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Your “Caloric Life-Line”…Food Is the Kiss Of Life!

My apologies people, I came across this article in an email from the Financial Survivors Network but I couldn’t find the source-code link:

Your “Caloric Life-Line”…Food Is the Kiss Of Life!

There are many opinions about what people should have in terms of an emergency food supply. The recent events of Hurricane Sandy have opened people’s eyes about the fact that food storage is NOT something for the “crazy” or “paranoid”. Even the US Government ( says that you should have at least 3 days of food and water.  If you are thinking about building a food supply, 3 days is laughable and a lot less than practical. When it comes to food, you should have significantly more than 3 days’ worth. Let’s consider the poor track records, performance, and response times of FEMA, the Red Cross, and various government agencies in recent history. During the last (3) major hurricanes and several Tornado disasters, government response has taken several days or more to make significant impacts in assisting the hardest hit areas of these disasters.  But then again, show me anything the government is good at except spending lots of money it does not have, as foolishly as possible? What people don’t understand is the only reason why the government responses to recent disasters have been as good as they were is because: The effects of the disasters have been localized.

Although several Sates and wide geographic areas can be affected by a disaster, the disaster area is still small in comparison to the country as a whole. The point is that, there have always been large, unaffected areas for the relief efforts to pull supplies and support from to send to the disaster area. Key critical relief supplies like water, food, gasoline, batteries, medical supplies, generators, have all poured into the disaster area from places that don’t critically need those items, all while the receiving areas are in crisis mode. The same can be said for available personnel in terms of emergency / disaster response crews: Search Teams, Police, Fire Fighters, EMS, Power Company Line Crews, Telephone Company Line Crews. These people come from areas outside the disaster zone to assist the crisis area, and get the services running again (utilities, communications, Gasoline). A disaster area always sees a huge surge of non-resident personnel in the days and weeks after the disaster occurs. Imagine if the crisis or disaster was more wide spread, or even worse, national? If that was the case, where would the disaster relief effort pull men and materials from?  Is that an unlikely or impossible scenario? I would rather you ask the question, would you be willing to bet your life or the lives of your family on the likelihood that you guessed properly? Personally, I would not.

Food seems like such a stupid thing to take for granted, yet most Americans are guilty of this. After all, food is very plentiful in the developed world. Even though many of us do take food abundance for granted, even worse; we are lured into a false sense of security when it comes to food. We think it will always be available. What if that changes somehow for whatever reason? Many people have realized how fragile and how dependent the supply chain is on electric power, the availability of gasoline, and our network of roads and bridges. One small cause or event can disrupt, or shut the supply chain down quickly and easily. Also, going for supplies in a disaster or crisis situation can be dangerous because you may have to leave you family unprotected while you go seeking what you need. You may endanger or expose yourself by having to go for those supplies. Grocery stores and gas stations can become dangerous places in a time of crisis. Doubt it? Look at all of the reports of arrests, and mob violence at gas stations during Hurricane Sandy, and previous situations in recent history. During Sandy, many cities were reduced to putting uniformed police officers at gas stations 24 hours a day (for 2-3 weeks in some places) to “keep the peace”, and keep the Sheep from killing each other over the last gallon of gas, or the last box of macaroni and cheese. For those of you who think that they will be able to walk into those places with their AK-47’s slung at high ready, remember it’s never always that easy. Wouldn’t it be better to just plan ahead on some basic necessities? Wouldn’t it be nice to just sit back and not have to worry about any of that if you were prepared?

Often, I hear people who are referred to as “experts” on this subject state that the system has about (3) days of food available at any given time. This is what is said to be on the grocery store shelves and stock rooms. If you live in a city of 20,000 people or more, shelves can be cleaned out in less than 24 hours.  We all know we need food to survive an extended emergency, but for many people the question becomes “How much food do I need to store?” Anyone that gives a blanket answer to this question has probably not taken the time to take your personal situation into consideration. What I mean by this is that everyone is different. What maybe practical for some may not be practical for other people. I find the single most limiting factor for people who want to store food is not lack of knowledge of what kind of foods to buy, not the expense of the food, but the actual lack of physical storage space to put it in. Any type of food you can store is relatively bulky, and many people don’t have situations where they have basements, garages, attics, spare bedrooms, or any large free storage spaces.  Most people’s storage space is limited. Even if you wanted to have a year’s supply of food and had the financial means to go get it, you may not have a place to put it all.

So then, how much food is practical and why? In my opinion, a 90 day food supply is a realistic goal for those with limited storage space and limited financial resources. Anything is better than nothing: 30 days is better than 3 days, or none at all!  You have to start somewhere. Sure, more is better, and some respected survival experts suggest 1-3 years supply as optimal.

Why 90 days? We have yet to see a scenario play out where it took longer than a few weeks for basic services to be restored. If we had a wide spread, man -made or natural disaster that was so large in scale that it took longer than several weeks to deal with, a 90 day supply would still be adequate.  If we go beyond 90 days that means that it’s the end of life as we know it. After 90 days in an extended emergency with no aid, you are going to be one of the sole survivors, except for the few people that may have had a bigger supply of resources than you. Lack of clean water and dehydration will kill people much more quickly than starvation. After 90 days, the herd will have thinned dramatically. After 90 days it’s time for “Plan B”.

In my opinion, a food supply does not guarantee your survival. What it does do for you is to buy you time.  A lot can happen in 90 days.  Think of your food supply as a life line. The longer it is, the more time you have to deal with the crisis at hand when it comes to feeding yourself and your family. There may not be a natural disaster or an “end of the world scenario”. The crisis at may be a personal one, which affects you or your family. What if several of your family members lost their jobs at once? How would you buy food if you had to, and what if you had no cash or precious metals savings?  What would you do? Food, shelter, and clothing the saying always goes. Funny how food is always top on the list, huh? Water should be but first, but you get the point. Without calories, you die!

Many people would never think of NOT owning or carrying a weapon to defend themselves or their family. Remember that food is a powerful weapon. By having a reasonable food supply, you are protecting your family as well as you could with a weapon, perhaps even more so. By not having a food supply you are leaving your family as defenseless as you would be if you were unarmed.

There are people who respond to the question of food storage with a common unrealistic answer which is: “I don’t need that much food. I have guns and ??,000 rounds of ammo.”

The problem with that answer is that you will probably run out of food before you will ever run out of ammo. Unless you plan to immediately become an effective criminal, cannibal, farmer, hunter, or a combo of any of the above, your options will be limited, and you better be successful very quickly, or you will be dead or dying in several weeks. Disagree with what I am saying? Ok, if you have 10,000 rounds of ammo, and you expend it all over a period of whatever time, imagine what your house, building, neighborhood, where ever you live, fill in the blank, ask yourself :what would that place look like after taking 10,000 incoming rounds? If you personally shoot 10,000 rounds, would it not be fair or realistic to say that you would receive a bunch back in your direction, or does your survival fantasy involve you being the only one with a gun that works? If you feel that your weapons and ammo supply will be critical to your survival at some point, food and water could be just as important of an issue. If you have a 90 day food supply, you have time to improve your position and figure out your next move.

Why does our government consider people to be suspicious extremists because they choose to have a food supply?  The answer is very simple. Independent citizens who can feed and protect themselves don’t need that same government to do it for them. It becomes a loss of control issue for the globalist agenda. How interesting of a concept would it be for your own government to make you dependent on that food for your compliance and servitude? If you can feed yourself and protect yourself, you don’t need the system. Dependency or addiction can be very destructive to a nation or a society. However, the ability to feed and protect oneself allows a true sense of freedom and independence.  Self-sufficient people don’t need anyone’s help, and it has become very obvious that these types of people are viewed as “hostiles” by the globalist, political and financial systems which rule the day. The concept of food as a weapon has been around longer than firearms have been on the planet. If you choose NOT to make food part of your “Survival Arsenal”, remember that food can be a weapon that can be used against you! Don’t ever think that “Guns for Food” programs are improbable or impossible. After all, you may be betting your life on it!

Stay Safe My Friends….Mark S. Mann

Thank you Mark. Extremely well said…
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