Wednesday, November 10, 2010

From Beginning Prepper, to Fully-Stocked Retreat: What to Buy, and When, by Scott in Wisconsin

From JWR's site forwarded by my son.


Anonymous said...

Decent approach, I wanted to draw attention to part of his philosophy summarized by this quote:

"The key is to keep these six ingredients roughly in their proper proportion. Keep things balanced.
The guy with all food and no bullets is waiting to be robbed. The guy with all silver and no food will not like the price a starving man has to pay for a loaf of bread. The guy with all wheat and no beans will struggle with malnutrition."

I find it slightly humorous that he doesnt reference the survivalist who has a much higher ratio of ammunition to any other supplies. If you cannot see why that is a preferred position to be in, then you are being naive. There will surely be some who fall into this category. You might be one of them. I know I am. I like to think of ammunition as the king of all currency.

Jimmy the Saint said...

Seems like he leaves out another key bit of equipment: tools and repair manuals. Gonna have to be able to fix your own stuff when it breaks.

Anonymous said...

In concept, he's right on as it relates to setting and reaching smaller goals before attempting larger ones. I also like how he covered so many different areas of preparation. While I disagree with some of his preferences, overall he offers some good suggestions.

However, I am one who doesn't like to pull all my eggs in one basket. I have no intention of seeing a repeat of Masada.

Given the total weight of the supplies at the 10,000 level would be nearly impossible to move in a hurry, those who are forced to flee will abandon 90% of more of their supplies. What a waste.

I would think it better to split these supplies among two or more different locations. If that is not possible, know when "enough is enough". Alternatively, consider investing in a cargo van which can transport the majority of your supplies without leaving much behind.

KL said...

I thought the article was pretty good, although one major thing stood out: He advocates on SEED grain (his emphasis). My local co-op's seed grain is treated or not based on what the grain is. I had to buy my wheat uncleaned and do that myself. Had I not asked before I bought, those chemicals would be silent killers in short order. ALWAYS ask before you buy.

EJR914 said...

Where do I get the storage space for the 10,000 level? haha

Anonymous said...

I prefer to store mostly beans, and a little rice for variety, along with the wheat. As I pointed out a few days ago, rice has only three grams of protein per serving and no fiber. Beans, split peas, and lentils, on the other hand, have from two to four times as much protein, and from six to fourteen grams of fiber.

Dakota said...

KL's point is correct about the seed wheat. Unless you are going to plant wheat and grow it, stick to the milling grain. Some seed wheat is now a "hybrid" variety which means that the grain is sterile and cannot be planted to raise wheat again. This is a terrible thing to have.

Most elevators will clean wheat or any grain for a small fee if you so is a good idea. I have a homemade cleaner made of a heavy window screen material that works good for getting the fines and weed seeds out before grinding flour.

Another good product for storing wheat is "diatomaceous earth", which a teaspoonful or 2 in a 6 gallon bucket will kill off any bugs that try to invade. It has a host of other uses also like killing ticks, fleas, bedbugs etc. and is pallatable for humans for parasites also. If you google it there are a host of uses for it and a 50# bag runs about $28.

Whatever you do in your preparations, do it now!!!

Anonymous said...

Regarding Anonymous @ November 10, 2010 9:30 AM and his ammo philosophy....I prefer storing .22lr. It's inexpensive (relatively), easily handled, and nearly EVERY household has a 22.


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