Often one hears in the news about "preppers", and more often then not they are regarded as a big joke. After all, what are these people afraid of? If you think like most people, then its fool hearty to be prepared in case of an emergency. After all, there is food at the grocery store and medications at the pharmacy, so what's the big deal.
The big deal is, if an emergency of any type hits your town or city, or area of the country, and your not prepared for lack of electricty or heat, you could be in big trouble. The government often says to have three days worth of supplies on hand, but in truth thats not nearly enough. You should have a month or more supply of extra food and water, and medications and paper goods, to keep you in your home to remain safe and healthy.
Many people buy extra food and other items at their local stores. Canned goods and needed bathroom supplies and water are good choices. If you get medications, try to get them in three months. It is handy to have extra flashights and a camp stove with fuel on hand to be able to at least boil water. Sometimes if you live in a colder climate, having wool blankets and a good sleeping bag and some type of heater will keep you warm and will ward of the dangers that come with no heat in your home.
If you prefer more long term food storage, it is recommended to buy freeze-dried foods. These come in packets and in cans, and can last from three to twenty-five years. Another choice is dehydrated foods that will keep for a year or more and MRE meals that will keep for extended periods of time.
Whatever you choose will provide you with the means to stay in your home, unless your home is damaged, and you move to a safe location, but you will have the food and water, and other personal items that will insure your survival until more help arrives.
There are books you can buy that will help in the use of dehydrated and freeze-dried foods and make it easier to deal with roughing it. One book is Pantry Cooking by Laura Robins and Apocalypse Chow by Jon Robertson. Dare to Prepare by Holly Drennan and Survival With Style by Bradford Angier. Often these books as well as many others on this subject are found at used book stores or online at Amazon.
If your interested in buying food items in bulk the following websites will help you build a food supply quickly and several of the sites offer organic products.
These places will give you a place to start looking and thinking about your best choices in home survival and will give you peace of mind should any emergency come your way. It is aways good to get family members on board so that if needed there is always supplies on hand wherever you might end up.
One last tip. It is adviced to have a bug-out bag ready to go should you need to leave your home unexpectedly. This can contain a change of clothes and extra medication, copies of important papers and food items. You can pick and choose other items you might need in the bag, but having something started is much better than scrambling at the last minute trying to decide what the most important items you need to take are and did you take enough to last until your able to go home.