How To Get A Family Of Four Prepped
In The Quickest And Easiest Way Possible…
November 12, 2014 By M.D. Creekmore
Update to September 2015 from Last Days Foods.
A Quick Guide to Survival & Preparedness for a family of Four
The question if you have never prepped before is this. "If you had nothing prep-wise, and just starting out and wanted to be ready within the next month and with a budget of less than $9,000 what would you do first and how to get prepared as quickly as possible?"
One Year+ Food Storage for (4) Four People
To start my prepping list... first, I would order the Wise Foods from Last Days Foods 4-Person One Year Kit – the $4,884 might seem like a lot at first glance, but with a 25 year self-life it’s a pretty good bargain, especially for those wanting to get prepared now rather than later.
The Wise Foods from Last Days Foods products make up the bulk of our long-term food storage and I can attest to the quality and taste of their products, the Strawberries and Banana Slices are absolutely delicious!
I would then order four of the 30-day Nutrition Emergency Food Supply Buckets, and top it all of with eight gallon of cooking oil (store it frozen and it will last a long-time), 30 pounds of salt. And while some salt is included with the Wise Foods from Last Days Foods Kit above, but salt is cheap and has so many uses you can’t have to much.
Add about 35 pounds of sugar, and an extra couple of buckets of Country Fresh 100% Real Instant Nonfat Dry Milk from Wise Foods at Last Days Foods in 14 pound buckets with a 25 year shelf-life. Then I would add herbs and spices for cooking and assorted hard candies for treats for the kids (and yourself).
I would also add at least 12 large jars of peanut butter, 24 cans of SPAM or canned meat and a few canned hams. And if you drink coffee be sure to add that in to your list. And you can find multivitamins and function specific nutrients at Last Days Foods.
Total cost around $5,000 dollars for a family of four.
Protection and Foraging
If I had no firearms now (get training) I would buy a Mossberg 500 Combo package and 100 rounds of 00 buckshot, 50 rifled slugs and 200 bird shot (preferably #6 shot), then I would buy a Ruger 10/22, 1,000 rounds of .22 ammo and five of the Ruger factory 25 round BX 25 magazines.
Total Cost around $775
Water Storage and Purification
I would store as much tap-water as possible (limited by space) in every suitable (but free container – avoid the plastic jugs, they are weak and fall-apart after a few months) that I could find. Then I would order a Big Berkey Water Filter and a set of extra elements.
Total Cost Around $330
If you have up to an acre of paid-off property, I would find the best place (most level, sun exposure and best soil) and have the largest area that I could work tilled and add as much free organic matter that I could get, check with your local large production chicken, horse or dairy farmers in your community. Most of the time they will give you all of the manure that you will need if you’ll haul it away.
Spread the manure on your newly tilled garden and till again and cover this all with about six inches of straw and throw some old pieces of lumber on top to keep the straw in place. Let it compost in the ground over the fall, winter and into spring. When it’s time to plant in late spring, you can till it all up (including the straw) again and plant.
If I did not already have gardening tools on hand, I would get a good quality shovel, hoe, and a bow rake, spading fork, a big box of Miracle-Gro all purpose plant food and a copy of Gardening When it Counts.
Then I would build a small chicken coop from mostly scrounged building material and buy a few 8-10 six-month to one-year-old chickens or ducks. Then I would build rabbit hutches along one of the side walls of the coop and buy two does and one buck for breeding stock. I would also plant fruit and nut trees anywhere I have space on my property…
Total Cost Under $600
I would order a Renogy 200 watt solar panel kit, panel mount, and marine battery, solar 11-in-1 battery charger, rechargeable batteries, and a gas-powered portable generator. Add to that, five-5 gallon fuel cans and fill with gasoline, add STA-BIL fuel stabilizer, then rotate every year.
Total Cost Around $925
Random Items YOU WILL NEED
Two hundred and five rolls of toilet paper, (more if you have room), a case of toothpaste, a dozen toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products (ladies you know how much you’ll need for a year, a case of bar soap for bathing, a case of dish-washing liquid, (can also be used for hand-washing of clothing.
You will need a good first-aid medical kit. You can get training, if you need it and include any personal medications and a free download copy Where There is no Doctor and Where There is no Dentist and print them to paper or buy copies from Amazon.com.
Then while I was on Amazon.com, I would order a Zoom Versa Stove, a Kaito Voyager Pro KA600 Digital Solar/Dynamo AM/FM/LW/SW & NOAA Weather Emergency Radio and two sets of Motorola MR350R 35-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radios for communications among family when separated from each other and for fall, winter and early spring get a cold weather sleeping bags for every family member.
Total Cost Around $900
As you get completed put in at least a propane wall heater and enough propane to last a winter and a wood burning stove. Having both a wood-stove and propane is a better and more flexible solution.
Then add a good handgun or two (I suggest a the Glock model 19 and a Browning Buckmark) extra magazines and ammo. Then look into buying a center-fire rifle, this can be something like an AR-15 or even a 30.30 lever action.
And get all of the training possible. Not only firearms training but, medical, auto mechanics, wood-shop, food canning, sewing etc. You can never know too much!
And add some packages of a variety of non-hybrid garden seed vegetables and fruit.
Well that's it – how you can get a family of four quickly prepped to live for a period of one year or longer – in
what may be the easiest possible way… and all for a total cost under $9,000.