Category Archive: Planning

  1. SHTF

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    When SHTF it is too late to get prepared. Find out what you need to do now for survival.

    Look, you don’t want to be caught off guard when a disaster hits let alone when SHTF. Just take a look at the natural disasters in the past 5 years. Each time you see people struggling for food, clean water and shelter. What would happen if there was no one to help you? You were on your own?

    Although there is no telling when the next catastrophe will strike, becoming prepared with these 4 essentials will bring you to a level of preparation above the majority in your city.

    Food

    Spreading cheese on lasagna. Preparing incase SHTF

    If you don’t eat, you will die. Food is one of the basic necessities of life. Start off getting enough food on hand to last three or four days. If we are talking when SHTF, you are going to need food for a much longer period than that. Plan for a year if you can.

    Preparing in advance for SHTF means having canned, dehydrated or otherwise nonperishable foods handy. It is smart to use a food storage calculator and tracker to know what your family needs and keep track of what you have. It is also essential to read up on food preservation.

    Indoor and outdoor gardens help subsidize dietary needs. SHTF for extended periods of time may cause protein deficiencies. Raising livestock is one option. Learning how to build traps or hunt for food is another great skill to have.

    Water

    Though people survive a number of days without food, when SHTF, individuals must have a plan for acquiring fresh drinking water. Sometimes SHTF in communities when bacteria or viruses invade local water supplies, leaving households without water until a remedy occurs. Without power, some individuals may not be able to access water, even from the tap. These are only some circumstances where having an adequate water supply is essential.

    Experts suggest having 1 to 2 gallons of water per household member per day. Many people buy bottled water, but filling juice or soda bottles also serves the purpose. Another method of water storage might include filling food grade buckets, which often have sealable lids. Catching rainwater is also another way of obtaining fresh water. Some people live in regions having open bodies of water. When storing or obtaining water when SHTF, survivalists suggest adding 16 drops or 1/8 of a teaspoon of bleach to each gallon of water as a disinfectant.

    Shelter

    People who live in areas known to experience natural disasters often have basements or cellars. If SHTF because of mega disasters, some prefer having the knowledge to build makeshift shelters when needed. Many individuals build underground shelters, which received popularity in the 60s. Tucked safely beneath the ground’s surface, many shelters are barely visible from above ground.

    Besides natural disasters, many also contemplate SHTF secondary to economic collapse and the ever rising chaos and violence in society, which will surely increase. In desperation, there will most likely be pillaging and plundering and many believe having a well-stocked, hidden shelter when SHTF will be one of the few means of having security.

    Security

    Though many still abhor the thought of owning a firearm, others prefer to carry protection in case SHTF. In rural areas, many citizens own weapons, not merely for protection, but also as a means of providing food. In the city, when SHTF, confusion and panic occurs. Many suggest that in this scenario, the safest thing to do is stay hidden with ample supplies and armed protection. When SHTF, some people have the convenience of gathering with family or friends, away from a hotspot location. Small townships may rally, taking turns performing guard duty for the sake of the community.

    SHTF Conclusion

    Between the political, social and natural events occurring recently, many prefer to err on the side of caution if SHTF. Besides basic supplies, individuals must also consider an adequate battery or fuel supply, along with first aid for emergencies. Do the research and evaluate what needs and what quantities of items should be on hand if SHTF.

  2. New feature: Print your food storage!

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    We added a highly requested feature, printing! Now you can print your food storage or emergency supplies to take it shopping or file away for your records.

    Print food storage feature highlighted

    When you print from most websites, it prints the entire page along with unnecessary graphics that distract from what you really need. On stockupfood, when you click print food storage, it generates a customized page with only the essentials: your inventory, progress, and goal. It also shows you the date so you know how up to date you are.

    Print Food Storage Supply Screen Shot

    With your newly printed page you can take it grocery shopping to get your food storage supply built up or file it away for your records.

    We would love your feedback to make our site even better. Join the conversation and post your comments below!

  3. Food Storage Calculator – How Stockupfood works

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    Watch this video to learn how to use stockupfood’s advanced food storage calculator to get your family prepared.

    Knowing what food storage you need to survive for an extended period of time can be a daunting task. I know when I first started learning about food storage I had no idea where to start! The goal with the advanced food storage calculator is to make it simple. You can quickly see how much food storage you need based on your family size and goal and keep track of what you have as you start building up your food storage. You can change your family size or goal at any time.

    Since launching the website, people have asked for an in depth review of the food storage calculator, and here it is! This video goes through the process of signing up, adding your family size and goal, adding and removing foods, creating your own categories and foods for customization, and how to use the supplies section.

    There are a lot of food storage calculators out there. Here is what some users are saying:
    “I was frustrated for so many years trying one food calculator after another. Most were these horrible spread sheet kind of things. This was a Godsend for me.”

    “I have tried a lot of different systems. I happened to stumble upon this website. I love it. It’s so simple.”

    “Your website is a gift. I have been researching food and storage and your site is the best thing I have found!!! It clarifies the system in a fantastic straight forward way. I love the interactive aspect too. I am thrilled. Thank you thank you thank you.”

    “I’ve added the recommended version and I’ll tell you, it is SO nice to have. I’ve added everything my family uses so it’s easy to keep track of what we need and what we already have.”

    We are constantly working to make this website the absolute best for our users as possible. Please let us know what experiences you are having as you start utilizing the food storage calculator. We want to make it as powerful as possible, while keeping it simple.

    If you haven’t already signed up for the food storage calculator, you can sign up here and get started on getting your family prepared.

    How has stockupfood’s advanced food storage calculator helped you? Please post your comments below, we would love to hear your thoughts!

  4. 3 Steps For Emergency Planning

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    A plan can make a stressful situation a much calmer one if everyone already knows what to do.

    In the event of an emergency people are generally on edge and not thinking clearly. Some tend to go into hyper-drive, others are frozen stiff, people go in to shock, any number of things can happen to us emotionally, mentally and physically in an emergency situation.

    Step 1 – Immediate family Plan – Gather your family together and discuss a family emergency plan.

    1. Do you have a safe meeting place in case of a home emergency? ex: Under a tree in the front yard. In a certain corner of the lawn. At a certain neighbors house that everyone feels comfortable with. Keep it simple, make it safe.
    2. What to do in case of a fire? Have a fire drill. Practice opening windows and climbing out. Have emergency ladders for people in upstairs bedrooms. Talk about breaking windows in an emergency.
    3. Talk. Talk. Talk. Talk about different emergencies that could arise and discuss a plan then Practice. Practice. Practice.

    Step 2 – Extended Family Plan – Create a family calling tree so everyone can know their family is safe.

    1. Find out what each others resources are in case of an emergency. Tent, boat, bikes, dutch ovens, food, other supplies.
    2. Discuss before an emergency occurs to see who you might be able to stay with and what accommodations they have to help you and your family if need be.
    3. Do a drill. Practice the calling tree to see how long it takes for everyone to get a hold of each other.

    Step 3 – Community Plan – Find out the emergency plans your city has in place.

    1. Most cities these days have a city website. Visit your city website and look under emergency, or preparedness and see what they have in place.
    2. Find out the emergency plans for your children’s schools/day care. Do they go in lock down? How long does it last? What are the procedures for picking up your children during emergencies?
    3. Find out emergency plans your church may have in place.

    Things to discuss:

    • What’s the plan if Dad’s at work and Mom’s at home with the kids in an emergency?
    • What do the kids do if an emergency happens when they’re at school and Mom and Dad are both working?
    • What do kids do if they’re home alone and an intruder enters the house?
    • What’s our family plan if there’s a flood, fire, tornado, earthquake, robber, serious injury?
    • Where’s the cash?
    • Where are important family documents?

    All it takes is 30 minutes to get everyone on the same page. It will be some of the best time you can spend when your family is all safely gathered in in the midst of a chaotic situation.

    What have you done with your family to plan for an emergency? Post in the comments below to start a conversation!

    Opening photo by Walter Siegmund