A few weeks ago an article was posted about Storing SHTF Survival Gear, this is a follow up to that article. The concept revolves around grouping similar items together.  Such as the canned goods being grouped together, the fishing gear on the same shelf, or close to each other, cold weather items stored in a box, which is close to other clothing or ALICE gear. My wife and I have a spare bedroom that my son uses when he comes to  visit.  Since the room is only used a few times a month, we decided to install some shelves and organize our survival gear stocks.
The plan is to have two shelving units side by side, with each unit holding a certain type of survival gear.
A 5 gallon bucket fits perfectly between the shelves, so I should have no problems storing my extra lures, trotline string, extra spools of monofilament line, extra hooks,,,.
After watching Hurricane Irene hit the east coast, the fires in Texas, and the earthquake in the northeast,,,, do you think people will go into a long term panic buying mode? When there is a disaster, people usually kick into some kind of short term panic buying mode for a few weeks.   People will buy all of the batteries, flashlights, camp stoves, 1 pound propane bottles,,, and even ice chest stores have in stock. With the recent events, do you plan on changing your spending habits to buy a few more canned canned goods then normal. After Hurricane Rita, there were people complaining they did not have gas to drive to the food lines. What is wrong with people, the news says there is a major storm on the way, and they do not even buy some basic canned goods and gas up their car. A dog will guard its food bowl, probably because it does not know its going to be getting more food tomorrow. Depending on what instinct the person lives by – day to day, or planning a couple of months ahead, I think that affects how well people plan their lives and how well they plan for disasters. After a disaster, there are people that will try to return their generators and other unused supplies to the stores where they were bought, there are examples of this with Irene. The other type of person puts their generator in storage for the next storm, that is the farmer. After Hurricane Andrew went through Florida, I remember hearing stories of the welfare families sitting around waiting for the government to show up with supplies. I have to ask the question, are we breeding a generation of people who do not know how to be self-sufficient?
Some kind of disaster has happened, you and your family have moved to the bug out location, you open a #10 can of chili mac,,, and now what? In other words, the SHTF, and now what?  How do you plan on cooking at your bug out location?
In this article we are going to be looking at propane stoves, wood stoves, and wood grills.
Two of the main reasons why I like propane – it stores well, and it has a multiple of uses. At the camp we have a 250 gallon propane tank which is used to fuel the furnace and the stove.  When the power goes out, we can light a couple of the burners on the stove, and we are able to heat just about the whole house with just a couple of burners going.
Besides 1 pound propane bottles, 250 gallon and 500 gallon propane tanks, there are the 20 pound propane bottles. Instead of using the 1 pound propane bottles, people can stockpile the 20 pound bottles, then get an adapter to power lanterns, stoves and other devices. With gun cleaning supplies, people are probably more focused on stockpiling ammo, and shooting their firearms, that the forget about buying cleaning supplies. When my wife and I go to the local china-mart, sometimes I will go by the sporting goods section and pickup some various cleaning supplies. Maybe I can put together some kind of small tackle box with some patches, bore brushes, gun oil, screw drivers, punch pin,,,, bring it to the camp and leave it there.  That way if or when we need the supplies they will be there.


Currently we have a small otters gun cleaning kit, but its only for a couple of calibers, and does not have any cloth patches and only a little bit of gun oil.
Besides the cleaning supplies, something else that I thought about storing at the remote camp is spare parts, mainly spare firing pins, various springs and extractors. In fact, my buddy offered to give me a 30mm ammo can full of wolf to bring to the bug out location.
For rifles like the 30-30, 30-06,,,, and the other hunting rifles are we are stockpiling is brass case ammo like remington, winchester and federal. My food stockpile  has gone from simple stockpiling beans and rice plans, to something a little more complex. In the ammunition category, my plans have gone from having various rounds stockpiled, to taking inventory, and trying to standardize my SHTF ammo stockpile.
The fishing category is where I am currently having the most fun.  I have gone from just stockpiling fishing supplies to running trotlines and testing my fishing plans. About a year ago I decided to change my plans again and add mylar bags, and some homemade superpails to my SHTF food stockpile. Instead of relying entirely on hunting for meat, and beans for protein, I decided its time to bite the bullet and start stockpiling #10 cans of freeze dried meats, fruit and certain vegetables. My current plans include #10 cans of freeze dried meats, fruit, veggies; mylar bags of rice, beans, oats, pasta,,,, MREs, Eversafe meals, canned goods, garden seeds, fruit trees, and places to hunt at the bug out location. Hunting ammo – this is your pointed softpoint, remington core-lokt,,,,,, stuff designed for hunting. In the fishing gear category, I have been stockpiling trotline string, hooks, leader material, weights, lures, snaps, swivels,,,, and just about everything else I can get my hands on. By stockpiling #10 cans of freeze dried foods, food stored in mylar bags, ammunition and fishing supplies, we have the ability to feed our family, hunt, provide security and fish. Post your comments in this forum thread about Stockpiling food, ammo and fishing supplies for SHTF. With organizations like FEMA, and the preparedness divisions of the separate states telling people to stay prepared for a disaster, there is no reason not to listen.
By previous examples, the government is either inept, unable, or unwilling to protect its citizens during a disaster.
With the government willing to sacrifice safety in the name of profits for big business, is their 3 – 5 days worth of food and water sound advice? Long term survivalist – these are the people that store food in every closet, basement, closet and corner of their house.
Top tier survivalist – these are the ones that have planned food production past one year, have access to a farm, have prepared a secure Bug Out Location, have land to garden and places to hunt and fish. With tackle box and catfish bucket in hand, its time to take inventory of my fishing supplies. The can opener syndrome is when your so focused on larger things, that you forget about the smaller items.
An example of this happened a few months ago when my kids and I went to the camp for the night.
Over the past year or so I had been more focused on planting fruit trees, stockpiling ammo and first aid supplies,,,, other odds and ends that I had totally overlooked some simple and inexpensive LED lights for the Bug Out Location. Then you're gonna love my free PDF, 20 common survival items, 20 uncommon survival uses for each.
My survival gear is spread out all over a spare bedroom, couple of storage boxes and 2 closets. The unit is 6 feet tall, each shelf is 36 inches long, 17 inches wide and there is 15.75 inches between each shelf.


Currently my fishing gear is being stored in 2 or 3 different places, in the closet, in a tackle box, in a fishing bucket,,,.
I need to buy a couple of wire trays to store the smaller items in, such as the spools of trotline string.
I guess they think the government will be there to help them within a few hours after the storm passes. Our ancestors dug roots, gathered berries, or killed a deer and our ancestors had food for a couple of days. The people had lived off food stamps and welfare for so long, they did not know how to provide for themselves. With the conveniences of grocery stores and fast food, people have grown accustomed to instant gratification.
Propane has several advantages – it stores well, it burns clean, and propane has multiple uses.
I can buy the 2 pack of 1 pound propane bottles, store them at the camp, and the fuel never expires. One day I might pick up a 308 bore brush, the next day I might pick up a 9mm bore brush, the next day I might pick up a bottle of gun oil, the next day a bottle of powder solvent,,,,,, and so on.
I am thinking of getting some American Tactical brass ammo or some American Eagle for target shooting.
Are you buying the cheap steel case stuff, or are you paying a little more for brass casing?
So now we have mylar bags, MREs, canned goods, fruit trees and garden seeds.  In the mylar bags I stored beans, rice, oats, pancake mix, pasta,,,, and a few other things. All families should have at least 7 days worth of food in their house, and a small stockpile of bottled water.  Some people stockpile MREs, while others may stockpile canned goods, beans and rice, or even freeze dried foods. When the swine flu was first reported in mexico, President obama refused to close to borders with mexico, citing companies would lose too much money of the borders were closed.
They may be stockpiling mountain house foods, storing rice, beans and oatmeal in mylar bags.
A top tier survivalist would rely on stockpiled food in the short term, or until they can get their livestock and garden production up to sustainable levels. I have a 200 lumen light with laser attached to it to as well.  A couple of well placed 9mm defensive loads should put down even the most determined zombies. This will also subscribe you to my newsletter so you stay up-to-date with everything: new articles, ebooks, products and more!
Instead of understanding where food comes from (the ground), people go to the local fast food joint and order a burger.
Then there are the wide range of attachments for the bottles – lanterns, stoves and space heaters.
By that example, when it comes down to profit or protecting the citizens, the government will protect the profits of big business over the safety and welfare of the citizens.
Handcrank flashlights might be good for around the house, but their not good for lighting up a 10 acre field.



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