Hello to all my fellow Americans.
The time has come again for us to have a little chat and I am going to tell you a little summary about what is happening around our country. I Pray you and your family are well and ready for what lies ahead – Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
I believe, as others do, that within a year the United States will find itself in the grip of a deep recession. If allowed to go unchecked this decline will descend into a deeper depression.
Here are just some of the signs we are heading in the direction I fear:
- Food prices are rising.
- Home/rent costs rising.
- Continued lock downs in regions of the country /COVID regulations.
- energy costs rising. Halting Keystone pipeline/ Texas Ice storms/New Biden Regulations.
- Creeping inflation.
- Fed printing money.
- Food Supply Chain delayed or stopped. (Please refer to my previous article on food supply chains .how they function, get interrupted, and how to manage a disruption)
- More jobs than people seeking them, on the stimulus train.
- 18 Million Americans Are Still On Government Jobless Benefits, Despite Broad ‘Reopening.
- If the Biden Administration’s Infrastructure Program is signed into law, the U.S. will have spent nearly $10 TRILLION in a single year.
- Massive illegal populations rising in the interior competing for benefits/jobs/services.
How many readers grew up in the depression era? I suspect not many. I grew up in the time of World War II and the depression era and the one thing that experience taught me was one has to focus all their energy on protecting self and family. Remember you need a roof over your head, food to eat, and water to drink. Also, remember you cannot help anyone else if you go down first.
Consider all the factors above that will impact our economic health in the immediate future and years to come. Think about how when gasoline prices rise the truckers who haul our fresh vegetables, can goods, clothing, household goods, will adjust their delivery prices upward accordingly. What do you suppose those trucker’s customers, the big box stores and mom and pops alike, will do? They will raise the cost of goods at retail and you will then pay a premium increase for products and services. There is hardly anything on a store shelf that did not arrive on that shelf by way of a Trucker somewhere in the transport chain. So how does the average American look out for their family and still hedge this insidious inflation and uncertain political times?
I am so glad you asked -It is a relatively easy fix and I’ve been doing this since way back in 2012. There is a name for it –Food Storage. Prepping in advance for extra food is what food storage means. It starts with developing the habit where each time you buy groceries you double up or more on items on sale. Perhaps canned corn is on sale or peas, maybe carrots and you take advantage to purchase extra cans, the same with other food/paper/household items. If this sounds too expensive or a daunting task – Does running out of food and panic sound better?
Our great grandparents and grandparents found a way to do this on far fewer resources than most of us have today while working outside or inside the home 50 plus hours a week. So take a deep breath – you got this.
Planning is key. Break up the stages you will need to tackle.
- Funds to purchase additional items ( use coupons and shop sales and sell items no longer needed for food piggy bank money)
- Routine shop and consistently buy extra to stock your shelves/containers/storage spaces( even under the bed!) Store food in dry and darker environments.
- Use a permanent marker to date items and note expirations.
- Rotate stock and consume what is approaching the expiration date then replace.
- Get creative and adventurous with bulk purchasing and food buckets.
- Involve the whole family to teach skills and delegate responsibilities.
- Make lists! Select core items you will commit to keeping stocked at all times.
What type of foods should you stock up on?
- Foods that your family already eats
- Foods that have a long shelf life
- Foods that are nutritionally packed /Carbs and calories
- Foods that do not require refrigeration
- Foods that are easy to prepare with primitive cooking means
Here is a list of staples you might consider:
- canned meat
- canned fruit
- canned vegetables
- Canned soups
- paper goods
- Baby wipes
- zip lock storage bags
- Vegetable Oil, Coconut Oil, Peanut Butter
- Powdered milk
- Powdered Vitamin C drinks
- Here is a summary list of how to get started utilizing a trip to your local Wal-Mart.
Prepping “Food Storage” is a good habit in general to buffer lean economic times that may ebb and flow. But presently one might choose to take prepping to another level for a number of reasons. Considering earth’s natural cycles would dictate that America is due for a cataclysmic natural disaster event. During such a time there could be entire regions affected and food supply chains would be scarce until we passed the crisis. Then there is a high degree of probability of civic unrest to continue and even deteriorate. America’s Electrical Grid and other infrastructure is aging and either by natural progression or terror strike take us all offline so to speak for some period of time. There are many other reasons, too many to expound on, for why one might get very serious and focused on Bulk buying and 6-12 month bucket food supply.
When thinking about survival mode-
Basic survival principles when in crisis and must stretch food supply:
- Simple sugars like candy are carbohydrates, but they break down very quickly. They may give you a boost of quick energy, but you will quickly hit a wall and be depleted and useless.
- In the event you find yourself without a good source of heat to keep your body warm, simple carbs will be your friend. The body uses them to tap into fat reserves and it will cause you to burn more calories, thus keeping you warmer. You should graze simple carbs to maintain your body temperature.
- Fats should be included in every small meal because fat combined with carbs gives your body a slow and steady burn of nutrients. You will not hit a wall as quickly if you add fat to your meal.
- In higher altitudes, cut back fat consumption because fat requires oxygen to oxidize its components. High fat intake increases the risk of altitude illness.
- Protein is necessary for the building and repair of body tissues. It regulates body processes such as water balance, transporting nutrients, and making muscles work better. Proteins also aid in preventing the body from becoming easily fatigued by producing stamina and energy.
Buying in bulk amounts:
Additionally, store up on what your body must always have access to – Water. You cannot survive without it and dehydration can lead to many health issues including death. The American Red Cross recommends storing 1-gallon of water per person per day. That means if you have 5 people, you will want 5-gallons of water stored for each day. When just getting started, I would begin by having at least a 3 week supply of water. You can buy extra water each week for several months until you build up a good supply. Bottled water packs are a good start but moving to larger containers and amounts require some prep. Learn more about water storage and rotating supply here.
When storing large amounts of water or food always choose food-grade, waterproof containers.
Do not forget pets and babies. Dry Pet food must be stored in sealed containers when stored over long periods to avoid attracting rodents and bugs. Diapers, baby wipes, and such should be stocked up on as well if they apply to your family. If you do have children or grandchildren think about stocking up on clothing sizes in the event purchasing clothes were not available for some time. The Goodwill and Thrift stores are great places to budget for extra clothing as babies will burst out of sizes several times over the first year alone. Think seasonal and do not forget shoes.
If you want to get even more serious about medical health needs, including the types of medicines you should be storing and alternatives when drug stores are not an option, and trauma care we suggest you check out this YT channel.
Finally, I encourage you to practice situational awareness. What do I mean? Mums the word! Do not advertise to everyone in your neighborhood or community that you have large well-stocked food storage. In the event of a serious emergency and the long duration of the crisis, you may choose to include extended family and friends in your stash. But when things get really bad people will get desperate and you do not want to be placed in the position of defending your family’s resources from those who did not prepare and are attempting to take yours.
Again, do not be intimidated to start your food storage -just start.
It is my intent and hope this information provides for you an actionable plan that will decrease the anxiety that may overwhelm you in those hardest of times. Preparation will help you feel more in control of what falls in your lap, so to speak, and you can rest easy knowing you have taken care of yourself and your family.
Let me end on this- Living , even through difficult times requires not letting go of the joy and purpose of all of it. So make this prepping journey an adventure and happy project that involves the whole family. I think this may become a series with future installments about things I feel might be helpful to us all , so consider this chapter one.
Take good care, and remember nothing is too much when we laugh about the little things and lean on each other and our prepping for the bigger ones .Keep a look out for chapter 2.
Your friend and patriot ,