What can we help you with?
We understand that everyone is under a bit of stress – some more than others and everyone for different reasons:
- Job stuff
- Lack of job stuff
- Family health issues
- Personal health issues
- Worry about future resources
- Worry about how people are reacting
- Other stuff
You might be quite prepared to stay in your castle and immediate environs for some time. The confidence that comes with that is great. But that feeling can also be impacted by the things we can’t control – namely other people.
As one of the Heloderm instructors, George, says: Sheep have two speeds, graze and stampede. And we are seeing a bit of that today.
You don’t have to be a “doomsday prepper” to be prepared. You can have a modest plan that incorporates your day-to-day preparedness and extends it to be useful for something like we are experiencing today, or worse.
You need shelter, food, water, and medicinals. Everything else is a luxury.
The panic we see today is a result of people feeling the need for ZERO survival mentality or skills (it will never happen to me), such that the possibility of losing luxuries is seen as an existential threat. So they stampede. Then, we question our ability to sustain and even the best of us can get sucked into “the thing”.
Having worked all over the world, we know how spoiled we are in the US. But we also know that competition for resources can be handled better using a clever day-to-day approach. This is in contrast to our typical spending our way out of a problem. Here are some things we offer as points to ponder.
Some things that we consider important right now:
- Shop every day if you can and pick up small amounts to replace your eating, and gently subsidize your storage. What you can’t find today, you might find tomorrow. Go early in the morning or late in the evening. While we are more sheepdog than sheep, we should graze.
- Rice, beans, flour, sugar
- Canned tuna, salmon, sardines, chicken
- Fresh vegetables and fruit
- Buy water in the 1L bottles (smart water, etc). These are more efficiently transportable if you need bug out. They store easier than cases of water. 1 bottle is 34 ounces compared to 16 ounces with almost the same footprint.
- Plan meals
- Buy bread now, but be prepared to make your own if the food supply gets interrupted.
These are just a few examples. To be clear, we don’t think our food supply or water supply will be severely disrupted. But we prepare because it could. Anyone who thinks worse things than this are not possible is drinking from that famed river (“Da Nile, baby!”). Pray for the best, prepare for much worse.
If you have questions, comments, concerns, moral outrage, notes from home, let us know. We are here to help. Our tagline is “Train to Survive.” My friend, this is some good training right here. Now is the time to find the holes in your planning and adjust.
Let us know if you need anything. We will do all that we can. Let’s keep the conversation going.
Good article considering current events and shortages we’ve seen over the last month. I’ve talked with many people who never thought along the lines of having extended stays at home and were completely caught off guard by the stay at home order.
rice, (dried)beans and flour are all water intensive. sugar on its own is a tough carry. nut butters, dried fruit, canned/pouched meat are better for weight, shelf stability and that they won’t compete with your water supply.