Wednesday, June 16, 2010

When the grocery stores are gone....

Even in the face of smaller hiccups, most people do not have an adequate supply of food in their house. Teeny disasters come up all the time - snow storms, power outages, floods. Disruption in shipping can be affected from all directions.

What would you do if your grocery store wasn't receiving food shipments anymore?
How long would you be able to provide meals for your family?

We'll get to 2012 preparation...but:

What if there was a water shortage for 3 days and water no longer flowed from your faucets?
(Keep a bottle of bleach dedicated to water treatment)
You may not have electricity or gas to boil water.....always have a backup plan!

  • 1 quart bottle 4 drops of bleach
  • 2 liter soda bottle 10 drops of bleach
  • 1 gallon jug 16 drops of bleach (1/8 tsp)
  • 2 gallon cooler 32 drops of bleach (1/4 tsp)
  • 5 gallon bottle 1 teaspoon of bleach
What if there was a transportation strike? Does your grocery store work with local producers, or is it a chain that receives supplies from another state? Are you prepared if the strike lasted for a month? Trucking regulations are changing with the new CSA 2010 and some truckers are not pleased about the changes. Are you aware of what's in the CSA 2010. I didn't even know it existed until today.

A time-tested way to provide for your family is by planting a garden. Even an 26 story apartment has windows and plants don't care where their soil is located. I found this great supply of seeds - which might be great to have on hand for the "Emergency" scenario. Obviously it wouldn't work to feed your family over the next 7 days....but would be a great essential for your food storage.

In the meantime, make a plan for your garden, buy some pots, till some soil, plant some seeds. My neighbor used the square foot gardening method and her garden looks fantastic. My beds are bigger, but she really utilized her space. Next year I'll be planting using the square foot gardening method.

Happy planting!

The Survival Mama
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