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Title: Survival Foods Weston A. Price Elgin, Illinois

Survival Foods Weston A. PriceElgin, Illinois
  • Steve Trisko
  • September 2008

Things to think about.
Survival FoodsAgenda
  • Threats and scenarios
  • Financial and institutional calamities
  • Natural disasters
  • Nuclear accident/attacks, riots, civil disorder
  • Product shortages
  • Preparations
  • Your level of risk tolerance
  • Investment and time
  • Sources of information and supplies
  • Survival Thinking
  • What does it mean?
  • What must you be prepared to do?
  • How do you get ready?
  • Survival Foods
  • On-hand
  • Packaged
  • Foraging 101

Threats and Scenarios
  • Financial and institutional calamities
  • Stock market crash
  • Bank, credit union, stock market 401k account
  • ATMs are dead
  • POS registers at stores and gas stations arent
  • Communications networks down
  • Cant get your money!
  • Whats in your wallet?
  • How long will it last?

Threats and Scenarios
  • Natural Disasters
  • Tornadoes earthquake, flood
  • Fire, volcanoes
  • Extreme snow and ice
  • Earth changes and pole shift
  • Extended power outage, no natural gas, no water,
    no electricity
  • Man-made disasters
  • Nuclear accident/attacks, riots, war
  • Chemical spill, gas release
  • Biological warfare
  • Marshall Law declared
  • Your home, neighborhood, or town is crippled
  • What will you do?

Threats and ScenariosEarth Changes - The Worst
Case Scenario
  • Mother Earth is Cleansing Herself
  • American Indian and other cultures beliefs and
  • Pole Shift is Beginning - TEWAWKI
  • 3,500 year cycle
  • Sudden, violent changes
  • Dry lands go underwater
  • Underwater lands rise up
  • Lost cities reappear
  • Think of any recent examples?

Threats and Scenarios Earth Changes - The Worst
Case Scenario
  • Telltale Signs
  • More frequent earthquakes
  • Red/Pink circles around the sun
  • Pink and other color clouds
  • Sun/moon not in the right places
  • Constellations out of place
  • Excessive winds, rains, tornadoes, hurricanes
  • Hotter/colder or wetter/dryer than usual
  • Recurring 100 year and 500 year floods
  • Aircraft crashes, bride collapses, and cranes
    tipping over
  • Animals behaving strangely

Threats and Scenarios
  • Riots and civil disobedience
  • Roaming looters looking for food, water, , etc.
  • Roads blocked to stores, gas stations, etc.
  • May not be able to go anyplace
  • May be robbed at home or on the road
  • How long can you lay low?
  • Can you defend yourself and family?
  • Will you share what you have instead?

Threats and Scenarios
  • Product shortages
  • Milk, bottled water, juices
  • Soaps, toothpastes, deodorants, etc.
  • Fresh produce
  • Canned and packaged foods
  • Frozen foods
  • First aid products, supplements, drugs
  • Think about how fast the store shelves went empty
    with the last big snowstorms
  • Whats in your cupboard refrigerator?
  • How long will it last?

You Will be at Bottom During Survival ModeFew
Comforts - Much Hardship
Marlowe's Hierarchy of Needs
Threats and ScenariosThe Perfect Storm
  • Most likely there will be a combination of all
  • Assess your level of tolerance for each threat
  • Decide if you want to deal with it
  • Figure out how
  • Get ready
  • Think it through now - while things are calm and
  • It could happen tomorrow!
  • Identify like-minded people
  • Share the analysis and planning
  • Educate yourselves
  • Create domain expertise
  • Find and try stuff youll need
  • Establish group contingency plans and supplies
  • Etc.
  • Getting ready will take time and money

Survival Thinking
  • When are you in survival mode?
  • One day, three days, a week, two weeks?
  • Longer?
  • How long a period will you prepare for?
  • Who is covered by your plan and supplies?
  • Self? Family living with you?
  • Other family members not living with you?
  • Friends? Neighbors?
  • Keep quiet about your disaster supplies
  • If you believe in readiness you must get your
    families to believe as well
  • Otherwise you will be storing for their needs,

Survival Thinking Are you strong enough to
survive? Do you want to?
  • Can you stay healthy?
  • You may have to eat a lot of ordinary and GMO
  • The internet may be gone
  • Doctors offices and hospitals may be closed
  • Drug stores may be closed
  • Can you live without electricity? Gas? Water?
  • Can you make the tough decisions about who does
    and does not get food and water?
  • Can you defend yourself, family, and property?
  • Do you think you should?
  • If you have or buy a firearm are you ready to use
  • Do you know self defense?
  • Can you travel without a car?
  • Do you know first aid? Have the supplies?

Survival ThinkingWill you have everything you
  • What do you need?
  • Build a checklist - many examples are available
  • Compute energy, food, water, and other needs
  • Your checklist is your shopping list
  • How much will it cost?
  • Shop garage sales for inexpensive, usable things
  • Check websites and eBay for best deals
  • How long will you allow yourself to get it?
  • Dont waste time - set a target date and go!
  • Where will you keep it?
  • Needs to be secure and quickly accessible
  • It will be expensive!
  • How will you feel if you are in survival mode but
    didnt buy what you could have?

Survival ThinkingWill you be ready to get up and
  • What if you have to abandon your home on short
  • Who and what will you take with?
  • Where will you go?
  • Will you meet others who will travel with you?
  • How many alternate routes will you have?
  • Roads and bridges may be closed
  • GPS systems may not be working
  • Do have a big enough vehicle to take
  • what youd like to?
  • Can you go off-road if you have to?
  • Can you sleep in your vehicle?

Survival PreparationNeed Two Plans For Your
Time Frame
  • Long Term - More Than 7 Days?
  • Stationary - wait it out
  • At home or where your supplies are
  • Limited travel
  • Self-sufficient, low profile
  • Reliant upon and helping community and family
  • Short Term - Up to 7 days?
  • Mobile, forced to move out of your home
  • Hasty departure
  • Traveling to another location
  • Uncertain where you will be and for how long
  • May be stranded on the way
  • Probably be sharing the time with strangers

Survival Preparation
  • Too much to learn individually!
  • Decide what you do best and what your skills are
  • Focus on these and become the expert in your
  • Build one or two additional skills Special
    Forces approach
  • Figure out who knows the other areas
  • Divide and conquer
  • Build a responsibility matrix or organization
  • Decide who is responsible for what
  • Identify common supplies to be acquired and
  • Determine the criteria to mobilize for a disaster
  • Decide where you would meet
  • Plan for non-standard communications

Survival Preparation
  • Typical Skill Areas
  • Foods on-hand, long shelf life, fresh
  • Eating disposable plates, utensils, wipes
  • Energy heat, cooking, light, batteries,
  • Health - first aid, medicines, supplements
  • Water on hand and purification processes
  • Sanitation human waste, personal hygiene
  • Shelter repair, demolition
  • Transportation fuel, bicycles, off-road
    vehicles, walking trails
  • Communications weather, short wave, two-way
  • Spiritual support individual and/or group
  • Entertainment books, games, low-tech pleasant
  • Defense personal, home, and community
  • Hunting and foraging find it, clean it, eat it

Survival Research and Study
  • Most sources deal with people on the move or in
    sudden, unfortunate circumstances
  • Make shelter and heat
  • Find food, find your way home
  • Escape and evade, first aid, etc.
  • Typically military/outdoors flavor
  • Most have a limited section about foods
  • Hunting, trapping, cleaning, cooking game

Survival Research and Study
  • Many good survival books and resources available
  • Start at the library
  • Look on-line, many excellent articles available
  • Look for edible wild food, foraging, and
    preserving foods
  • You need reference information on-hand
  • We have three good foraging books with pictures
  • Still cant identify some berries and plants
  • Most trees arent in the books
  • Very slow learning curve!

Survival FoodOn-Hand and Fresh Foods
  • On-Hand
  • Whats in the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer
  • Usually enough on-hand for a week or so
  • Cold and frozen food will go bad in several days
  • Grow fresh
  • Hydroponic and regular gardening
  • Sprouting
  • Foraging

Survival FoodPackaged Foods Years of Shelf Life
  • Regular Foods
  • Dried, stored air-tight - ½ to 1
  • Boxed, no bag - ½ to 1
  • Sealed wax paper or cello bag - 1
  • Jars - 2
  • Foil wrapped - 1 to 2
  • Metal cans - 1 to 3
  • Specialty Foods
  • Long-life packaged - 2 to 5
  • Military Ready to Eat (MRE) - 5
  • Freeze dried - 20

MRE Storage Life           
Note Vacuum Packing Regular Foods Will Extend
Shelf Life
Survival FoodOrdinary at Best
  • Long-life packaged foods
  • These are reasonably good, Kosher available
  • MREs
  • Theyre awful but will keep you alive
  • Soldiers eat them because they have no choice
  • Very bad ingredients
  • Freeze dried
  • Many varieties of meats, veggies, fruits, grains
  • Need plenty of water to bring them back to life
  • Almost no organic choices
  • Bad ingredients in many long life foods GMO?
  • MSG code words, sugar, chemicals, bad oils,
  • Like typical supermarket foods
  • Have plenty of digestive enzymes on hand!
  • Grow/buy organic
  • Preserve, dry, or can it for long life storage

Survival FoodGrow Your Own
  • Dried foods
  • Make your own from good ingredients
  • Fruit nut bars, beef/turkey jerky
  • Most fruits work well
  • Takes a long time unless a hydrator is used
  • Vacuum pack to make them last longer
  • Hydroponic gardening
  • Plants grow in a nutrient solution water,
    fertilizer, no dirt
  • They need light to grow and green up
  • Water solution needs to be refreshed
  • Can be in a greenhouse or indoors
  • Humidity can be a challenge

Survival FoodGrow Your Own
  • Sprouting
  • Seeds last for several years if kept dry
  • Many sprouts are needed to make a good size salad
  • Soak in water and drain, rinse each morning and
  • Expose to light for the last day or two to green
  • Most varieties are ready in 3 - 4 four days
  • Typical batch calls for 2 - 3 teaspoons of seeds
  • Doesnt require much space or work
  • Rinsing will increase your water needs

Survival FoodPlant or Find It
  • Plant it
  • Regular gardening of veggies
  • Expand to add spices, flowers, berry bushes,
    fruit trees
  • Grow extra and preserve it
  • Know your farmer and help him grow it
  • Find it foraging
  • Locate it now so you know where to go when you
    need it
  • Seasonality is a major factor
  • Make a map - it looks different during the winter
  • Get reference materials, study, and learn how to
    identify edible wild foods
  • Try it now
  • Some plants are food, some are medicinal, some
    are both
  • There are toxic/poisonous look-alikes
  • Its all around us and plentiful!

Survival Food - Foraging
  • Competition
  • Birds, critters, other people will also be
    hunting for food
  • When you go back for in-season discoveries they
    may be gone
  • Dont assume that a return trip will pay off
  • Constant Activity Required
  • Your map needs to be precise
  • Lots of foraging time is needed to get very
    little food
  • If you rely on foraging you will likely go hungry
  • Native Americans
  • Harvested everything when it was in season
  • Took only what they needed and did no damage
  • Preserved most of their food for lean times and
  • Meats pemmican, smoked, jerky
  • Berries dried or mashed into cakes and dried
  • Grains dried, ground into flour
  • Roots tubers dried and ground into powder
  • Nuts stored in shell, unshelled dried, milled
    into flour or butter
  • Leaves dried for medicinal uses and tea

Survival Food Foraging 101 Testing Plants
  • Avoid eating for 8 hrs. before the test. Drink
    only water. Eat only the plant.
  • Divide the plant - leaves, stems, roots, etc. -
    test only one part at a time.
  • Smell for strong, acid or almond-like scent
  • Crush to release potentially hidden smells if
    unpleasant smell, reject it
  • Place a sample of the plant inside of your elbow
    or wrist.
  • Wait 15 minutes to see any adverse reaction such
    as blistering or irritation.
  • If no skin reaction, place small piece on the
    outer surface of the lip
  • Test for burning or itching. Leave for three
  • Put the piece onto your tongue hold it there for
    15 minutes without chewing.
  • Chew the piece of plant, but do not swallow.
  • Hold the chewed plant in your mouth for another
    15 minutes.
  • Swallow the food and wait for 8 hrs.
  • If you start to feel ill, induce vomiting, and
    drink plenty of water.
  • If no adverse reaction, eat a handful of the
    plant, wait another 8 hrs.
  • If no sign of illness, the plant is safe to eat
    when prepared in the same manner as during the

Survival FoodForaging Etiquette
  • Conservation
  • Never take more than can be replenished naturally
  • Do minimal or no damage to the plants and
  • Never collect all of the roots of a colony of
    plants thin them out
  • Leave some tubers in place for next season
  • Take only 1/3 of the leaves on greens
  • OK to take all of the nuts, berries, fruits and
  • Location
  • Do not harvest on private land without permission
  • Search in forest preserves, along streams and
  • Pick from not heavily traveled roadsides

Survival Food Foraging 101Local Discoveries
  • What we found within 1 ½ miles of home
  • Blackberries, raspberries, elderberries
  • Serviceberries, high-bush cranberries
  • Acorns, black walnuts
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Cattails
  • Milkweed
  • Amaranth
  • We havent started identifying the greens and
    tall grasses
  • Best of all, we found a well with hand pump in

Survival Food Foraging 101Local Discoveries
  • Survival Equipment garage rummage Sales
  • New Coleman two burner camping stove - 5
  • Cast iron pot for cooking in the ground or on
    open fire - 2
  • 5 gal. gas can - 1
  • Shovel - 1, tool box - 1
  • 12v deep discharge marine battery - 5
  • Coleman heater - 5, Coleman lanterns - 2
  • Pressure cooker - 5, ball jars and lids - 2
  • Big candles - .25
  • Tent 5, backpack - 1
  • Many other items acquired inexpensively around
    the area

Water, Water, Water!
  • This may be more important than food
  • Plan for 1 gallon per day per person for drinking
  • Reconstituting freeze-dried foods takes
    additional water
  • Typical ratio is 1 part food and 2 parts water
  • Cooking takes more water
  • Forget about regular showers, baths, and shaves
  • Bathing, brushing teeth, shampooing hair will be
    rare treats
  • Bottled water has a shelf life of about two years
  • You may have to find water, lug it home, and
    purify it
  • Find water sources now
  • Have purifying equipment ready

Water, Water, Water!Dehydration Can Kill You
  • Early Symptoms
  • Thirst
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Dry Skin
  • Skin Flushing
  • Dark Colored Urine
  • Dry Mouth
  • Fatigue or Weakness
  • Chills
  • Head Rushes
  • Later Symptoms
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased respiration
  • Decreased sweating
  • Decreased urination
  • Increased body temperature
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Muscle cramps
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Tingling of the limbs
  • Too Late?
  • Muscle spasms
  • Vomiting
  • Racing pulse
  • Shriveled skin
  • Dim vision
  • Painful urination
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures
  • Chest and Abdominal pain
  • Unconsciousness

Survival FoodsExamples and Handouts
  • Example books for review
  • Foraging
  • Survival
  • Book highlights
  • Elgin library inventory
  • Example long life foods
  • Look them over read the labels
  • Note the ingredients and shelf lives
  • The cooler the storage area, the longer they last
  • References - handouts
  • URLs
  • Sites to search for and identify plants
  • Sites to buy long-life foods and learn more

Get Ready Now! When the time comes, its too