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We Are Nine Meals From Anarchy

The phrase "There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy" was stated by Alfred Henry Lewis in 1906. He was an investigative journalist, editor, and lawyer who wrote for the Chicago Times-Herald. In 1906, the supply lines for food distribution was different than today, but the sentiment is the same.

Until yesterday, I had not really thought about this phrase until I met a guy who is also a prepper and has woken up to the lies we have been fed in this country. When you meet someone who is a prepper and you have a pretty deep conversation with them, you learn new things. (Or at least I hope you do!) He brought up the fact that we are nine meals from anarchy.

In this country, grocery stores, warehouse stores, and mass-market retailers only carry enough food on the shelves for three days. They have trucks scheduled for deliveries 1-3 times a week depending on the product and the sales. They may have another two days worth of food in their warehouse or storage inside the st…

Water is a Vital to Your Survival! What is Your Plan for Your Water Needs?

We can't live without water! Whether it is to drink, brush teeth, shower, cook, clean, or provide water to growing things, we can't live without it. An average person cannot live for more than three days without water. 

Water is critical to your survival needs.

Unfortunately, most people do not place water very high in their emergency preparations. They focus on shelter, food, security, and safety before they even began to think about water. Yes, shelter and food are important. However, without water, those things will not matter. 

So...what is your plan for your water needs? 

This will vary from household to household. The experts say to have, at a minimum, one gallon a day per person. One gallon of water multiplied by the number of people you plan to care for times the number of days you plan to be without water. One gallon of water is the minimum you should have, but I think you should have more. 

Why?

Bathing will take at least 3-5 gallons of water per person. I know in a crisis…

Prep for NOW, Not Later!

Life changes in an instant. One day life is normal and everyone is going on their own merry way. The next day, you may have to evacuate your home in an hour due to wildfires or flooding. Your kids may have a life threatening illness or the new superbug. People may be starting to riot on the street outside your home. The electricity could be out for the next week. The water may be shut off for three days.

You just may never know what can happen today or tomorrow.

Yet, you will hear preppers say:

"I have a bug-out shelter", but there isn't anything in it.
"I have jars for canning and seeds for the garden", but haven't ever canned or gardened.
"I have a gun and ammo", but have never shot it.
"I have a tent and camping gear for survival living", but everything is still in the box and they have never camped.
"I have stuff for barter", but have never bartered or haggled with someone.
"I have supplies to have chickens and other livestock…

Preparedness Mondays: Water

Water is extremely important in preparedness and self-sufficiency. A person can only live three days without water.

How much water does a person need to store? Ideally, a gallon a day per person for drinking water. For non-drinking water, I don't think you can have enough water stored.

How many days of water storage do you need? This would depend on what you are preparing for. Right now, I am planning and buying three days' worth of gallon size containers of drinking water. I also have six cases of bottled water on hand. I hope to increase the amount of water I have stored to seven days' worth of water. I do know that we do not drink a gallon of water everyday, but I also need to factor in our cooking needs and teeth brushing.

When I figure out our water needs, I am doing so with the impression that our power will be gone. Our water pump is electric. No power, no water pump, no water. I am considering a generator and/or solar panels for back up to run our water system. Unt…