Seeker's Survival Prep
The Basics
Planning your stockpile

Here is some food for thought:You and your family, plus your trusted friends, have decided that it would be prudent to make preparations in case some non-specific event happens, cutting you off from re-supply for an indeterminate length of time;how should I prepare, and where should I start?

We have already touched on choosing whether to shelter in place or develop a retreat; now is the time to actually sit down and look at every item you use over the course of a day, week, month, and year; this may sound over-whelming, but make a list of what you use; Divide it up into different categories such as food, household items, toiletries, and personal items; look at every item in your kitchen, including spices and accessory items such as cooking spray, baking powder, things that you don't use on a daily basis, but do use and would miss if you don't have them; how often do you purchase it and how much shelf life does it have...

We humans in general have a tendency to take things for granted and often overlook the obvious; 99.999% of everything we use on a daily basis is made somewhere else and we usually don't have a stockpile of it or a way to produce our sit back and say "well, we will grow our food" and it is quite feasible to do so, if you have plant able land, seed stock, fertilizer, and a way to work the land such as a tractor, along with the knowledge of how to do it; but most people in general don't have these necessary items, or actually understand just how much is involved or how much you would have to grow; plus, realistically, that 4-6 month gap between planting and harvest has to be accounted for, plus the months between the harvest until the next harvest...

There is a series of books that I recommend that any serious prepper has for the library, if you can find them, called The FoxFire Books; this set of books covers many different things, from growing corn, slaughtering hogs, and a myriad of necessary knowledge for living off the grid; these books were written years ago in order to preserve the knowledge of our fore fathers.

70% of our current population falls under the heading of urbanites or city dwellers; these are the people that do not know how to do much besides go to the store and will be getting hungry real quick when the shelves are bare ...

Make your lists, including your current inventory, and get started; you don't have to go out and spend your savings (unless that is what you choose to do) just start adding to what you already have; if you normally buy 2 cans of beans, buy three. A little extra every time you buy groceries will add up quickly, just don't fall into the mindset of "Oh, I have plenty of this, I don't need to buy any this week"... A dedicated prepper will always add to their stockpile whenever they can, will always be on the lookout for specials or deals; if the S does hit the fan, indeed, how can we say we have enough to see us through?

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