Hi, I've started my just-in-case food storage plan and I wanted to bounce it off somebody to see what you think.
I'm no survivalist by any means but after the latest Redoubt episode it got me thinking, the premise is massive earthquake and/or volcanoes shutting everything (infrastructure, food delivery to AK) down in Anchorage for 3+ months. Its just the wife and I.
So, after the usual food in the pantry is gone:
0 to +2 weeks: Case of military MREs from the commisary (I actually kinda like them) 5 to 10 years shelf life if kept below 60 degrees.
In place already.
+2 weeks to +4 weeks: Pouches of Mountain House freeze-dried (FD) food (scored on ebay) expensive but dang tasty and lots of variety, 7 year shelf life, rotate/refill as they get eaten on hunting/fishing/camping trips.
Open one gallon plastic pail of Sailor Boy pilot bread (we like it), has 50 slices per pail. From Costco. Packed bread myself in Mylar bags inside pails.
+4 weeks to +4 months: Finally time to break out the bulk food since it looks like the emergency is going to continue for a while.
#10 cans of FD entrees, veggies and breakfasts. 3 meals a day. 30+ year shelf life. Most from Sportsmans warehouse, FD veggies and fruit/berries coming from beprepared.com. FD in this amount was godawful expensive.
Two 1 gallon pails of powdered orange drink. One 1 gallon pail of powdered milk. Costgo. cheap.
Three more 1 gallons pails of Sailor Boy bread. Costgo. cheap
+4 months and on. Civilization is evidently screwed
1 six gallon bucket of each; dried pinto beans, lima beans, rice, split peas, pasta, powdered eggs, 15 year shelf life, Costgo/Sams, cheap
2 gallon pail of salt, 2 gallon pail of sugar, 2 gal honey. Indef life. Costgo/Sams, cheap
Two #10 cans of potato flakes, 10 year life, Costgo, cheap
Honking big bottle of good multivitamins
1 case of 180 FD pork chops in #10 cans, ebay, 20 year life, have. expensive
12 each (24 total) tins of Red Feather canned butter and cheese, MREdepot.com, 20+ year shelf life (can claims indef), expensive. Might get more cheese since body needs some concentrated fats and oils.
5 more gallon pails of Sailor Boy bread in progress. Might do more.
One #10 can of shortening, 5 year life
Not much variety Meals are basically "endless kettle of stew" with sailor boy bread.
In progress, barely started.
Water: one 500 gal collapsable rain barrel, 40 gals of 2 gal costgo water. Good Katydyn water filter and spare cartridges.
Power/lights: Generator (already had), 200 gals of gasoline (160 gals in cabin cruiser boat, 40 in suburban, kept full of stabilized gas at all times)
45 watt solar cells (have), inverter (from boat), two 200 amp-hour deep cycle forklift batteries (will use as huge "house bank" for boat) and one 110 AH marine deep cycle for jon boat elec trolling motor
Heat: wood stove in house, vented gasoline heater for boat (if I can find one)
Misc: hand crank flashlights and hand crank hf/vhf/uhf AM/FM radio, medical kit, usual safety equip, my guns/ammo, 12v water pump.
Plan is for in-place at home, if things get crazy will load everything up on the boat and scoot away on kicker then anchor boat and listen to radio.
All pails are packed in heat sealed mylar bags that are purged with dry ice and then dessicants and oxy absorbers tossed in before final heat seal. All the MREs and freeze-dried is stored in shed in back yard, dehydrated/dried is in heated garage because it shouldnt be allowed freeze/thaw cycles.
So, anything that I've missed? Am I totally over doing it?