1. Head to the nearest Wal-mart, Kmart, Costco or whatever and pick-up 20 lbsÂ of white or brown rice and 20 lbsÂ of pinto beans. White rice has a better storage life while brown rice hasÂ more nutritional benefits â€“ your choice.
2. While youâ€™re there grab 5 lbsÂ mixed beans, 5 lbsÂ of white sugar, 5 lbsÂ of iodized salt, one gallon of olive oil (can be frozenÂ to extend shelf-life), 5 lbsÂ oats, 10 lbsÂ each of white or wheat flour and cornmeal.
3. Now head over to the canned foods and pick-up 20 cans of canned fruits and 20 cans of canned vegetables. Be sure to buy only those brandsÂ and contents you normally eat and nothing exotic. No need to shock the senses.
4. Now over to the canned meats. Pick-up 20 cans of various meats, salmon, stews, spamÂ and tuna. Again buy only those brands with contents you normally eat and nothing exotic.
5. Okay. Now to the to the peanut butter shelf andÂ toss two 40-ounce jars inÂ the cart.Â The listed shelf life is just over two years and each jar has over 6,000 calories. Peanut butter is an excellent instant survival food.
6. Over to the powdered drink mix â€“ go on Iâ€™ll waitâ€¦Okay, pick up two 72 Ounce Tang Orange drink canistersÂ (provides 100% of the US RDA vitamin C requirement per 8 oz. glass). Also grab six 19-Ounce Containers of Kool-Aid Drink Mix.
7. Off to the vitamin and supplement aisle, pick upÂ 400 tablets â€œone a dayâ€ multivitamin and mineral supplements. IÂ buy this brand at the local Wal-Mart -Â comes in 200 count bottle for $8 each.
8. Now to the department we all love â€“ sporting goods. Go to the camping aisle and pick up 4 five gallon water containers. Fill with tap water as soon as you get back home.
9. While youâ€™re there buy 250 rounds of ammunition for your primary defensive weapon. More if you can, but this should be a good start.Â Also a good universal cleaning kit.
10. And lastly pick up Â the best LED flashlight you can afford, extra batteries and bulb. Also grab two boxes of wooden matches andÂ several multi-purpose lighters.
Donâ€™t forget to date, use and rotate â€“ remember first in first out. Letâ€™s get started.
What would you add to the list?