Guide to Preparedness Now - Survival Supplies -Stockpiling


In 2004, the month of September was designated as "National Preparedness Month" in the USA due, in part, to the remembrance of 911 and because September is the beginning of hurricane season.  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages Americans to prepare now for emergencies/disasters.  FEMA encourages storing a minimum 3 day to 2 week supply of food & waters, plus other essential.    


Prepping is the process of gathering resources and/or knowledge in order to prepare, protect, and survive come what may.  Stockpiling emergency/disaster supplies is very much like buying insurance. Devastating natural weather events or earthquakes, a flu pandemics or other whatever may means that you are "stuck" in your home.  It is very likely that utility services are cut off.   When that happens, your stored food and water may be priceless to you.   In a natural disaster or man-made catastrophe your survival will depend on your wits and your stockpile. 

If you don't have one, then start building your stockpile now.

  1. Go slowly!  You don’t have to do it all at once.  You don't have to rush out and buy everything right now. 
  2. Buy a few things every month.  By buying a little at a time, you will accumulate a self-sufficient stockpile for emergencies/disasters.
  3. Focus on the most essential items first
  4. Stockpile supplies, water & food for a 3 - 7 day-long emergency
  • Then expand your stockpile supplies, water & food for a two-week emergency
  • Then expand your stockpile supplies, water & food for 1 year or more
Prepare now for your family’s sake by creating a stockpile of water, food & supplies

1.  WATER:  Most resources recommend that you store 1 gallon of water per person & pet per daySo that would be 2 people + 1 pet x 1 gallon x 3 days = 9 gallons per day. 

Purchase commercially bottled water as a reliable emergency water supply.  Keep bottled water in its original container and do not open until you need to use it.  Store water in a cool, dark place in your home, office, or car.  Use & replace bottles that are approaching the expiration or “use by” date.

Purchase food-grade water storage containers, such as those found at surplus or camping supply stores.  Before filling with water, thoroughly clean the containers with dishwashing soap and water and rinse completely so there is no residual soap.

If you use your own storage containers, choose two-liter plastic soft drink bottles.

  • Wash containers with dishwashing soap and rinse completely with water so there is no residual soap.
  • Sanitize by swishing a solution of 1 teaspoon of liquid household chlorine bleach (unscented only) to a quart of water on all interior surfaces of the container.   Rinse thoroughly with clean water before use.
  • Fill the bottle to the top with regular tap water.  Commercially treated tap water is safe to store.

  • If the tap water has been commercially treated from a water utility with chlorine, you do not need to add anything else to the water to keep it clean.

  • If the water you are using comes from a well or water source that is not treated with chlorine, add two drops of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to the water. Let the water stand for 30 minutes before using.  NOTE:  A slight chlorine odor should be noticeable in the water, if not, add another dose of bleach and allow the water to stand another 15 minutes.

  • Any time you fill your own bottle, screw the original cap on tightly.  Do not contaminate the cap by touching the inside of it with your finger. Place a date on the outside of the container so you can know when you filled it.

Note:  Water can also be treated with water purification tablets that can be purchased at most sporting goods stores.  Water that has not been commercially bottled should be replaced every six months.

If you use your own storage containers, do not use:

  • containers that have had milk or fruit juice.   They contain milk protein & fruit sugars that cannot be adequately removed from these containers.  Bacteria will growth when water is stored in them and can make you sick.
  • cardboard containers.  They leak easily and are not designed for long-term storage of liquids

  • glass containers, because they can break and are heavy.

For ways to make water safe for drinking or cooking, visit:

2.  FOOD:  Store foods that you eat regularly. Foods that requires no refrigeration, preparation, or cooking are best.   Store enough food for two weeks. It is always better to have extra than to run outMake sure you have a manual can opener and disposable utensils.  Keep food in a dry, cool spot—out of the sun, if possible.

Use and replace your stored food on a regular basis.

  • Within six months:  Boxed potatoesDried fruit; Dry, crisp crackers; and Powdered milk

  • Within one year:  Canned soups; Canned fruits, fruit juices, and vegetables; Canned nuts; Jelly; Peanut butter; and Ready-to-eat cereals and uncooked instant cereals

  • Can be stored, in proper unopened containers, indefinitely:  Bouillon products; Dried corn; Dry pasta; Instant coffee, tea, and cocoa; and White rice

Tasty foods, requiring no cooking include:
  • peanut butter,
  • whole wheat crackers,
  • nuts and trail mix,
  • power bars and granola bars,
  • dried fruit and
  • canned meat, tuna, vegetables, chili and beans,
  • sports drinks,
  • sugar, pepper and salt, powdered milk and multivitamins.

If you see trouble coming and are able to buy these fresh foods which lasts up to six weeks without refrigeration:

  • apples,
  • citrus,
  • winter squashes,
  • unripe avocados,
  • potatoes,
  • sweet potatoes and yams,
  • unripe tomatoes,
  • dry salami


  • What kind of First Aid Kits?
  • A basic first aid kit would include Band-Aids, bandages, Neosporin, alcohol & hydrogen peroxide, Benadryl and a pain reliever.


  • shampoo,
  • toothbrush & toothpaste,
  • a brush,
  • razors,
  • soap and
  • toilet paper.


It is advised that you have at least 3 ways to make fire. Because you are preparing this Bug Out Bag in advance, you can toss in a few of the easy options like lighters and waterproof matches. You will also want to include a fire steel which can generate sparks in any weather condition. Besides these items, you will need to pack some tinder for fueling your initial flame. You can buy tinder from any outdoor store, but cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly is the best I've ever seen.

6.  TOOLS:

  • Knife that is large enough for self-defense and yet small enough to prepare food.
  • Folding shovel
  • Screwdriver (both flat-head & Philips)
  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Leatherman multi-tool


  • 2 flashlights
  • Glow-sticks
  • LED Head-lamp


  • Crank/solar cell phone charger
  • Crank/solar radio
  • Important documents & ID:  driver’s license, passport, social security card, medical information, important phone numbers and account numbers (bank, insurance, credit cards, etc.), and your gun carry permit.



  • Your choice of self-defense weapons - survival knife, a machete, walking stick, gun/rifle.
  • If you carry a gun/rifle, don't forget to pack extra amo (that goes without saying)


  • Cash - small bills
  • Toilet paper

  • Paracord

  • Duct tape

  • Small sewing kit



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