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MONTHLY PREPARATION GOALS

 

JANUARY GOAL: Take inventory of basic food storage and supplies. Develop and commit to a family preparedness plan.

FEBRUARY-MARCH GOAL: Obtain a basic year's supply of food. Create a focused food schedule.

APRIL-MAY GOAL: Store a two-week supply of water for the family.

JUNE-JULY GOAL: Store sources of light and heat, including an adequate supply of cooking fuel, firewood and coal.

AUGUST GOAL: Learn how to turn off utilities. Plan what to do in case of a fire or earthquake.

SEPTEMBER GOAL: Assemble or replenish the family's first aid supplies. Remember to provide for the special medical needs of family members.

OCTOBER GOAL: Store basic sanitation supplies.

NOVEMBER GOAL: Obtain a battery or hand crank radio.

DECEMBER GOAL: Obtain containers for 72 hour kits.

 

52 WEEK ACQUISITION PLAN TO ACQUIRE ONE YEAR'S STORAGE

(Content provided by: Mary Catherine ("Cathy") Miller)

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

  

January

Week 1. Grain 45-50 lbs.

Week 2. Canned meats: beef, turkey, chicken, tuna

Week 3. Baking supplies: yeast, baking soda, baking powder

Week 4. Vegetables: spaghetti sauce, salsa, other tomato products

 

Shelf Life for January's storage items:

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wheat (5 1/2 years without oxygen absorbers, indefinitely with oxygen absorbers)

canned meats (12 months unopened; 1 -2 months opened, refrigerated)

yeast (expiration date on package)

baking soda (24 months)

baking powder (18 months unopened)

tomato sauce (12 months unopened; 3 days opened, refrigerated)

pasta sauce (24 months unopened; 2 weeks opened, refrigerated)

canned tomatoes (30+ months unopened; 2 - 3 days opened, refrigerated)

canned vegetables (24 - 48 months unopened)

February

Week 1. Sugar-granulated, brown, powdered 50 lbs.

Week 2. Canned/bottled fruits

Week 3. Salt-5 lbs.

Week 4. Water purification tablets/bleach - learn to use the method stored

 

Shelf Life for February's storage items:

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Honey, Salt and Sugar - These should keep indefinitely if stored free of moisture. Watch out for additives in the honey. It is possible to buy honey with water and sugar added. This honey generally doesn't crystallize like pure 100% honey does when stored for a long time. If there are additives, there is no saying how long it will last.

Dehydrated Fruit - Hermetically sealed in the absence of oxygen, plan on a storage life of 5 years at a stable temperature of 70 degrees F. They should keep proportionately longer if stored at cooler temperatures.

( Storage times per Walton Feed http://waltonfeed.com/ )

Canned Fruits - 24 months in the original container at 70 degrees F. in a dry basement.

March

Week 1. Milk-dry/canned (17 lbs. adult/75 lbs. child)

Week 2. Canned/bottled fruits

Week 3. Sugar-syrups 12 lbs.

Week 4. Powdered eggs or egg substitute (necessary for most baking)

 

Shelf Life for March's Month's storage items:

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Milk, Canned Condensed or Evaporated - 24 to 36 months

Milk, Powdered (Instant Non-fat) - 6 months

Milk, Powdered (Non-Instant) - 24 to 48 months

Milk, Morning Moo brand powdered - 5 years in original bag (7 years in bucket)

Eggs, dehydrated or freeze-dried powdered - 60 to 96 months

Gelatin (Egg substitute) - 18 months

Honey - 12 to 24 months

Jams & Jellies - 12 months

Molasses - 12+ months

Sugar, Brown - 18 months

Sugar, Confectioners - 24+ months

Sugar, Granulated - 24+ months

Syrups - 12 months

Fruit, Canned - 12 months

Fruit, Dried - 6 months

April

Week 1. Grain-dehydrated potatoes or other potato items 50 lbs.

Week 2. Juice

Week 3. Oil-vegetable oil or shortening 20 lbs.

Week 4. Light source (batteries/flashlights, candles/matches, lanterns, etc.)

 

Shelf Life for April's Month's storage items:

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The soft grains (Barley, Oat Groats, Rolled Oats, Quinoa, Rye) will keep for 8 years at room temperature sealed without oxygen. The hard grains (Buckwheat, Corn, Flax, Kamut, Millet, Wheat, Spelt, Triticale) will keep 10 to 12 years or more at room temperature sealed without oxygen. Dehydrated vegetables will also keep 8 to 10 years under the same circumstances. - from http://waltonfeed.com/grain/life.html

Fruit juices (canned) keep 18 to 36 months in a cool, dry place. Salad oils keep 6 to 9

months.

May

Week 1. Legumes - beans 30 lbs.

Week 2. Soup - dry mixes or canned

Week 3. Spices, herbs, seasoning, vinegars

Week 4. First aid supplies - basic kit or expand what you have

 

Shelf Life for May's Month's storage items:

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Peas & Beans, dry - 24 months

Bouillon - 24 months Keep dry and covered.

Soup Mix - 12 months

Spices & Herbs, whole - 12-24 months

Spices & Herbs, ground - 6 months

Store spices & herbs in airtight container in dry place away from sunlight and heat. Check aroma - replace if faded. Whole cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon sticks maintain quality beyond 24 months.

June

Week 1. Grain - pasta 50 lbs.

Week 2. Pudding mixes

Week 3. Gelatin mixes - count toward sugar

Week 4. Emergency cooking equipment -- barbecue, propane stove, firewood

 

Shelf Life for June's Month's storage items:

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Pasta 2 to 3 years

Pudding Mixes 1 year

Gelatin Mixes 18 months

Rice/Pasta Mixes 6 months

July

Week 1. Milk - dry/canned (add what amount you are still missing)

Week 2. Jams/jellies - 20 lbs.

Week 3. Vegetables - canned

Week 4. Personal essentials - hygiene, feminine, baby needs

 

Shelf Life for July's Month's storage items:

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Milk, non-instant powdered 24 48 months

Milk, evaporated canned 24 36 months

Milk, sweetened condensed 24 36 months

Corn, canned 24 36 months

Tomatoes, canned 36 months

Jellies, Jams 12 months

August

Week 1. Grain - oats or rice 50 lbs.

Week 2. Nuts - dry roasted keep best

Week 3. Canned meats

Week 4. Medicinal supplies - basic meds and prescriptions

 

Shelf Life for August's Month's storage items:

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Oats 24 to 60 months

Oats, rolled 12 months

Oatmeal 12 months

Rice, white 24 to 48 months

Rice, wild 24 to 36 months

Rice, brown 1 to 6 months

Rice, flavored or herb mixes 6 months

Rice flour 1 to 2 months

Minute Rice 18 months

Nuts in the shell 24 months

Nutmeats in vacuum can 3 months

Peanuts 24 to 36 months

Peanut Butter 6 to 24 months

Canned Meat:

Beef, canned (in chunks with natural juices) 30 months

Chicken Breast, canned 36 months

Chili, canned indefinitely

Dried Beef, canned - indefinitely

Fish, canned 18 months

Ham Chunks, canned - indefinitely

Spam, canned - indefinitely

Tuna & Seafood, canned 48 to 60 months

Vienna Sausage, canned 24 months

Other canned meat or chicken 36 months

September

Week 1. Sugar - honey 20 lbs.

Week 2. Vitamins/mineral supplements

Week 3. Dry fruit - raisins, leather, chips, dehydrated

Week 4. Detergents/cleansers

 

Shelf Life for September's Month's storage items:

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Dehydrated fruits - 8 months

Dehydrated fruit juices - 12 months

Jams & jellies - 18 months

Honey will keep indefinitely if stored in an airtight container at room temperature

October

Week 1. Grain - flour 50 lbs.

Week 2. Oil - peanut butter, mayonnaise, butter powder - 15 lbs.

Week 3. Baking extras - cocoa, coconut, chocolate chips, nuts

Week 4. Emergency sewing supplies

 

Shelf Life for October's Month's storage items:

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Wheat (5 1/2 years without oxygen absorbers, indefinitely with oxygen absorbers)

The soft grains (Barley, Oat Groats, Rolled Oats, Quinoa, Rye) will keep for 8 years at room

temperature sealed without oxygen.

The hard grains (Buckwheat, Corn, Flax, Kamut, Millet, Wheat, Spelt, Triticale) will keep 10 to 12 years or more at room temperature sealed without oxygen.

Oats 24 to 60 months

Oats, rolled 12 months

Oatmeal 12 months

Rice, white 24 to 48 months

Rice, wild 24 to 36 months

Rice, brown 1 to 6 months

Rice, flavored or herb mixes 6 months

Rice flour 1 to 2 months

Flour, whole wheat graham - 2 weeks

Flour, white enriched - 12 months

Cornmeal - 12 months

Wheat, raw whole - 25 years or longer

Nuts in the shell 24 months

Nutmeats in vacuum can 3 months

Peanuts 24 to 36 months

Peanut Butter 6 to 24 months

November

Week 1. Grain - wheat 50 lbs.

Week 2. Dry mixes - pancake, breads, cakes, cookies, other

Week 3. Clothing and bedding - evaluate and update

Week 4. Condiments

 

Shelf Life for November's Month's storage items:

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Wheat (5 1/2 years without oxygen absorbers, indefinitely with oxygen absorbers)

Betty Crocker Cake Mixes (8-12 months)

Pillsbury Cake Mix (18 months)

Frosting Mix (9 months)

Corn Meal (18 months)

Pancake Mix (6-9 months)

Pie Crust Mix (8 months)

Pudding Mixes (12 months)

Most Powdered Sauces, Gravies and Soup mixes (12 months)

Most Biscuit, cake, muffin, brownie mixes, pancake mixes (9 months)

Most cake mixes (12 months)

Angel Food Cake Mix (9 months)

Jiffy Baking Mixes (12-24 months)

Krusteaz (18-24 months)

December

Week 1. Legumes - 30 lbs.

Week 2. Seeds/sprouting supplies

Week 3. Fruits or vegetables - finish up needs

Week 4. Paper supplies - toilet tissue, plastics/foils

 

Shelf Life for December's Month's storage items:

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Legumes, bottled or canned - 24 - 36 months

Peas & Beans, dried - 12 months

Fruits, dried - 6 months

Vegetables, dried - 12 months

Vegetables, dehydrated flakes - 6 months

 

FIFTH WEEKS

1. WATER

2. WATER

3. WATER

4. WATER

(14 gal per person is 1 week supply.)

 

 

Shelf Life for additional storage items:

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Barley, pearled 12 Months

Barley, Whole 60 Months

Buckwheat (kasha) 6-12 Months

Corn cereal, dry Ready-to-eat 12 Months

Corn Meal 18 Months

Corn, Whole 60 Months

Granola 1-3 Months

Hominy & Hominy Grits 12 Months

Oats, groats 1-3 Months

Oats, rolled (oatmeal) 12 Months

Oats, Whole 60 Months

Popcorn, whole kernels 12-24 Months

Quinoa Cereal 1-3 Months

Quinoa, Whole 60 Months

Rice cereal, dry Ready-to-eat 12 Months

Rice, White 24 Months

Rice, wild 24-36 Months

Rice, brown 1-3 Months

Rice, Minute (Kraft Foods) 18mo.

Rye 60 Months

Triticale 60 Months

Wheat, shredded, dry Ready-to-eat 12 Months

Gelatin 18 Months

Jell-o 24 mo. Kraft Foods

Olive Oil 24 Months

 

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