If you’ve been a prepper for more than a short time, you’ll be aware of the risks associated with the global food supplies, and just how vulnerable America and the more developed countries are to interruptions to supplies. You’ve almost certainly familiarized yourself with John Fay’s widely accepted solution in ‘Food Crisis? No Problem!’, and if you haven’t, now would be a great time to take a look.
A lot of the problem that people will face in any form of disaster stems from simple human nature. There’s an inbuilt sense of panic that sets in easily, and that typically exacerbates the problem. Let’s take gas shortages as an example. It’s not going to surprise anyone to see huge queues at the gas stations start to form within minutes if there’s a hint that a shortage is imminent. It’s almost a type of greed – people must fill up their vehicles before everyone else buys up all the supplies. Of course, regardless of how serious the problem is, it rapidly escalates.
The supply chain that manages gas supplies to stations is very closely monitored and managed, and there’s a real science behind the schedule of new supplies being delivered. That’s something that goes way beyond the individual location where you fill up your tank, it’s also controlling supplies in local hubs, regionally and even at the State level. Heck, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that the entire national system could have a major headache if a rumor took hold and spread rapidly. Now imagine what it would be like if there truly was a national fuel shortage. Hardly bears thinking about, does it?
Back on the subject of food, exactly the same applies. Grocery stores don’t hold stocks of items for weeks in advance, for multiple reasons. Firstly, it quickly gets expensive to hold space for long in the warehouses and stores. There’s a common concept relied upon by retailers that the ideal is the shortest possible time between receiving stock on site and selling it to a consumer without risking running out. The second reason is that we’ve developed a love for fresh food – the exact opposite of the focus of a good prepper, at least ahead of a calamitous event striking. There’s plenty of ways to get fresh food after a disaster, not least growing your own, but that takes time, and you need to eat until that’s been done.
So, while the rest of the world continues blindly wandering towards the abyss, as prepared survivalists we can be quiet going about our business of making sure we’ll be ok on the day everyone else is fighting aver the last few loaves of bread. It’s sad but true, those long life tins and vacuum packs will allow us to keep focusing on staying alive when others are almost doing the opposite.
This hysteria of panic buying is a very real threat that we see over and over – you even see the madness of promotions on Black Friday causing violence in the stores over who can buy a cheap TV, so what would it be like when its about feeding yourself, or even more so feeding your children?
The only way to be sure that you won’t be caught up in the dangerous and precarious position of running out of food to feed you family in a food shortage is to make sure you have enough to survive for at least weeks. That should be long enough to let you know that the situation is improving or worsening. In the meantime, you’ll need to be putting stage two into action, as the supplies will only last for so long. That means working out how you’re going to survive in the months afterwards. That will almost certainly involve putting your green fingers to use with a veggie patch, and another great solution is to build a chicken coup to get eggs and potentially meat too. Generally chickens are great short term for eggs, and when they stop laying you can think more in terms of meat.
Secrecy is often something that preppers think about. After all, when the vast majority of the population are stuff with empty shelves in the stores, you don’t want it to be common knowledge that you’ve got a supply of veg growing in the garden, or chickens running around and providing for you every morning. On the other hand, once the SHTF and it’s looking like a long term collapse in organized food supply, any surplus supplies could quickly become very valuable and therefore a very useful bargaining and bartering tool. This is one area we’ll talk about more in the future on SurvivalShelter.org, as playing your cards right can not only feed your family short term, but also create some very valuable opportunities as society begins to get back onto its feet.