Week # 5 – SHTF Plan Prepping

Feb 6, 2012 by

What I Did To Prep This Week – SHTF Plan Building

a. Information

Crazy busy this week so not much to report on the old SHTF plan.  However, I did download the highly recommended US Army Survival Manual.  I’m halfway through this 233 page beast and love it thus far.  I hope to have a report on it later in the month.

b. Inventory Time

In posting these updates on the Survival Boards, someone mentioned that it would be good to understand what I already have in place – a current inventory if you will.  So, I thought it would be good to provide what I have thus far.  It’s quite a small start which is why I started writing this series.  So, here’s what we have thus far…

Water – 17 gallons (some refilled bottles and some in cases)
Rice – 8 lbs
Mac & Cheese – 24 boxes (the cheese is obviously not going to be used)
Pasta – 7 boxes
Green Beans – 7 cans
Black Garbage Bags – case of 100
AA Batteries – 132
C Batteries – 24
D Batteries – 36
Duct Tape – 2 rolls
Aluminum Foil – 2 boxes
Respirator Masks – 8 masks
LED Crank Flashlights – 2
Pepper Spray – 2
.40 Cal – 500 rounds
Cash – various coins and bill denominations

What’s Planned For Next Week?

I’m hoping to get myself to the range this week to practice a bit.  Also, will look to add to the food storage.

What have you done this week to build your SHTF plan?


  1. gat31

    why wouldn’t the cheese be used? for 6 bucks you can get a box of powdered milk you can mix up what you need to use for the cheese packet and it doesn’t go bad or need refrigeration if you only mix what you need.Also, think of canned meats or even pouches of meat. I have pouches of turkey and cans of tuna, ham, chicken, and beef.Spam is always good for eggs and grits or just fried. Even the ramen noodle flavor packets or bouillon cubes with flour and a can of chicken will make a mean mess of chicken and dumplings. :)At sams they have a gallon of popcorn butter oil and it works for butter flavoring as well as cooking oil and again doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Popcorn is an easy snack food as well as a fun food for the kids that’s easy to make, cheap to buy, and easy to store. Jelly packets from restaurants are also easy to store and doesn’t need the fridge. Just ask for extra every time you get a mcmuffin or whatever. Same goes for packets of salad dressing as well. Next time you get a minute look at your fridge and see all the alternative ways to provide those same items without refrigeration you might be surprised at what you can get away with in a smaller scale.

    • Gat – great stuff man. Didn’t really think of those types of items. True that the cheese wouldn’t go bad – was looking at the expiration date on the box. Thanks for the tips.

      Did you see Doomsday Preppers tonight? Pretty good series.

  2. gat31

    expiration dates are just a guideline not an absolute. Do you really think soda goes bad the day it says? or beer or that matter?Do the old smell test. If the can is buckled don’t eat it and if it smells funky don’t eat it. Powdered cheese? Unless it’s hard as a rock, or petrified it’s probably ok

  3. Karl

    Agree with gat3I. Besides oil, seems like all packaged foods require milk, butter, or eggs to prepare. Deyhydrated and evaporated milk, Butter Buds, and Deb El powered eggs are all available at local grocers around here. Or go the #10 can route. We freeze real butter (sticks) and Shed Spread, the butter lasts a year frozen anyway and I’ve ever seen bacteria show any interest in margarine at all.

    Canned spaghetti sauce is cheap to go with the pasta, and dehydrated parmesan cheese lasts a long time unopened. Personally, white enriched rice is mostly for the 5 gallon pails since it’s cheap and easy to store, but we also stock flavored rice (spanish, beef/chicken, cajun, etc) boxes which is what we typically use for meals. Zatarain’s makes the best flavored rice in our opinion, and unlike some cheap brands it’s packaged inside an airtight foil liner inside the box. Just some thoughts. Good luck.

  4. Jim B

    I have been prepping for a few years now. The first thing I think someone should do as far as food is pack away rice and beans. These combine for a complete protein which is essential for prepping. I have rice and beans packed into mylar bags and 5 gal buckets with O2 absorbers. They last 25-30 years on the shelf.(see Brigham Young’s research into shelf lives of dried food) It is very easy and not too expensive to pack away months worth of rice and beans that you will not have to rotate. Pasta, oats, sugar, can also be packed this way and last up to 30 years. Most serious preppers with families have hundreds of pounds of ric e and beans packed away in buckets. Rice and beans should be a staple of every food preppers plan. Healthy, incredibly long shelf life, filling, cheap.

    A great idea for emergency rice is to cook your rice. Then put it into a food dehydrator, dehydrate it completely. Then pack away in a mylar bag. When needed you open it up and it does not need to be cooked, only rehydrated. You can pour cold water on it if you need to and let it soak. That way of you are unable to get water boiling for whatever reason, you could still have some rice to eat. Or if you are trying to conserve fuel, just get the water a little warm and pour it on the dehydrated rice. Much less fuel use then boiling the rice. Mountain House sells this in #10 cans but it is cheaper to make your self.

    You can also dehydrate frozen vegies and pack them away in vacuum seal bags with o2 absorbers and they will last 8-10 years. I can give you links to good web sites if you need to learn how to do anyu of this.

  5. Jim B

    As far as cheese goes. It is ok to pack away powdered stuff. Light wieght and cheap. But not too healthy.
    If you really want to pack away cheese, do it the old fashion way. Buy wheels of hard cheese (the harder the longer it last) cover them with cheesewax, (you can easily do this at home) several coats. Hang the cheese in a net in a cool dry place. 20 years shelf life.