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1.  Water stored to last at least 7 days, at one gallon per day per person. (If you buy cases of l/2 litres - you can buy enough to last a couple of months)  Recently, people are saying that water in plastic is toxic, so store water in glass if possible.

     Homeland Security recommends 7 days for survival, but in recent years, some people don't have electricity or heat for
     up to 3 weeks, so to be really safe -  plan for at least 3 weeks.

2.  A good canteen and basins to catch rainwater. Also have a good supply of water purification tablets or bleach, or plan to boil your water. The surest way to purify water is to boil it for 15 to 20 minutes.

      Note:  I have received arguments that boiling for longer than 5 minutes will just waste good water, but 15 minutes is
      safer to kill Cryptospiridium.

3.   Food, per person, for one year:   (Divide by 12 for 1 month)

     Wheat - 300 lbs.

      Rice - 100 lbs.

      Beans, Peas, Lentils, 50 lbs. each

      Honey or Sugar - 60 lbs.

      Salt - 3 lbs.  (Get 6 lbs to be sure) (See below)

      Cayenne Pepper - 1 large can

      Herbal Seasonings

      Dried Milk - 80 lbs.

      Peanut Butter - 50 lbs.

      Dried Fruit

      Canned food, or dried (ready to mix) food

      Oatmeal - 50 lbs.

      Alfalfa Seeds - 10 lbs.

      Sprouts (see below)

      Canned Sardines, tuna, salmon

Stocking up on MRIs (Meals Ready to Eat - military issue food) isn't a bad idea either. They're not too bad to eat, they contain more than just a meal, and you can store a lot in a fairly compact space.

If a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, then that makes me a burning truck filled with TNT hurtling through a rocket fuel depot.

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