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This review is from: Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe in a Crisis (Paperback)Just like the title says the book is full of hints to store food for a crisis. There are a number of excellent hints such as storing food that you would normally eat and turning over your stored food through your regular eating habits. The book also mentions having emergency clothing, food and water packed and ready to go because when a crisis occurs there will likely be no time to pack up supplies. You want something you can just grab on the way out the door. Hurricane Katrina is a good example. Having emergency supplies in your car is another excellent idea. Time and again we read about families being stranded without adequate clothing, food and water. Finally, one of the best ideas is to always have a ready store of hundreds of dollars in cash on hand.
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Initial post: Feb 27, 2011 6:54:17 PM PST
Marjorie A. Thames says:
I just wanted to comment on cash....or precious metals for that fact. It is very likely that the crisis we face next will be hyperinflation such as occurred in Germany after WWII. It took tens of thousands of German marks to buy a single loaf of bread. In short the money was worthless. For that matter, your gold, silver and diamonds may be equally worthless to buy food, water and other essentials. My advice is to think about storing items that will be useless to your personally but useful to others in a crisis. Use these items to barter for things that you need. If other people need them worse, your bargaining power will be greatly enhanced. Some examples:
1. Alcohol (the drinking kind) Depending on the taxes in your state, cheap vodka can be bought for less than $6.00 for 750 ml. Don't buy 1500 ml bottles since they would need to be repackaged for effective trading and there is no real monetary benefit to buying the larger bottles. The flat plastic bottles are the best as you can store many in a plastic tub. In a medical emergency, the alcohol may serve as an antiseptic and an anesthetic. Every time you make a trip to the store, pick up a couple and store them in a plastic tub.
2. Cigarettes. Now you'll probably say that they are too expensive, but the tobacco, machines to make them and supplies are not. People that smoke, will not care about the brand and will trade almost anything to get smokes. Store a machine, tubes/filters, and tobacco sealed in heat sealed mylar bags with an oxygen absorber sealed inside in a 5 gallon, food grade pail.
3. Bicycles. During times of hyperinflation, gasoline vehicles will probably not move because of gas prices. People will need a "people powered" alternative to move around quickly. Right now, new bikes in the box can be had at Walmart for $60.00 - $75.00. Store them unassembled in your pantry or other storage area. They will keep for a long time and you may find that you may need them as well. These will be invaluable for yourself or "big ticket" barter items.
4. Inexpensive fishing equipment. I mean cheap! Buy fishing sets for a few dollars at a discount place. The usually contain some tackle, lures, bobbers, etc. People that have never fished before may need to feed their families and they will not have tackle. This will be a great trading item.
Well, you get the idea. Think in terms of items that become valuable to trade, not cash or precious metals. I'm sure you can think of many, many other things.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2012 9:15:05 AM PDT
VERY GOOD tips - it's the "simple things" that are forgotten
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2012 7:00:53 AM PST
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G. Frank says:
Good idea re: trade goods vs cash. Also, spices like salt, pepper and cinnamon store for a long time. Wind up watches that don't work on batteries. First aid supplies like bandaids, hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol. Something to think about though...it doesn't take long for people to perceive you have a gold mine of trade goods, prepare accordingly.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 8:02:21 AM PST
M. Bagley says:
A laid-off Micron worker now taxi driver told me a few years ago that in his middle east home land (can't recall exactly which one-Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, or Afghanistan?) where the only constant there was "war". He said people were having to eat the bark off of the trees for food. He explained that people who stocked up food were at risk and told of one kind man
trying to help folks was killed once enough of the villagers found out and a mob came to steal the food. So, stock-up, but be wise on who you let know of how much and where.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2013 3:47:37 AM PDT
Kirsten M. Houseknecht says:
just a note from a former cyclist
IF you do not already know how, be aware that assembling a bicycle (and maintaining one) are skills. you should learn how to do this before a disaster strikes! Many bike shops have free or low cost classes on "maintaining your bike"
among other things, changing a tire (or inflating one using those weird bike pumps) can be tricky, as can changing a chain.
In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2013 2:55:12 PM PDT
Carl S. says:
I am new to this but you have many good points,What books do you recommend to increase my knowledge?
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