Prepping Starter List: by Senior Police Detective Troy Edwards (Ret), The Crosshairs L.L.C.
Next time you go to your local superstore, take this list along with you. It will help you get your prepping started. (Keep in mind, these are only suggestions.)
1. 20 lbs of white or brown rice and 20 lbs of pinto beans. White rice has a better storage whereas brown rice has more nutritional benefits.
2. 5 lbs mixed beans, 5 lbs of white sugar, 5 lbs of iodized salt, one gallon of olive oil (can be frozen to extend shelf-life), 5 lbs oats, 10 lbs each of white or wheat flour and cornmeal.
3. 20 cans of canned fruits and 20 cans of canned vegetables. Be sure to buy only those brands and contents you normally eat and nothing exotic (During an emergency is not the time to try “new” things. This would be the worst time to find out that you have certain allergies or get intestinal problems.)
4. 20 cans of various meats, salmon, stews, spam & tuna. Again buy only those brands with contents you normally eat & nothing exotic (During an emergency is not the time to try “new” things. This would be the worst time to find out that you have certain allergies or get intestinal problems.)
5. Two 40-ounce jars in the cart of peanut butter. The listed shelf life is just over two years & each jar has over 6,000 calories. Peanut butter is an excellent instant survival food.
6. Two 72 Ounce Tang Orange drink canisters (provides 100% of the US RDA vitamin C requirement per 8 oz. glass). Also grab six 19-Ounce Containers of Kool-Aid Drink Mix.
7. A couple of bottles of “one a day” multivitamin and mineral supplements.
8. Pick up four(4) five gallon water containers. These can be found in the camping aisle. Fill them with tap water as soon as you get back home.
9. 250 rounds of ammunition for your primary defensive weapon. More if you can, but this should be a good start. Also a good universal cleaning kit.
10. Get the best LED flashlight you can afford, extra batteries and bulb. Also grab two boxes of wooden matches & several multi-purpose lighters.
Don’t forget to date, use and rotate – remember first in first out.