Greetings SHTF readers. I’m traveling for business this week, so today’s post is coming to you from the middle of nowhere Nebraska! Nebraska is admittedly a little boring, but it does have the upside of being within driving range, so not only did I NOT have to fly (FU TSA!) but I was able to bring along a little bit of workout equipment, my knife and my Get Home Bag. This makes for a much happier Calamity Jane. My Get Home Bag that I take on business trips is pretty small. Maps, some small bits of food, flashlight, fire starters and a change of socks. It’s only designed to add on to my Every Day Carry. The Every Day Carry has water, food, blanket, headlamp, knife, first aid and paracord. Always reevaluate what you are carrying if you plan to travel further than your usual commute. Especially if you don’t have the hassle of the TSA.
Speaking of evaluating. Hubby and I have been eating down the flour stores this fall. It’s been really interesting to get some numbers for how much we are using right now. It’s hard for me to get accurate usage numbers when we’re actively restocking what gets used, so for this fall we’ve been eating what we have and not replacing it. It helps that hubby has settled on a Daily Bread recipe that he likes, and he uses that recipe with only minor modifications for the type of flour. (Wheat versus White Wheat versus All Purpose.) We have found that with 3 of us eating bread, he has to make 2 loaves a week. That requires 5 – 7 cups of flour for a batch of dough that makes 2 loaves. We buy most of our flour in the 5 pound bags. With our bread routine, one 5 pound bag will usually make us 3 batches of bread, plus a pan of biscuits or a couple of stacks of pancakes. That’s not quite a month’s worth of bread. Let’s call it 3/4 of a month’s bread. Working the math a bit more, I can say that to have a solid 3 month supply of flour, we need 4 or 5 bags of flour, at a minimum. Once boy #2 really gets into the bread thing, I’ll need to up that to at least 6 bags of flour to see us through a 3 month period. I sure do like having solid numbers to work with. We’re down to the floury dregs of our storage, so we’ll be restocking as soon as I get home, I love that I know exactly what my goal is for that restocking. Anybody else see the reports about the 7$ loaf of bread after Sandy hit New York? It sure does make that bag of flour look a lot more reasonable. Stock the essentials people! It doesn’t get more essential than flour in my house.
More than 400 possible cases of price gouging of gasoline and other essentials, including a $10 box of matches and $7 loaf of bread, have been reported in New York before and after Sandy.
Other essential goods in short supply on the East Coast include gasoline, food, bottled water, generators, batteries and flashlights.
If you’re only going to prep a handful of things, please consider the list above. You don’t really need fancy equipment or gear, because when push comes to shove, you’re probably going to want a bag of flour, a working flashlight, and some bottled water. That’s not too hard. Get it done now, before the next disaster has your town in the bulls-eye.