- Water: I use 1 gallon a day for planing purposes and worked toward 3 months or 90 gallons for 1 person. I don't count my water heater as part of my stored water. I started with 2-3 liter bottles and 5 gallon camp jugs added two 55 gallon rain barrels not for drinking water but for the garden and flushing the toilet it is just fine and could be treated to add to the drinking water. My goal for the new year is to add two more rain barrels and replace my soda bottles with a couple of 55 gallon water barrels. I have bleach and additional water filters for treating water from rivers, creeks or lake if needed.
- Food: Six months worth was my first goal. That should be long enough to carry you into the next growing season no matter when or how long things are bad. Buying seeds and practicing your gardening skills is critical. Assume your garden will fail and treat it as a bonus if it succeeds and learn to preserve your food and have the tools on hand in order to preserve. My goal for the new year is to get reusable canning lids.
- Cash on hand: One month worth for bills in your home and five months worth in a Credit Union or local Bank. Don't get anything that has a contract of two years and or a cancellation fee. If you need to drop your cost of living those fees will crush you.My goal for the new year to keep working on this as cash is a commodity you will need for trade.
- Precious metals: I buy silver some folks buy gold, as to how much you need it is open. But according to history it takes about 30 oz. of silver or 1 oz of gold per month to trade for goods to live. No one may want to trade with you in a complete collapse but if we can keep chugging along both gold and silver are some of the easiest items to turn into cash quickly. My goal for the new year to keep working on this, PM's are commodity you might use for trade.
- Sundries and other items: This is your toothpaste, laundry soap, toilet paper and clothes.Most of these items don't spoil and while they can be replaced you will be under a lot of stress so having the items on hand will help your morale and give you time to transition to the new normal.
- Alternatives to power, cars and tools: When power cost go up and they will do you have a way to have heat, transportation, lights and hand tools that you will need to keep some items going. A bike as a replacement for a car, Solar or wind for keeping a little electricity going or charging batteries. Fans in place of an air-conditioner. My goal for the new year is to have a small solar generator set up and a solar oven.
- Security: This covers a lot of ground and there are plenty of lists of what is best. My goal for the new year is to get more solar powered and motion sensitive yard lights and 3 solar desk lamps for in the house. I want to have the option of always having a little light on hand plus folks get used to seeing the lights now.
- Practice: Using all of the items I have managed to get like the sewing machine, doing some reloading, adding new plants, and beds to the garden and stretching the growing season. Doing a better job using my harvest.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
How much is enough? Or my new year's to do list.
These are my guesstimates for my overall plan. I'm think in months and years not how many pounds per person of any one item. You can get that easily from the LDS food planners or on the internet at other sites. This will be about how I picked my goals for how much stuff I needed as a minimum and a maximum for me and why I chose those goals.