Get ready for some fun Patricia! There’s all kind of stuff out there. First, let’s talk about shelters. Let’s say you have to “Bug Out!” Take along a hand saw, hammer and nails and small braided rope. With this, you can gather limbs and brush and build a charming lean to against a tree. To get even more prepared, buy a trailer and get directions to build what they now call a “tiny house.” Get some plans off the internet, save up some cash and build a little home on wheels that you can take anywhere. There are plenty of solar generators that provide basic needs in this electrical world. A complete unit can cost around $1200 to $1400. Don’t be too afraid of the darkness that looms on the horizon. Throughout history people have had to deal with challenges. But the race has survived. As an old back to the land hippie, I’m getting ready to live life like I used to. I just don’t know if I have the physical strength to build another log cabin. I think a tiny house will do just find. Good luck and God bless.
I would highly recommend at least testing out those food preps. I’m mostly in agreement with beprepared on that point. If the time comes and you have to live on it… well it will really suck that you can’t eat it because it tastes like crap :(
While I haven’t been worried about rotating any of my FD supplies (yet) but its only been 2 years of working those in (for me) I have taste tested them to make sure what I buy is something I can actually eat (and enjoy).
What ever you do, it is up to you! ;)
We rent a home. If we could not afford to continue to rent and or a disaster happened what type of outdoor shelter do you recommend? We live in Michigan. Also do they make solar heaters and cookstoves?
Thank you,I know in my heart it is time to get ready. Patricia
Regarding canned goods: having a way to save the liquids from them can be handy for rehydrating dried foods. That may sound odd at first but how often do you make meals of blended flavors? Pack zip-top bags in your supplies, people.
That’s a great question! The most important thing is to just have a shelter, meaning anything you can afford and that you have room for is a great start. I’m a renter, too, so I know what it can be like. But tents – even just small ones – can store snugly and be used in emergencies. And if you’re in Michigan, chances are you’ll also want some sort of heater! I’m from a cold climate, too, and tell you what, even a little heat is better than no heat. Again, it’s about what you can afford and what you have room for. As for solar heaters, they do exist, however I’m not exactly sure where you’re go to find them. We do, however, carry some solar cookers. Those things get hot enough to bake bread – even in the winter! Pretty impressive, if you ask me. Here’s the link for that solar oven: http://beprepared.com/sun-oven-dehydrating-and-preparedness-package.html
I hope that helped! And if you have anymore questions, ask away!
Unless you eat dehydrated/freeze dried foods everyday, I wouldn’t recommend having this be your total food storage. If you were forced to eat exclusively from this type of supply, your gut would be unforgiving! These also require a great deal of water to reconstitute. Having canned goods and rotating them along with the other is a better choice in the long run.
It is true that your food will still be ok even after 25 years. But we suggest rotating your food and using it regularly so that you and your family can get used to it. For instance, imagine being in an emergency and you start eating only freeze-dried or dehydrated foods even though you haven’t eaten them before. What happens when our bodies are introduced to new foods? They need time to adjust. So imagine dealing with the stress of an emergency, but on top of that, having to deal with stomach illness as well because your body isn’t used to eating only that type of food. This is why we suggest using your food and rotating it. Also, even though your food will be good for 25 years, the flavor of that food may not be as strong as if you used it earlier and rotated it. Rotating helps to give peace of mind and maintains the flavor of the food.
wish everyone would listen to common sense and get prepared for what lies ahead. The problem is, fools stick their heads in the sand and wait for everyone else to look out for them.
Although I like the advice, I am buying long term storage items to use in case of an emergency…mostly the ones which last 25 years…I don’t really want to feel I have to rotate those and use them on a regular basis. Aren’t they still going to be okay if I don’t?