The Go-Book: Food Storage Inventory

The Go-Book: Food Storage Inventory

foodstorage{"error":null,"error_message":"Unauthorized"}Second last chapter to our Go-Book. Finally coming to an end. Then again I did take a year hiatus. Food storage is more for while you’re still at home and for insurance claims. You wont have much need for your inventory when you’re bugging out, but if you have a flood or house fire, insurance usually wants proof of what you had before paying out on insurance claims. On this list you will want to include how many of each item you have. This list is also good for cycling through your inventory. Ideally you want to have 6 months to a year of food storage. At least that’s a good start.

Food storage is an interesting term because I believe it refers to much more than just food. Not only should we get a stash of our favorite eats but we should collect water, personal hygiene, and fuel where possible.

Where to start

A good place to start is to get 2 weeks of water per person. 4 litres per day per person should be good. 2 should be used for drinking and the other 2 for hygiene and cooking. Water can be kept in plastic containers but should be used up (rotated) within 6 months. We don’t want the plastic bottles to break down into the water. 2 litre pop bottles work best for smaller containers Best for bulk storage is the HDPE barrels. I prefer smaller containers. Easier to transport when needed. Milk jugs degrade to fast and glass containers can break. Everything in your food storage should be rotated regularly. When ever you store water it is a good idea to also have purification tablets.

What food items should I include?

My biggest recommendation is to store food you actually eat. No point storing food you don’t like in the best of time. There is no way you’re going to want to eat it in the worst of times. Either way,here are some actual items: grains, legumes, cooking oil, powdered milk, salt, sugar or honey are great because they can last a very long time. Food should be stored in rodent proof containers. We definitely are not collecting a food storage to feed the rats. Meals should be easy to make. In emergency situations you may not have access to all your kitchen amenities. Buying in bulk can be cheaper. Or ideally, grow your own produce. Then can it and preserve it.

Food storage is not just for when the SHTF though. It is also for when you’re sick and cant make it to the grocery store. Maybe someone is unemployed for the time being. Food storage is meant as a cushion to be used in anything you deem an emergency. That could be you’re sick and cant make it to the store, unemployment, snowed in for a day, power outage, or a natural disaster. Technically we should always be using the food from the food storage anyways. We always want to be rotating the food through. Same goes for water, fuel, and clothes.

You should have a list for food, water, fuel and personal hygiene. You should know what you have and how long you’ve had it. This will make it much easier to know when and what to rotate.

If nothing else this page will act as a good reminder that you need to have a food storage. Every time you flip through your Go-Book you will see this food storage inventory page empty, staring back at you.

It is also a great way to save money. Being in control of your groceries and spending will help save money in the long run. It will keep you conscious of your spending habits and allow you to see any bad spending habits.

This isn’t just for preppers and doomsdayers. This is for anyone who wants a cushion just in case.

The Go-Book: Financial Information

The Go-Book: Financial Information

FinancialInformation{"error":null,"error_message":"Unauthorized"}This section is an important one. This doesn’t just include how much you have in your savings account but everything pertaining to your finances. Again, having all this information written down will save your life. If we can’t get on a computer, or phone lines are down, it will be very convenient to have all this info written in one place.

I don’t think I can hammer this point enough. This is not only your Go-Book, but your Go-To-Book. Having all the information in one place will be very helpful when dealing with your finances.

One point I do want to make as well is since this book has all your information in it, some of which is very private, you will want to hide this book somewhere or camouflage. Especially when you are done with this section.

Here’s what to include in your financial information section:

Bank Accounts

Include Financial institution and type of account. Is it a savings our chequing account? How to contact the financial institution and any log-ins for online banking. Yes, write down both username and password, or at least a clue to the password.

Credit Cards. Include Financial institution, their contact info, type of credit card , name on the card and the card number. You may also want to write down the expiry and the security code. I have three ideas for keeping that secure. One is make your Go-Book a ‘grey book’. That means it is blended in with the rest of your books. Don’t title it “This is all my important information book”. Maybe title it something like “Computer Programing for beginners”, or ” Financial Know-How.” That way when someone comes into your home, they wont see your “emergency book” and take it so they can take your identity.

The second idea is to write down your credit card info in a way that only you know how to read it. Put the expiry and the security code in the middle of another made up number. You could pretend you have two of what ever cards you have. So if you have one visa pretend you have two. One visa number is the regular number and the second one is your  secret expiry / security code number. eg. regular visa: 4520 0879 9890 9989. Secret number 4520 0216 4346 7876. All visas start with 4520, so it would be good to start your secret one the same. Then just remember that the next 7 numbers are your secret numbers. 0216 is the expiry, and 434 is the security code. Just an idea.

Another idea is to hide your book. Just don’t forget where you hid it.

investments/RRSP etc

Include type of investment, where the investment is held, the account number, and the approximate value. Often these are questions your bank or financial institution will ask you to verify it is really you they are talking to. You will also want to write whose names are on the investment.

Credit Reports

Include the paper copy of your credit reports.

Loans/Debts

Include Institution from which you received the loan, their contact info, Loan number, who holds the loan, and the approximate balance. The balance would best be written in pencil so it can be updated. This section is where you would write your mortgage information.

Tax Returns

Include a copy of your current tax return

Key to safety deposit box

Include the key, or a description of where the key is. Again, try to protect it as well. If it is at your moms house, then try to say that with out saying “at moms house”. Maybe say “Shes a first class lady.”

Next week we will be going over the estate planning that should be included. This is the section of important things that no one really wants to do. The not exciting stuff.