Thursday, October 26, 2017

Ten Plants People Should Not Grow Or Plant

By Karen Roguski

Many varieties of plants can be a huge nuisance to yards, gardens, homesteads, and even forests. This is because they are known as space invaders; unlike the classic video game, these stemmy products are often very hard to kill. Protect the survival of your land by avoiding the following examples of space invaders.

Vicia Hirsuta also known as Tiny Vetch

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

Verbesina Encelioides also known as Golden Crownbeard

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Stachys Floridana also known as Florida Betony

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Hedera Helix also known as English Ivy

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Barbadensis Mill also known as Aloe Vera

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Amorpha Fruticosa also known as Indigobush

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Elaeagnus Angustifolia also known as Russian Olive

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Arceuthobium Cyanocarpa also known as Limber Pine Dwarf Mistletoe

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Acacia spp. P. Mill also known as Acacia

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Achillea Millefolium L. also known as Common Yarrow

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Here one can find a more complete listing of those stemmy pests that dominate in the United States. We here at Family Survival Farm hopes that knowing in advance the ill effects found with the above plants can assist your land area in a positive manner to help one thrive.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Excluding Wildlife From Sheds

By:Stephen M. Vantassel

One of the most important ways to reduce conflicts with wildlife and vertebrate pests is to reduce the availability of their preferred living areas known as harborage. The concept is quite simple, if the
species can’t find a good place to live, it is less likely to remain in the area. At minimum, reduced living areas automatically reduces the number of animals that can live in an area. In some cases, good exclusion work can reduce unwanted animals to zero.

A shed whose foundation allows access for unwanted vertebrate pests. Photo by Stephen M. Vantassel.

Sheds, particularly those that are low to the ground, provide excellent harborage for vertebrates. Excluding wildlife from sheds will go a long way in preventing skunks (Mephitis mephitis), cats (Felis cattus), woodchucks (Marmota monax), and other ground dwelling animals from taking up residence.

To exclude wildlife from sheds you have two options. Option 1, raise the shed up so that it is at least 6 inches off the ground (higher for larger sheds). The point is to make it more exposed to light and therefore less inviting as a place to take up residence. Certainly free-range cats can use it as an ambush site for native wildlife, so you have to keep that in mind.

Option 2 is to secure the foundation with screening or stone. I will discuss how to that in my next post.

Stephen M. Vantassel is a writer, researcher, and consultant on wildlife control issues. He also loves to debate the anti-environmental position of the free-range cat lobby and the wider animal rights movement.

Two Strategies for Excluding Wildlife from Sheds

Stephen M. Vantassel

Two Strategies for Excluding Wildlife from Sheds

In the last post, I discussed why excluding wildlife and vertebrates from sheds was an important component in reducing conflicts with wildlife. Now I will cover two strategies for excluding wildlife from sheds.

The basic principle is increasing the ease of access. Like the locks on your house, if your neighbor has poorer security, you don’t need as much. So it is with wildlife. If you harden your site, wildlife will likely move to easier pickings. All wildlife that utilize the areas under sheds tend to go to the edge, and dig underneath. So your goal is to extend the barrier so that they are standing on it. This way, when they get to the edge, they dig down and right into the barrier. Few wildlife are “smart” enough to step back from the edge and start digging there. Thus a 12-18 floor skirt will likely be enough to stop them.

Patio Block Exclusion Method. Place the narrow end against the structure. Angle so water flows away from structure. Photo by Stephen M. Vantassel

So there are two ways to create this skirt. By the way, NEVER perform exclusion if there is any chance an animal is living there.

Option 1. Patio Block Method.

With patio blocks, no digging is required. Just place the narrow end against the structure. Use screen to make up any distance between the shed wall and the stone. The stone is heavy to move and can be a bit pricey but it is easier to install than the digging option in many situations.

Sub-surface screening method to prevent burrowing animals from accessing structures. Photo by Stephen M. Vantassel.

Option 2. Subterranean screening.

Most recommendations on screening require back-breaking work, telling you to dig a 1 x 1 foot trench to bury the L shaped screen. Sure that is a gold standard, but for most people not necessary. You just need to attach the screen to the base of the shed wall, extend it down to about 2 inches below the soil surface, then bend it out at a 90 degree angle away from the wall out at least 12 inches. A sod shovel will allow you remove the grass, lay the screen down, then place the sod over the screen. In a few weeks, you won’t know the screen was there.

Bottom line, protect your sheds BEFORE you have a problem and you will save yourself a lot of headaches.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Alternative Heating Sources For Survival

While not every home has air conditioning, every home does have heat. However, most every one of those heating sources is completely dependent on electricity. Some homes have fireplaces, but a lot of those are only for decorative purposes only.

In a situation like this, what would one do in an emergency situation? If the power goes off in the dead of winter, you will have to go into survival mode. Can you readily do that? If not, then you might need to consider an alternative heating source to what you already have. Because the electric often goes out, especially in the winter time. One severe snow storm or ice storm can render you without a valid source of heat. And furthermore, put your life in danger.

The Wood Burning Stove

One option for an alternate heat source is the wood burning stove. Even a temporary one is better than nothing. They are fairly easy to install in almost any home and require just a few special specifications. If you are a handy person, you can even do the job yourself with a little help.

One thing you should keep in mind is that you should choose a stove that burns real wood instead of wood pellets. While wood pellets do burn more efficiently and produce more heat than regular wood, they can't be burned with wood. So when you run out of pellets, you run the risk of freezing. 

Making the investment in a regular wood burning stove is something you won't regret and it WILL be used at some point. You've heard the term, "better safe than sorry", and it has never been more true than in a situation that involves survival heating.

The Kerosene Heater

Another good option for heat, should the electricity go out, is the kerosene heater. They are a very clean burning and they produce a great deal of heat for their size. They radiate heat from all sides, but since they have no need of a chimney, they lose no heat in that way. This sometimes makes them more effective and easier to use than a wood burning stove.

Kerosene heaters are easier to use than wood burning stoves because they require no special installation and they cost quite a bit less as well. They can simply be purchased, filled with fuel and you can  immediately start using them. However, they are completely dependent upon a constant fuel source. While you can forage for wood, you have to actually purchase kerosene which means that in a serious emergency, you'll have to find a place to buy it.

If you decide to go with a kerosene heater, you can begin to stockpile kerosene. It stores well and will keep for long periods of time, so stockpiling large amounts should not be a problem. However, you must know you're going to be staying in the same place for an extended period of time as well, to make this option work.

The Gas Catalytic Heater

Another option is the gas catalytic heater. With this heater, you don't have to stockpile fuel, as it runs on natural gas. It burns very efficiently and clean as well. There is a "bed" for the fuel to burn in that heats the ceramic and that, in turn, radiates out to heat the entire room. 

You can purchase these heaters in different sizes for heating rooms of different sizes, as they are specifically for room heating. One of the greatest advantages of utilizing this heater is the fact that it uses natural gas. Since natural gas pumping stations have their own power sources for emergency situations, they are more likely to still be operational should the electric grid be shut down.

Other Things To Consider

In the event of an electrical outage, the first and most important thing is to have a secondary heat source. However, there are other things you can do in preparation for cold weather. You always know when it's coming, so you have an advantage already in that alone.

You can start by making sure your home is adequately insulated. This allows you to hold on to the heat you create for longer periods of time. Interior walls are not usually insulated, since they are inside the home. However, if you are building your own home, you can add this as a precaution for any survival situation that might arise. You can also cover doorways with blankets if they do not have a door installed in them, which will act as a temporary door and hold in heat in an emergency.

In severe cases, you can coat the walls of one room with rescue blankets. These are made of aluminized Mylar and do a very good job of reflecting heat back into the room, losing very little. If you don't have that, make sure to use aluminum or plastic on your windows. Also make it a point to seal around and underneath any doors that lead outside as well. A few drafts can let in as much cold air as large hole in the wall. Every little bit counts!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Preparing for Fire – Tools for Firefighting

By Forest Puha

Wildfires are scary, furious and incredibly destructive. As of this writing, the effort to control wildfires in Northern California and around the United States are pushing local, state and federal firefighters to their limit. For people living on farms and other rural areas, adopting firefighting techniques to keep their homes same can often mean the difference between losing everything and staying alive. Although I’m not a firefighter, every year I gather and burn tumbleweeds, pull clumps of plants away from the house, trim low-hanging tree branches, create some firebreaks and other routine fire maintenance expected of me as a rural homeowner. This helps my local fire department and my neighbors so they don’t have to automatically divert resources to defend my home, and it helps me for concentrating on other important aspects of my fire preparedness, like planning for evacuation.

In this article, I’ll examine some tools I have to remove debris and burn weeds that everyone should have. All of these tools can be purchased brand new or found at local garage sales and thrift shops for pennies. Everything I discuss was based on my experience using them.

For widespread convenience, I've posted images are of products that can be bought at Wal-Mart, Amazon or Harbor Freight. As of this writing, the prices I've listed for everything were what I paid at the time for the items. You don’t have to buy all of these at once; what is important is that you work up a collection of tools that works for you and your needs, so that you can be prepared for fire.

A Bottle of Water

A refillable bottle for drinking water. I own several, so this was "free".

It sounds funny, but this really is one of the most important tools you can have. You’ll want this at all times, whether in a canteen you carry or a bottle you stash at your feet. Stay hydrated, soak your clothes, and reduce your fatigue.

Safety Glasses
Impact-rated safety glasses from Harbor Freight. $1.79 at most stores.

Fires generate lots of smoke that gets into my eyes. They’ll also pop and crackle, sending up sparks that land on my face. Eye protection is an absolute must. These impact glasses are slightly wider than normal safety sunglasses, with more of a rectangular shape and clear side panels that cover more of my eyes and cheeks. They also have adjustable earpieces, so you can shorten them for children or lengthen them while wearing a mask. I prefer clear versions; they also come in various tints to act as sunglasses.

N95 Respirator Masks
3M's N95 respirator with valve. Available at most stores for under $15.

Fires generate a lot of smoke, and sometimes the smoke blows back on you. Like the water bottle, keep these on you at all times. They won’t completely eliminate the smoke and the smell, but the mask will filter out enough to let you breathe and get away. 

OSHA-rated Hardhat

The Occunomix “Vulcan” Cowboy Style Hard Hat. Available at Amazon for $18.50.

I didn’t use to believe that these were necessary for fire prevention around my house, until one day I was cutting off some very small tree limbs around my house and a branch fell on my head. Four hours later, as I held an icepack to my throbbing head while lying down on my living room floor, I came to a realization: hard hats ARE necessary. Go figure.

As the above picture shows, they come in multiple styles nowadays and for pretty cheap. Protective gear pays for itself over time, and with the Cowboy and Construction hardhats I’m two-fifths of the way toward making my own personal Village People collection. Win-win!

Leather Gloves 
Leather gloves with cotton backing. $7.99 for a 5-pack at Harbor Freight.

You need gloves when working around fire; things get hot to the touch. Avoid non-leather gloves as they’ll get hot enough to melt and stick to your skin, causing severe burns and worse. Leather gloves also come in arm-length and full-wrap styles, so you can cover as much of your hands and arms as you like.

100% Cotton Pants and Shirt

“Dickies” double-layer carpenter pants from Wal-Mart. $35.99 at most stores.
I prefer double-layer carpenter pants from Dickies and Carhatt. While they don’t offer as much protection as leather and firefighter pants would, these carpenter pants do protect my legs and feet from burning embers and scratches, can be found anywhere and they’re pretty cheap. Always remember to wear 100% cotton clothing when fighting fire; polyester, nylon and other synthetic material will burn, melt and stick to your skin in horrible ways.

Leather Boots
Brahma unisex “Owden” leather boots. $19.97 at most stores.

Footwear is absolutely important when fighting fires. Because your feet will be stepping on, stepping over and touching fire, extremely hot ground and other dangerous material, you’ll need footwear that can handle abuse. 

These Owden boots are made entirely of leather with metal grommets and a semi-rubber sole which will hold up to most small fires around your home and keep your feet and ankles protected from contact burns and scratches. They don’t have a steel toe or steel shank, which means they don’t weigh much and are very comfortable to move around in, but they also lack the protection you’d get from more expensive boots.
Danner Men’s Wildland Tactical Firefighter Work Boot. Starting at $237.65 at

If you want to do serious firefighting—assisting your neighbors, becoming a volunteer firefighter, controlled burns in national forest—here's a sample of specialized boots for the task. These come with a metal shank down the sole of your foot that can block nails and glass you step on. Prices go up as features are added, but quality tools repeatedly pay for themselves over time.

A Reliable Shovel 

56-inch Fiberglass Shovel from Harbor Freight. $9.99 at most stores.

One of the most useful tools for fighting a fire. You can shovel burning brush, shovel dirt upon fire, cut and split bushes, dig trenches, dig fire pits, use as a hiking stick, balance across your shoulders and tie things on the back, use as a visible marker, use as a camera monopod… the list goes on. 

Like all the tools in this list, fiberglass or metal handles are preferable to wood, which lessens the chances of the tool catching on fire or breaking in the middle of a project. Fiberglass shovels also weight a bit less than their wooden version of equal length.

A Reliable Rake

14-tin Fiberglass Rake from Harbor Freight. $19.99 at most stores.

The rake is one of the most ubiquitous tools in a homeowner’s firefighting arsenal. It can pull together burning weeds, pull down burning branches, and push ashes into a pile for easy watering. As with the shovel, spend the extra money on a fiberglass or metal handle rake; they’re more fire resistant than the regular wooden ones and can be recovered if dropped into hot embers.

A Pulaski Axe
34-inch Pulaski Axe from Harbor Freight. $24.99 at most stores.

The Pulaski Axe, also known as as the cutter mattock, is one of the more unusual firefighting tools in your arsenal. It consists of a sharpened vertical axe head on one end, with a curved and sharpened horizontal mattock blade on the other end. This allows the user to chop and split tree branches, trunks and roots at various angles, and in firefighting the mattock end can also be used as a makeshift rake and hoe to pull apart and push away burning embers and brush. 

I've found that the wooden versions are too heavy for my practical use; the one I bought from Harbor Freight comes with a fiberglass handle and weighs around 5 to 6 pounds altogether, which makes it relatively lightweight and handy. I can pick it up and use it all day long. 

A Chainsaw

The Husqvarna 445 16-inch chainsaw. Around $250 at most hardware stores and Amazon.

Finally, a chainsaw is a basic tool every rural homestead should own. The above model happens to be one I own, but Stihl also makes reliable saws. For chainsaws, bigger engines mean more reliable power, although the bigger the chainsaw, the more expensive it becomes. I recommend a 16-inch bar chainsaw for the absolute minimum in cutting wood, but others will recommend an 18 or 20-inch bar for a beginner. Keep in mind that bars on chainsaws can be switched to be a few sizes larger or smaller than the original, so you have some discretion in what you need for your purposes. It’s no coincidence that the safety gear for firefighters work perfectly when operating a chainsaw, and you’ll also want to purchase a good pair of ear protectors so you don’t lose your hearing while using it.

In addition to the chainsaw, you’ll want storage containers for gasoline, two-cycle oil to mix with the gasoline, and 30-weight bar oil to lubricate the chain blades with, as well as spare parts, an owner’s manual and tools to fix and adjust the chainsaw. Your local hardware store will carry most or all of the things you need, and the rest can be ordered by them or you from Amazon. Again, be careful and practice with your chainsaw in normal and safe conditions, so that you can rely on it and your own ability during a fire.

That covers the basics for tools. In the next article, we’ll be discussing some tactics and strategies to make your home and your land more fireproof. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Foods You Can Regrow and Eat Over More Than Once

By Karen Roguski

Fresh foods, as we all know, lead to a healthy lifestyle. These healthy foods, however, are often some of the more expensive items on one's grocery list.

Today, we offer options and solutions to homesteading, survival, frugal living, and so much more. The following tricks will change the way you shop, cook, and even plan your next garden.

Herbs And Spices

Re-growing fresh herbs and spices are much easier than many might think and takes minimal supplies.

All that is needed is a medium sized container, fresh water, sunlight, and a fresh cutting of the herb or spice wanted or needed for your favorite recipes.

Trim all but the top two sets of leaves. Place in a few inches of fresh water. Now watch them grow. Once they have a nice new root base transfer them to a bit of soil. Soon you will have an all-new set of herbs and spices awaiting your use.

Below are some examples of herbs and spices that grow easily and are used frequently.
  1. Rosemary

  2. Chives

  3. Peppermint

  4. Sage

  5. Lemon Balm

  6. Oregano

  7. Thyme

  8. Basil

  9. Cilantro

  10. Garlic


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Vegetables, much like the herbs and spices, can be grown again using the same materials. Some might also need toothpicks or dowels for best results. Below are some examples of the multitude of vegetables awaiting regrowth.

The primary difference, however, is the manner in which each vegetable must be prepped. Some require pruning, some just cut, and others yet deseeded. No matter which prep needed the outcome will be just as deliciously enjoyed.
  1. Carrot

  2. Bok Choy

  3. Turnips

  4. Onions

  5. Sweet Potato

  6. Celery

  7. Pepper

  8. Romaine Lettuce

  9. Potatoe

  10. Tomato

  11. Avocado

  12. Green Onion

  13. Leeks

  14. Pineapple

  15. Ginger

  16. Pumpkin

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Mass Casualty Incidents and Triage

By: Sebastian Berry

Friends of Family Survival Farm: It is with a heavy heart and after much pondering that I make this posting. I make a pretty good effort to make my posts timely and relevant. Like posting about fireworks and burns around the 4th of July. I feel this one will be more difficult due to the tender nature of recent events in Las Vegas.

On October 1, 2017 a man opened fire on unsuspecting concert goers in an adjacent location across the road from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. He killed at least 58 and injured almost another 500. Fox News Timeline of Events. I have neither the inclination to mention the shooters name or to delve into a second amendment argument. This act was senseless and seemingly unprovoked and the loss of life saddens me deeply.

DISCLAIMER: Instructions and information here is not a substitute for professional medical care and treatment. If you are having an emergency call 911 or your local emergency number for assistance.

I do not claim credit to any of the images used unless specifically indicated. All rights and credits remain with the original owners

Let me be very clear from the start, people die. This is an unfortunate fact of life. All of us have or will lose people that we love, care for, or are close to. Sometimes, bad things happen to very good people. Many times there is just simply nothing we can do about it.

Good people died in Las Vegas last Sunday. Other good people did all they could to save them. It is not a very difficult Google search to find the stories of heroism that took place. People covering people to shield them from fire. We've all heard the story of the man that commandeered a truck to take people to the hospital. And then there's this...

Mass Casualty Incidents or MCI, overwhelm medical systems and emergency responders. I work at a hospital under a company called HCA. The company CEO, Milton Johnson, sent an email to all employees about the shooting. Here's a little glimpse.
"...As the horrific details of the Route 91 shooting in Las Vegas became evident, we also learned of the incredible impact it had on our colleagues at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and its sister hospitals, Southern Hills Hospital and Mountain View Hospital.  Even though our hospitals regularly plan for mass casualties, no one could have anticipated the magnitude of this tragic event. 
As the closest trauma center to the concert site, Sunrise immediately started receiving patients that arrived by all modes of transportation.  Ultimately, they would care for approximately two hundred victims.  For the entirety of the event, one hundred twenty patients with gunshot wounds received care.  All 30 operating rooms were immediately activated and operated throughout the night and following day.  In all, more than 80 operations were performed..."
People and equipment from those sister hospitals was transferred to help effect the care of the injured. It is no small feat to go from normal operations to bursting at the seams and still handling more.

Dr. James Sebesta is a retired Army Colonel and surgeon who was in attendance at the concert.

 He recalls in a newspaper interview with The Seattle Times:
...He recalls one man, assisted by his son, who had a bullet wound in his back. He helped to carry the man off the field but doesn’t know if he survived.
Another woman he came upon was grievously wounded, and he knew she could not be saved. So he moved on.
“We went from person to person trying to get the people who were still alive out of there, and then went back after that and got some of the people who had expired, “ Sebesta recalled.
Eventually, he reunited with his wife, Janelle, at their hotel after 3 a.m. Monday. He could not sleep as his wife’s phone kept “blowing up” with messages from family and friends.
“I’ve been in the Army a long time. I’ve been to war four or five times … I’ve been in a lot of bad places during my career and seen lots of mass cal (casualty) things. But in the Army, we were ready for ’em. And the other thing is, there was a reason for it — I mean, it was war,”...
Herein lies the hard part of MCI and triage. We must determine quickly those who our help can help the most. We must make a decision on the fly if people stand a reasonable chance of being saved. In one of my previous articles on first aid (you can read it here) I wrote:
"There are two questions a person must ask themselves before rendering aid...
    1. Do I have the skills to render proper aid?
    2. Do I have the equipment to render proper aid?
If either question is answered no, then you must seriously reconsider rendering aid."
In MCI's this traditional thinking goes out the window. In MCI's if you have hands and are able to function you can be put to work. Like Colonel Sebesta recalled in being able to get people out of the danger area and to treatment. YOU might be the one to have to move people or to put your fingers into the bleeding hole in order to stop the bleeding. In another article I wrote about tourniquets (here), that might be the only thing that keeps a person from bleeding to death and you might be the only person available to apply one.

Triage, typically, functions with the following labels for groups.

  • GREEN: Uninjured or very lightly injured (think band-aids and bruises)
    • These are the people that can be put to work.
  • YELLOW: Walking wounded or folks to be considered for URGENT care.
    • These people typically are able to follow simple one step commands and need assistance in moving.
  • RED: These are your gunshot wounds, stab wounds, or long bone fractures like the legs or upper arms. URGENT SURGICAL.
    • These injuries require immediate and possibly life saving interventions.
  • BLACK: Also known as EXPECTANT or dead or actively dying.
    • These are people who are not breathing or responsive on initial encounter, the airway is opened and if they do not breathe spontaneously are to be considered dead and no further aid rendered.
    • Extensive burns, especially those that involve the respiratory tract.
    • Obvious wounds not compatible with life, like open skull fractures with visible gray matter.
In the world that we live in now. Anyone might be called on to perform triage. Like I have told my friends and family- Head on a swivel. As our government has told us- If you see something, say something. It only takes a moment for our world to change.

We must be prepared. Do you have specific plans for MCI? Talk to us in the comments. Please don't forget to check out our giveaway section here.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Foods Specifically Designed for Prepping and Survival Situations

Getting Started

There are a lot of guides to be found online about how to prep food for survival and emergency situations. There are also guides to tell you which canned foods will last the longest and what will work best for a bug out bag or prepper's pantry. These are all very handy and should certainly be consulted if you are considering either one.

However, there are also several companies who specialize in foods that are meant to really go the distance. Some companies prepare and package food that will have as much as a twenty-five year shelf life. Certain foods are packaged so that they can easily be carried while others are meant to be used if you are "bugging in" instead of "bugging out".

Let's take an in-depth look at some of these food companies and what they offer. Follow the links provided to check out each company for yourself.

Meals Ready to Eat

Meals Ready to Eat, also known as MRE's, are one of the first foods that come to mind when thinking of survival situations. They were originally created by the United States military for our service people and they were made to provide the perfect nutrient-rich meals, while also being very easy and light to carry.

One of the best things about MRE's is the ability to eat them in a variety of ways. First, you can eat them cold, right from the package. While this isn't very pleasing to the taste, in most cases, it will certainly provide you with the needed nutrients to keep you going if need be. They can also be heated through using a camp stove, an MRE heater, or some other quick method.

When purchasing an MRE, you can choose to buy the complete meal, certain entrees, snacks, desserts, and even drinks. You can also purchase the MRE heaters separately, as well as buying complete cases for a bigger stockpile.

Following, are a few places where MRE's can be purchased. Of course, there are many more, but this should at least give you a place to get started.
The Wise Company has long been known as a trusted supplier of freeze dried and dehydrated foods that can easily be stored for long periods of time. Most of their foods can be prepared simply by adding water, so they are compact and easy to prepare. Campers have been using their products for years already, and many preppers are more than familiar with Wise.

These foods also come with a satisfactory twenty-five year shelf life, are premium quality and offer an affordable option to prepping per serving or per person. Make sure to read the packages carefully though, to make sure the serving size offered will be sufficient. Some have mentioned that a serving size isn't really that large, but we think it might be a personal taste choice. Either way, it never hurts to stay on top of things like this.

You can purchase food kits for 72-hours and one week, as well as increments of 1, 3, 6 and 12 month periods. You might be surprised at the variety of foods and entrees available from Wise, so make sure you check them out. While you're there, it might interest you to take a peek at their other supplies. They include:
  • Survival Kits
  • Water Storage
  • Water Filters
  • Fuel Sources
  • Stoves
  • Non-Hybrid Seeds
  • First Aid and Medical Kits
You can even request a free sample, here.

Mountain House

Mountain House is a company, much like The Wise Company, that provides meals for a variety of situations. Their endeavor into this business started by creating meals for the United States Military back in the Vietnam era. 

Some of the categories you will find when you visit their website are:
  • Breakfasts
  • Entrees
  • Meats
  • Sides
  • Desserts
  • Military Rations
  • Single Serving
  • Emergency Prep
If your order comes to more than $99, your shipping will be free if your product is defective in some way, they even offer returns. Their shelf life of thirty years comes with a taste guarantee as well, though you might note a change in the texture of the food after that amount of time.

Food kits that contain enough food for 2 to 14 days of supplies can be purchased quickly and easily and there's even a handy food supply calculator you can use if you need help figuring out how much to buy. With meal kits, pouches, buckets and cans, you're sure to be able to put together a kit that is as unique as you are.

Augason Farms

Augason Farms began over forty years ago with one single product, a milk alternative called Morning Moo. Now they serve emergency food rations and supplies that cover the entire food pyramid and have a shelf life of twenty-five years. Augason Farms offers packages for 72 hours all the way up to a year and offer some great food options, including:
  • Diary products including milk and butter
  • Bread mixes
  • Fruits and veggies
  • Oats, flour, meal, sugar, etc.
  • Pasta
  • Meat
  • Options that include vegetarian, gluten free and organic
Furthermore, you can order complete entrees as well as variety packs, suiting your needs perfectly. You can also order some handy supplies too. They offer a stainless steel water filtration system, a variety of grain grinders, emergency water storage kits and more. Orders of more than $200 get free shipping.

A Good Start

These are just a few of the options you have for emergency food supplies. While it is certainly not extensive, I hope that it has given you a good place to start. You can always shop around at various dealers, your local emergency preparedness stores or use online digital savings like Honey

Remember, in the event of a disaster or emergency, the grocery store is most likely to be the first place looters will hit. Especially those who have never considered prepping for such a thing. Even those who are only scavenging for life-saving food and water will be in the middle of all of this and will be putting themselves in great danger.

Don't be one of those who risk life and limb simply to eat. With a simple mouse-click, you can have just what you need to ride out the first few days, weeks, or even a year. Please plan ahead!