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Friday, August 15, 2014

Prepper Mistakes...First In-First Out

    I recently had the pleasure to spend some time with a family who believes in being prepared for a SHTF scenario. 

   They were well on their way to becoming self sufficient . They had weapons, back-up water and electricity, communications, food and seeds, and even a bee hive to ensure pollination.

   As the family showed off all the great planning they have done, I noticed a big No-No.

   Next to the 5 gallon bucks of freeze dried and dehydrated foods were rows of shelving packed with everyday store items. There was plenty of toiletries and foods.

   This is when I really started to take a better look.

   The family consists of a mom,dad, and a early teenage boy and girl, so I figured the 24 large tubes of toothpaste was probably more than enough for the long haul. The 12 boxes of tampons, on the other hand, was not enough. I would hate to be around when that last box went empty. We should all know that "High-Value" items like must command special attention. 

   Next, I picked up one of the 24 big bottles of  Ranch dressing from the back of the shelf. The "use by" date expired in 18 months. Big NO-NO. Now we all love getting a great bargain, but keep it in perspective. 12 bottles of Ranch dressing would be plenty as long as you remember to constantly rotate.

   This the mistake a lot of people make. People will fill up their food storage and say to themselves, "that's done". This can not be anymore false. Once you start putting items aside, you must use those items first. When you do your weekly grocery shopping, then your restock the shelves.

    First In- First Out. Live by it.

   Here is some questions you should ask yourself:

   1)  Who am I prepping for?  Are you going help family, friends, and neighbors who failed to prepare?

   2)  How long do I think my supplies need to last? Are you planning for bad weather or economic collapse?

   3)  Can I use the items that I buy quick enough to ensure freshness?

   4)  Do I have enough "High-Value" items that can be traded if needed?

   5)  Did I check what other preppers are doing for good ideas?

   Hopefully that gets you thinking a bit. Prepping for any situation takes time and dedication to be successful. We will all make mistakes along the way. The harder you work at it and the more you learn, will make your disaster situation just that much more tolerable.

   Check back in the future for a list of  "High-Value" items and some tips about ammo No-No's

             It's easier to survive, when your gear survives

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