Getting ready for a hurricane or other disaster.

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    Getting ready for a hurricane or other disaster.

    Living in South Florida, we know that we might have to deal with a SHTF situation.
    A few years ago, Wilma's eye passed right over the house, very weird, no wind, blue skies, got out surveyed the damages talked to the neighbors and got back in quick for the second hit. Cat 4 hurricanes pack a lot of wind !!!

    No electric service for 21 days, good thing we had a generator to run the well water pump and the refrigerator.

    We had plenty of drinking water but were short on food. Fortunately Publix re-opened a few days later, so it was not a problem.

    Good thing we had a chain-saw, couldn't have the truck out otherwise, fallen trees in the driveway.

    What kind of food do you stock up for emergencies, both refrigerated and not refrigerated ?
    I'd like to have at least a couple of weeks food supply, maybe more.
    I'd rather avoid MRE's and have supplies that we can rotate on a regular basis.

    Looking forward to your input, thanks.
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    We rotate a several months supply of canned goods, rice and other dry grains. We have water stored, and could stay in the house for quite a while.
    We're thinking of making a larger supply to rotate. We do have a generator and extra gas.
    No need to make a list here, but we have many other items for survival, too! It's a start!
    I can't believe how many of my neighbors don't think about even short term survival.
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    THESURVIVALPODCAST absolutly the best way to learn urban survival technics Jack Spirko is the man you can buy mountian house food that can be stored for 25 years plus food rotation is great you can also dehydrate and store in vacume bags good job on the heads up take care

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    Canned vegetables, dried beans and pasta. Nothing elaborate, but enough on hand to cover our needs for several weeks. Out here in the desert, potable water is more of an issue, but living near a man-made lake provides some relief.
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    Have plenty of food both canned and freeze dried along with a camp stove and fuel for same. Water and fuel are stocked one week in advance of storm in order to have a fresh supply and avoid last minute lines. Ammo and weapons always on hand.
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    Even though I live in an evacuation zone, I usually keep canned tuna, canned veggies, soups, dried pasta, bottled water, nuts, dried meats, hard candies, spices, coffee, protein bars, cereal, popcorn and a spare propane tank for the grill.

    I figure at some point I'll have to come back for a while before everything is back to normal.

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    One to two months frozen and canned, six months long term storage, beans, grains vegetables, butter, mres, etc. Camp stove with three 5 gal tanks that attach to it. Two 55 gal water drums with a lake nearby.

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    All I can add is to get yourself one of these Katadyn Hiker Microfilter Hiking Camping Filter 8013629 and Hiker Micro Filter Camping Water Filters

    I have one from my hiking/backpacking days, and it great. It's small and super easy to use. And if you need to bug out, you can easily throw in into a bag and go.
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    We have a three month supply of our staples, beans, rice, flour, sugar, salt.

    We also have canned goods (beans, soups and meats), dehydrated vetegables and dried fruit.

    I have extra gas for my backpacking stove, a katadyn water filter, 4 collaspeable 5 gallon water jugs, 2 full 5 gallon gas cans. Plus 72 hour Castgruad lifeboat rations in the cars.
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    Thanks for all the answers.
    Very good points !

    Would you care to elaborate on "canned goods"; as we are going to rotate these, they have to have a decent taste in non-emergency situations

    Actually, the food is my main question; water is covered with the swimming pool (15,000 gall.) and a 1/2 acre lake on the property.
    For cooking, a Coleman stove; thanks for suggesting a hose to connect it to BBQ tanks.
    Drinking water, we always have 15 days reserve plus an R.O. filter that gives purified water as long as the well pump is running.
    Good idea on getting the "Katadyn Hiker Microfilter". Thanks.
    Need to get water purification tablets as well.

    One thing that really puzzles me is the number of people, even in this semi-rural area that have no reserve for medications they cannot go without (diabetes, B.P. , etc.). Sheeps, not only for S.D.
    Fortunately we don't need any.
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    We rotate through all of our stores.

    I would suggest getting Amazon.com: Crisis Preparedness Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Home Storage and Physical Survival (9780936348070): Jack A. Spigarelli: Books

    He recommends a years worth of supplies, we pared it down to 3 months worth, adjust according to your situation
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    I have guns, ammo, enough food for a month or so. I don't have a lot of water stockpiled, but I do have a good 30" well, that I can get water from with a bucket and a rope. I've done it before. On a more humorous note, the first time we had to get water from our well via the bucket and rope method, I came home from work one afternoon to find my wife at the well with a fishing rod. I couldn't help but ask if she was catchin any. She called me a "wise ass" and told me she'd dropped the rope in the well. She finally managed to hook t and pull it up far enough to recover it. Of course, that doesn't beat the time she tried to siphon water from the well.

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    These are the folks that I buy my extremely long term SHTF food from.
    Check them out. At least get one 7 Day Responder Pack for every member of your family.
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    I also keep a good well stocked pantry or larder.

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    Walton feed is another excellent source of long term foods.

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