Holy preparedness, Mormon dudes and dudettes!
I’m delivering a very useful link if you haven’t seen it already – the Latter Day Saints Preparedness Manual. I HIGHLY suggest you take a gander at this bad boy, download it, print it, or buy a hard copy for 7 bucks (they sell hard copies right here). You can also view the free pdf version.
I’m not big on the Mormon action, but hey – whatever, to each his/her own. I’m on board with their TEOTWAWKI preps, though. The information contained in that manual is good for the beginner or the advanced prepper.
One thing I found of particular interest was the manual’s calculations of what constitutes one year’s worth of stocked food for an adult male. It’s startling actually, and I’m sure realistic. Check it:
Just how big is a Year’s Supply of food? As explained on the previous page, our Church is suggesting the following minimums for each adult:
- 400 lbs. Grains (17.5oz / day)
- 60 lbs. Beans (2.6oz / day)
- 10 quarts Cooking oil (0.87oz / day)
- 60 lbs. Honey (2.63oz / day)
- 8 lbs. Salt (0.35oz / day)
- 16 lbs Powdered milk (0.70oz / day)
- 14 gallons of drinking water (for 2 weeks)
>So, just how much is this? Two 5 gallon buckets will hold about 75lbs of wheat, rice or other grains.
This means you need 11 buckets of grain for each person in your family.
If you store all your grains in #10 cans…
- Wheat, Rice, Corn, etc. – you would need 64 cans or 10.5 cases per person.
- Pasta – you would need 32 cans or 5.25 cases per person.
- Rolled oats – these are lighter but bulkier, so they require more storage containers and space. You would need 124 cans or 21 cases person.
- Beans – a 25 lb bag of beans will about fit in a single 5 gallon bucket, with a little space over, so 2 buckets would hold a one person supply, or 12 -13 # 10 cans or about 2 cases.
Daily Food – dividing 400lbs by 365days, equals out to 1.09589lbs, or just over 1 lb of grain, per person, per day. That is approximately 2 cups of unground grain to cover your breakfast lunch and dinner. Dividing 60lbs by 365, this works out to 0.16 lbs of beans per day, or 2.6 oz—approximately 3/4 cup. The other foods listed would also need to be used in limited amounts.
This is not much food, folks. Get the basics, then immediately begin to add more kinds of grain, soup mix, canned and/or dehydrated vegetables and fruit, etc to add variety and provide more than the minimal survival diet. As an example, the minimum recommended amount of grain, when ground and prepared will yield about 6 small biscuits or a plateful of pancakes. It’s enough to keep you alive, but a far cry from being satisfied and not hungry.
It’s broken down in an easy to follow format, and underscores important points for the beginner – like STOCKING VARIETY! Particularly with children. Kids will starve to death before eating the same thing day in and day out. They just can’t do it.
– Ranger Man