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Episode 9 S1-9

Eat What You Store! Store What You Eat!


Special Guest:

Day After Disaster Ch 9

James Talmage Stevens

In the Day After Disaster adventure, Henry and Carol’s son arrives with his family. Erika’s heart aches to be home as the family discussion turns to supplies they have on hand. Today, James Talmage Stevens, aka Dr. Prepper, the author of Doctor Prepper’s Making the Best of the Basics Family Preparedness Handbook joins us to discuss the physical and mental benefits of being prepared and ways you can start doing that.

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Most Important Items To Have For Survival:

  • Triage your situation, everyone’s priorities are going to be different. No one knows everything there is to know about survival situations and there is no primordial list of preparedness.

  • Food is power. Everyone eats and will need food. Stocking this essential item can trump the stocking of all other items.

  • Spirituality (not religion). You have to have hope, focus and character. You have to have that something inside you that strives to be better.

  • Medical situations must be prepared for ahead of time.

  • Shelter is essential to having a stable life. You have to have shelter to store your supplies and stay safe from outside threats. Clothing is considered personal shelter and is taken into account as essential shelter.

  • Water is critical. After two days without water you will be a zombie.

Emotional Benefits of Being Prepared:

  • You are taking responsibility for yourself and fulfilling your godly, civic and maternal or paternal obligations.

  • If you prepare then you can feel confident and truly be a part of your kinship.

  • You will know your limitations and expectations.

  • You will be more prepared to deal with uncertain and certain futures. These disasters don’t just have to be huge national threats they can also be personal disasters. All of which have an emotional and physical cost.

 Food Storage Tips:

  • Learn how to produce food, how to prepare food and how to preserve food. Freezing is the most vulnerable and expensive form of preservation. Dehydrating is the easiest and quickest.

  • Never purchase a send priority item until you have all your first priority items.

  • Turn your home into a safe place, with an in home pantry convenience store where you can camp out.

  • Store what you eat and eat what you store!

  • Learn how to do things. Think outside the box.

  • Taste everything you store first if you don’t like it don’t store it or use it to trade for secondary items later.

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Day After Disaster Ch 9

James Talmage Stevens

“I grew up in the post-WW II ex-urban lifestyle that included living by self-reliance principles. Our family lived the preparedness lifestyle long before it was considered an attribute! On the farm of my maternal grandfather, we lived pretty much off the land. We played on haystacks and inside the barns. We raised chickens, pigs, cows, horses, and raised crops we could preserve and store. We also raised family-size crops of corn, sugar cane, peas, beans, carrots, squash, onions, cucumbers, and hot peppers––don’t forget the okra and eggplant!

“Everything went into a bottle––I actually thought food grew in bottles in the dark of the basement till I was 7-8 years old! It was in the late summer after my 8th birthday that I found out how all those fruits and veggies got into those bottles in the basement storeroom. That was the summer my mother and grandmother determined I was old enough to learn how to tend the garden, pick the vegetables, and participate in the canning, bottling, and pickling––and hauling the jars to the basement!

 “After several years, our family moved to a larger house on less land farther out of the city. A yard garden, in-home food production and food preservation continued to be part of life until my college days.

 “In January 1974 I developed Making the Best of Basics—Family Preparedness Handbook as a post-college project. Now that the 11th Edition of Making the Best of Basics has been published for this generation, I have come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter what causes the need––If you are prepared, you need not fear!”

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