A continuing series on prepping for a disaster, with an emphasis on how and where to start while on a Blue Collar budget.
72 Hours and Beyond
I am now starting the next step in my disaster survival plan: expanding from 3 days to 2 weeks of stored supplies.
Here is my target list and quantity of normal pantry items to buy, in addition to what I've squirreled away:
- 10 lbs brown rice
- 10 lbs dried beans and lentils
- 5 lbs pasta
- 5 large cans of pasta sauce
- 10 lbs of Bisquick or similar
- 12 cans of tuna*
- 12 cans of chicken*
- 12 cans of Spam* or similar
- 8 cans of fruit*
- 2 lbs of steel-cut oatmeal or other cereal
- 4 large jars of peanut butter
- 4 jars of jam
- 10 boxes of crackers, assorted
- 5 lbs of dried fruit, mix and match
- 100 count Vitamin C
- 32 oz oil
- Small jars of your favorite spices, at least 1-2 oz size
- 2 2 lb boxes of powdered milk
- 4 lbs powdered eggs
- 5 lbs of your favorite candy
*Canned goods are available in low sodium and low sugar, to match your groups health concerns.
I've no luck in finding used food-grade storage pails, so buying several is on this month's list. I will also be going back to REI to attempt to score a good day pack this weekend, with a REI-cap (Erin!) in Wednesday's post.
Purchased last week
- 5 lb plastic jar of honey, Sam's Club $14.48
- 34 oz Similac Sensitive Formula, Sam's Club $31.98
This is a bit of a budget buster for me, but in planning for a longer term emergency, there are likely to be situations where formula can be used as a barter item or a way to take care of friends and neighbors less well off.