I keep seeing this list of ‘100 Things That Will Disappear’ that shows up on any number of survival or readiness websites and in many similar groups on Facebook. I don’t know where it came from in the beginning but my opinion of it is that, even though it’s a very good list, it’s not in any particular order and too much thought went into it. In other words, it evokes a sense of ‘where the heck do I start?’.
Right off the bat, if you are preparing for a SHTF situation, you would need a whole separate location just to store all the things on the list. That is IF you could even afford it all. This is the main reason I advocate a self sufficient lifestyle. A person or family who is honestly self sufficient will already have most, if not all, of what’s on this list.
I will not repost the list here and we will not go over the entire thing. What we will do is go over what’s most important so that you don't have to worry yourself so much. Here’s your starter list, whether you’re preparing or living self sufficiently. I’m going to call these groups instead of items.
a. Safety from the elements and ‘animals’
b. Facilities – Kitchen and restroom
c. Storage for water, food and supplies
2. Clean water.
The first thing we have on the list is shelter. This is going to be our ‘base of operations’.
Shelter can mean a building, a tent, a cave or simply your immediate surroundings whether staying in one place or moving. Its primary purpose is safety. This means protecting you from the elements. It holds warmth if the weather is cold. It provides shade if the weather is hot. It provides cover if the weather is wet or windy.
It also means protecting you from animals, wild or domestic. In any given emergency situation there will be animals that want either you or your food and water. I’m including the criminal human element in the ‘animal’ group. All the preparations in the world will do you no good if someone or something can take them away from you.
The next thing that shelter can do is provide facilities. This means a place to cook and a place to dispose of waste, whether it is garbage or human waste. These two should be kept a good distance from each other, such as opposite sides of your sleeping of living area, due to possible contamination of your food.
That leaves storage. Storage means your food and water, your stuff and yourself. This will include all your supplies and your living/sleeping area. This is the area that needs to be well secured so that you don’t lose your stuff and to help you keep a little peace of mind.
The next group is water. I’m going to assume that you know how important water and food are. You can live longer without food than you can without water, so let’s start with water.
Water that is not clean is pretty well useless. That being the case, this will include filtration and storage. If you have good filtration, the storage is not too much of a worry as long as you know where to get water. There are a myriad of ways to clean your water so what you use is up to you. It can be anything from boiling to home-made filters to prepackaged, store bought filtration systems.
As for storage of your water, filtration notwithstanding, you should store one gallon, per day, per person for a minimum of three days. This means storage containers. Once again, there are so many options that we will not go into them all. The basic rules for water storage are simple. First, your containers should have NEVER been used to hold any poisonous chemicals. Second, glass is not a good idea since it can break very easily and it is heavy.
Lastly, we have food. This group depends entirely on your own likes and dislikes. It also depends on space and time. We’re not going to go very deep with this but you have several ways you can go about providing food.
You can purchase a certain period's worth of food, like one month or one year supply kits. You can prepare your own food storage, as in canning and packaging your own. You can purchase prepackaged cans and bags from your local supermarket. Lastly, you can hunt for food, as long as you know how to butcher and store it. As with water, the three day rule applies. Always have at least three days worth of food with you, just in case. Also, it should be light enough to carry if you need to get away from your shelter.
There is your ‘worry list’ in a nutshell. If you provide yourself with these while concentrating on each group one item at a time, it will be much easier and it will certainly look much less daunting. This includes whether you are preparing for emergency situations or just ‘living simply’.
For further information on food and water, you can look to the links over on the left side of this blog and read any that begin with the phrase “Continuity Insurance”. If you wish to purchase a food storage kit or water storage supplies, you can visit “The Ready Store”.
As always, please feel free to visit my group on Facebook ~ Kaya Self Sufficiency ~ for more information on living self sufficiently.