Emergency Food: Buy In Bulk! Stack ‘Em Deep!

harvestright-26Freeze dried food pouches are the best option for long term emergency food preparation. We at Survival Kit Guide like Mountain House’s offering and suggest that you take a few moments to address your stash. Mountain House offers several packages depending on the volume of freeze dried food you and your family will require.

Just remember that buying the food doesn’t mean you’re finished; you’ll need water and a way to boil it in order to make your emergency meals. Along with your drinking water, make sure to include enough for your freeze dried preps, and stock up the fuel you need for the water boiling method of your choice. We recommend the Jet Boil system, as it is both easy to use and very convenient, and the propane refill canisters are affordable enough to stock up on as well.

Here’s a quick guide to figure out the amount of water you will need per pouch:

Pro Pak Entrees – 1 ½ cup boiling
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Hurricane Isaac – The Aftermath

In 2012, Hurricane Isaac made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River and proceeded to drop copious amounts of rain over the Gulf Coast States .  Isaac reached the shore as a category 1 storm but due to its large size and slow-moving speed, Isaac let loose so much rain that flooding became prevalent all across the Midwest.  Not to mention it spawned numerous tornadoes and led to hundreds of thousands of power outages.
Isaac left thousands of residents under water and without power, and left communities scrambling for shelter and supplies.  Being prepared and having a plan for such an emergency is too important to ignore.  Even though we were informed of Isaac’s approach, the flooding and loss of power tested everyone in its path.  Be proactive and start building your disaster kits and survival cache today; don’t wait until it’s too late.

Below are some great new tool and supply ideas:

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Paracord – Infinite Possibilities

Military grade 550 paracord should always be included in your bug out bag, survival gear stash, and disaster kits.  There are hundreds of uses for it.  Tell us how you’ve made use of paracord.  Share your ideas, and let’s see if we can’t come up with a list of 50 uses of paracord.  I’ll start.

  1. Use paracord to string up your tarp for a make-shift shelter.
  2. Wrap the handle of your knife to make a better grip.
  3. Use it to wrap a splint in case of an injury.

Stay Focused: Eyewear Advice for Preppers

Bendable memory titanium frames $15.95

Prescription Eyewear
For those of you that require corrective lenses or glasses, don’t loose your focus during an emergency situation.  Do this by including extra eyeglasses and contact lenses with your preps.  I have a pair of eyeglasses and a 2 week supply of contacts in my BOB (bug out bag) and in both my vehicle and home survival kits.  Be sure to keep them in a protective case too.  Visit your eyewear supplier and see what their best deals are for inexpensive sets.  Or better yet, SAVE A TON OF MONEY by shopping online- we found bendable titanium frames for under $20 here.  Don’t worry about how they look either.  I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing mine in public- but if disaster strikes I may be left for dead without them. Continue reading

Bug-In Checklist: If Disaster Strikes…Are You Prepared?

Odds are that you have been in a situation where you were stuck indoors without power or water due to some sort of natural caused event. If you haven’t, I’d wager a bet that you will at some point. We take for granted the convenience of turning on a faucet, firing up the stove and cranking up the A/C or furnace. When the power goes out or the water stops flowing, we seldom worry that it won’t be restored in a matter of minutes or hours. Natural disasters seem to be happening all too often these days, but with a little forethought and preparation, you won’t be left dependant on others to stay safe and comfortable until things are restored.

Hurricanes, tornadoes, snow storms, flooding and fires are a part of nature and they don’t usually give you much warning and time to prepare. My wife and I recently went through 3 days and nights without public power and water supply and were unable to leave our home due to a large wildfire. Although I had prepared for a natural disaster of this nature, it still was a great learning experience and I’d like to share our story. Continue reading

Headlamp Roundup: Princeton Tec Fuel | Petzl e+Lite | Petzl Tactikka XP

Certainly one important piece of gear that should be included in any degree of bug out bag is illumination, ie a flashlight. Whether your bag is meant for short term emergencies, a three day survival bag or a long term bug out bag, a quality flashlight is crucial.

If you were to go online right now and start shopping for lights your head will start spinning as there are an endless amount of options. Handheld, head mounted, LED or Xenon, AA or AAA batteries, $12 or $120; which one will get the job done? We’ve picked a few different options when it comes to headlamps that we recommend depending on your requirements for both use and budget. Continue reading