And Survive In Comfort
And How To Easily Make It Happen
No doubt you have experienced an emergency situation of some sort.
How did you cope?
Did you have everything you needed on hand?
Now imagine a far more serious situation. For example, a storm that takes out all the power in your area for days at a time, in the middle of winter.
What would you do for light, heat and cooking?
Do you even have enough food on hand to get you through three days – let alone a week? (Most people don’t).
What about an earthquake that knocks out both water and power in the middle of summer?
How long would your freezer keep your food in good condition – assuming that you have a freezer that is reasonably well stocked?
And, how would you flush the toilet? (You couldn’t more than once, so what do you do to deal with that situation?)
Oddly enough, the vast majority of people do not give these things a second thought. It’s as if they are so convinced that life will always be “normal” that they do little or nothing to prepare for any situation out of the ordinary.
Survive In Comfort
But some do still practice common sense, knowing that being prepared and as self sufficient as possible increases their comfort levels dramatically in any emergency – no matter what it is.
We can’t say why it is that when you talk to someone about getting prepared for a worst-case scenario, they usually respond by saying you’re just spreading doom and gloom, and they take no notice.
Well, that’s their way of short-sighted thinking.
It doesn’t have to be yours.
In fact, you can either lead by example rather than words – or be really wise and tell very few people, or perhaps no-one what you’re doing.
That’s because, again in a worst case scenario, it has been said that people will steal after three days without food, and after seven, they will kill.
Wise men and women do not act surprised when they hear that. That’s because they have prepared in advance, kept quiet about it, and done their best to make sure they’re in a safe place as well.
For some, that has meant making the big decision to move out of the city, because cities are, to put it bluntly, potential death traps for everyone – even those who imagine that they have good neighbors are likely to discover that yes, people do help each other in a pinch. But there are also desperate people as well. They are the dangerous ones.
In a natural disaster such as Hurricane Katrina that devastated New Orleans, it wasn’t long before police (and contracted security forces) were disarming everyone, whether they had their weapons legitimately or not.
All of which suggests that forward planning is far better than being caught short when the emergency happens.
It’s NOT Doom And Gloom
Therefore, why not put aside any “doom and gloom” thoughts, any feelings of fear or anxiety about the future, and just face facts.
What do you need to consider – and acquire – in case the power goes out, the water goes off, and the trucks stop running your food from Mexico? Remember (in case you didn’t know) that the “just in time” stocking and delivery system that serves the supermarkets of the United States, is the weakest possible link in your personal food chain.
Supermarkets will be out of stock in a matter of days, if not hours, when trouble strikes. And that means you too are out of stores – with nowhere else to get them.
But there’s an even greater priority (two actually) to be considered. The first of course is shelter – be that a tarpaulin a tent or your house or apartment (assuming they survive the earthquake).
You may not hear this anywhere else, but it is probably the most overlooked fact about survival that there is.
WATER is Vital
WATER is more important than food. To sustain your body, it is your Number One requirement. Clean water. Unpolluted water. Because the body can survive longer without food than it can without water. (Consider the Sawyer Point Zero Two bucket filter at left - available here. Or theSawyer bottle filter at right. Perfect for the backpack). )
Therefore, what you do today to stock up and prepare is going to serve you far better than finding yourself in a small emergency – or a big one – or perhaps a genuine long-term survival situation – asking the two most tragic questions there are: “What could I have done?” And “Why didn’t I?”
The following list of over 200 items is intended to help answer the first question. What can you do?
Well, first things first.
Are you in a safe location - or do you need to think seriously about moving to somewhere else? (We’re not telling you what to do, one way or the other – but we do know people who have chosen to get out of the city, and well away from the coastline, because in their opinion, those are the two most dangerous places on earth - cities (crazy looting mobs) and coastlines(earthquakes and tsunamis).
Their choice has been to find somewhere far less populated, and while it has initially been what looked like a huge disruption to their lives, they have found much greater peace of mind – and a much kinder family environment – in the high rural areas.
They’ve also found themselves much closer to the ski fields, or in the heart of hunting and fishing country, or perched on a plateau above a beautiful valley, listening to a stream meandering through their property down to the lake below.
Sure beats the heck out of an apartment in a highrise in a city on a fault line….and they don’t even have to lock their doors or bar their windows as most people need to do in the city – cities being where the world’s most dangerous predators can be found.
Some have chosen to find communities of like-minded people.
Others prefer to do things on the quiet.
Some people in both categories – those who have children, especially teenagers – actually say very little about what they have in storage. That’s because teenagers are not wise enough yet to keep things quiet. In fact, since they’re high-tech savvy and have a lot of “friends” on places like Face-book (not to mention how many they’re hooked up to on their cell phones with which they can exchange text messages and even photographs and videos) – they can be downright blabbermouths…which is NOT conducive to your privacy, or their safety.
So there’s a couple of things to think about. Should you move? (Your call). Do you prefer a like-minded community? How deeply will you involve your family in these decisions and preparations? Will you go it alone?
And if you’re in a relationship with someone who refuses to go along with these ideas, what do you do? Stay and risk being caught short in the future – or go and start fresh somewhere else, either alone or with someone who will “just turn up coincidentally” and you’ll share a remarkable new life together?
No-one can make these decisions for you, but it’s better to make a decision and follow through on it than to get mired down trying to decide what choice is “right.” Just make one and get on.
After all, it’s your life – and your “friends” (especially the ones who think you’re nuts) are certainly not going to be anything but free-loaders, and possibly dangerous ones at that, when the emergency does happen. And it will. It’s inevitable.
To help you plan as efficiently as possible, we have compiled a list of more than 200 items that would be useful to have on hand. Obviously, unless you’re well-heeled, you won’t be able to go out and get them all at once. So start with what you can afford.
Here’s How Easy It Is. Be aware that it’s not exactly the money that gets you these things. It all starts with your mindset and the way you think. (And what follows by way of suggestions is based on personal experience, so we know it works).
If you think you won’t be able to do all this, you won’t. But if you can literally create a mental picture list of what you want – whether it’s a new job somewhere else – or that place in the high country – or any one of the following items – things will flow much more smoothly.
Your Magical Movie
Just create a movie in your mind of your ideal future, and play it over to yourself frequently. Get mentally involved in it, right down to the point of being able to see and smell the flowers around your new cottage. Live it mentally in advance, and you will create remarkable events in your future. It really is that simple.
If you allow yourself to be open to what you want coming at you from any direction to fulfill your needs and desires, you multiply your creativity manifold. In other words, you might find that rather than limiting your focus on how to get the best generator from Home Depot, you instead imagine having a good generator, and out of the blue you find one at a yard sale. That’s how it works.
Try seeing yourself as the center of your own universe; as if you are the hub of a wheel and there are 360 one-degree spaces between the spokes going out to the rim. If one of those spaces represents your over-riding belief that you need money for everything, and that’s the only way you can expect to get what you want, you have just cut yourself off from 359 other possible ways for “Universe” to supply what you desire.
Frankly, that’s what popular self-help info-products such as “The Secret” – and all the others out there – are trying to teach us. They don’t say it this way, but the message is the same. We have been conditioned since birth to believing that survival depends entirely on money.
Naturally, money helps. Of course it does. But how much more powerful it is to be open to those other 359 ways to let things happen. And happen unexpectedly – which means, once we make ourselves a movie, we don’t then keep editing it and inserting new scenes of exactly how we “expect” things should happen. All that does is make the movie longer because we’re placing expectations (which you could also call roadblocks) between us and the delivery truck.
Alright, enough of the philosophy for the moment. Now that you have the construction blueprint and you know how to make it happen, let’s look at the preparedness/survival materials list.
Some of you will no doubt have quite a few of these items already. Others will be starting fresh. Therefore we have set the list out as a numbered check list so all you need to do is check off what you have, or check it off when you have it, and before long you’ll be better prepared than you ever thought possible.
We should also thank the anonymous people who have discovered in time of war – including civil war in which civilians find themselves either isolated in their homes, or worse yet on the road as refugees – for initially compiling lists of those things that are the first to disappear. Or those things which can be considered most essential or desirable to have on hand in a crisis situation.
Keep uppermost in your mind though, that this report is NOT about “doom and gloom.” If you think that way, you’ll probably choose to do nothing, and when the oscillating device gets clogged you’ll be left asking yourself those tragic questions: “What could I have done?” and “why didn’t I?”
Also note that this list is by no means exhaustive, nor is it in order of priorities. It’s up to you to set those according to your circumstances, your means, and your movie.
Many Of The Following Items Are Available From Our Web Site Or In Our Store
Generator (Never operate in a closed space. MUST have a special cut-out box installed by professional if hooked into house wiring. Otherwise the electricity they generate can travel back down the power wires and electrocute men working on the lines. You’ll also need gasoline treated for long-term storage – though it will run out eventually. They are loud and can be stolen).
Water Filters/Purifiers (See Berkey at right)
- Portable Toilet
- Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
- Oil lamps. Oil, Wicks. (Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
Coleman Stove (Requires good ventilation. Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much)
- Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit .
- Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives. (LearnHow To Use Them Before You Need Them).
- Hand can opener/s, egg beaters, whisks.
- Honey/Syrups/white and brown sugar
- Flour (or buckets of wheat).
- Gluten Flour.
- Grain grinder.
- Yeast (keeps well in freezer)
- Electric Bread Maker (Good for as long as power lasts).
- Bread Recipe: Fill bottom of bread pan that comes in your electric bread maker with hot water [hottest from your faucet is about right temp] so the top of the paddle is just left exposed. Add four cups flour. 2 Tablespoons gluten flour (optional). One teaspoon salt. Two teaspoons yeast. One Tablespoon sugar. One Tablespoon cooking oil. This recipe can also be kneaded by hand, covered and left to double in warmish place, then kneaded again and placed in bread pan (or dutch oven) to rise, then baked. Practice before the emergency happens. You’ll save a lot of money making your own bread, and electric bread makers can be found cheap at most Goodwill-type stores).)
- Rice – Beans
- Vegetable Oil (for cooking)
Freeze dried Foods (Nutritious, light weight, good for 30 years – need only warm/hot water to reconstitute in foil pack).
- MREs (Meals Ready To Eat. Can be eaten cold from pack, or warmed up. Some come with their own heaters. See here).
- Charcoal and Charcoal Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
- Water Containers (Essential. Any size. Food grade if for drinking).
- Bats & Slingshots.
- Survival Guide Book. (We have great Library of books here in the store for you to choose from)
- Extra Mantles & Wicks : Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
(Plunger For Hand Washing. Video here)
- Washboard/s, Mop Bucket w/wringer, scrubbing brush, detergent/soap (for Laundry)
- Emergency/camping Cook stoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene, alcohol – be very careful with fuels)
- Large Propane Cylinder/s – if you have a barbecue. (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur)
- Small Propane Cylinder and single burner camping stove, PLUS Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
- Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
- Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
- Bow saws, pruning saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing stones and oil)
- Aluminum Foil Regular & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
- Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
- Garbage Bags (The more the better).
- Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels.
- Milk – Powdered, Canned & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
- Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST) Seeds Keep Many Years. Or Plant and allow the best to go to seed for an endless garden)
- Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
- Tuna Fish (in oil)
- Fire Extinguisher/s (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
- First aid kits (We have a big variety here)
And specialty medical items here
- Batteries (all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
- Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
- Big Dog (and plenty of dog food)
- Matches. (“Strike Anywhere” preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
- Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
- Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
- Work boots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
- Flashlights/Lightsticks & torches, “No. 76 Dietz” Lanterns
- Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (Write about your adventures for the grandchildren)
- Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting – if with wheels)
- Men’s and Women’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, shaving supplies etc
- Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient) and a WOK – best for over an open fire.
- Thermos flasks (keep tea, coffee, soups and stews hot)
- Fishing supplies/tools
- Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
- Duct Tape
- Candles (We have 61/2-day Candles, singles or by the case).
- Laundry Detergent (liquid)
Backpacks, Duffel Bags
- Garden tools & supplies
- Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
- Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
- Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax/water-bath canner, pressure canner)
“Easy Home Canning” is a downloadable e-book that takes you step by step through all phases of canning. What you need. How to use it. Pressure canning. Waterbath canning. And 100 recipes with individual instructions. Written by Judith Knight – a home canner for over 20 years. And a dedicated prepper. The perfect way to ensure you have healthy food from your own garden. Or canned meats that last 15 years or more. Also includes cake recipes, pickles and more. Only $9.99 – and download instantly. And couple it with…..
The all-new earthquake-proof Jarbox Protects valuable canning supplies
- Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
- Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
- Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
- Board Games, Cards, Dice
- d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer (Don’t allow pets to catch rodents if using baits. A gallon of water in a 5-gal bucket with a tipping ramp baited at top works well too).
- Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
- Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
- Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
- Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
- Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
- Soy sauce, vinegar, bullion/gravy/soup base
- Reading glasses
- Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
- “ Survival-in-a-Can”
- Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
- Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
- Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
- Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
- Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
- Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
- Lumber (all types)
- Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
- Cots & Inflatable mattresses
- Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
- Lantern Hangers
- Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
- Cigarettes/Tobacco/pipe tobacco/ cigars (barter items)
- Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
- Paraffin wax
- Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
- Chewing gum/candies
- Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
- Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
Horse/s, saddles, tack
Gardening and Homesteading Books (Stored For Later Use)
From a Sarajevo War Survivor:
Experiencing horrible things that can happen in a war – death of parents and friends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezing cold, fear, sniper attacks.
Stockpiling helps. but you never know how long trouble will last, so locate near renewable food sources.
Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden.
After a while, even gold can lose its luster. But there is no luxury in war quite like toilet paper. Its surplus value is greater than gold’s.
If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity – it’s the easiest to do without.
Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without heating. One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy – it makes a lot of the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible. Only needs enough heat to “warm”, not to cook. It’s cheap too, especially if you buy it in bulk.
Bring some books – escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more valuable as the war continues. Sure, it’s great to have a lot of survival guides, but you’ll figure most of that out on your own anyway – trust me, you’ll have a lot of time on your hands.
The feeling that you’re human can fade pretty fast. I can’t tell you how many people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne. Not much point in fighting if you have to lose your humanity. These things are morale-builders like nothing else.
Slow burning candles and matches, matches, matches.
For The Best Possible Survival Information – a book, and a 3-DVD series that between them cover all the basics.
Some say that Martial Law is likely. Others expect serious civil unrest – demonstrations that could possibly escalate into riots and looting, perhaps even close to you.
These things do happen, and the way the weather has been changing with droughts here and there (that means food shortages because of massive production drops in California for example) and winter storms and power outages everywhere, it just makes sense to be prepared.
But we don’t beat the drum about the worst possible things that could happen.
Instead, we have been quietly helping thousands of sensible people prepare for anything from a power outage to (believe it) building top class underground homes and shelters.
A favorite starting point for most of our customers is the Basic Preparedness Home Study Course. It saves you time and money because it is based on so much experience and knowledge gained over decades.
A few dollars spent on this invaluable source of information will put you streets ahead in your preparations – and that’s the major benefit to you, because time really is of the essence. It really is.
Although we have hundreds of items in stock, we have also been told by some of our suppliers that they’re not sure how they can keep up with demand – which means we ourselves could be short of stock at any time.
So please don’t delay. Act now and make sure you put yourself in the best possible state of preparedness.
Best Wishes. The Portland Preparedness Center.
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A recent shipment of BPA-Free Potable Water Drums. 5, 15, 30 and 55-gal.
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