The world is becoming a bit more chaotic day by day. Whatever your belief on the reasons why things have gone this far, the COVID-19 virus has been declared a global pandemic by the WHO.
Are you being told to prepare for lengthy stays at home? Many people are. Now, it’s been quite some time since I was a boy scout, but I do remember my survival training did NOT include stockpiling toilet paper. Perhaps things have changed in this internet age?
Anyway, other than the obvious needs that we humans have including clean air, clean water, stored food that you and your family can dig into over the next (uncertain) length of time (likely minimum of 6-8 weeks).
It’s important to make sure you have decent quality, non-perishable, store-able calories adequate for you and your family.
Very importantly, the main difference with Rationing vs. Fasting is that fasting is planned and as a result we know when we are expecting to start consuming food again, however in Rationing we do not know for sure the end point when we will start consuming food again. Also, Fasting is usually an individual experience and Rationing (unfortunately) likely involved your whole family and everyone in your household.
Most people don’t need the research to know the order of priority that their needs are in descending order clean air, clean water, stored food, shelter, defensive weapons, etc… Interestingly, the data is quite clear about length of time for survival without air (obviously), without water (usually 2-4 days dependent on genetics and environment, etc…). However, there is a more considerable variability in survival time without food.
Now, assuming that you’ve taken care of clean air and water and have a stockpile of non-perishable foods, you and your family are probably ready to hunker down for a few weeks to a couple of months. Additionally, there are many other sites that cover how to prepare for these SHTF scenarios way better than I can, I’ll list a few below… tell them I sent you. However, I do want to add one thing that I haven’t seen listed readily in my research of this topic, and that’s this… be sure to stock up on a solid multi-vitamin. Any complete spectrum multivitamin will suffice. It’s important to remember that when you are consuming a reduced calorie diet, either by choice or due to circumstances (i.e. Rationing), continuous reduced calorie intake increases the risk for micronutrient deficiencies including vitamins and minerals. Therefore, make sure you have a solid multivitamin and mineral supplement for you and each member of your family. This should help prevent, at least for some time, any micronutrient deficiencies that might normally occur with reduced calorie intake and reduced variety of food stuffs.
I truly hope this post finds you well and that you and your family remain safe and strong during this crisis or whatever it is.