Week #10 – SHTF Planning
What I Did To Prep This Week – SHTF Plan Building
a. Food / Water
The trick we’re trying to accomplish is to buy items that we use on a daily basis, buy more than we need to store and simply rotate them. However, some of the items are not practical or cost effective to do that. However, I did purchase 12 boxes of plain pasta which we use but not frequently. Hoping to replenish this on an every other month basis.
Also purchased another case of water (30 individual bottles). Now these are not the best for storage as they take up more room than you’d like but we do use these (more so in the summer) so it can be rotated. In addition, I added 2 gallons of water in two large bottles. Slowly but surely folks.
As I anticipate storage being an issue later on I picked up another large box of black trash bags. These can be used for storage or cut up for various other uses when the SHTF.
As I start planning to freeze and store some food items, I picked up a large case (192 quart sized bags) of freezer bags. They were on sale which made it more attractive and, again, we do use these on occasion.
c. Health & Hygiene
As discussed in the finale of Doomsday Preppers, having items to keep clean and healthy are very important. To go with our first aid kit and hydrogen peroxide supply, I picked up 2 bundles of bar soap (40 bars in total). The bars may come in handy as it could even be used to barter.
Another must have is hand sanitizer which I picked up 4 large pump bottles and 3 small pocket bottles. With 3 children we go through this fairly often so thought it a wise investment.
Finally, I picked up a case of mosquito repellent – came with 2 large cans and 4 small pocket tubes. With spring on the way, we’ll certainly use one of two and the rest we can store.
While we have a portable generator, using this generator in a SHTF scenario will become difficult as well as expensive. So, I purchased an Athena Soladyne 7 inch Mini Solar Lantern for the home. It comes with a hand crank as well for the evening if necessary. Very excited to try this out and will likely look to purchase a few more in the future.
What’s Planned For Next Week?
The plan for next week is to better organize the storage closet with some boxes marked with storage dates to avoid expiration. I think I can make it very easy to ascertain what is in there and how to rotate with a better system.
Discussion Point / Thought Of The Week
I thought I’d add a topic to these updates to help us better understand a specific prepping topic. We have a great group of readers here and I’d like to leverage that knowledge base. This week’s thought…
Do you see your neighbors buying into prepping given the state of the economy? Do you think a community is necessary for when the SHTF?
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