Millions of people across the nation are silently preparing already. Nationwide, survival supply retailers are out of stock on some of the most common items. The Spirit is clearly whispering the same word of warning to those who are willing to listen and act. Is that a biblical concept? Some would say we should trust the Lord to provide and not stock up. While I totally agree about trusting in the Lord to provide, I disagree that we are to sit complacently by when we see the warning signs. That’s God’s mercy toward us, Him giving us a heads-up over what’s coming and time to prepare. That’s what biblical prophecy is, our warning and proof of His faithful care for us.
If this is all a new topic for you, then I will share below what I’m doing to prepare in various ways in the hopes that it may be of some benefit and encouragement to you. This may also serve as a landing page where you can direct others who may have the same questions as you. Know this, there are sites online with much more comprehensive information than you’ll find here, and I strongly suggest you do some real preparedness research. I just hope to give you food for thought to get you started–pun intended.
Here are some non-perishable food items that we are gathering. The ones with a link will take you to greater detail on the item. If I have a link to a particular item or an article of interest, I’ll provide it. (I do not participate in “affiliate links” and do not get paid for your purchase.) I’m trying to add a few links at a time, so bear with me and sign up here for updates.
Canned meats and vegetables
Dried beans as a source of protein (requires longer cooking time than canned)
Rice (instant will require less cooking time if you have no electricity)
Instant potatoes – How To Make Instant Potatoes Taste Like The Real Thing
Pizza sauce and crust
Fruits, canned and dried
Sugar/stevia/other natural sweeteners
Baking powder/baking soda/yeast
Vinegar, white vinegar (uses) and apple cider vinegar (uses)
Honey, maple syrup, jams, and jellies (honey lasts forever)
Nut butters, jars and powdered versions
Powdered versions of milk, butter, and eggs
Jugs of water, one gallon and 5-7 gallon storage
Water filtration system – I have the Big Berkey System
Last priority: snacks and treats that will give you occasional joy
Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers
Article of Interest
33 foods that will last years in your pantry – Eat This, Not That site
General food-related things to consider
- Be creative and buy a variety of foods for the different tastes and diet requirements in your home.
- Focus on foods with nutrients, like meats, veggies, and fruits.
- Research shelf life of foods since most last well beyond the date printed on the package.
- Spend way less time and money on junk/snack foods. Plan for chips and snacks to be an occasional treat only.
A few nuggets of wisdom I’ve learned along the way
- Don’t forget the protein. It’s easy to get caught up in buying canned veggies, but remember that you will do well to have plenty of canned chicken, beef, and fish on hand. Canned chicken is a common thing, but when I first began, I kept wondering what I would do about beef for spaghetti and casseroles. Walmart has a decent canned beef that I’ve added to pasta sauce and beef and noodle dishes.
- Get what your family will eat. If you don’t eat canned tuna, then spend your money on food that you will eat. Have a few Souper Sunday meals. Let your family try soups you’ve purchased to find what they like prior to stocking up on any particular kind.
- Canned soups contain protein and veggies as a meal ready to eat. Even with no heat source, you can eat straight out of the can.
- Write the date on your canned items with a dark marker and place the oldest dates up front for earliest use. Canned goods will last well beyond their expiration date if in controlled temperatures.
- Don’t purchase dented or rusted cans. If you do, plan to use them first.
Cooking: Ask yourself a few questions to determine your level of preparedness for a power outage or a shortage of fresh produce and dairy.
- If you have no heat source, how will you warm your food? Do you have extra tanks for your grill or a wood-burning stove with ample firewood? Do you have cooking utensils that will work on a grill or fire source? Have disposable aluminum pans on hand in case you need to conserve water.
- What if you have no refrigeration, would you know how to prepare meals strictly from canned and dried foods? I practice meals with only pantry items on occasion just to know what my possibilities are if I’m left with no fresh produce or dairy.
- How will you make bread? Do you have a bread maker or know how to bake bread from scratch? With no electricity, would you know how to make a skillet version of bread or cornbread?
- If you have no water, how will you clean cookware and eating utensils. Paper plates, napkins, and plastic cutlery will be beneficial.
Basic needed supplies
- Cast iron stove
- Cast iron cookware
- Can openers (several)
- Paper goods (TP, paper towels, tissues)
- Paper plates and bowls for when needing to conserve water
- Heirloom seeds
- Personal items, such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
- Extra food and supplies for your pets
- Doggie poo bags (not just for doggies)
- Dish and laundry soap
- Cleaning supplies
- Trash bags
- Matches, candles, lighters, batteries
- Oil lamps and extra oil
- Pesticides and bug traps
- Sewing kit with needle and thread
- First aid supplies/OTC medications/supplements
- Search “first-aid kit supplies” to create your own shopping list.
- Medical how-to books
- Goggles and face masks for ash
- Prescription medications that you can purchase in advance
- Vitamins and supplements: Be sure to have vitamin C, D, and zinc at a minimum. Additional helpful items include: probiotics, NAC, quercetin, baby aspirin, magnesium, probiotics, and olive leaf extract (known to be an antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial).
- Essential oils (I’m new to essential oils, but a reader contributed the following sites she uses: aromaweb.com, experience-essential-oils.com, learningabouteos.com, auracacia.com, naha.org (Nat’l Assoc. for Holistic Aromatherapy), World Leader in Essential Oils | Young Living Essential Oils)
- Have print-outs of cell and home phone numbers (and addresses) in case you are unable to charge your phone and need to borrow someone else’s.
- How-to manuals for basic skills like minor home repairs and gardening.
- Items to barter
- Cash on hand
This is a tough one to know how much to keep available at home. If you wake up tomorrow to a cyberattack on banks and you can’t access your money, what will you do? If the dollar collapses or a sudden shift to a digital currency occurs, most say cash will do us no good. While that’s possible, there is also the possibility that a parallel economy might emerge for those of us who refuse to comply with government mandates. If I pay cash for eggs from a neighbor, that neighbor may in turn use that cash to pay for plumbing repair. Give it some thought and do what’s best for your family. I just know I would rather have cash here and it be nothing more than a fire starter rather than someone else take it from me.
Some additional items
- Collect rainwater (rain barrel we purchased here) along with water purification tablets or bleach
- Purchase a LifeStraw for each family member (allows you to safely drink from lakes, rivers, streams, etc.)
- Grow your own garden
- Prepare a go-bag for each person should you need to suddenly leave due to a storm or other emergency