Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The First 72 Hours And Beyond

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: 

Future Purchases

  • 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.

Continuing Items

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.

As always, if you have comments, suggestions or corrections, please post them so we all can learn. And remember, Some Is Always Better Than None!

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