Food to keep on hand could easily include even peanut butter and honey, as these are normally readily available and have a long shelf life (as does Spam). Most canned food will store safely for 2 years, except high acidic varieties such as tomatoes (and foods containing vinegar) and these should be used within 1 year. Most dates on canned goods indicate when it was manufactured. But, by all means please acquire some emergency type long life foods for numerous reasons. Most offer long life spans, are quick and easy to prepare, offer compact storage ability and offer quick grab and go portability.
Needless to say, good clean pure water is absolutely vital for our ongoing good health. In regard to survival, we can reportedly go up to 3 minutes without air, live 3 hours in a truly harsh enviroment, go 3 days without water (although dehydration can occur within 1 hour in hot areas), and survive up to 3 weeks without food. Where water is concerned, weʼd certainly recommend at minimum we all standby store (in a cool and dark dry place preferably) some emergency water. For safest water filtration results with the best taste too, use a high quality filter and/or treatment purification drops. AquaTruWater.com has an affordable and compact countertop reverse osmosis purifier, that is highly recommended by Mike Adams, "The Health Ranger." The BigBerkeyWaterFilters.com line of filters is consistently well rated too, such as the testing results by Mr. Adams, at NaturalNews.com. The Seychelle.com company is also well rated and offers an exceptional line of water filters that even includes an Extreme filter that eliminates radiation contamination. Their filters also raise the water pH which is a healthy bonus, especially their pH2O line, which is specifically designed for increased boosts. Their line includes water pitchers, bottles, straws, etc. Aquamira.com also has a good reputation and offers water bottles, purification drops, etc. We all definitely need to have some portable water bottles on hand (at least one for each person) with spare filters for emergency and/or bug out use. You can even use these now for everyday replacement of costly bottled water. Seychelle bottles as example, provide up to 100 gallons of filtered water before a fresh filter is needed. This would equal 757 half liters of bottled water, for just pennies per gallon. The bottles may be used over and over, are recycle friendly, with no leach and BPA free. Be aware too, that AugasonFarms.com offers Water Drink Pouches, 5 gallon storage boxes with liners and a 55 gallon storage kit. We might well need the ability to catch rain water if under all out extended disaster conditions. We also suggest you download our First Aid Tips pdf article under Downloads in the Health Tips folder and acquire the books: "Where There Is No Doctor" by David Werner and "When All Plans Fail" by Paul R. Williams, M.D. And of course, store some emergency long life food along with your water. On a health side note, the Omega-3s found in Krill Oil can definitely help avoid cellular dehydration issues.
Emergency power needs. We all certainly wish to have some form of back up power readily available when needed to run various electrical equipment or appliances, lights, etc. Running your home refrigerator or freezer as little as 1 hour a day as example, could prevent spoilage of costly food. We suggest you acquire a fuel-less generator. Even if you currently have a gasoline operated unit, please remember the smaller and less costly versions of these usually are not built to withstand day in and day out usage. Furthermore, they are very costly to operate, especially with per gallon fuel prices we are now confronted with. Plus gasoline may not be locally available under emergency circumstances. Of course the larger permanent mount units (such as the Guardian brand) for home or business that operate on natural gas or propane would be an asset, although considerably higher in cost than most portable brands.
How do you plan to communicate should a factor disable all local power, phone lines, internet service and cell towers? We recommend you cover this vital base by promptly obtaining an FCC approved Amateur (Ham) Radio License and at minimum a compact (battery operated) hand held transceiver to access one or more of the Ham radio bands, that also will in many areas monitor local law enforcement and fire services as well. There are now well over 750,000 Americans participating in this most useful and rewarding hobby. Cost can easily be kept under $150 to fully join in, including radio purchase. The typical Ham hand held 5 watt transceiver as example will operate a distance of approx. 20 miles, depending on terrain and antenna. However, thanks to private and/or Ham Club owned permanent Repeaters available for 24/7 access in most areas, that distance is greatly increased. Please read and download our “How To Get Started In Ham Radio” PDF document under the Downloads section at the FactorReady.com web site. It is also posted at our local Ham Club internet site, W5JAS.org. You can further visit the Amateur Radio Relay League national organization web site at ARRL.org for a world of good information on the Ham hobby, find clubs in your area, etc. Once you are into the hobby you may well have interest in a higher class ham license that will permit use of additional (long range) high frequencies, that can allow continental or even world wide contacts with appropriate antenna and radio gear. Note: morse code is no longer required for any of the 3 level ham radio FCC licenses.
SIMPLIFIED HEALTH GUIDE gathered by FactorReady.com: Special Note: Please visit our web site often as this document as well as other tab topics and Download tab pdf articles are frequently updated and/or new content or articles added. As for health in general, Cancer is now rampant and strikes 1 out of 2 American males, and 1 out of 3 females. As a senior citizen after several personal bouts with cancer, we’ve seriously looked into the causes, preventions and recovery. What we’ve learned the hard way applies to literally all auto-immune diseases (especially cancers) and can help us and others we know avoid or eliminate same. Most cancers as example, take years to form and are felt by many health proponents to be primarily derived from a weak immune system. This is usually caused by any or all of the following; (1) Insufficient nutrition from our modern diets with processed foods. We need up to 90 different nutrients daily for optimal health per Dr. Joel Wallach, author of “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie.” (2) Faulty dental work such as amalgam fillings leaking mercury and defective root canals poisoning our systems. (3) Environmental toxins such as smoking, etc. (4) Dampened immune systems such as from long term excessive stress, exposure to chemo and radiation, medication side effects, etc.