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6 Questions you Should Ask About Prepping

Every once in a while, it is important to take a back seat to the process of prepping and do a little planning.  I say this because things change and life evolves, requiring a re-examination of the who, what, and why of prepping.  Let’s face it. You probably remember why you started to set food, water, and supplies aside, and why you began to bone up on off-grid skills.  But in the flurry of preparedness activities, have you ever taken a look at your original plan and made circumstantial changes?

If you are saying “what plan”,  join the crowd!

An Introduction to the Who, What, and Why of Prepping

We all know about the successful reporter’s rule of thumb:  determine the who what where and how for every story.  Let us take the “where” out of the equation and begin with the who, what and why of prepping.

1.  Who Should Prep?

There is only one right answer:  Everyone!

The differentiator is the extent of one person’s preps over those of another person.  Person A may define being prepared as having a three day plan to soldier through a winter storm when the power is out.  (Of course I will try to encourage that person to prep for a week or two at a minimum, but ultimately, three days is considered a decent starting point.)

On the other hand, Person B may not consider himself adequately prepped until he has the supplies, tools, and skills to manage for a year or more on his own.

It all gets down to a matter of perspective.  Like a broken record I will say it again; there is no right and no wrong when it comes to preparedness.  If you prepare enough to ally your fear of a disruptive event, you will have done enough.

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2.  What is Prepping?

Let us get this one out of the way quickly as well.  Prepping is being able to survive a disruptive event if not in comfort, then at least with a minimum amount of stress.

3.  Who Are You Prepping For?

Now we start to get into the nitty-gritty of your plan.  It is important to understand who you are prepping for.  Is it just yourself and your partner (if you have one), or an extended family?  Are there infants or toddlers involved?  What about physically challenged, or elderly members of your family.  Don’t forget about the family dog or cat, and your farm animals.

As you prepare a strategy to meet your prepping goals, things can get out of hand quickly.  It takes money to prep so even though you may want to take care of everyone, doing so can put a huge strain on the family budget. If you are lucky enough to have family members who are on board with prepping, you can ask them to participate, even if all that means is they clean and repurpose soda bottles so they can be filled with tap water and stored for an emergency.

At the end of the day, though, you must be realistic and remember that having the time and resources to live your life in the here and now is important too.  Go slowly as you expand your preps to include others.  Do not cannibalize your own life for the sake of something that may or may not happen.

4.  What Are You Preparing For?

Are periodic power outages your concern, or is it the the big earthquake that is past due along the Cascadia Fault?  Is it a hurricane or is it global economic collapse?  If you are a prepper newbie, I tend to recommend that you initially focus on disruptive events that are geographically specific to where you live.

If you are new to an area and even if you are not, your county will have an emergency services department with plenty of information describing the types of disasters and freaks of mother nature that can occur in your community.  Take advantage of this information.

5.  Where Do I Start?

Getting started when you are at prepping ground zero can be overwhelming.  I get that. That being said, the fact you are reading this article is a good start.

Beyond that, get your water, food and first aid supplies in order, as well as a stash of cash for those times when the ATM is not working.

6.  How Long Do You Want Your Preps to Last?

This is another reality check.  Although it would be nice to say “forever”, unless you have a self-sufficient farm and everything that goes along with it, a forever goal is not realistic.

Why not start with a week, then expand to a month?  After you have met that goal,, decide whether you would prefer to prep for more people, or perhaps to extend the period to three months or a year.  Have a discussion with yourself and decide what is right for you, your temperament, and your feelings about the likelihood of a major disruptive event. occurring in the near future.

The Final Word

It is easy to say “plan first, prepare second”, but even planning can be overwhelming.  I know that when I first started to prep, I armed myself with a 20 page checklist to use to begin the planning process.  After an hour, I set it aside and chartered my own course.  Thus was the beginning of Backdoor Survival and my own common sense approach to preparedness.

As a call to action, it is time to revisit the basics.  The moment is now.

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10 Foods You Need To Survive

10 Foods You Need To Survive

The end of the world is something that has been a topic of debate for as long as anyone can remember. Some claim to know exactly when it will happen while others claim to know how it will happen. One thing is however certain; that disaster and the end of the world are unpredictable and unstoppable events. The best thing you can do is make sure that you are prepared in case anything like it happens when you are alive.

If you happened to survive a major catastrophic disaster such as a nuclear bomb, a major earthquake or something of the sort, the most important thing you will need is food. Getting food to grow after a disaster is tricky and you could die before your first harvest. Below is a list of foods that you can get now and store for long and food that grows fast and well under poor conditions.

1. Maize/Corn

This is one of the best food types you can have if you hope to survive after a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. The reason is because it is one of the few on this list that can both be stored for long and can grow under harsh conditions. The practice of storing corn for emergency dates back centuries and was practiced as a way to survive draught. Corn can stay for up to eight months when boiled and frozen. When freezing is not an option, drying allows you to have your corn for up to four months. The other reason that lands corn on the survival for end times food list is its resilience in harsh conditions. All it needs to grow is good soil and water. This is the reason why you can find it growing well in any climate and region on earth. Maize is important as it is a carbohydrate which is the main source of energy for humans. And you better believe that if you end up alive during the end times, you will need as much energy as you can get.

2. Beans

Beans share corn’s resilient nature. Storing beans for long term purposes can be done in three ways. The first is by drying. Sun drying beans removes moisture from them making them safe from pest, bacterial and fungal infestation. In this state you can have beans safe for human consumption for up to three years according to food scientists. The second way in which beans are stored is through nitrogen treatment and hermetical sealing. This means that the beans are cleaned, treated with nitrogen to remove oil and sealed in the absence of oxygen (hermetically). This allowed them to last for a whopping8 years. Finally, beans are stored by canning. They are cooked and put in sealed cans with preserving chemicals. Depending on the brand and the bean species, canned beans can last between 3 and 5 years. They are popular in the army and are a great source of protein.

3. Radishes

Radishes are the fastest growing crops known by man. They take a mere two weeks to mature and be ready for harvest. If you were a survivor of a major disaster or a world ending catastrophe, a fast growing crop would be the equivalent of gold. The entire plant is edible but the root has the most uses. It can be used to make soups, stews and in salads. Radish roots are rich in carbohydrate sugars, fat and proteins. The leaves are rich in vitamins especially the vitamin B group and vitamin C. Its growth speed and nutritional value make it ideal for survival.

4. Tomatoes

Tomatoes have a spot on this list due to the fact that they are multi-nutritional, require little space to grow and ripen really fast. Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A and D, carbohydrate sugars, fats, minerals, fiber and water. They can be eaten raw as fruits or used as vegetables to make rich stews and soups. Tomatoes take between 20 and 25 days to ripen and be ready to eat. This short growth time makes it a great crop for surviving in case of disasters where food stores are destroyed or used up.

5. Flour

Flour is a great food to have in store in case of emergency. What is super awesome about it is the fact that it can be stored for a very long time without going bad. When stored in a cool dry place brown flour can stay for up to five years while white flour can stay up to seven years. The difference is due to the fact that brown flour has more oil which tends to speed up the process of food going bad. Flour from wheat, corn and oats is useful in making filling pastries that should see you through your until you figure out another way of finding food. Sorghum and millet flour are good for porridge.

6. Tea and coffee

Ground tea leaves and coffee beans can stay for up to four years depending on the brand. They belong on this list due to the ability to stay for long without getting spoilt. Tea and coffee will come in handy on cold nights after disasters helping to warm you and calm you down.

7. Canned meat and fish

This is a great source of protein. Canned meat can be anything from chicken and beef to turkey and lamb. The meat is cooked or dried, treated with preservatives and sealed in cans that have air suctioned from them. Cooked meats can last for up to six years canned whereas the free-dried variety of canned food can last for up to twelve years. So if you believe that there is a chance that you might survive an upcoming disaster, stock up on canned meats. They are real life-savers.

8. Rice

Brown rice can stay for up to five years when dried and kept away from moisture. This makes them a great food option in case of disaster. The other great thing about rice is that the grains are small and light making them easier to store and if need be, carry around. Rice also makes nice filling meals full of energy giving carbohydrates.

9. Salt and sugar and honey

These three food items can last indefinitely and therefore deserve their spot on this list. Salt is a rich source of iodine which is good for your blood. It also has medical advantages being used as an antiseptic and a stomach relief remedy. Sugar is a carbohydrate and is a great source of energy. It can be used when baking bread and when mixed with water make an energy drink.

10. Powdered milk

Finally, having powdered milk is useful for survival in the end times. An unopened can of powdered milk can last from between two and ten years. Milk is a great source of proteins, vitamin D as well as minerals.

These foods are awesome for the end times because of their ease of availability, speed of growth and resilience in bad conditions. If you chose to set up an emergency store of food remember to include water and medical supplies. Whether or not you believe that you might be caught up in the end times and disasters, it wouldn’t hurt to have a back-up stash.

If you happened to survive a major catastrophic disaster such as a nuclear bomb, a major earthquake or something of the sort, the most important thing you will need is food. Getting food to grow after a disaster is tricky and you could die before your first harvest. Below is a list of foods that you can get now and store for long and food that grows fast and well under poor conditions.

1. Maize/Corn

This is one of the best food types you can have if you hope to survive after a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. The reason is because it is one of the few on this list that can both be stored for long and can grow under harsh conditions. The practice of storing corn for emergency dates back centuries and was practiced as a way to survive draught. Corn can stay for up to eight months when boiled and frozen. When freezing is not an option, drying allows you to have your corn for up to four months. The other reason that lands corn on the survival for end times food list is its resilience in harsh conditions. All it needs to grow is good soil and water. This is the reason why you can find it growing well in any climate and region on earth. Maize is important as it is a carbohydrate which is the main source of energy for humans. And you better believe that if you end up alive during the end times, you will need as much energy as you can get.

2. Beans

Beans share corn’s resilient nature. Storing beans for long term purposes can be done in three ways. The first is by drying. Sun drying beans removes moisture from them making them safe from pest, bacterial and fungal infestation. In this state you can have beans safe for human consumption for up to three years according to food scientists. The second way in which beans are stored is through nitrogen treatment and hermetical sealing. This means that the beans are cleaned, treated with nitrogen to remove oil and sealed in the absence of oxygen (hermetically). This allowed them to last for a whopping8 years. Finally, beans are stored by canning. They are cooked and put in sealed cans with preserving chemicals. Depending on the brand and the bean species, canned beans can last between 3 and 5 years. They are popular in the army and are a great source of protein.

3. Radishes

Radishes are the fastest growing crops known by man. They take a mere two weeks to mature and be ready for harvest. If you were a survivor of a major disaster or a world ending catastrophe, a fast growing crop would be the equivalent of gold. The entire plant is edible but the root has the most uses. It can be used to make soups, stews and in salads. Radish roots are rich in carbohydrate sugars, fat and proteins. The leaves are rich in vitamins especially the vitamin B group and vitamin C. Its growth speed and nutritional value make it ideal for survival.

4. Tomatoes

Tomatoes have a spot on this list due to the fact that they are multi-nutritional, require little space to grow and ripen really fast. Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A and D, carbohydrate sugars, fats, minerals, fiber and water. They can be eaten raw as fruits or used as vegetables to make rich stews and soups. Tomatoes take between 20 and 25 days to ripen and be ready to eat. This short growth time makes it a great crop for surviving in case of disasters where food stores are destroyed or used up.

5. Flour

Flour is a great food to have in store in case of emergency. What is super awesome about it is the fact that it can be stored for a very long time without going bad. When stored in a cool dry place brown flour can stay for up to five years while white flour can stay up to seven years. The difference is due to the fact that brown flour has more oil which tends to speed up the process of food going bad. Flour from wheat, corn and oats is useful in making filling pastries that should see you through your until you figure out another way of finding food. Sorghum and millet flour are good for porridge.

6. Tea and coffee

Ground tea leaves and coffee beans can stay for up to four years depending on the brand. They belong on this list due to the ability to stay for long without getting spoilt. Tea and coffee will come in handy on cold nights after disasters helping to warm you and calm you down.

7. Canned meat and fish

This is a great source of protein. Canned meat can be anything from chicken and beef to turkey and lamb. The meat is cooked or dried, treated with preservatives and sealed in cans that have air suctioned from them. Cooked meats can last for up to six years canned whereas the free-dried variety of canned food can last for up to twelve years. So if you believe that there is a chance that you might survive an upcoming disaster, stock up on canned meats. They are real life-savers.

8. Rice

Brown rice can stay for up to five years when dried and kept away from moisture. This makes them a great food option in case of disaster. The other great thing about rice is that the grains are small and light making them easier to store and if need be, carry around. Rice also makes nice filling meals full of energy giving carbohydrates.

9. Salt and sugar and honey

These three food items can last indefinitely and therefore deserve their spot on this list. Salt is a rich source of iodine which is good for your blood. It also has medical advantages being used as an antiseptic and a stomach relief remedy. Sugar is a carbohydrate and is a great source of energy. It can be used when baking bread and when mixed with water make an energy drink.

10. Powdered milk

Finally, having powdered milk is useful for survival in the end times. An unopened can of powdered milk can last from between two and ten years. Milk is a great source of proteins, vitamin D as well as minerals.

These foods are awesome for the end times because of their ease of availability, speed of growth and resilience in bad conditions. If you chose to set up an emergency store of food remember to include water and medical supplies. Whether or not you believe that you might be caught up in the end times and disasters, it wouldn’t hurt to have a back-up stash.