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PASAP – Prep As Soon As Possible

10 May

Guess what? I’m still alive! This week took a turn for the busy and I’ve been seriously neglecting the blog, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. On that note, this post goes out to all of you who may experience similar time crunches!

Is “slow and steady” just not your style? Here’s a quick and dirty guide to getting essentials stored in your home – FAST. This one-shot list will stock your home with the essential food, water, and supplies to help you weather a short-term emergency. This list is best suited to a hunker-down situation, in which you don’t plan on evacuating.*

I really don’t recommend this approach, but sometimes a situation calls for fast action.  I also don’t recommend waiting to start preparing until RIGHT before an emergency (the hurricane hits in two hours! GO!), so keep that in mind when making your plans.

As with every post on this site, I make no guarantees…your results may vary!  Personally, I could survive for a long time on the food and water that this shopping expedition would bring in, but I don’t eat a lot. I also don’t have a large family to feed. Adapt to suit your needs.

Go to the grocery store and buy:

  • 4 big jars of peanut butter
  • 3 huge canisters of rolled oats
  • 4 5-lb bags of flour
  • 2 5-lb bags of sugar
  • A canister of salt
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • 40 cans of soup (not condensed) – the heartier the better
  • 30+gallons of water
  • 20 lbs of dried beans – your choice (pintos are cheap)
  • 20 lbs of rice (white – longer shelf life, brown – more nutritious)
  • 20 cans of tuna (or chicken or salmon)
  • A big canister of Tang drink mix
  • Two big boxes of powdered milk
  • The largest bottle of cooking oil you can find
  • 30 cans of vegetables – assorted
  • 20 cans of fruit – assorted
  • A big bag of raisins or other dried fruit
  • As much chocolate as you can stuff in your cart 🙂
  • Hard candies

Now go to a walmart, sporting goods store, or the like. Purchase the following:

  • Flashlight
  • Radio (preferably hand-crank and/or solar)
  • Manual can opener
  • Water storage drums – fill these AS SOON AS you get home.  Buy enough drums to have 30-60 gallons of water on hand, in addition to what you bought at the grocery store.
  • Bleach, try for about a gallon (it has many uses)
  • Multivitamin – 90 count at least
  • Matches, lighters
  • Steel wool, if you can find it quickly, and a 9-volt battery
  • Spare batteries of all sizes (for trade if nothing else)
  • Biggest first aid kid you can find
  • Medications: cold, pain relievers, the like
  • Biggest package of feminine products you can find (again, you can always trade these for more supplies)
  • Toilet paper
  • Duct tape

If you have time, also pick up a propane stove, as many extra propane tanks as you can afford, and some sleeping bags/extra blankets.

What else would you put on this list, if you were shopping for your family?

 

*That being said, NEVER hesitate to evacuate your home if local officials make an evacuation order. This is why survival packs or grab-and-go bags come in so handy – I’ll talk about them in a future post. 

Skeletons in the Closet

23 Apr
Food storage

Orderly shelves makes it easier to find things in an emergency, especially if you're in a hurry or the power is out. (photo credit: Stuart Miles)

If you live in an apartment, chances are good that you don’t have any skeletons in your closet because there’s no room for them! I’m lucky enough to live in a unit with four (FOUR!!) closets, but I still managed to stuff them to the brim with clothes, linens, books, you name it…which means that when I started storing food and water, I had no clue where to stash my new acquisitions. If you’ve been prepping for a while and your stockpile is taking over, here are some more ideas:

  • Fill a 30-gallon drum with water, put a small square of plywood on top, and cover it with a tablecloth. Instant endtable! I’ve done this, and no one has ever noticed that it’s not a real table 🙂
  • Hang a long curtain along one side of your living room, and put shelving units – stocked with food – behind the curtain. You won’t notice the small reduction in space, and your room will still look attractive.
  • Put your bed on risers, and buy or make an extra-long bedskirt. You’ll have more storage space underneath, and I think that tall beds look awesome. Two birds…one stone.
  • Buy an ottoman (or two) with a removable top. These can be cheaply bought almost anywhere, especially in the fall when college students are returning to school. I got mine at Target for less than twenty bucks.
  • Use a vacuum-storage system for your clothes that aren’t in season. Your bulky coats and sweaters will stay protected from pests, and you’ll save a TON of space in your closets.

More ideas to come! I know that apartment prepping is hard….hang in there!

P.S. I got my 30-gallon water drum and shelving units from Shelf Reliance. They’re great!

How do you make the most of your small living quarters?