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Conrad from Tucson asked:  What is all this hype of storing all dehydrated foods for your survival food stores?  What’s wrong with just regular canned foods?

Well Conrad, I have always recommended in my classes to store the following three types of food:

Canned foods have anywhere from a eighteen month to a three year shelf life on average. I recommend at least a year’s supply minimum.

Meals Ready to Eat (MRE’s) have a even longer shelf life if stored around 40 degrees for up to seven to eight years. I recommend at least a month’s supply.

Dehydrated / Freeze Dried foods have the longest of shelf life. Some of these can be stored up to twenty-five years. Just one major thing to remember with dehydrated foods… You must have a quality year around supply of water to rehydrate your food stores.

You will need a minimum of a one year supply of this variety of food for the transition from every day mode to survival mode when you will be foraging, gardening and hunting for you food for your daily survival.  Your canned food for the transition and the dehydrated for supplementing you survival foods.

Glynis from Butte, MT asked:  Greetings Yonis.  I was wondering what items would you recommend to have on hand for bartering after the upcoming financial collapse?

Great question Glynis.  After the financial collapse will come the collapse of our society and life as we know it.  This does not include the upcoming very devastating natural disasters that will be happening at the same time.  The following list is recommended barter items that should always be bought in bulk along with lots of zip-lock bags to break them down to barter size one pound or less bags.

  • Alcohol, small mixer bottles, Beer and Wine
  • Candles, Lamps & Wicks
  • Coffee (Vacuumed packed)
  • Teas / Cool-Aid / Limon Aid
  • Food items / Salt
  • Matches / Fire starters
  • Medicines / Dental and Medical supplies
  • Personal Hygiene items
  • Seeds, Non-Hybrid
  • Tobacco items
  • Water Purification items
  • How-To books
  • Knowledge & Skill

Also, if you have the resources and supplies to grow your own tobacco or make your own beer and wine, great.  When you think about it, in the aftermath, folks would love to have a since of norm and beer and wine will bring folks back together.  Just remember to have everything you need in storage to make thing folks will need in the aftermath.

Another thing to remember is SKILLS.  A persons skills can also be used for bartering.  Some of the fallowing skills will be in great demand in a post TEOTWAWKI situation.  These are also the types of people you will want in your survival group.

  • Blacksmith / Carpenter
  • Canner / Butcher
  • Doctor / Nurse / Dentist
  • Farmer / Hunter / Fisherman
  • Gunsmith / Reloader
  • Herbalist / Naturalist
  • Leatherman / Tanner
  • Martial Arts instructor
  • Mechanic (Older model veh.)
  • Paramedic / EMT / Midwife
  • Seamstress
  • Soldier / Marine / Combat Vet
  • Survival instructor
  • Teachers

Leilani from Hilo, HI asked:  Hi Yonis, I was wondering with the upcoming Earth Changes, where is the safest place here in the islands?

Interesting question Ms Leilani.  With more geologic activity on the eastern region of the islands, especially on the big island, the safest area will be high in elevation on the western island of Kauai.  Next would be high in elevation on the western end of the island of Molokai.  And last would be high in elevation on the north-west side of the island of Maui.  On all three islands, you would want to be at least 4000 feet in elevation, the higher, the better but not near the top of the peaks.  Winds can easily reach in excess of 300 mph over the peaks and ridges.  You will need a reinforced underground shelter with plenty of water, food, first aid supplies and guns and ammo for a bare minimum of thirty days.

This is for if you have no other choice but to stay in the islands.  But your best bet would be to move to the mainland to one of Rocky Mountain States to an elevation of over 7000 feet.

Well folks, keep those questions coming.


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