reply to post by TheRedneck
I agree that you do more service to you and your family by becoming self sufficient. Another thing to research is the food sources that are available
in your area that are free...for instance - if you live near a water source that is host to cat tails that their roots are a good source of
carbohydrates? There are so many flowers and plants that you can eat every day and will provide the nutritional source your body needs and if found,
or grown in your yard, can be free. Take for example dandelions. Most people spend good money making their yards look green. Dandelions are an
excellent, if not the best, source for vitamins, work as a good colon cleanse, detoxify the liver and kidneys and is an excellent diuretic (gets rid
of water in the body). You can add them to your salads or eat raw.
I am stock piling canned goods, rice, beans and every kind of dry food available. I have committed to spending an additional $50 a month to do so.
When you purchase canned goods for a dollar, the amount you stock pile adds up quickly. Someone mentioned a 50 gallon drum. You can get one to put
your beans in - in the original bag - so the mice don't find them.
We are also storing water. In galons in the basement. The only bad thing about storing water in jugs is that they don't really last more than 6-8
months, so you do have to rotate.
I put expiration dates in black perm. marker so when I walk into my storage room, I know when every item will expire. As the time gets close, I will
just rotate with newer items. Works very well.
Secondly, I don't want to waste money creating a nice room - so I used old cinder blocks and pieces of wood to make shelves.
If you do a search, you will be able to find info on how to create a shelter. I advise anyone to look into this seriously. There are very specific
measures that can be taken to assure your small space is OK if there is a nuc. attack. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. The closest major city to us is
Chicago, which is 5 hours away. If Chicago were to be hit with a nuc. bomb, we would be still be affected slightly by radiation. You can use your
galons of water as a shield against radiation if they are placed in the rafters of a basement room. Lots of good info on the web. Do a search and
start planning something that will work for your family.
My last advice, and possibly the most imporant. Don't tell your neighbors or family members what you are doing. If push comes to shove, your house
will most likely be the first to be raided. I'd store food and supplies in a room that has no windows, or those that can be covered and only invite
family in when they need to use it, not before hand. You don't want them talking to their friends, which could present problems if they are in need
of food and you have it.
I am also storing medical supplies. Alcohol, iodine, crutches, stitches (sutures), needles, water purification system (I like reverse osmosis, but it
wastes more water than it makes so might not be a good option if water is tight), betadine, 4x4" gauze bandages, tape, batteries, flashlights,
matches, candles, emergency radio, tent and camping supplies, fuel bottles if I need to cook and electricity is out, toothpaste and extra tooth
brushes, medical examinationn gloves (in case someone outside my family needs medical attention), books with info on edible plants local to my region,
cash... you name it, it can probably be saved.
Hope this helped.