Preparedness, no matter how far ‘into’ it you are, has one thing in common at all levels. Whether youre the ‘security mom’ who thinks preparedness starts and ends at a ‘one month supply’ kit purchased at Costco, or if youre a hardcore Burt Gummer kinda guy with a tunnel network under your hosue, a HMMV in the garage and a satellite uplink at your command…all require, to one degree or another, logistical planning.
Succinctly, logistics is managing resources. Two words…’managing resources’. It means calculating how much of an item you need, where to get it, how to transport it, how to store it, how to protect it, how to distribute it, how to replace it, how to use it efficiently, etc, etc. The best bunker in the world is just a concrete cell to starve in if you dont have food. Or to freeze in if you dont have heat. Or to die in if you dont have water. Logistics is pretty much what preparedness is about.
My experience thus far (and I say ‘thus far’ because, well, life is just one big learning experience) has been that the biggest logistical headaches dont come from guns, ammo, gold, communications, or any of those other things. It’s easily food. This seems counter-intuitive because food should be a snap according to the do-it-as-cheap-as-you-can ‘Matt Foley’ survivalists…all we need are a buncha five-gallon barrels of rice or corn or wheat. Anything else is just wasteful luxury that could be better spent on more Mosin-Nagants.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not looking forward to the apocalypse that gives me the menu options from ‘Forrest Gump’. (“..fried wheat, wheat creole, wheat soup, wheat chowder, baked wheat, wheat gruel, boiled wheat, wheat souffle….”) I suppose it beats starving to death but I suspect that’s pretty much what’s going to happen once appetite fatigue sets in. I suppose someone might say “Hey, dummy…take the wheat and make bread. Make pasta. Make dough.” Well, yeah, I suppose you could but last I checked all of those require more than just wheat and nowhere in that “just buy lots of drums of rice and wheat” did I see anything about yeast, baking powder, salt, eggs, baking soda, etc, etc.
But, anyway, my point was that out of all the possible logistics to be considered I think menu planning is the most annoying. Think about it. It’s the day after the apocalypse…power is out, travel is unsafe, water is limited, the gas pressure is gone, and you’re hungry. So whats for breakfast, lunch and dinner in that situation? After all, you’ve got a busy schedule ahead of…shooting looters, manning barricades, moving debris, diverting refugees, etc, etc. And once you plan the menu for that day, you’ve got hundreds of days more just like it to plan for. And, sadly, ‘one size does not fit all’…the same menu day after day leads to problems. So, you need to have variety. And you need decent nutrition. And it all has to have weathered the apocalypse, stored well over time, require nothing more complicated than a camp stove and some clean water to prepare. Compared to stockpiling guns and ammo, this sort of thing is a major challenge.
So, I’m wondering, has anyone here actually thought up what the menu is going to look like during a week-long blackout or a post-earthquake month of deprivation? Using just what you have stored, nothing from the outside except maybe water and some shattered 2×4′s to cook over, what’s gonna be on your table for breakfast? For lunch? For dinner?