PREPAREDNESS 1

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Fellow Patriots the intent of this expo is not to scare anyone or even persuade you in any way. But to inform you about some possible scenarios which could be coming our way. We want to give you the tools and advance knowledge to make some preparations and take some precautions in order to provide for yourselves and your families in the event something was to happen!

With the political and economic climate today we all see and feel we are closer than ever before to some form of social upheaval! What if there was a financial meltdown, the system broke down and government entitlements were halted? What would our cities look like? Just take a look at the city of Reading which has had two small riots in the past few months and numerous shootings! The gang problem is out of control the police and sheriff’s departments in their own statements can hardly keep it under control now! With the implementation of act 47 in Reading almost 100 of the city’s police force is taking early retirement rather than lose out on benefits or pensions. The sheriff’s department is doing what it can to help out by putting some of their 81 deputies on patrol on city streets. But it is a 24 hour job and they are county wide not just localized to the city. I just had lunch with the sheriff and one of his deputies on Monday and they informed us they can only spare 18 deputies for city coverage divided over 2 shifts! So how much of the gap can a few deputies 9 on each shift who have countywide duties cover which is left by the 100 retiring city police?

Do any of us really think if infrastructure breaks down that most of these people are going to wait in line for a hunk of government cheese? Do you recall the looting and pillaging during Katrina?

If the scenario was a local, regional or even national event are you prepared to leave on a moment’s notice and get to some predetermined destination to weather the storm? Where would you go? Maybe you have friends or family out of the area you could go to! But my question is if that were the scenario are you prepared to grab your family hop in your vehicle and leave right now? Or would you wait for someone like Mayor Ray Nagin or Gov Kathleen Blanko (remember Katrina)? How about Obama to send someone to come save you, we all know how quickly he makes a decision right?

What if you decided to you stay and defend your home and family! Do any of you recall the illegal gun confiscation during Katrina? Will you allow some unlawful government thugs to take your only means of defense (your weapons) like they did during Katrina and leave you defenseless against the roving looters and thieves? Will you trust the bureaucrats who helped put us into the turmoil we face or will you unite with your patriot brothers and take a stand?

So you see the need to head for higher ground really depends on the severity of the scenario that we will face at the time!

As far as our families & homes are concerned we will need to plan for and provide for the possibility of no public utilities or maybe even the lack of social services (police, fire, ambulance etc) for extended periods.

If we choose to stay and deal with the inconvenience of losing our public supplied utilities we will need to consider and plan for how we will provide for our families, how we will cook, heat & light our homes. How will we defend them!

The things we will need to provide first and foremost are potable water, non perishable food items, medicines & medical supplies, sanitary supplies and disposal of waste. (remember with no running water we will need to burn or bury our waste). Defense of our lives and homes will be a serious matter to consider!

A fireplace or wood stove is a great way to heat your home and cook (lay up a good supply of wood ahead of time).

If you do not have either of those a good kerosene heater will do fine (get extra wicks etc) for cooking & heating but remember to ventilate.                                                                                                                                                                                An extra 275 gal fuel tank or two filled with K1 kerosene will last a year or more (remember in a survival situation you will be sectioning off an area of your home and only heating that room or two)!

You can get 275 gal tanks for free check the merchandisers etc they are available if you look around for them. Or you can always use 5 gal kerosene cans but you will need quite a few of them!

Next get some solar rechargeable lights, flashlights with extra batteries and even a couple of Aladdin style kerosene lamps (extra wicks etc) and lots of candles.

As far as clothing you should already be covered in that area no pun intended!

Keep a good running vehicle (full tank of gas use fuel stabilizer for extended periods) have a few 5 gal cans of gas also stabilized (however do not carry fuel cans in a closed vehicle, back of a pickup secured and fastened at rear of bed is ok). Run the vehicle once a week for 5 or 10 min to keep it lubricated and the battery charged.

Obviously if the Poop hits the fan so to speak and the public utilities are not available your vehicle should be used for emergencies ONLY, since gas will most likely not be available! You and your family may need to leave in a hurry or need to get someone to a hospital etc. The point is if you need to leave and there is no fuel available you will get much closer to you chosen destination on a full tank rather than on an empty one!

If you are able bicycles are a great means of alternative transportation since you are your own fuel supply. Have you ever been stuck in rush hour traffic on a major route and not been able to move? Just imagine everyone all at once trying to get out of the area! It would be major gridlock and traffic will be at a standstill! You will need to determine if this is an option for your family and yourself.

The following pages are a list of check sheets for you to consider which are provided for you to prepare your home for the possibility of some form of disaster either natural or manmade.

Again I would like to stress that it is far easier to prepare for the worst now and hope for the best! Then it is to wait until it is too late and try to prepare then!

Then remember your fellow patriots and neighbors! YOU WILL NEED EACH OTHER……

You certainly won’t remember all I’ve suggested, but we just want you to think of those things that may have never crossed your mind.

 

Does anyone know the ant and the grasshopper story?

The Ant and the Grasshopper

OLD VERSION . . .

The ant works hard, in the withering heat, all summer long.
He builds his house and stores supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks that the ant is a fool.
He laughs, dances and plays the summer away, preparing nothing for the coming winter.

Winter comes, the ant is safe and warm.
The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

The moral to the story being: BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF!

Here is the patriot version of the ant and the grasshopper story.

The ant and his family work hard at their jobs, in the withering heat, all summer long his children do chores.
He builds his house and stores supplies for his family for the coming winter storm.

The grasshopper who lives across the street thinks that the ant is a fool. As he cashes his welfare check and buys himself the newest I PHONE. And his children sit in foster care since he could care less and wants nothing to do with them.
He laughs, dances and plays the summer away since he refuses to work, preparing nothing for the coming winter storm since he has his access card and only buys the finest food for his table in his government sponsored section 8 housing.

As the winter storm comes, the ant and his family are safe and warm inside the home they built eating the stores they saved all summer.

Now since the grasshopper has never provided for his own needs and the government no longer has the money to send him his welfare check. They cancel his access card and he no longer has the finest food. The winter storm has come and his government sponsored section 8 housing voucher has not been paid and he is thrown out into the cold.

The grasshopper looks in the ant’s window and decides that since the ant is smaller and he is bigger to come back in the evening and kill the ant and his family, eat their food, live in their house and get out of the cold.

Around midnight he comes back opens a window slips in and slinks down the hall to do his dirty deed, only to be met by the ant that shoots him with his 12 gauge pump drags him outside and buries him in the garden for fertilizer in the spring!

The moral to the story being: BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF, BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING  and PROVIDE FOR YOUR FAMILY!

Berks County Patriots

Family Home Preparedness Check List Sheet #1

In the event of a natural or manmade emergency these are the things you will need to consider and do to secure your home and be sure it is safe.

  1. 1.      Gather your family and get them to safety. Gather outside your home get them into a safe vehicle or even just outdoors if it is safe to do so. Obviously the various scenarios will determine your course of action at the time.
  2. 2.      Once your family has been taken to safety you will need to secure your home. If the public utility infrastructure has been destroyed or disabled you will first need to turn off the natural gas supply to your home if you have one! The service valve on a natural gas service will be right at the meter located either in your basement or outside your home. The valve can be turned off with a large adjustable wrench, large pliers or a pipe wrench. It would be a good idea to hang a wrench or pliers at the meter now so that in the event of an emergency you will not have to find one it will already be there. Once you have turned off the valve ¼ turn perpendicular to the supply line check to be sure there is no leakage. It will smell like rotten eggs if gas is present. Do Not light any flames, turn on any electrical lights, switches etc before and until you confirm the gas is not leaking in your home.                                                                         If you have bottled gas supplied to your home there will be a hand valve located on the storage tank                                                         located outside your home. That is where you will need to turn it off just turn the hand valve in all the way clockwise until it is closed.
  1. 3.      Once the gas has been secured then next go to your main water valve and turn it off. It is usually    located in a corner of your basement on the street side of your basement wall. Obviously if you have a well then do not worry about it.
  1. 4.        Then finally go to your electrical breaker box or fuse box and shut off the main breakers or pull the main fuses.

Now you can thoroughly assess the damage if there has been any to your home and determine if it is safe to return with your family. Or to follow your own individual planned family escape plan. Again the individual scenario will determine if you will stay or need to leave.

Note: The purpose for shutting off all utility supplies to the home is first to be safe while you assess the damage if any. Next if there are any gas leaks due to damage your home will be a time bomb waiting to explode. The possibility of tainted water entering your home from the public supply! And the electric structure inside your home could be damaged and cause a fire due to a short circuit etc.

It is quite easy to turn all of your utilities back on once a thorough inspection is completed. It is not so easy to save your home if there were something wrong and it was ignored or missed! In the event of a disaster the authorities might tell you to keep off all of your utilities until they inspect the area for damage and determine if it is safe to use them.

Berks County Patriots

Family Home Preparedness Check List Sheet # 2

The following is a list of items you should already have stored on hand in the event of an emergency. The time to prepare is now not during or after an emergency!

You should have a minimum of at least 1 month’s supplies. I personally recommend a year’s worth of supplies on hand for you and your family. You might think this is overkill but what if there were a major breakdown in society and infrastructure? How long could it take to rebuild? It is easier to prepare for the worst and hope for the best not the other way around!

  1. Potable water will be your first priority! You can go a few days without food but not very many without water! If you can afford it you should consider storing potable water in your basement or storage area and cycling through it restocking it as you use it. Bottled water when purchased by the case is relatively cheap and has a shelf life of a couple of years. You can also fill used milk jugs etc and put a teaspoon of unscented regular household chlorine bleach in it to keep it potable. One teaspoon diluted in one gallon will hardly be noticed or tasted. Keep it in the coolest place you can and out of the sunlight and it will keep for a fairly long time.

If you do not have the means or space to store water here are a few ideas where you can find it if you need it. Once all of the public water supply lines to your home are shut off there are still a few gallons of potable water left in the piping of your home. To capture it first gather a few clean jugs, pitchers, storage containers etc. Hopefully all of the faucets in your home are already turned off if not they should be! Then go to the highest faucet in your home 2nd floor bathroom sink maybe and open the valves. Since the public supply line will already be turned off there should not be much or any pressure in the line. Next go to the lowest faucet in your home and have your containers under the faucet. Open the cold water valve first and capture all of the water coming out of the supply lines in your house. Next do the same with the hot water valve and capture all of it also. Since gravity and the weight of the water in your lines are forcing it to come out at the lowest point this could take some time.

 

Note: You might need to drain the supply lines in different areas of your home depending on your individual plumbing layout.

Other places where there would be potable water are canned fruits and vegetables all have been packed in water, inside your hot water heater, also as disgusting as it sounds the tank of your toilet has potable water it does not touch anything until you hit the handle and flush it down the bowl.

If you have no potable water on hand or no way to store any you can always boil questionable water for at least 5 minutes which will kill any bacteria. A portable ceramic filter is a good way to filter questionable water for $75.00 dollars you can buy a filter to filter up to 1 million gallons of water. That way if you cannot boil any you can filter it to keep you alive.

Here are a few places where you can get water which you can filter and make it potable. Swimming pools, creeks, ponds or lakes, capture rainwater in a barrel from your downspouts etc.

Berks County Patriots

Family Home Preparedness Check List Sheet # 3

    Next you will need to consider food. I personally do not buy those special disaster foods MRE’s etc. To me it is a waste of money most of the guys I know who bought some of the stuff myself included for Y2K still have it and it is 10 years old and probably in the same spot it was put way back then covered in dust.

If you look around your house now how many foods do you have in your cabinets (that do not need refrigeration) and have a 1 or 2 year shelf life? Some items go up to 3 years out! Stuff you actually like to eat and enjoy?

Soups are a very good choice not the condensed kinds. Soups like cambell’s chunky, progresso etc the ones that do not need water added unless you have an ample supply of water and do not need to worry about it.

Canned fruits and vegetables, baked beans, spaghetti or noodles with jarred sauces, canned meats spam etc. Large bags of rice or beans will go a long way and keep for years.

If you stock up on these items now and cycle through them throughout the year always using the oldest dates first and replacing them with the newer dated items your supply will always be at its freshest.

You can save a lot of money if when you shop you only buy items on sale or buy one get one free. A really good place to shop for discounted canned goods and paper products is By Rite Liquidators located on the Blandon Fleetwood Road. There is the Amelia’s outlet on Rt 222 just past Rt 73 going towards Allentown and Hornings in Myerstown. You do not need to go out next week and buy $500.00 worth of food unless you can afford it. If you now shop weekly just buy an extra $25.00 or $50.00 each time you go out or whatever you can afford. The point is start now none of us knows what tomorrow brings so prepare your house now!

You should prepare a spot around your home to start a garden now if you are able and then grow some simple vegetables. Tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, lettuce, carrots, radishes, cucumbers, zucchini, etc. If you do not have a place to grow a garden maybe you live in an apartment you could always grow most of the vegetables mentioned in containers inside at your sunny windows or on a patio! Using containers you could easily extend your growing season if you start growing indoors before the last frost in the spring then move your containers outside for the summer then back inside before the first frost in the fall! 5 gal buckets are fantastic for this and most of the time free for the asking if you know where to look. Painters, carpenters, drywall installers, bakeries etc would be a good place to start asking if you want some. Milk and large juice jugs with the tops cut off are free everywhere just look in peoples recycle containers on recycle days. Old cooking pots or just about anything you can fill with some good dirt will do!

Buy various seeds now and store them in a tightly sealed container on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator in the back corner out of the way. By storing them in the refrigerator the seeds will remain dormant and last years beyond their expiration dates! I have some open packs that are 5 plus years old which I store in my fridge in a sealed container and use a few each year and they are still growing in my garden fine every year.

Obviously the first foods you will need to consume are your refrigerated and frozen foods if the public utilities are out of service. Foods in your freezer could last a few days without electricity if you think before you open the door and immediately grab your hotdogs or whatever you need and close the door quickly!

Think of your special needs! Do you have a baby then you will need formula, diapers, etc. How about your medical needs? Are you on life saving medications? Can you get a 90 day supply or two? What about extra eyeglasses, contacts and solution? How about hearing aid batteries or other special needs items? Remember feminine care products, soaps and shampoos etc. What about your pets?

Make sure you have a good supply of paper plates, paper cups, napkins, paper towels and plastic ware.

If water is scarce you certainly want to preserve every precious drop for your own consumption not for cleaning dishes!

Finally what about home defense? I personally recommend a good 12 gauge pump and plenty of ammo! Some of you would prefer something else and that’s ok. However if you are not a great shot and want to be effective you cannot beat a 12 gauge pump! You do not need to be extremely accurate you just need to point in the general direction and shoot! Usually just the sound of chambering the first round will send most thugs running for dear life!

You could also consider a non lethal form of defense like a can of mace or pepper spray. However it will not be as effective against someone high on dope! Actually a very cheap and legal everywhere alternative to mace or pepper spray is ordinary wasp and hornet spray. It will shoot a stream 20ft and can be carried in your car or purse almost anywhere!

Berks County Patriots

Family Home Preparedness Check List Sheet # 4

Below is a list of a basic three day survival pack. These items should already be packed in comfortable backpacks (one for each member of the family) and ready in a closet for immediate retrieval if needed. Something could happen and there would not be time to put these items together in a moment’s notice!

Obviously some of the items in the list below are for the adults (pistol & hunting knife) and are not necessary for the children in the family!

Almost all of these items if packed correctly will fit in a comfortable backpack.

Three-day supply of non-perishable food per person (preferably items that do not need to be cooked).

Three-day supply of water – ¼ to ½  gallon of water per person per day.

Portable radio, battery-powered / windup with extra batteries.

Flashlight, battery-powered with extra batteries or windup.

First aid kit with manual.

Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).

Plenty of matches (preferably the strike anywhere kind) in waterproof container.

Loud whistle.

Good hunting knife & sharpener, Reliable pistol with extra ammo (this is optional).

50ft of good nylon rope 3/8 ” diameter.

Extra clothing: Jacket or coat, Pair of long pants, Long sleeve shirt, Sturdy comfortable footwear (preferably hiking style boots), Socks, Hat, mittens, and scarf, Sleeping bag or warm blanket (per person). Avoid Cotton, utilize polypropylene or fleece type clothing.

Small packable one man shelter (tube tent etc).

Cooking accessories and utensils, including a can opener.

Photocopies of credit and identification cards.

Cash and coins.

List of phone numbers and addresses with plan where to meet if separated (Grand parents house etc).

Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries.

Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, clothing and pacifiers.

Items for pets, such as food, water, medicine, leash, crate, etc.

Other items to meet your unique family needs.

No matter how much I beg, some of you, no doubt haven’t done anything to prepare (you know who you are). I don’t know what else to do. All I can do is give you the information, it’s up to you to act. No one can do it for you.

No doubt some of you are intimidated by my repeated suggestions of storing and using whole grains. If it doesn’t come from the supermarket shelf it’s strange and unfamiliar and you want no part of it. Fair enough.

But you still need to prepare. Here are ten things that you can do right now  that will make you better prepared than probably 90% of the population.

And everything is available at your local shopping center – so it’s easy. You can do all ten steps at once or divide each into a separate week and shopping trip. But you need to get it done as soon as possible.

Keep in mind that this is only a starting point and isn’t presented here as a completed list.

1. Head to the nearest Wal-mart, B J’s, Sams Club or whatever and pick-up 20 lbs of white or brown rice and 20 lbs of pinto beans. White rice has a better storage life while brown rice has more nutritional benefits – your choice.

2. While you’re there grab 5 lbs mixed beans, 5 lbs of white sugar, 5 lbs of iodized salt, one gallon of olive oil (can be frozen to extend shelf-life), 5 lbs oats, 10 lbs each of white or wheat flour and cornmeal.

3. Now head over to the canned foods and pick-up 20 cans of canned fruits and 20 cans of canned vegetables. Be sure to buy only those brands and contents you normally eat and nothing exotic. No need to shock the senses.

4. Now over to the canned meats. Pick-up 20 cans of various meats, salmon, stews, spam and tuna. Again buy only those brands with contents you normally eat and nothing exotic.

5. Okay. Now to the to the peanut butter shelf and toss two 40-ounce jars in the cart.  The listed shelf life is just over two years and each jar has over 6,000 calories. Peanut butter is an excellent instant survival food.

6. Over to the powdered drink mix – go on I’ll wait…Okay, pick up two 72 Ounce Tang Orange drink canisters (provides 100% of the US RDA vitamin C requirement per 8 oz. glass). Also grab six 19-Ounce Containers of Kool-Aid Drink Mix.

7. Off to the vitamin and supplement aisle, pick up 400 tablets “one a day” multivitamin and mineral supplements. I buy this brand at the local Wal-Mart – comes in 200 count bottle for $8 each.

8. Now to the department we all love – sporting goods. Go to the camping aisle and pick up 4 five gallon water containers. Fill with tap water as soon as you get back home.

9. While you’re there buy 250 rounds of ammunition for your primary defensive weapon. More if you can, but this should be a good start.  Also a good universal cleaning kit.

10. And lastly pick up  the best LED flashlight you can afford, extra batteries and bulb. Also grab two boxes of wooden matches and several multi-purpose lighters.

Don’t forget to date, use and rotate – remember first in first out. Let’s get started.

What would you add to the list?

1. Go to the grocery department and pick up 5 lbs of powdered milk or the equivalent of canned, now go over to the next aisles and throw in 5 lbs of rolled oats and a case of Ramen noodles. Ramen noodles aren’t the most nutritional food but they are cheap, add bulk to the diet and store well –  just don’t rely on them to provide all your nutritional needs. And don’t forget a good manual can opener.

2. While you’re in the grocery department be sure to pick up an assortment of spices to taste, such as Basil, Chili powder, Cinnamon, Garlic, Sage, Marjoram, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme and Black Pepper. Spices can go along way toward making unfamiliar foods palatable. Also, while you’re in that area add 5 or more lbs of salt to your shopping cart, as you know salt has 101 uses.

3. Okay, counting what you bought during our first trip to the shopping center, that should do it for the grocery. Now go over to the area near the pharmacy and pick up 3 large tubes of toothpaste, 3 brushes, 100 double edge razor blades, (note: if you don’t have a razor you’ll probably have to order one from Amazon.com and don’t forget a brush and bowl), I’ve used this type razor for years and think it is a cheaper long-term solution than disposable.

While your there, add the most comprehensive first-aid kit that you can find to your cart and don’t forget over the counter pain meds (Tylenol, aspirin etc.). If you’re a woman (or have one in your life) go over a few shelves and pick up enough “feminine” supplies to last three months or longer.

4. With all that food in your pantry its only a matter of time before you have to poop. I know, its shocking but we all do it.  If you have a water source such as a stream or lake nearby you can still use the toilet in your bathroom, all you have to do is manually fill the tank in back and flush as usual. If this isn’t an option, you’ll need to look for other alternatives such as the Portable Toilets sold in the sporting goods department or making a  sawdust toilet from a five-gallon bucket.

5. What’s next? You guessed it toilet paper. If you poop you need to wipe, if not you probably need to start. You could use a corncob, cloth, Roman sponge on a stick or paper from discarded books or newspapers but I would wager most of you prefer the softness of Angle Soft. Get enough to last at least a month, more if possible and remember women need more than men so plan accordingly.

6. While you are in that area of the store pick up a supply of disposable plates, bowls and plastic utensils. Don’t go overboard here but having a small stockpile of these items on hand can save a lot of water that would otherwise be used to wash dishes. Also add two or more gallons of regular, unscented bleach to your cart.

7. This is a biggie and can’t be done (legally) at the department store pharmacy without the signature of a doctor – that is stocking up on prescription meds.  Getting more than a 30 day supply, at least in the U.S., can be difficult if not impossible. But there are ways to get most of what you need for long-term survival. See this post and this one and this book (note: some of the information in the book is dated but there is still good advice to be found).

8. Now push your cart (man this thing is getting heavy) over to the hardware department of the store and pick up a carpenters hammer, vice grips, adjustable wrench, screw driver set, duct tape, electrical tape, axe, pry bar, crosscut saw, hacksaw and large can of WD-40. This is your bare minimum survival tool kit.

9. After you get your tool kit, go over to sporting goods and in the camping supply aisle pick up a propane camp stove and 5 or more 1 pound propane cylinders or a bulk 20 lb tank and hose adaptor - yes the pressure in the small bottles is the same as a 20 lb cylinder or even 100 lb tank, just be sure to get the proper adapter and hose assembly. Another alternative and the one I prefer is the Volcano Stove because I can use propane, wood and charcoal.

10. Okay, we are just about done for today – only a few more steps pushing the cart and you’ll be out the door. You’ll need a way to keep in touch with your group so go to the electronics department and pick up the best two-way radios that you can afford – I have these. Don’t forget a battery-powered radio and extra batteries for both. While not necessary, I prefer a radio capable of receiving AM/FM and shortwave broadcasts – I have this one.

This shopping list will have you better prepared than probably 90% of the U.S. but it should not be signify the end of your preps only a good start. There’s always something to do and learn never become complacent – remember the quote

“On the plains of hesitation lie the bleached bones of those who on the very threshold of victory sat down to rest, and while resting died.”

1. Head to the nearest Wal-mart, B J’s, Sams Club or wherever and pick-up 20 lbs of white or brown rice and 20 lbs of pinto beans. White rice has a better storage life while brown rice has more nutritional benefits.

2. While you’re there grab 10 lbs mixed beans, 10 lbs of white sugar, 10 lbs of iodized salt, two or three gallons of olive oil, 10 lbs oats, 10 lbs each of white or wheat flour and cornmeal.

3. Head over to the canned foods and pick-up at least 20 cans of canned fruits and 20 cans of canned vegetables. Throw in a couple of cases of Ramen noodles.

4. Next over to the canned meats. Pick-up at least 20 cans of various meats, salmon, stews, spam and tuna. Grab an assortment of Campbell’s chunky soups 20 cans or so. All of these are pre cooked and can be eaten right from the can.

5. Now to the peanut butter and grab 4 or 6 big containers two 40-ounce jars in the cart.                                                                                        The listed shelf life is just over two years and each jar has over 6,000 calories. Peanut butter is an excellent instant survival food.

6. Get as many cases of bottled water as you feel like lugging to your basement.                                                                                                Get some powdered drink mix pick up two 72 Ounce Tang Orange drink canisters (provides 100% of the US RDA vitamin C requirement per 8 oz. glass).                                                                                               Then grab 8 or 10 19-Ounce Containers of Kool-Aid Drink Mix.        Also grab 5 or 10 lbs of powdered milk or the equivalent in canned milk.

7. Go to the vitamin and supplement aisle and pick up 400 tablets of “one a day” multivitamin and mineral supplements. Get the biggest bottle of Tylenol or Aspirin they have. And remember your first aid kit.

8. Now since you are close by go to the TP aisle and pick up a few cases of your favorite brand. Ladies get enough of your products to carry through the next 3 to 6 months.

9. Before you leave the grocery store get a few bars of soap, a good supply of paper plates and plastic utensils. Grab a couple of boxes of wooden matches and a multi pack of bic lighters.

10. Next off to the sporting goods store. Go to the camping aisle and pick up four 5gallon water containers. Fill with tap water as soon as you get back home and store in the basement.                                           While you’re there buy 5 boxes or more of ammunition for your primary defensive weapon! Also a good cleaning kit if do not have one already.  And lastly pick up the best LED flashlight you can afford, extra batteries and bulb.

Don’t forget to date, use and rotate – remember first in first out. Let’s get started.

Now what would you add to the list?

Radio, Medications, extra eyewear, special needs items, baby items, etc.

This shopping list will have you better prepared than probably 90% of the U.S. but it should not be signify the end of your preps only a good start. There’s always something to do and learn never become complacent – remember the quote by Adlai Stevenson

On the plains of hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who at the dawn of victory lay down to rest, and in resting died.


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