America’s economy and government have fallen. A wave of violence and property crime crashes over every major city. As the days and weeks pass, the dangers to citizens increase and spread to the suburbs and small towns as criminals roam far and wide in order to survive, taking, murdering, raping…
Complete lawlessness … anarchy in places … a number of people out of desperation will be willing to do things to survive that will include assault, robbery, kidnapping, rape, even murder. Some will band together like modern day gypsies. Others will roam the land like lone wolves — outcasts but dangerous all the same.
Consequences Of Economic Collapse
What do you think is happening in Middle East nations like Syria and other nations like Somalia and Sudan?
Lawlessness. Abductions. Rape. Gang rape. Murders. People annihilated by government troops. Many are reportedly simply “disappearing”.
This is happening in growing pockets of the world. Such as those influenced by violent drug cartels in Mexico.
You can expect it to come to America also. In Phoenix, Arizona, there is already a high rate of abductions related to Mexican drug cartels.
Rape And Abductions
There’s a reason that Americans and other Westerners are advised to be careful about their travels to other countries — there are high rates of kidnapping in many places today and the day might be coming when that is the case in America as well.You or someone you love being followed, apprehended, and dragged away somewhere — possibly tortured, some of you raped, some of you murdered, or simply beaten and left for dead.
Violent Crime In The Wake Of Global Catastrophe
There are a lot of violent people in the world and that includes America. Some of these people are already behind bars, others aren’t because they simply haven’t been caught yet. Then of course there’s people who have been locked up in the past and are now out on parole. Some of these people do make a change for the better — they put their past behind them and become good citizens, business owners, and neighbors.
Some of these people though are hardened criminals, they’ll never change, they’re just going to get worse and more apt to pursue crime — including violent crime.
States such as California are a mess when it comes to maximum (and many medium) security prisons and actually reforming behavior. Instead of teaching and instilling new values, many of these prisons just become breeding grounds for violent criminals to become more violent.
Danger Of Rape After A Disaster
Think of just how many rapists currently populate American states. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that they’re all behind bars.
Do you think these rapists (and people who fantasize about rape) are going to turn into saints if America suffers a collapse?
Hopefully some will. Hopefully many people (not just criminals, rapists, etc) will find God, through Christ. But some of them won’t.
In a world gone mad, a lot of these people are likely to go mad as well.
Haiti: Massive Rapes Following Earthquake
Consider what has taken place in the days, months, and years following the massive earthquake to strike Haiti (January, 2010) killing over 220,000 people. Many became homeless as buildings and homes were demolished by the quake. Tent cities sprung up and today many people still live in tent cities — and in these tent cities (and elsewhere in Haiti) many girls, many women have been raped and continue to be raped.
Groups of men will just show up, drag a young girl away from her family, rape her somewhere, and she’ll return home a few hours later. It’s become a normal occurrence.
Rape And Mob Mentality
What’s going on in Haiti reveals something alarming about “mob mentality” that can take place at a time of lawlessness such as following a massive disaster — when bad men (even young teenage boys) band together, it only takes one of them to float the idea of rape, and if the group gives the OK, that’s all it takes. Just like that this group turns into a predator — one big rape monster — looking for its next victim(s).
Unless this group is broken up and brought to justice — which may call for violence in order to do so, specifically in a land of lawlessness — they are going to continue to hunt down women and rape them, one after another, night after night, day after day. Think of the horror these young girls have faced as men just walk in and drag them away from their families. Think of the helplessness families must have if they’re unable to intervene. Finally, think of the danger to fathers and older brothers who have daughters and sisters targeted for rape — it’s possible that these men are sometimes simply murdered before hand so that they won’t pose a threat later when the rapists decide to strike.
If America suffers disaster, if our government collapses — you can expect this to take place here also.
Many will lose all control.
Just what is going on?
Welcome To Crazy Town
With no law, no active police force, no courts … if prison guards and local police flee from their jobs (as many will do, you can bet on that) to care for and protect their families after a collapse of government, a lot of bad people are going to realize that Johnny Law is nowhere to be found, and they’re going to be bold, and they’re going to feel like they can now get away with things — a lot of things that you and I would never dream of doing. A segment of society does, though. And that segment will be very dangerous in the dark days ahead known in the Bible as the “Great Tribulation” or simply called the “apocalypse” by just about anyone else expecting catastrophe to take place on earth.
Prison Rioting, Mass Escapes
There are over two million people approximately currently locked up in America’s federal and state prisons and county jails (where many are awaiting prison time, they just haven’t shipped off yet from jail). What if disaster strikes — a string of major earthquakes for example — and walls and fences are knocked down?
Or what if riots erupt in prisons across the land, due to the events taking place out in the world, and these prisoners simply overrun the guards, kill guards, take their weapons, take their keys, and simply let themselves out. That’s even more likely.
The Danger Of Kidnapping And Hostage Taking
After murder and rape, kidnapping will be another horrendous crime to be on the watch for. If you can learn to avoid kidnappers, you may have a chance at avoiding murderers and rapists as well. So let’s talk about kidnappers.
Then we’re going to discuss ways to deal with criminals and large, armed groups that pose a threat to your life, to females in your group, or just your property.
In the modern world most kidnappings (of adults) take place as people are going to work or on their way home from work. Westerners employed in other nations (especially those with a high rate of kidnapping) are advised to change their routes and travel times frequently so that they’re not an easy target for kidnappers.
Most kidnappings are not crimes that happen on impulse. Not the ones concerning American’s overseas anyway. Typically kidnappers will put a target under reconnaissance for days and even weeks until they feel safe that they can nab the target without being caught or injured in the process.
Of course, regarding children, sometimes kidnappings are simply a crime of impulse — which is why it’s important to keep your children by your side at all times — especially when you’re traveling overseas, when you’re out in town, or if you’re living in a time of widespread disaster where lawlessness is an increasing way of life for the population. Just as it is in Haiti today.
Tips For Avoiding A Kidnapping
- Always travel with other people — don’t become careless and decide to venture out by yourself simply because a few weeks or months have gone by without a reported kidnapping. (Today, whether you’re a tourist in Mexico or an American contractor in the Middle East, you already know the drill — with the growing rate of violence and abductions in both regions of the world it’s simply best to just stay where the tourists are, and in many places not to venture out by yourself at night.)
- Stay in well-lit public areas and travel with others; stick close together; keep an eye on one another.
- If driving on a freeway stay in the middle lane (it’s harder to run a person off the road who’s driving in the middle lane); it’s also advised to keep a half-tank of gas in your car or more at all times — just in case you have to do quite a bit of driving to shake your pursuers. If there’s gas available and roads still carrying traffic, great; however, if society collapses completely the open road might not be so open anymore. You might be doing a lot of traveling on foot or by bicycle or even by horse.
- Finally, stay in peak physical shape. If you’re stronger and faster than your kidnappers, that’s only going to help your escape.
- Have a weapon for self-defense — then train yourself on being able to pull your weapon out in a hurry and use it. Kind of like a Western Gun Slinger being quick to the draw (mentioned recently in another article). If you carry pepper spray (make sure it’s a powerful canister), be able to get to it quickly.If you carry a pistol or a knife or machete (or even a sword), be able to get to it quickly also. Very quickly.
Dealing With Criminals And Large Armed Groups
If you’re out with a group in the evening hours (which you shouldn’t be as the night gives criminals lots of places to hide and opportunities to strike) have your weapon in your hand, even if it’s a large knife, but keep it hidden under your jacket, or simply under a folded blanket or towel, etc.It’s ok to walk down the street with one hand concealed and on your weapon. In fact, if a group of you are walking down the street, if criminals see your group concealing “something” that looks like a weapon — it might scare them off. They’ll simply look for an easier target — because your group looks like it’s armed.
Protecting Life And Property
If you’re coming up on a check-point or larger, armed group, you risk having your weapons, tools, food and even your women (including children) taken from you. That is the danger of lawlessness.You have to have a strategy for this. You have to have a strategy for being able to sneak by. Don’t let these events take your group by surprise. You may have children with you. Appoint a couple people to the task of carrying the groups weapons and tools — should you know there’s a check-point or larger, armed group up ahead that vastly outnumbers you. Also appoint this group to the task of escorting any females or children present, if you suspect there’s a risk to any females or children in your group.
Before you come near the check-point, have this group split off from your group and sneak away through a nearby section of woods or field or side-street, etc. The further away from the check-point the better — the local powers that be may suspect this and have people positioned and on the watch for “aliens” — those who would attempt to sneak past. Keep that in mind.Your split-off group may have to travel a few miles out of the way to avoid being spotted.
Your goal (if you can cross without hassle) is to re-connect with the group that has split-off a fair distance beyond the checkpoint.
This way if there’s any kind of “shake down” where an armed gang or militia attempts to strip you of your belongings (and your women or children) you won’t have anything on you to take. In fact you can tell them you just had your weapons confiscated a couple hours ago by a group of soldiers.
If you’re a convincing “actor” — and you’re having to lie in order to protect the lives of people in your group — my guess is that God would be ok with that lie — but check with him in prayer first — he does command us in the Bible to be truthful. But it’s like being a German or Austrian family in World War II who’s hiding Jews from the Nazis. My guess is God was ok with people lying to the Nazis in order to protect the lives of Jews.
If these people are a harder egg to crack than that, be willing to give up a few of your possessions if they’ll let you by — if you have any with you still. Be courteous, very courteous — and make sure everyone in your group is on that page well in advance also. Rehearse a plan for dealing with armed groups and gangs. No matter what is said to you — no one gets mad. Make that rule number 1. Become experts at diplomacy.Here’s why: Without a plan for diplomacy, all it takes is one of your group mouthing off to just one person in the gang or militia that’s got you surrounded, and you could all end up losing your lives due to the sheer fact that you are vastly outnumbered, or out weaponed, or both.
If you’re vastly outnumbered now is not the time to be tough — be polite, back away; don’t panic, just be courteous, super composed, back away, all of you be peacemakers.
Be Prepared To Make Concessions
If they’re becoming increasingly agitated and aggressive, then realize quickly that this may end in violence — it might be a great moment to make a run for it, or quickly offer up some concessions, or even volunteer that you have skills you can offer them in exchange for amnesty or passage.Life on the streets is dangerous. A complete collapse of government is going to bring regular folks from the suburbs in to direct conflict with elements from the wrong side of the tracks. There are going to be some beatings taking place.
Before you’re the group’s next victim, it’s time to make some hasty concessions.
What ever you have to offer, it better be good, and it better be truly useful. What kind of skills might be useful, in a time of collapse? You know how to make ammunition. You know how to forge iron, melt down metals, work as a blacksmith, etc.
You’re an “expert” gardener and know how to grow food — really tasty food. You’re a chef.
You’re an experienced paramedic, nurse or doctor and can perform minor surgeries and emergency first aid, as well as understand medicine and antibiotics. You’re an electrician experienced with off grid power systems like solar panels and wind generated power systems. You’re an experienced marksmen. You know how to fish — and you’re good at it. You know how to hunt — and you’re good at it.
Today, think about what kind of skills would be useful to know in a time of collapse — just in case you need to offer up your skills in order to survive one day. Keep in mind — this should just be an act. You’re using your skills to buy yourself a few days or weeks of time in order to plan and make an escape.
If You’re Abducted
If you’re by yourself one day or one evening, you’re in more danger of being abducted than if you’re traveling with others. It’s time to be aware of your surroundings at all times. If you spot someone trailing you and suspect that they’re going to make an attempt on your life, get yourself out of the danger zone — but first get to your weapon. Have it ready — and be prepared to take your opponent by surprise.If you miss the window of opportunity to escape — if the person or people after you are too quick and over power you — if an ambush was too well put together — if you’re taken captive — go to Plan-B mode. Become harmless. Show complete surrender. Let them believe that you are weak and have no fight or flight in you.
If it’s too late for escape, don’t fight, don’t resist, cower when they want you to cower. The less they see you as an escape risk, the greater chance you have of avoiding a severe beating as well as less restraints being used to hold you captive. You may still be tied up or hand-cuffed or duct-taped — but perhaps those cuffs will go in front of you, or perhaps you won’t be hog-tied with that rope, perhaps just your arms will be tied.
Bide your time. Sheer determination and a careful attention to details may be how you’ll be able to eventually make your escape. Slowly start to befriend them. Even drop the idea that the world is dangerous and you’d be willing to do the group’s chores, cooking, etc. if they’ll offer you protection. Continue to befriend them — even if they treat you harshly. It’s just an act. Bide your time and wait for the perfect opportunity to escape — even if you have to wait two weeks for them to start trusting you.
Lessons From American POWS
If you have to escape though, and there’s no time for an act, it’s going to be best to do so as soon as possible. Prisoners of war know that they’re in the best health in the early days of their captivity, and that will be the same for you also (you’re just not likely to be well fed for very long by your captors). Your goal should be escape shortly after captivity, if this is the apocalypse we’re talking about. The longer you are held captive, and the more food you miss out on and the more you lack exercise the weaker you are going to become, and the harder it will become to escape on foot.
Life In A Tent City
What if you and your family find yourselves living in a tent city? I think that’s a dangerous place to be — but if you do end up in one, start meeting people — find out who the “good people” seem to be — you’ll probably come across people with strong religious values — both men and women — and even if “religion” has never been your thing you might want to re-think that now and in a hurry. These people who you may not want anything to do with today because of their beliefs in God are likely to be your best friends in a time of global catastrophe.You’ll notice that for many of them their faith has delivered them from fear of events — giving them a level head and more clarity of thought at a time when so many other people are in a panic, in complete despair from possibly having lost loved ones, their homes, their jobs, their security … and now they have nothing but tears, anger, and frustration.
Safety In Numbers
Start making friends immediately. Suggest that there is more safety in numbers, when it comes to life in a tent city. Move your tents close to one another — set up guards during the night to keep watch in rotating shifts over your group — make weapons — come up with strategies for dealing with attackers — perhaps running from your tents with weapons at the first sound of alarm and forming a tight circle around the tents. Look like you’re trained for this. Most likely it won’t be what your attackers are expecting and just maybe they’ll be scared off — especially if one or more of them end up severely injured.If you’ve got a gun or two, and ammunition, and your attackers don’t have a gun — you’ve got the advantage. If you have to take a life, give thanks to God for protecting you from your attackers. In fact don’t take any one’s life unless its a last resort — if possible, give warnings — the Bible says in Romans 12:8: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone”.
In an addition to a gun or two — or if you don’t have a gun — your weapons can include spears, buckets of rocks (actually forget the rocks — you don’t want to give your attackers the idea that rocks make a good weapon — it would be easier for them to pick you off from the darkness with rocks, if there’s enough of them.)
Stick to the spears and don’t give your attackers the idea to throw rocks. Why spears? If the opposing group is carrying knives and machetes, your spear is a lot longer than a machete — advantage goes to the spear. See: The Top 15 Primitive Weapons for the Apocalypse.
There’s a chance that your attackers are going to come back for vengeance. It may not be that night, but it may be the next day or a couple days later. It’s time to give serious thought to re-locate your camp and going somewhere out of range of your attackers and of course making the move in a way that no one follows you to your new location. Retaliation is common place throughout the world and throughout history. If you give your attackers a beating — there’s a chance they’re going to re-group, re-arm, and they may even come back with more people. Seriously consider hitting the road before you’re caught by an attack that dwarfs the first attack.
A second catastrophe promises to follow in the foot steps of a first — it’s a catastrophic food shortage. The time to prepare for that is now. Lessons passed down by expert preppers on storing up emergency food on a budget…
Our nation is sitting on a ticking time bomb and we unfortunately cannot tell exactly when this bomb is going to finally detonate. But we can hear it ticking. Louder with every passing year. Yet, no matter how frantically government and the military work to defuse the bomb, defusing this bomb continues to elude them. Of course I’m using an analogy to describe some serious crap hitting the fan.
When it does, we are looking at a famine on a level that this world has never seen before.
Nationwide Food Shortage And Then —
Famine. No more food coming in from anywhere.
What if the day comes where stores never re-open? At the point where your survival food stores become exhausted after several weeks following a collapse, you’re either going to have to turn to begging for food, or a very difficult and frustrating life trying to hunt, fish, trap or forage in the adjacent forests — called living off the land — but truly, only the adept, the knowledgeable, and the experienced are going to be able to “live off the land” and the ones who do won’t be found in any nearby woods or hills.
Wildlife is very sensitive to the presence of people. So a large number of people fleeing into wilderness regions is going to send much of the wildlife fleeing for remote regions. It’s these remote regions that the hunting can be good; but only the most adept are likely to make it that far where there are no roads, where there may be rugged mountains and canyons and rivers to cross; there may be dangerous weather conditions to deal with depending on the season. If you can make it to a remote region, I’m talking really remote, it will be possible to live off the land, but it won’t be easy.
Are You Just Fine Right Where You’re At?
In a worst case scenario, we may see martial law, a government collapse, a civil war of sorts. Our nation weakened, it’s defenses obsolete, it’s critical infrastructure all but destroyed, a scene from Red Dawn (I’ve referred to this movie in another article) may play out in a number of communities. Are those Russian jets in the skies? Are those parachuters dropping down onto main street, Chinese or North Korean? The sky is full of them. The clouds were a perfect cover when radar defenses on the ground were no longer working, having been fried by the EMP that had first wrecked America’s power grid six months back.
Parachuters are landing in residential neighborhoods. Quickly gathering up parachutes. Quickly checking weapons and gear. Firing at people who had been watching it all unfold from front yards and porches.
Who’s cargo planes are landing at the local municipal airport with tanks and military vehicles streaming out? Chinese symbols. Russian symbols. What the hell is going on?
Hopefully That’s Not Your Community
But it may be more than one community at some point. It’s very possible that your community will make it through the weeks and months following a collapse that we can feel in our blood and in our bones is heading America’s way some point soon. We can see the signs in the heavens and the earth, I believe, that Jesus warned about when he was here and told us to be on the watch for. Impending judgment. We were told, and cautioned as Christians, to watch for it. When we see it, we will know. It’s almost like Yoda talking to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, telling Luke he will know the time when the time is the right time. What Yoda? That makes no sense. On reflection though, Luke finally one day figures out what Yoda was telling him. What is the Lord telling us right now through the Spirit? For the unbelievers out there, who don’t yet know God, for a Christian this essentially means what is God leading us to do or prepare for without using words to tell us?
Some Of Us Should Be Stockpiling Food
Some communities, some neighborhoods, some small towns and cities will likely make it through the first few months following a collapse relatively fine, all things considered. Other’s won’t do so well and will be very dangerous places to live.
You’ll need some friends, you’ll need some fire power, hopefully God is on your side with all that fire power and he’s going to use you in some way to make a difference, for good. The violent hand of God is something we see repeated in Old Testament chapters of the Bible. I expect it’s something we’re likely to see again some day. There’s just too many examples of God going to war through his people, though not all of them of course, just a few at a time. Because if God used too many people, to give the enemies of Christ a beating, they might make the mistake of thinking that they did this by their own power. That’s not God’s style in the Bible though. That’s not the pattern we see in scripture.
Who remembers this phrase? “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.”
When God favored the Israelites, the Israelites were successful at wiping out enemy nations, success after success after success.
But when God was angry with the Israelites, over rebellion, over disobedience, over wicked acts and atrocities, just the opposite happened. The Israelites were overrun, beaten down, many killed, many more ended up enslaved to other nations.
That first part sounds a lot like America. At one time we were a nation under God. Success after success. Innovation after innovation. Dreams and bigger dreams. America had God’s favor and was the gem of the world. People from around the world dreamed of moving here and many did. But today America no longer has God’s favor. We have become God’s enemy. Not all of us. But a lot of us.
Jesus warned the wheat would be separated from the chaff. If you don’t know what he meant by this, you better figure that one out fast. If should be the first thing you do before you do anything else in life.
What the hell did Jesus mean when he said he would seperate the wheat from the chaff? There’s nothing difficult with that statement. So why do so many people have a hard time grasping those words?
They just don’t care.
How Long Will Your Emergency Food Last?
If disaster struck today, how long would your stockpile last? Careful, it’s a trick question. I’m not asking how long you would be able to live off your stockpile — I’m asking about the actual shelf life of the foods in your basement or pantry.
Though you may have beans and cereal that, in theory, can last 10 years or more, the way you store them can substantially decrease or increase that amount. In other words, you may have quite a bit of food in your pantry right now that has less than a year until it expires… and that’s a tough position to be in if a serious, earth shaking disaster struck today.
The Scoop On Emergency Food Storage
Extending The Shelf Life Of Several Foods
Food storage done right, so you can double, triple or even quadruple the shelf life of your foods. Let’s talk about that for a moment. It all starts with the 5 food storage enemies: Oxygen, moisture, temperature, light and pests. The 6th one is time but there’s nothing we can do about that except rotating our stash. Now, if you’re looking to get 10, 20 or even 30 years of shelf life off your foods, you need to tackle all of these enemies. No exception.
Extending The Shelf Life Of Grains, Beans And Rice
Grains, beans, white rice… These are some of the foods with a long shelf life preppers like to stockpile that are also cheap. However, not all varieties are worthy to be in your stockpile.
For example, Cheerios and other breakfast cereals you typically buy at the supermarket have a shelf life of 6 to 8 months. Processed cereals have many refined and hydrogenated oils in them, oil goes rancid so, even if you were to use the preservation techniques we’re going to talk about in a minute, it still wouldn’t be worth it. Thus, step one in storing your food for a really long time is to pick the right food. When we’re talking about real long term emergency food storage, opt for storing white rice (not brown), dried beans and whole wheat berries (not breakfast cereals); rice, beans and wheat berries should be the staples of your survival stockpile.
Mylar Bags With Oxygen Absorbers For Storing Emergency Food
The best way to store your emergency food is in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers. This is a no-fail combination used by most preppers, provided your food is dry before you store it. Otherwise, you can wake up with condensation after you seal the package — not a good thing.
The process is simple. You fill the bag nearly all the way to the top, seal it using an iron or a hair straightener (but not before you add a pack of the oxygen absorber), depending on the size of the bag. Oxygen absorbers are small packs of iron powder and create a nitrogen environment by removing any oxygen present through chemical reactions. So, even if the bag will look like it’s got air inside, you don’t need to panic because that’s just nitrogen.
It’s worth mentioning that neither the nitrogen nor the iron powder can affect your food (provided you keep the O2 absorbers inside the original packaging).
As you can see, you don’t need to vacuum-seal the bags; the absorbers will do the trick to prevent growth of aerobic pathogens (such as mold) as well as preventing oxidation. These are the two ways oxygen can spoil your food. Besides, your cereals will crumble under the pressure of the bag.
Put Mylar Bags Inside Airtight BPA-Free 5 Gallon Buckets
Next, you should put the Mylar bags inside airtight BPA-free 5-gallon buckets. This may seem unnecessary but it’s actually a good idea. First off, the bucket will shield the bags from light (another declared food storage enemy), thus improving shelf life. Second, it protects the bag from accidental puncturing (Mylars aren’t that strong, by the way).
We talked about aerobic bacteria but anaerobes need very little or no oxygen to develop. The most important one is called Clostridium botulinum and is responsible for a disease called botulism (not something you want to suffer from post-collapse). Fortunately, this doesn’t really occur when storing grains, beans and rice as long as they’re not moist. It’s something that mostly shows up in canned food, which we’ll tackle in a moment.
The last thing you need to do after you’ve taken care of oxygen, light and humidity is ensure the proper temperature. Anywhere between 50F and 70F will work, preferably closer to 50.
If You Do Everything Right, How Long Can Food Last In Storage?
What shelf life can you expect if you do everything right? This is pretty amazing:
– White rice can last at least 7-8 years with some sources going as high as 25.
– Hard grains such as wheat and corn can store for at least 10 years.
– Soft grains can last about 8 years (because the outer shell is not as strong as that of hard grains)
Emergency Food Storage For Pasta
Storing pasta for the long term is just as easy as storing beans or grain. If you read the label, they tell you it lasts for 1-2 years but if you store it in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers, that shelf life can increase up to ten times… that’s 20+ years in shelf life!
Place it in plastic buckets to protect it from light, from crumbling inside and from accidental puncturing of the bag. Speaking of punctures, you may want to consider storing things like spaghetti in 5-mil bags instead of the more common 3.5 mil to avoid any sharp noodles accidentally poking holes in the mylar.
Some people like to freeze pasta before storage to prevent larva eggs from hatching. So, to kill these eggs, noodles should stay frozen for approximately 5 days but this method is not needed as long as you use oxygen absorbers. Ultimately freezing the noodles won’t hurt them but it won’t really help either. If you do decide to do it, you need to allow the frozen noodles to reach room temperature before you seal these noodles in Mylars. Otherwise condensation will form and allow the growth of mold.
Canned Food Can Last Several Years Past Expiration Date
There are a lot of myths about canned foods and I want to bust the ones that have to do with shelf life, the one related to the expiration date. Food experts on shelf life have looked closely at unopened cans of food from several decades back, sometimes recovered from shipwrecks, and the data they found was a real eye opener: Canned food can last several years past it’s expiration date.
As long as the can has been properly stored and it looks good on the outside (it’s not leaking and the lid is not swollen or punctured), it’s probably safe to eat. You still have to check for suspicious smells but there have been reports of cans of food that were safe to eat even after 30 or 40 years.
Nevertheless, plenty of people have reported being absolutely fine after eating canned food past the expiration date. Of course, you need to give your cans the same conditions you do to your beans and rice: Keep them in a cool, dry, dark place away from moisture.
Now, there are two types of canned food when it comes to how long they can last: High-acidic and low-acidic. The USDA guidelines tell us that high-acid food (canned fruit and pickles) can last up to 18 months while low acid food (canned meat, beans, corn, potatoes etc.) up to 5 years. The acid in these cans contributes to the deterioration of color, texture and nutrients (over time, of course).
As mentioned earlier, if the can looks, smells and tastes ok, you can ignore the expiration and the “best by” dates (in a post-collapse you might not have a choice anyway).
Extending The Shelf Life Of Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is jam-packed with calories and can last a long time if properly stored… but there’s a catch. It’s full of oils and, as previously said, oils go rancid over time. It depends which type of PB you’re storing, because natural peanut butter only last a few months while smooth and crunchy can last up to a year.
To improve its shelf life, you need to keep peanut butter tightly sealed and in a cool, dry, dark place. You should also store it in a glass rather than a plastic jar to increase longevity even more.
The alternative to PB is powdered peanut butter, which should store for at least 5 years, closer to 10 actually, and it’s good for another year after you open it. That’s considerably longer than traditional peanut butter.
Food Items With An Indefinite Shelf Life
You probably heard that honey has an indefinite shelf life. The only thing that can go “wrong” with it is crystallization, meaning the sugar molecules align themselves in a certain way. This is not a sign it went bad but still, there’s an easy fix: Place the open jar in a pot full of hot water and stir it until the crystals dissolve. In order to slow down the crystallization process, simply store the honey at room temperature. Since most of your foods need to be in cool places, you can keep honey in your kitchen or pantry where you probably have more space.
The other items with an indefinite shelf life are salt, sugar and molasses but the one thing you should do is keep them away from moisture. It’s common for basements to develop mold due to poor ventilation so the two options you have are to either install a fan (if your basement has windows), a dehumidifier (which, unfortunately, will incur electricity costs) or use some of the other recommended options depending on how bad things are.
The Shelf Life Of Seeds
No long-term survival plan is complete without the seeds that will allow you to start a garden once the dust settles after a collapse. In a worst case scenario, especially those who live in heavily populated areas, that may mean a long and difficult evacuation from a disaster struck region. The good news about seeds is that they don’t take up a lot of space and you can transport them with relative ease; when the time is right, plant that garden finally.
The most important thing to seed storage is to keep these seeds dry. Moisture is the biggest enemy but, fortunately, one you can easily defeat. Keeping your seeds in a cool, dry place should work and don’t forget to add desiccants to the container and seal them afterwards. Another thing you need to do is dry them before storage.
If you don’t want to use desiccants you have other options, such as putting them in paper envelopes. Other options include storing them inside the fridge or the freezer but if you’re left without power in the next disaster, you’re still going to use one of the aforementioned solutions.
The shelf life of various seeds varies. Some people say they can last up to a hundred years. They actually found seeds inside the belly of a frozen mammoth, meaning they lasted thousands of years! It’s hard to say but if you do it right, you can expect to get at least 5 years of storage life and a 70% germination rate. The ones that have the longest shelf life are:
Bean (2-3 years)
Radish, muskmelon, cress, collards and cucumber (5 years)
Tomato, squash, turnips, eggplant, sorrel, cauliflower Brussel sprouts and watermelon (4 years each)
…but, again, the life of a seed can increase if you do a good job storing them.
Emergency Food Storage For Your Pet
How To Store Dry And Canned Pet Food
There are essentially two types of pet food you can stockpile and they’re the same ones you feed your pets every day: Dry and canned. Surprisingly, canned food lasts a lot longer than dry because dry food has a lot of fat in it, which causes it to go rancid quickly. Dry food usually lasts a year while canned food for 2+ years.
If you’re thinking of using oxygen absorbers with dry pet food, it might not work. You might wake up with mold rings around the absorbers which will, in turn, spoil the entire bag as several preppers have cautioned.
The good news about storing pet food, though, is that there’s no difference between survival food and what they regularly eat for your pet. The other good news is that pets can eat “human survival food” (for lack of a better term). For example, dogs can eat white rice, which we already know can last a lot longer if properly stored (being one of the most popular survival foods).
As long as you store your pet food in a cool, dry dark place (such as a ventilated basement), you’ll surely get a lot more than the 1-2 years it’s stated to last.
How Temperature Fluctuations Affect Emergency Food
Before we wrap this up, I need to address an overlooked aspect: Fluctuations in temperature. We said earlier that some foods need to be stored at temperatures between 50F and 70F but that’s only half the story. The other half is that you need to keep temperature variations to a minimum because they too can (negatively) affect shelf life. Even if you keep it within the interval at all times, fluctuations between 50F and 70F should be avoided.
Why Store Up Emergency Food? So You Can Survive During A Famine!
In the modern age, with so many grocery stores and restaurants bustling with activity and low prices (sometimes high) on many common food items, it’s hard to imagine what life would be like if suddenly it all came to an end. Unfortunately, if someone were to pull the plug on interstate shipping and nationwide commercial food processing and commercial agriculture, literally overnight stores across several regions would slam shut their doors and before you knew it the greatest disaster in America’s history would unfold right before our eyes.
Famine. Food shortages. Long lines stretching possibly miles for a government handout (until the government closes it’s doors as well). Long lines seeking food at churches (that is until churches run out of food) and soup kitchens — soup kitchens once popular with the homeless but now attracting crowds of hungry and scared citizens and their families looking for food and also looking for a solution; but there won’t be one.
What about organizations like the Red Cross and Salvation Army? In some communities, in the first few hours and days, they may also be a source for food, but expect incredibly long lines. When or if food finally gets into your hands unfortunately it may not be something you really find that palatable.
Isn’t Storing Up Food At Odds With Living By Faith?
For those of us who live as Christians, it would seem that way. Living by faith means we know that the Lord will provide. It takes great faith not to store up so that we can see how the Lord will provide and many times he can astonish us. I think though that there’s another angle here to look at; it’s knowing that there are a lot of people who will be hungry during a massive food shortage and subsequent famine, who haven’t stored up food, and first and foremost that could end up being a neighbor or even family and friends who simply never believed that the Terrible Day of the Lord as warned in the Bible was one day headed our way.
A lot of people, and I’m sure a few readers here, may not believe today in these Biblical warnings I’ve shared at different times on the site. I’m going to predict though that a lot of you will start believing in the times ahead.
I get that assurance from the Bible — most people who end up believing in Jesus don’t believe until God is dropping the hammer. In other words: People are some hard eggs to crack!
Food Storage Happens Now — Not Later
It’s a sad, unfortunate fact. There will be a day where tens of millions of people realize that so many signs about a coming catastrophe were all around them, but they were just too glued to their daily routines and complacency and stubbornness about life to notice. They felt life should be lived whatever way they wanted, even though for many the way they live their lives is in direct disobedience to God.
I know it. I’ve been there. And it’s not just the banksters at the top of the food chain preying on the consumers or the super elites at the head of our corporations; no, it’s the rest of us also, the people that make up modern day nations caught up in what the Bible describes as carnal, worldly lives — with a complete disregard for God and his warnings about the coming wrath on the world to deal with it’s many evils and atrocities. Atrocities are committed somewhere on our planet on a daily basis.
God Sees All
The prophets, apostles, Jesus himself assured us that there is a terrible day coming for our planet.
If we don’t get our lives right with God, we are going to be caught up in the midst of it. It may start with a government collapse and famine and food shortages, but really that will only be the beginning. A serious storm is heading to our world and we see it’s waves starting to beat against our shores; consider ISIS (or another faction of Radical Islam) as one of those waves; if you look at the ocean during a storm you cannot count the number of waves that hit; but you can see how strong and violent the waves get as the storm approaches.
The Storm Is Approaching
Matthew 21:25-26 – 25 “And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world…”
Matthew 21:29-33 – And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
Matthew 21:34-36 -“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
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