I usually suggest when asked what I need to have on hand, well I am asked this quite frequently at my store. I suggest: You have on hand at least one case of MRE’s, pouched food by Mountain House, Alpine Air, Backpackers Pantry or another brand you know and trust. Pouched Foods can last usually seven years if stored correctly. Next, I would have bulk supply, whether it be beans and rice or what have in mylar double sealed containers. As for Mylar you will want FDA grade both in the bags and in the buckets. Most people do not consider this, if they are not FDA grade the previous contents or the containers themselves can leech into the food you have stored. For a five gallon bucket you will want a liner, such as a 7mil mylar bag, and smaller interior bags. You can bulk pack gallons of rice, but for waste and vermin reasons, I recommend you pack in smaller quantities so you can only use as much as you need at one time. Each bag should have an O2 absorber inside, from the smaller bags to the bucket itself. If you are short on space, but have a strong metal container you can use the 7mil mylar bags without a bucket. You will want a metal container to keep out larger pests. Lastly, you will want Bulk Heirloom seeds.
When the power goes out most people start with the fridge and the dry goods, which you should as well, but what happens if the power stays out, or there is a larger natural or worse unnatural disaster?
You will want to crack open your MREs first; you can eat these 3,000 calorie meals for about two weeks, but no longer. MREs have been longing called “Meals Refusing to Exit” but for this scenario, it would be best not to consume more than one per day and not longer than two weeks. Next, I recommend you break into the pouched food, while some are awesome; some others leave something to be discussed or disgusted later. I have had all the Wise Food, most of the Mountain House and Backpackers Pantry as well as some of the Alpine Aire. I enjoyed all, but one of the hardest things to get over is how it looks and tastes as compared to your regular fair, but it will keep you alive and this is numbro uno. You can eat this for the next two to three weeks. By this time, services should be restored, if not, time to change your menu again. After thirty to forty-five days you will start breaking into your bulk foods (weather #10 canned or dry bulk), once you decide to do this, watch how much you are making and reduce waste by only opening what you absolutely need. An opened #10 can will last about a year and half and sealed can 20+ years (if stored correctly); properly sealed bulk mylar or buckets will last 20+ years as well. After breaking into your bulk foods you should be planting your “Victory Garden” with your heirloom seeds. Save MRE’s and pouched foods as supplements when you have to move or to “patrol” your area as the disaster continues. Last thing you want to be is waiting in line for the National Guard or FEMA to dole out supplies. With any of my suggestions, you will need Water and a clean source of it.
Well kiddies, we have finally changed out the old site for something a little fresher. And yes, the Survival Classes and related pages are now gone. We, decided to focus more on our Gun Shop and Gunsmithing than going out to the field and training. However, you are not abandoned. We will still offer classes on a pre-paid in at least three weeks in advance, so we can plan for your class. We need at least three students per class. See Mike at the store for more information on the weekends.
We have some exciting changes coming in the next several months.
Thank you for your patience.
I was recently asked about Kerosene Lanterns or White Gas lanterns, and while this not a subject I have thought much about in the past. I recommend either, but for more robust use, I would highly recommend the Cold Blast Hurricane Lantern. I first used the Cold Blast Hurricane Lanterns while I was at Camp Powhatan on the Blue Ridge Mountains Council Reservation Scout Camp. I worked here as the Camp Quartermaster for four summers as well as during Order of the Arrow events. Part of my job there was to maintain the lanterns and rebuild them as necessary.
The globe was really the only part you had to be careful with, unless you were trying to use it for a hammer..but you would be amazed at what people do sometimes. The only other hazard was to make sure you did not turn the wick (flat type) down too far it fell in (takes a bit to fish out) or across thread the cap. If you someone you know in your survival group collects Aladdin Oil Lamps, these will work well, except they are prone to breakage easily-but parts are readily available until the lights go out for good.
In a survival situation having light, when there is none available will help boost morale, but used improperly can lead to disastrous situations. Kerosene if properly stored has a shelf life from three years to many years. We had a 55 gallon drum of K1 we used for over five years in the woods of Virginia and it only became questionable at the tail end of the fourth year, but still was usable until the fifth year.
We or more like I, will be updating the web pages and articles over the next month. We will have more topics on bugout trucks, Critical Survival Gear and so on. We are going to help you Survive what is coming…
Check out the link above for the latest Thermal Night Vision Weapon Scope by ATN.
Merriwether Wild Edibles has recommended the following two books by Samuel Thayer. Both books will be added to the Online Store in the coming weeks.
The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
Nature’s Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants
Merriwether Wild Edibles has classes in Edible Plants coming up, please check his web site for details.
Seeds, Seeds, Everywhere Seeds. The Problem is seeds are not all equal. The seeds that are sold at your big box retailer are non-heirloom seeds. Well what does that mean? Non-heirloom seeds or hybrid seeds are not designed to have seeds that will produce viable plants after the initial crop. So, how do you get great seeds and plants every crop? You need to use Heirloom seeds so that you, your family and love one’s can survive.
We personally recommend Wabash Feed Store. The main reason we support this store is the quality of the seeds are great, pricing is awesome and you have to support your local business where ever you may be. When buying heirlooms you need to make sure you are buying seeds to be grown in your zone. It would be pointless to have Red Wheat in southern Texas, which will not grow here, but will grow in Colorado in the winter time.
Wabash Feed Store
5701 Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas 77007
Phone: 713-863-8322 Fax: 713-863-1723
I was recently asked for a list of books I would recommend, so here they are in no particular order.
The 2 oz Backpacker I have carried on every camping trip for the last 24 years. The Papa Bear Whitmore book, W.I.S.E Guide I recommend from the stand point that while I was with Search and Rescue in Colorado, my team and I took one of his classes and the knowledge he shared with us was invaluable. Papa Bear Whitmore passed away in 2003. The Rawles books are fiction, however, they are informative and a good read. There is no one book out there that will contain all the information, but consider many sources for your Survival Education.
Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants, Bradford Angier
Field Guide to Medicinal Wild Plants, Bradford Angier
Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse, James Wesley Rawles
One Second After, William R. Forstchen
The Art of War, Sun Tzu
The 2 Oz Backpacker: A Problem Solving Manual for Use in the Wilds, Robert S. Wood
The W.I.S.E. Guide to Wilderness Survival, Papa Bear Whitmore / Jim Bunstock