If You Want To Survive The Economic Collapse-Read This
Nearly two-thirds of all Americans are completely and totally unprepared for the next economic crisis. As you will read about below, a new survey has found that only 38 percent of Americans have enough money on hand to cover “a $500 repair bill or a $1,000 emergency room visit”. That essentially means that 62 percent of the people in this country do not have an emergency fund. Even after the extremely bitter financial lessons that millions of Americans learned during the last recession, most of us are still choosing to live on the edge. That is utter insanity, and when the next major economic downturn strikes most people are going to find themselves totally unprepared.
The number one thing that you need to do to get ready for the coming economic collapse is to build up an emergency fund.
I know that is not the most “sexy” piece of advice in the world, but it is the truth. Just think about it. During the last recession, millions of Americans suddenly lost their jobs. Because they did not have any cushion to fall back on, millions of them also suddenly could not pay their bills and their mortgages. Foreclosures skyrocketed and countless families went from living a very comfortable middle class lifestyle to being out on the street in very short order.(source)
And now because the people of this country have been so foolish it is going to happen again.
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What am I supposed to have in my food storage?
Food supply (three-month and long-term)
1 storage food
Depending on the length of time you are preparing for and the selection of foods you would like to have. Buying a supply of emergency food is a big decision with numerous factors to consider. Factors such as how many days of food do you need to store or might someone in your family have food allergies and cannot eat certain foods. How many calories and nutrients will you get with an emergency food supply?
Learn To Grow Your Own Food – Anything that you can do to become more independent of the system is a good thing. This includes growing your own food. And the truth is that some of the most expensive items in the grocery store these days are fresh fruits and vegetables.
Dried fruits, such as apricots and raisins
In the absence of fresh fruit, these healthy snacks offer potassium and dietary fiber. “Dried fruits provide you with a significant amount of nutrients and calories.
It’s important to stock up on canned foods with high liquid content. Two excellent (and often overlooked) examples are canned pineapple juice and vegetable juice available on the bottom shelves of your grocery store. These foods will provide nutrition and hydration simultaneously.
Look also for evaporated milk, condensed milk, and canned coconut milk.
Consider adding potato flour to your Prepper’s Pantry. Potato flour is wonderful,
gluten-free addition to your Prepper’s Pantry to make breads, pancakes and waffles, and potato soups. It’s also wonderful as a thickening agent, so you can avoid GMO cornstarch. Don’t confuse it with potato starch, because potato flour is the entire potato (skin and all) dehydrated.
Rice: Every time you go to the store you should buy one 10-lb bag of rice. You can find them for around $5 at most supermarkets. Rice will stay in good condition for 10 years or more if stored properly.
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Cheese – Another great source of protein. To store cheese, it needs to be triple dipped in wax, making an airtight seal around the cheese. In this form, it can be kept, without refrigeration, for years. Even if cheese forms mold, it will only be on the surface. Simply cut that part off and the rest of the cheese is still good.
Salt: Salt is one of the most useful survival food items. It’s used for storing food, curing beef, and flavoring most meals. Salt will stay forever, so always buy extra when you’re shopping.
Cornmeal: All-purpose flours are good to store, but cornmeal may be the best overall. Cornmeal is packed with dense carbohydrates and contains oils that helps extend its shelf life.
Beans: Beans are known to be one of the best all-round survival foods. They’re high in protein, and if sealed in food-grade buckets with a small amount of dried ice, they’ll stay for up to ten years. Make sure to store them in a cool, dry, dark location.
Baking essentials – Since you won’t be able to run down to the corner for a loaf of bread, you’ll probably be baking your own. Make sure you have a stock of baking powder, baking soda and yeast on hand.
Sugar: Brown and white sugar will add much-needed flavor and calories to a survival diet and they’ll keep for ten years or more if stored properly. Honey is also excellent as it will store forever.
Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is a terrific source of protein, fat, and calories. Plus, it’s just a great treat to have on hand. Peanut butter can last up to five years in root cellar conditions.
In the old days before canning, people relied heavily on their root cellars, which allowed them to store fruits and vegetables through much of the winter. Most fresh foods need a very cool and slightly moist environment. Dirt floors are ideal, and the procedure works best in areas where the winter months are very cold. Most basements today are too warm and dry, especially if they are equipped with a central heating unit that is used to heat the house, so root cellars may not be practical for many of us. There are several ways around this problem, including insulating off a portion of your basement, or even better, digging outdoor pits for storing your vegetables and fruits.
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In Ground Storage
The simplest method for short-term food storage is your garden. Certain root vegetables, like carrots, turnips, parsnips and horseradish, may be left in the ground through the winter. After the ground begins to freeze, cover them with mulch, such as dry leaves or straw, to protect them from hard freezes. They can then be dug up as needed in the kitchen. Other cold-hardy crops, such as lettuce, cabbage, beets and cauliflower, may also be left in the garden, protected by a heavy mulch, for several weeks after the growing season.
Drying or dehydration is an excellent way to preserve food. Without moisture, the microbes that are responsible for food spoilage can not thrive and the enzymes that lead to deterioration are inactivated, so the food is preserved in a form that is suitable for long-term storage. Properly dehydrated foods do not require refrigeration. They can be stored in airtight containers or plastic bags and will keep for a year or longer—the dryer the food the longer it will store. When dehydrating food for long-term storage, care must be taken to insure that most of the water is removed, otherwise spoilage, particularly by molds, could become a problem. As with all preservation techniques, some nutritional value is lost during the drying process, but dehydrated foods retain most of their nutritional value and dehydration remains one of the best ways to prepare food for storage without the need for refrigeration or sterilization. Since water is responsible for much of the bulk and most of the weight of any food, dehydrated foods are lighter and more compact, making them ideal for backpacking or for your bug out bag. If you want you can restore dehydrated foods by soaking them in water for a few hours before eating them. Dehydrated vegetables are great to use in soups and stews. Many dehydrated foods, particularly fruits, are delicious right out of the bag without rehydration. We will discuss food dehydration in more detail later in this chapter.
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Additional Advice About Canned Foods
One of the best choices for emergency food supplies is commercially canned foods. Canned foods are also cooked and can be eaten right of the can, or just warmed if they taste better that way. Foods that are canned are considered shelf stable and do not require refrigeration until opened. Shelf life, or how long they will last, is determined by methods that evaluate the quality of the food. Canned foods can last two years or longer (products are in the marketplace now that are dated “00′ to indicate they don’t expire until the year 2000.) For best quality, store canned foods in cool, dry locations and use within one year.
If you include canned foods in your emergency food supply, inspect your supply periodically to make sure there are no rusty, leaking, bulging or badly dented containers and no broken seals. Dents that involve seams or can ends can break seals. Large or severe dents in the sides of a can may also break a seal around the can end or seam, even though it might not be obvious. Replace items found in any of these conditions. Do not eat out of cans found in any of these conditions during the emergency. If the disaster has produced conditions where canned foods are in flood waters, inspect them carefully for signs of damage. Throw out any home canned foods or foods in glass jars, whether opened or not, that have been soiled by flood waters. If food has been commercially canned and the metal can is still intact and not rusty or bulging, it can be used but will need to be cleaned and sanitized before opening.
2 Clean Water
Storing water is important. Having an ample supply of clean, safe water is a high priority in any emergency situation. A person needs to drink at least half their body weight in ounces of water each day. Living in hot environments can double that quantity. Children, nursing mothers, and sick individuals will need even more. You also will need to store water for cooking food and washing.
Store at least 1 gallon of water per day for each person and each pet. You should consider storing more water than this for hot climates, for pregnant women, and for persons who are sick.
Store at least a 3-day supply of water for each person and each pet (try to store a 2-week supply if possible).
Observe the expiration date for store-bought water; replace other stored water every six months.
Store a bottle of unscented liquid household chlorine bleach to disinfect your water and to use for general cleaning and sanitizing.
For proper water storage,
Label container as “drinking water” and include storage date.
Replace stored water that is not commercially bottled every six months.
Keep stored water in a place with a fairly constant cool temperature.
Do not store water containers in direct sunlight.
Do not store water containers in areas where toxic substances such as gasoline or pesticides are present.
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3 A First Aid Kit And Other Medical Supplies
Oral antibiotics- may also include garlic oil, honey,cayenne,thyme oil,peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil as herbal alternatives or fresh garlic or ginger
colds/flu/cough/sore throat/lung congestion
aches and pains
skin irritations and conditions
digestive upsets and nausea
bug bites/ bee stings/ contact dermatitis( poison ivy/oak/)
minor cuts. scrapes and lacerations-including suturing
headaches, sinus congestion
stress and anxiety
oral hygiene and basic dental tx
Supplements will help replace the nutrients you would have consumed on a normal diet.
4 Financial reserve
But before you do anything else, you have got to have an emergency fund. My recommendation is to have an emergency fund that can cover at least six months of expenses in case something happens.
Reduce Your Expenses And Get Out Of Debt – During a time of crisis you want to be as “lean and mean” as possible. If you simplify your life and reduce your debt load now, you will be in much better shape when the next economic depression does arrive.
Move Your Money Away From Unsafe Investments – When the financial world falls apart, you don’t want your finances to be exposed. Markets tend to go down much faster than they go up, and during the next great financial crisis millions of Americans that have their life savings in stocks and bonds are going to get totally wiped out.
We are moving into the most chaotic time for the U.S. economy that any of us have ever seen, and most Americans are totally oblivious to what is happening and are totally unprepared.
So what is our country going to look like when tens of millions of unprepared people are blindsided by a crisis that they never saw coming?
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