Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The First 72 Hours: Inventory Time

Part 4 of a continuing series on prepping for a disaster, with an emphasis on how and where to start while on a Blue Collar budget.

Recap and Refresh

This is the first list of what I have done in building a 72 hour emergency supply cache. The goal is to get to 72 hours, from there to 2 weeks, and then followed by 2 week additions as far out as I can go. These lists will be posted (hopefully) every 4 weeks, broken into the primary topics previously covered:


  • 5 cans of Chicken 
  • 6 cans of Tuna 
  • 5lbs of white rice in a zip lock bag 
  • 2 1lb pkg. pasta 
  • 4 cans pasta sauce 
  • 6 cans of Spam 
  • 4 cans green beans 
  • 4 cans of peaches 
  • 1 lb. sugar 
  • Self-contained pepper grinder 
  • Self-contained sea salt grinder 

Total Cost- approx. $70


  • 1 Case (35 bottles of 0.5 liter each) spring water 
  • 1 6 gal. water storage jug 
Total Cost- $26

Safety, Shelter and Hygiene

None. Sleeping bags and rain gear previously purchased.


None. Cooking supplies previously purchased.

First Aid

None. Previously purchased, specific supplies coming soon.

So to recap: from January to today, the first week of March 2014, I have spent an extra $100 dollars towards my goal of being self-sufficient in the event of a disaster.

Useful Things

Evelyn Hively concluded her great Security series with a list of extremely informative sites.

As promised here is a (partial) list of the books I have read, with more being added as I uncover them in my Great Big Stack-o-Books™:
Please feel free to ask any questions, make suggestions, or offer improvements to what has been done. This is a work in progress; if we all work together, we all get ahead.

Some Is Always Better Than None!

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