Showing posts with label water. Show all posts
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

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 store, but usually not any more than that.

For example, stores like Walmart have huge distribution centers all over the country that make deliveries to their stores almost every day. Those distribution centers rely on loads being delivered to them and by them using trucks multiple times a day every day. The Walmart system does not work without the trucking industry.

For everyday shopping and in normal times, this is fine. People generally shop 1-2 times a week and they don't know any better. They might be a little perturbed if the store is out of a product or if the sale items are sold out, but they know in a few days more will be coming. They know they can usually get a rain check or just come back for that item.

However...

What happens when there is a pending disaster or a chaotic event?

What is the first thing that people do when they know a snow storm is coming or they will not be able to leave home for a few days?

They run - not walk - run to the grocery store. They load up on food and they wipe the shelves clean. They don't want to go hungry.

Suddenly, the three-day cushion becomes less than a day. Stores have to reorder what they need to restock and the trucks need to be back on their way to the store. This can be at least a 1-3 day turnaround because the trucks deliver from warehouses. Warehouses need to reorder and restock for the outbound orders.

And if a disaster or chaotic event hits before the trucks can make it back, there is no food at the grocery store.

If there is no food at the grocery store, there are people going hungry.

If people are going hungry, there will be anarchy. People do not like to be hungry. That is just a standard, basic fact. If they are hungry or their babies are hungry, guess what? They will go to any means necessary to get the food they need to feed themselves and their families.

They will loot the stores. They will ask neighbors and families for food. They will just start to steal food. They will start to waylay the trucks delivering the food. They will do whatever they can to get food and water.

You don't want to be them. The most important thing you can do for preparedness, besides increasing your knowledge and skills, is to be constantly increasing your water and food storage. You want to have at least a month's worth of food in your home at all times.

However, now the Department of Homeland Security is recommending SIX MONTHS OF WATER, FOOD, AND SUPPLIES. Does it seem like I am yelling that? I am. When a government agency who usually has its head buried in the sand says something like that, pay attention. They know our power grid is not defendable. They know it is vulnerable. They know it needs to be updated and secured. However, hackers can get into computer systems now and shut it down. They know terrorists can send an EMP-like bomb and shut it down for great lengths of time.

And guess what? No electricity means no to a lot of things. Grocery stores will be set back 100+ years. Most gas stations will not be able to pump gas which means no trucks delivering food. No trucks delivering food means the grocery stores have nothing to put on their shelves. No food on the shelves means people will start to go hungry.

When people go hungry, anarchy begins.

Anarchy is not a good thing despite the number of people who thinks it needs to happen. It is scary for the people who live in the area, the people who need to defend their homes and food, and for anyone caught up in the chaos. It causes a lot of damage, unnecessary deaths, and more because people refused to prepare for this and decided to become criminals instead.

Many of you will say that you never would stoop to this. You would never be part of the anarchy. I will call you out on that right now. Unless you have a superior sense of morality and ethics, you will never know what you will do or are capable of until you are in this situation. You ran out of food and now your babies are hungry? Hmmm...you will try to get food the right way at first, but then what?

This is scary to think about. Most people will not take it as seriously as they should because they don't want to think it will happen. However, look at what happens before a hurricane. Look at what happens before a major snowstorm in an area that isn't used to snow storms. It happens in Iowa before a blizzard and people here should be used to it. They wipe the stores clean in order to have enough food at home to get by.

I realize that most people who read this article are preppers in some shape, way, and form. However, you have a duty to tell others about this. You have the ways and means to encourage others to prepare and start adding food and water storage.

I know a lot of people reading this also grows and raises their own food. Do not take comfort in that fact because if the food is not ready to eat or stored away ready to eat, you do not have that food to eat. You still need six months of food and water stored in your home, ready to eat. Yes, you can still grow food and butcher meat, but have you thought about how to do that with no power?

Recommended reading:
Nine Meals From Anarchy by Doug Casey's Internation Man
DHS Says Americans Need to Start Prepping For Up to Six Months Without Electricity!
Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage: Strengthing the Capabilities of the Nation

Thanks for reading,
Erica

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Friday, September 16, 2016

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 situation, bathing might be the last thing on your mind. However, if you have the potential for unsafe and unsanitary conditions, bathing in some way or form is a must. You can invest in one of these solar showers or whole body disposable wash cloths. Keeping clean will be a top priority to ward off sickness.

Washing clothes using a couple of five gallon buckets and a washer plunger will take at least 10-20 gallons of water for the bare minimum of clothes to be washed. You might have enough clean clothes to last two weeks. That is all well and good until someone gets sick. 

Washing dishes will take 3-6 gallons of water to clean the dishes properly. While it is recommended to have paper plates and plastic utensils on hand, there will always be some dishes dirty. Then you need to add in the water you might need for cooking purposes. 

Safely, you will need at least 3-5 gallons a day per person! How do you plan to store that much water? You can:

  • Store 55 gallon drums of water in a cool, dark place. 
  • Have a rain catchment system with at least 150 gallons of storage.
  • Store one-gallon jugs of water and cases of water bottles for cooking and drinking.
  • Install a hand pump for your well water.
  • Drain the water heater.
  • Fill five-gallon buckets and containers for water needs like flushing toilets and washing clothes. 

I also would recommend having a good filtration system in case you need to use unpurified water. A LifeStraw works great for one person to drink water safely. A Berkey filter system works well for a family. When you are going through an emergency situation, the last thing you need is a sick person or people due to unsafe drinking water. 

I would also be aware of the water sources surrounding your land. Is there a creek or river nearby? Is there an abandoned farm place with a working hand pump and well? Is there a lake that you can pump water from? I keep topographical maps of my area in a file for this information. It may save your life to have this information on hand. 

For more ideas and motivation for storing water for emergency needs, I asked my fellow bloggers for their water articles. Here is some really great information!


How to Can Water for Emergencies by Everything Home With Carol 

Whatever the emergency or crisis is, you cannot live without water. You need to have some on hand, a way to get more, a way to filter for drinking, and be able to do as much as possible to conserve water. Make storing water at the top of your to-do list for prepping!

Thanks for reading,
Erica


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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", but don't actually have any experience with livestock.
"I have 55 gallon drums for water", but they are not full of water.

While prepping for the future is good, you should be prepping and planning for now. Prepping for future events is a vague thing that recognizes that something could happen, but you think more than likely nothing will ever happen. Prepping for now recognizes that something could happen at any time and you are serious about being ready for it.

You can't expect to start a garden and have it produce well the first year with no prior experience. You need to be starting to garden now and prepping those gardens to produce well year after year. Canning is relatively easy, but deadly mistakes can be made. You need to get the hang of it now and be comfortable working around a water canner and pressure canner.

Wouldn't it be easier to have some of your supplies at your bug-out location now rather than taking the chance of only being able to leave home with only your clothes on your back? Do you have your 72 hour kit ready to go? Are you bug-out bags ready to go by the front door? Or are you waiting for the one hour evacuation notice? You would have a chance of getting everything you need, but you would be hurried and more than likely forget something valuable.

Having chickens and livestock is a huge learning curve. Many people do not understand how much time livestock takes. Starting with some chicken layers now and working your way up to pigs or goats would help you get comfortable with livestock. Learning to cull your flock, to butcher, and to deal with new births is not easy and the earlier you start, the better off you are when you need to support your family with this food.

Fill the water barrels today. Go camping this weekend. Get your bug-out bags full and ready to go by one of your doors. Get your preps in order today instead of waiting until something happens. You will feel calmer knowing you are ready to leave in an instant. You won't sweat not having water for a few days. Staying at home because you can't leave your home won't be a big deal.

Your mind will be clearer and you will be less stressed because you are ready for anything that could happen today. Wouldn't that be easier than being panicked and hurried because you aren't?

Get your preps in order TODAY!

Thanks for reading,
Erica


Monday, August 8, 2011

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. Until then, I need to plan for our non-drinking water needs.

You can have two situations in which will impact your water storages. If you know you are going to lose power or the possibility might be there, you can fill your bathtub, empty buckets, dishpans, sinks, and other storage possibilities with tap water. Will that be enough? Who knows?

If you lose power right away and don't have a back-up system for your water, you are going to want to have water stored. How? There are as many ways as you can think of. You can fill clean five gallon buckets with water and keep air-tight lids on them. You can buy 15-55 gallon water storage containers and keep them filled. You can always start by just filling clean empty milk jugs with water. Whatever containers you use, be sure they are BPA free.

Another possible idea would be having a rainwater storage container outdoors with a pump or a faucet to be able to draw water from the barrel. Also remember, you can always draw water out of your hot water tank. Be sure you know how now and not when an emergency hits!

This week I will be increasing our water storage and I would like to invite you all to work on this too! Plan out how much you need and how much you will use. Next week, I will be talking about ways to keep your water supply fresh and ways to filter your water. I will also talk about more ideas for water storage.

Thanks for reading! Have a great night!

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