Nutrition, Hydration, and Healthcare: Comprehensive Family Survival Preparations for the Long Term

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Nobody wants to dwell on it, but the foundation of our modern civilization is fragile and could crumble at any moment.

Think about it: the power grid is vulnerable, and cyber threats loom. International tensions escalate week by week. Civil unrest and economic instability are on the horizon.

We share this not to incite fear, but to promote preparedness. We’d prefer nothing more than for you to enjoy a happy and prosperous life with your family, free from calamities. However, being ready for disaster, even if it never occurs, is wiser than facing the unknown unprepared.

To that end, there are three essentials you must stockpile: food, water, and medicine.

Water: The Vital Resource

Before considering food, focus on water. You can survive longer without food than without water. But it’s not just about quantity; it’s also the challenges of sourcing clean water during a major disaster.

The general guideline is one gallon of water per person per day, including drinking, cleaning, and cooking. However, if you consume dehydrated food, calculate the additional water needed for rehydration and cooking.

Yet, stockpiling water isn’t a sustainable solution due to its bulk and weight. In a long-term collapse, local rivers and streams may become contaminated, rendering them undrinkable.

Your options are personal filtration systems, personal wells (if available), and water purification tablets. Each has its merits, but planning for both sourcing and purifying water is crucial.

Food: More Than Just Survival

Food is the next layer of preparedness. While you can survive weeks without it, prolonged hunger can breed desperation and chaos.

Relying solely on massive caches of dehydrated food is a common mistake. Instead, stock up on non-perishable goods your family regularly consumes. Familiar foods offer comfort during crises.

Prioritize calorie and nutrient-dense options and maintain variety. Don’t rely solely on dehydrated prepper food. Ingredients for cooking from scratch, like freeze-dried meats and basic staples, are essential.

Additionally, consider the potential for barter. In a crisis, non-perishable goods become valuable currency.

Nutrition Matters

During a collapse, proper nutrition is vital. Your body needs specific proportions of calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrates to stay healthy. High-stress situations may require adjustments to these ratios.

Fats provide long-term energy, while carbs supply short-term bursts. Protein becomes scarce, so aim for .8 grams per kilogram of body weight. Pregnant women need more protein.

Quantities Matter

Determining how much food to stockpile depends on factors like family size and duration of the emergency. Plan for unexpected visitors, as your reputation as a prepper may attract relatives seeking help.

Your food reserves should be substantial, but within your budget and storage capacity. Calculate annual consumption and multiply for several years.

When Supplies Run Out

Eventually, your food supply will diminish. Learn to be self-reliant by growing your own food, hunting, fishing, or foraging. Even in urban environments, there are options for self-sufficiency.

Keeping Food Fresh

Without electricity, refrigeration is unreliable. Emphasize non-perishable foods with long shelf lives. Learn food preservation techniques like dehydration and canning.

Cooking and Heating

Two heat sources are essential for cooking and water heating. Consider solar-powered ovens and fuel-efficient rocket stoves, in addition to traditional options like propane or wood.

Medicine: Your Health Matters

Don’t forget about medical supplies. In a collapse, pharmacies and hospitals may not be accessible. Stock over-the-counter medications and consider their extended shelf life. Also, have ample supplies of prescription medications.

Natural Alternatives

When medical supplies run out, natural remedies can help. Learn about medicinal herbs and plants in your area that can serve as substitutes.

In conclusion, preparing for food, water, and medicine in a disaster is an investment in your family’s well-being. While it may seem daunting, it’s far better to be prepared and never face a crisis than to face one unprepared.