This is a guest post and entry in our non-fiction writing contest by Doods Dayto in the Philippines
Our country is really prone to typhoon and often when calamities hit, we’ll have no electricity for days, street are flooded (some areas get flooded even in non-typhoon rains), food become scare because it all comes from the provinces, food prices go UP, if you can have them, Government service almost at a standstill, water from taps become discolored and transport is hard. Reading and learning from posts from sites like this helped me a lot, but am still wanting many things, my small salary is not enough to meet the “big-ticket” items that may forever be a desire for us (me and my family) but was able to assemble what a call a rudimentary survival scenario for us, and am sharing with you here some or most of it…HTH though.
We are a rice and viand culture so our food supply is dictated by what we can consume on a not-so-boring cycle at least, we consume one sack a month so we stack extra two (par 3). We give out to the neighbor or some helpers in the community if fresh stocks come in (and there are signs the leftover of a “running” sack may “outlife” soon) , just for good PR and neighbor support. I am investing in vacuum packed rice now available but still pricy and reputed to last for years!
We stack canned goods of what my kids eat, sardines, spam, meatloaf, corned beef, lots of pasta and canned sauces and various other ingredients for cooking (must have for me-Spanish olives stuffed with anchovies!, also canned butter, meat spreads, peanut butter, jams and the like ). We also have plenty of instant noodles, crackers and other quick preparation meals, bouillon cubes, instant soups, instant food flavorings, tomato sauces, etc., good for three months use, with labels following FIFO rule, these we don’t put in the cupboards but in plastic “catering boxes” that can be hauled in our small BOV in an instant, but then we are really bent on bugging in, unless a huge fire is near us (plane crash again!) and we have to go!
Frozen meats and processed food are plenty in the freezers. We have a small canteen and 50 person cap catering business so recycling them is not a problem. We have good inventory of food, even those on-site canteen that I can tap as extra food once the situation calls for it
Sugars, flour and condiments are plenty (again because of the small canteen and catering business), seasoning are a lot coz of our catering, (at least we won’t have boring meals that even the box of rehydrated TVP will taste good as pasta topping). We have stock of candies, chocolates, cookies for kids, canned fruits, honey, and gelatin mixes for morale boosting sweets just in case.
A phenomena here is the mushrooming of purified water selling booth and we have been living in bottled water (5 gal) ever since. Drinking from the tap needs getting used to, (European Tummies beware!) and I have a small filtration system using replaceable ceramic filter just in case.
I stock ten (as a par stock) 5-gallon filtered water jugs, good for ten days at 1 gallon per person since there are five of us (me, three kids and their nanny of 15 years now) We have a water tank for reserved water with 300 liters and a shared deep well pump were we can get clean water for bathing, washing and house cleaning (only my close neighbor whom I share it knows it, all others DO NOT know we have a well inside our fence) I’m quite confident my water needs are covered even if we bug in on a relatively long period of time. (at least I don’t worry about the flush!)
Worse comes to worst, I have ID most water sources within five kilometer near us, including a creek in our village, a river about a kilometer from us, as I’ve learned in a survival web site.
We use LPG now and as of this writing, the prices went ballistic again! Lucky I grew up in many ways of cooking here. I have a back-up kerosene stove, the most common poor-man stove here and I know how to use it well, plus kerosene is cheap and readily available (I have three 2L canned kerosene on standby). I have a bug-out LPG canister stove (those Japanese butane stove with high BTU flames) that I have a reserved 24 pieces of LPG canister (75.00 pesos apiece, which I saved one canister per payday!) in our storage in a plastic box. I have a half-drum griller and a fabricated robatayaki griller stove I can use for cooking. Lately, I’ve been sourcing firewood and have a sizable stock (may last more than a month for us), not to mention the many extra lumber we have lying around here. I have firewood stoves (two, also for bug out) and I am experimenting with solar cooker, one of a high-school project I made before.
Electricity / Light
My biggest concern as we don’t have a generator and we are a warm country (need for electric fan) I have invested in a rechargeable LED light (3), LED flashlight (low battery consumption and long life bulbs). A plastic box of candles, including citronella candles to fight-off mosquitoes (also anti-mosquito coils-plenty!), matches and lighters (needed to start wood burning stove too). These boxes are marked for emergency bug-out. I have kerosene powered hurricane lamps (on sale cheap, made in China but works! ) for external lighting in typhoons, rechargeable battery operated small electric fan (so kids can sleep) and UPS (for the computer)
I am saving to invest in a small generator so the kids can at least sleep better with electric fans and the ref can work during brown outs to save some of the food in it. Another thing am looking at are solar battery chargers, for Am/FM radio and cell phones. Buts that may have to wait awhile as the pay needs rescheduling…ha ha
We have community patrols and I live in a modest neighborhood where we have guards in the village gate. I have a Glock 26, six magazines, two G19 mags, one 30 round mag, all full, with a good amount of extra 9mm ammo. I am stocking more ammo this year but I am renewing my gun permit so the money will have to go for that first. I have a huge machete, two arnis de mano sets (traditional fighting sticks where I have training), a spear, a homemade sling shot, two tactical knives and one traditional knife.
All these are always clean and maintained. My next goal is to acquire a Glock 19 and a 22LR rifle or a locally made shotgun which is inexpensive here and our gun licensing law allows civvies to have two pistol (9mm and 22 cal only) and one long rifle that is non-automatic.
A permit to carry can be had (expensive though) for the pistols. . My daughter carries pepper spray and am waiting one more year so I can teach the boys how to shoot…(they allow 13 year-old kids in private gun range here). I am keen on how we can survive in a massive goon-zombies-mob attack but then our neighborhood is a good support system, and lucky to live in a dead-end street where we agreed to block the open end and fight off intruders, most my neighbor have guns (mostly Glockies btw, so we can share ammo in an “situation”) including rifles and shotguns!
There is an opportunity for us here because there are still open spaces around our house and in the neighborhood. We once planted vegetables in front of our house, in a lot outside our fence street side (nowadays I have various decent amount of herbs) and even corn! We eat crawling or vine veggies, and I have a huge tree vegetable (Moringa) , sweet potatoes, a mango tree at the back, seasonal jack fruit in front, and an always-fruit-bearing papaya tree under the water tank.
I am getting native chicken from our province and will grow them in a makeshift coop at the back. Few of my neighbors are growing veggies and fruits in theirs too and we agree to share these in dire needs. During one of the informal survival talks, one neighbor even joked he may even share his dogs! Yes, sorry to touch on this sensitive issue but even if my family (and most neighbors) don’t and will never do, eat dog meat, our country has a culture in some parts in remote provinces that eat dog meat, meaning in a dire survival situation, some will do, thus our neighbor’s joke! Making food from our rice stocks can be had, I have hand cranked grinders and traditional mortar and pestle type (huge) rice, seeds or corn pounders.
This is an entry in our non-fiction writing contest where you could win:
First Prize) Winner will receive a Stealth Body Armor Level II vest courtesy of SafeGuard ARMOR™ LLC and a $150 gift certificate for Wolf Ammo courtesy of LuckyGunner.com A total prize value of over $600.
Third Prize) Winner will receive copies of both of my books “31 Days to Survival: A Complete Plan for Emergency Preparedness” and “Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: One Man’s Solution” and a Katadyn Siphon Water Filter courtesy of Mayflower Trading Company. A total prize value of $107.
Contest ends on June 5 2012.