepping can be quite ordinary.  Yep, that is what I will do.

The In Home Grocery Store (or if you are like me, “Costco in a Garage”)

Last week I wrote about raiding your pantry as a strategy for setting aside emergency supplies.  This week I take things one step further and suggest that you build up the pantry to the point where it becomes your very own, in home grocery store.  This is the very easiest way for a beginner to start building up emergency stores.

Now to be honest, those of us that live on islands or out in the boonies tend to do this as second nature but even city dwellers can embrace this concept.  It is not difficult.

The way in works – in the most simplistic of terms – is to pick up for a bit extra each time you shop.  When something in on sale, purchase 2 or 3 instead of one.  Underwhelming, yes. Effective?  You bet.

The salient points are:

1.  Only purchase the items you will use.  Hate canned spam?  Don’t buy it!

2.  Use what you buy.  Have 10 pounds of rice?  Use it but remember to replace it when you are half way through the 10 pound bag.

3.  Use it or lose it.  You precious food and supplies won’t be useful to you if they are out of date, spoiled or infested with bugs.  Proper storage and rotation is the key so get out that sharpie and mark everything.  I prefer to mark things with the date of purchase so I use the oldest item first.  Others like to use the expiration date.  The important thing is to be consistent and to store your items in such a manner that they stay sealed and protected from the extremes of heat of cold.

So there you have it.  My virtual kick in the fanny to get the newbies started is done.  Share this message, pass it on and just do it.  The moment is now.

Enjoy your next adventure, wherever it takes you!


Backdoor Survival Tip of the Day:  Are your glasses or sunglasses all messed up?  Too loose?  Arms bent?  Missing nose piece?  Most optical shops will readjust your frames for free.  This includes Lens Crafters, Pearle, and even your local Costco and Walmarticon.  Funny thing is I just learned this myself.

From the Bargain Bin:   I love my new cast iron skillet so much that I am thinking of getting this 7 quart Dutch oven .  Thinking about a big pot of baked beans . . . Yumm.  Probably a bit of a splurge but it will get a lot of use.

Be prepared with emergency supplies from Emergency Essentials®.  If you have the bucks and the space, I highly recommend a water barrel.


Preparedness and In Home Storage–a Primer for Beginning Preppers — 3 Comments

  1. For some people, a constant reminder is oh so necessary. Some people can’t connect the dots. Rising fuel prices=higher food/goods prices. Disasters such as the droughts in Texas, storms in mid-west and the floods that are occurring right now means our nation’s bread basket is unable to produce enough food to feed all of us. I can’t preach it enough. Stock up on food and water. Stock up on other goods that you and your family use. Even a little at a time is better than not prepping at all.

    • It is so easy to feel as though one is preaching the choir when talking about beginning prepping. Still, even experienced preppers can glean little gems here and there by putting themselves back to their early efforts. I have to constantly remind myself not to purchase something just because it is part of a standard “emergency supply” list. If I won’t use it, I should not buy it. There are plenty of other choices. S.W.

  2. Great info. You are so right about the part of prepping becoming automatic, like getting dressed in the morning. Once you get started and begin to see your prep’s grow it becomes a lot more exciting. Thanks for the kick in the butt Gaye! ouch!! lol

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