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Copyright 2006, By Gary Benton

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Being able to survive in the uncertain future may become increasingly harder, if the weather continues to be as extreme as it has this year or political events don't get better. It seems as if every year we get a little hotter, while excessive rains will often result in flooding in other areas, and tornadoes are at an all time high. The uncertainty in the Middle East only leads to the realization that another terrorist attack will happen. With all of this, it only makes sense to me to prepare for rough times ahead and be ready when a disaster strikes. I can assure you, when a natural disaster or terrorist attack does come, it'll likely be when you expect it least. I think, and most survival professionals agree, it's only a matter of time before some sort of disaster hits, but are you prepared for it?


If you're like me, you have an area of your house that you have been storing emergency supplies, food, and other items you may need one day, but hope you don't. We have containers of dried foods, water, vitamins, first aid kit, water and other needed supplies, but the problem is they take a great deal of space. I suggest an organized food storage plan, but what is the most effective way to store foods and what foods can be safely stored for long periods? Pasta, beans, and most grains can be stored safely, and used years later, but they take large quantities of water to prepare and water may not be readily available. Additionally, they should be stored in airtight containers away from direct sunlight. You can learn more by read my indepth article, Storing Food and Water, and it cover most emergencies. It actually covers the storage life of many foods and has other related information.


Some of our foods we've prepared using a dehydrator or the oven and while they'll work, it takes a lot of effort to jerk meat, cut veggies, and then you have dry them for hours. I've been looking for better methods to do the job and so far I've only discovered one and that's to move away from self-processing foods. Keep in mnid, you want something that will provide you with the protein and vitamins you need to survive and yet take up less space.


There are many different kinds of commercial survival or natural disaster meals available, but most are expensive or come in huge containers that make home storage a real problem. I recently discovered a site online that I really like and they offer not only meals, but also storage shelving. Food storage from Shelf Reliance is a snap and not only are the meals tasty and good for you, you will use less space and you'll be able to store more food in less space. Also, they carry a full line of different size storage shelves, so you're sure to find the perfect size for your emergency storage area. Also, they carry a full line of survival foods, survival kits, first aid kits, and of course, food and water. You can spend hours on their site and find some real bargains to boot!

However, if you're looking for a minimum survival kit, be sure to visit my site, the Simple Survival Store, where you'll find a wide selection of kits for those who are well experienced with survival. In any case, I suggest you visit Shelf Reliance and Simple Survival on Facebook, because you'll find some excellent deals in both cases and just plain nice folks.





Gary Benton has over 45 years of outdoor experience in camping, hiking, fishing, and other activities. He's no armchair survival man, he's walked the walk from the arctic to the desert and all the area in between. Gary has an associates degree in Search and Rescue, Survival Operations, a B.S. in Industrial Occupational safety, and all but his thesis completed for a M.S. in Counseling Psychology.
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