Opportunity – Get Your Supply Before the Demand Does

Empty_supermarket_shelves_before_Hurricane_Sandy,_Montgomery,_NY

Empty supermarket shelves before Hurricane Sandy.
Photo By Daniel Case (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)

As many of you may have noticed, we have been having some professional posts put up. Although we are all avid preppers, when it comes to some of the technical stuff, pros are just better at writing it.

I wanted to take a moment to talk about supply and demand. The recent tsunami that has hit firearms availability was a real eye opener. Not only are ARs and other semi-automatic rifles as well as 30-round mags gone – and basically gone overnight but also the AMMO, 10-Round Mags, Optics, Parts Kits, and Repair/Maintenance Kits… I mean, MY GOD! The hoarding mentality swept through the stores and cleaned them out. If you didn’t have it – you weren’t getting it!

I must admit to you it was a very scary feeling to visit all the shops, both brick n’ mortar and online and see inventory GONE… just PLAIN OLE GONE! This was nothing like the scarcity we saw when Obama was first elected. This was swift and instant. I started to look to the secondary market and what I found was a limited quantity and INSANE…. I repeat, INSANE prices.

Now, when I saw this I started to think about other vital items that IF, somehow, the general public thought was going to be limited or in short demand, they would start hoarding. This made me think of food.

If I felt helpless not being able to purchase ammo, magazines or firearms, how would I feel when the food was gone? Believe me when I say that given the time it took to clean out gun stores is NOTHING compared to the time it will take to wipe out grocery stores, warehouse stores and mom n’ pop shops clean. The firearm buying public is only but a fraction of the population – last time I checked… EVERYONE NEEDS TO EAT. Food prices will SKYROCKET like we’ve never seen and likely cannot comprehend.

Warren Buffet and other successful investors know that you should never be doing what the general public is doing… if everyone is buying – sell. If everyone is selling – buy. The same is true for prepping. While everyone is scrambling for guns, get food. When people are scrambling for food, get guns.

If you are sitting pretty foodwise, when a massive event occurs, you won’t be going to Walmart to get food like the masses, you will hit homedepot or some other shop to get more obscure preps because your bases are covered. You can afford to put some icing on your cake since it is already baked!

This little exercise in supply and demand was an eye opener. If you want something when the shit hits the fan, get it now or don’t expect to get it at all. You never know when we are going to wake up to a North Korean Nuke attack on the US. Also, don’t forget the socialist in charge has the power to exercise executive power over the nation’s food…. scary? F-yes!

 PREP NOW – PREP HARD

 -SP

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Long Term Sustainable Prepping Part 3

Green House

High-end Victorian glass greenhouse

Food Source

Perhaps the most critical preparation for long term sustainable prepping is food. Your food source must be renewable and sustainable. A garden and raising livestock is the obvious answer. Hunting and trapping would not be considered a sustainable food source particularly once everyone begins hunting to survive. The animal population in the surrounding area would soon be depleted unless the crisis reduced human populations by a considerable number.

Have a one-year supply of food stockpiled to allow you time to develop your food sources. Stockpile heirloom seeds now. Heirloom seeds will reproduce an identical plant while hybrid seeds will produce a plant, that plant will have sterile seeds. This means hybrid plants are not a sustainable food supply. To sustain your food source you must have the means to harvest seeds from all your crops to keep the cycle of life going every season. Once you begin producing, you must have the means to preserve your crops by canning, pickling and drying.

Compost all vegetation and spoiled vegetables and fruit for fertilizer and mulch, but do not compost animal or human waste, bones or meat.

Greenhouses can be constructed rather easily for year around growing. To heat the greenhouse you can place black barrels of water (roughly five gallons per square foot of space) in the structure. Radiant heat will warm the water during the day and then the water will disperse that heat at night keeping your greenhouse above freezing. Place the greenhouse where it will receive ample sun in the winter months.

To produce enough vegetables you will need at least a 25 long by 30-foot wide section for row crops. Row gardens are simply tilled up areas where the plants are planted in the traditional rows. This means you would have a 25-foot row of corn, tomatoes and so forth. This would normally feed a family of four for the summer with surplus for preserving. Vine plants such as cucumbers, squash and melon can be planted in smaller rows and allowed to expand their vines along the additional space. Herbs, and smaller yield plants can be planted in pots around the garden or even on the patio.

If you have the space expand your garden, so you can use some of the surplus for bartering

Raised Garden Bed

Raised Garden Bed

If you have poor soil or for those of us living in the suburbs and cannot use the ground, you can build raised garden beds. Use landscaping timbers and build as high as you needed to accommodate the root systems. Landscape timbers are about three inches high so three to four stacked would likely be sufficient. Fill with quality topsoil/growing soil and mix in compost.

Start planting berries such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. It may take a season or longer to begin producing significant amounts so start now. It will require a sizable area to produce enough berries to have fresh ones daily during the growing season and enough to preserve as jams or jellies. Blueberries grow on bushes while black and red raspberries grow canes that must be trimmed every year, and they are thorny. Strawberries grow close to the ground and will spread and develop more plants every season. Blackberries and raspberries can reproduce another plant from cuttings, as well as several varieties of fruit trees.

If enclosing the plants (in a greenhouse) where bees do not have access you will have to pollinate some of the crops yourself. Tomatoes are self-pollinating so they are ideal for greenhouses, patios or even inside the home. To pollinate you can remove the male flowers with the antler like antennas covered with pollen and rub it on the female flower. You can also use a small camel haired brush to transfer the pollen. The female flower will have miniature fruit behind the flower.

PREP NOW AND PREP HARD!

-SP

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Long Term Sustainable Prepping Part 2

LongtermsustainablepreppingwaterA three part series on long term sustainable prepping

Part 2

 Water Source              

Water in any situation is a priority, clean, safe drinking water. You must have a renewable and sustainable source that you control. Dug or drilled private wells are ideal. Spring fed lakes or ponds are reliable sources however, they are difficult to control and they will attract others. You will need a source that is currently free of contaminates and can be controlled to prevent future contamination. Fast moving rivers or streams can also be a source of hydropower. Micro water turbines can harness the power of water to generate electricity for your home.

You may not have any of the described options available to you so you would have to stockpile water, and develop a way to collect and store rainwater. Runoff from roofs (gray water) can be collected and stored for crop irrigation or filtered and purified for drinking water. You also have to consider a water source for any livestock you have now or plan to have in the future.

Blue water barrels can be found in various sizes that can be used to store drinking water indefinitely. If the containers are filled using tap water or otherwise purified water, the water can be stored for years if kept sealed.

Blue barrels indicate drinking water and gray barrels indicate gray water. Gray water is water that can be used for irrigation or even laundry. Black water would be sewage runoff, or water contaminated by animal waste.

Stockpile at least a year’s supply of drinking water and start collecting gray water, such as roof runoff for irrigation, livestock watering and other uses. Use the recommended three gallons/12 liters daily per person to calculate approximate amounts needed. The average person needs at least two quarts of water daily just for hydration. The three-gallon per person recommendation considers cooking and personal hygiene.

Have at least a one-year supply of water stockpiled. This allows you the time once disaster strikes to develop alternative sources.

The average person uses during normal daily life between 80 and 100 gallons of water a day. Toilet flushes use between 1.6 and 3.0 gallons of water and the average shower use two gallons of water a minute. Hand washing dishes takes about 20 gallons a day and one load of laundry uses between 20 and 25 gallons of water. Obviously, there will be some lifestyle changes that have to made, and unless you literally have an unlimited source of water, you will have to make some rapid adjustments for long-term survival.

Stay tuned for next week’s conclusion of our three part series.

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Long Term Sustainable Prepping Part 1

LongtermsustainablepreppingchickensA three part series on long term sustainable prepping

Part 1

Those that pay attention to world and national events may have come to the realization that it is not a matter of if, but simply a matter of when disaster strikes. The crisis may be localized, national or even worldwide. It can be natural or manmade. The results of the crisis will be the same however, with disrupted power grids, damaged or destroyed infrastructure and governments scrambling to catch up. The aftermath of a crisis is a disaster in and of its self. It is taking longer each time to recover from a disaster because of antiquated power grids, dire financial straits that the country and states are in and government bureaucracy in general. It may be the next crisis or the one after, where recovery may not be an option at all, and people will have to begin rebuilding from the rubble.

Some “preppers” prepare for a specific disaster, such as a biological or chemical attack, super volcano or nuclear war. There are specific things that must be done to survive certain calamities. There are materials, tools and equipment needed. However, those that survive the crisis and are not at “ground zero” will need a long-term survivability plan, the crisis has arrived and now it is time to survive the aftermath. Regardless of the catastrophe, there are certain things that everyone will need to survive long-term, and the essentials are not disaster specific.

Livestock

Chickens are a logical choice as well as goats for a food source that is relatively easy to feed and maintain. Larger animals such as beef cattle and dairy cows require a tremendous amount of room and feed and unless you have several acres per animal, the cost of upkeep and feed may outweigh any gain. Chickens breed quickly making them an ideal renewable and sustainable source of meat and eggs. Goats can produce milk and are a good source of meat. Milk can be turned into butter and cheese. Depending on the breed of chicken, you can expect about six eggs per week on average from each chicken. Have one chicken per family member just for eggs each week. Assume for a family of four at least two chickens a week for meat. Only butcher as you need it for food otherwise you will have to preserve it.

Produce more eggs for trading with others for supplies

Swine can be raised in small amounts and once butchered you can smoke, salt cure or dry the meat. If you have, a body of water nearby you can encourage ducks and geese to stay around by feeding them and capture as needed for food.

Next week we will cover the second part of essential long term sustainable prepping

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Surviving a Power Grid Collapse Conclusion Part 3

powerlineSurviving a Power Grid Collapse Conclusion Part 3

In case you missed it Part 1 and Part 2

Additional Considerations

Once the disaster extends for weeks or longer citizens in the community will become desperate and will be looking to survive by any means possible. Your home could be a target once people realize you have an energy source. Home-defense must be part of any emergency preparedness plan and you must be ready to handle desperate friends, neighbors and strangers.

Do not advertise the fact you are prepared. Many of the so-called “preppers” do actively encourage and will help others prepare for a disaster because the ones unprepared will be a burden on everyone. Not only will they be a burden they may turn to violence and justify their actions in the name of providing for their families. Once disaster strikes the unprepared will be looking for those that did prepare. You must protect your possessions, tools, equipment and materials during a crisis and the less people who know how prepared you are the safer you will be. Read more

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