FEMA – Emergency Food and Water in an Emergency

For those new to preparedness the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website might be a first stop in their quest to get information. There are actually some good materials there.

One downloadable file provided is the PDF called “Food and Water in an Emergency“. In this 15 page document the basics of disaster preparedness are covered fairly well. Of course subjects such as firearms and personal defense are not covered but the foundations of survival are – food and water. The creation of a disaster survival kit is also discussed with a decent content list.

If every citizen read and took action based on what is in this PDF that our tax dollars have paid for – this country as a whole would be a lot better off.

Check it out below. It’s a start.


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17 thoughts on “FEMA – Emergency Food and Water in an Emergency”

  1. I once read somewhere that the average household contains only 3 days worth of food. If true that’s a troublesome stat. To think that something so critical to daily life would be treated so cavalierly.

  2. Not bad and about what I’d expect from our rich Uncle. It is as good a place to start as any. I have to wonder why evacuation to public shelter wasn’t mentioned as a wonderful option and we all know Uncle would never council us on personal defense. PR

  3. I guess we could all better ourself for any given emergency…..we must put ourselves in a frame of mind that someday we may have to live off the grid….so whatever skills you can bring to the table the better off you will be. Food, water, shelter, and clothing are going to be the biggest ticket items. So hopefully more people can have discussions like this and get the word out! Enough food for 3 days will not cut it! I shop by the month, which saves me a lot verses the every week method…I can buy 600 in groceries for the month for 5 people, and still have a lot of food left over by the end of the month. But my carts are filled with food, and I only spend 25$ on junk….got to have a little junk…

  4. Interesting, I agree with all of you. Before the last two ice storms we had here in north Texas (Bedford)and people were panic shopping like crazy wilder beast in a stampede. Note to self, don’t go to store before big storm. We lost power. No worries we broke out our supplies and made it an exercise with supplies. I learned i need more gear for cold weather and wind chill factors

  5. An ice storm kick us for 5 or 6 days a few years back, we fared pretty well except for the lack of fuel for the generator. I now keep some 5 gal jugs around and routinely cycle them in the cars/lawnmower to keep them fresh for use when needed. Still need to up our food/water preps a bit better.

  6. I live in north east FL. surrounded by state forest and I am looking into building a wood gassifier to run my generator instead of storing gasoline. Has anyone done this?

  7. JohnP, we are giving a class tomorrow on this subject. The instructor has been driving around on smoke for a few years. The old Civil Defense had a booklet on how to do this, WW2 ,Europe ran most of their farm equipment on smoke. We will be doing build ups and making a DVD as I understand. When this is done I will try to get the word out so folks can see how we do this.If locale it is a free class.
    I am located in Bonner’s County North Idaho. RangerRick

  8. Wood gassifiers are indeed a source of methane that will power suitably modified gasoline engines. I know how labor intensive heating with wood is and would dread fueling both the gassifier and its heater with wood as well as a furnace. I would look first to solar and wind for electrical energy.

    Although probably obvious to those in rural locations, there are a host of advantages to having bulk fuels in tanks on your property. We have a 1000 gallon gasoline tank and a 600 gallon diesel tank. We buy these fuels in the winter when price is low and at then at the pump then whenever possible. In the summer months when fuel is typically higher we draw from the bulk tanks. We also have three 1000 gallon propane tanks underground (and this requires a specially prepared tank and in most cases sacrificial grounds so please don’t just bury a propane tank intended for above ground) and another 400 gallon above ground tank with both gas and liquid taps. We buy propane in the summer when it is typically cheaper. Although our winter heat is from wood, we have both heat pump and natural gas fired heaters. For cooking and emergency heat, the house normally draws from the small above ground. We use a different supplier for this tank who doesn’t know about the buried tanks. With 3000 gallons of propane in deep reserve, several years of cut wood and standing timber both on our land and in the adjacent national forest, we appear to be well set for the cold. We also have several generators with both diesel and gasoline engines as well as Lincoln arc welders that also produce 120/240VAC. With bulk fuels on site, these devices can provide electricity for quite a while. Solar and wind are also part of our energy reserves.

    Everyone knows that chainsaws and generators can be heard from a distance. I haven’t found a method to muffle chainsaws, but our generators and arc weldors are all fitted with automobile mufflers that significantly reduce exhaust noise. If anyone is interested, I could create a separate post with photos of the muffled generators and arc welders.


  9. PR, I’m interested in your muffler setup. I have a Centurion 13.5kw generator. Its power comes from a 30 hp air cooled V-twin (propane fueled). It’s all already housed in its factory metal box complete with sound deadening but it’s loud. Running the exhaust outside of the box with better muffling would also help keep the whole setup cooler.

  10. RangerRick, let me know when you get that video done. I live in Clay county Fl., so attending a class is feasible at my age. Rourke, I hope you let RangerRick post when the DVD is available.

  11. Thank you Rourke,
    we had a great class and at the end when we went outside, a gentleman said: Oh by the way want to see what I built? In the back of his truck was a gasifier. As we progress I will get the info to you guys.

    Be Prepared – Be Prayerful – Be Thankful – You are an American,

  12. Panhandle Rancher,
    On more than 1 occasion I have arrested log thieves only because we were watching for them, saws were very quite. The took coarse steel wool / pads and put in the saw muffler, worked very well.

  13. John Gault,
    I have buried 30 and 50 gallon barrels stuffed with coarse steel wool in the ground and ran the gen exhaust into one side of the barrel to the bottom of barrel with a pipe and the other side of the barrel we ran into a tree line to further hide the noise / smoke / heat signature.
    I would think you could run the gen exhaust into a muffler inside the barrel with steel wool and then out to the atmosphere, may be really quite.
    Best Regards,RangerRick

  14. Ranger Rick,
    In parts of Africa timber poachers are quite a problem and I ran across a number of hasty built saw pits. The one time we found one being worked, the local cops shot and killed the thieves on the spot.

    Thanks for the steel wool tip. PR

  15. This is actually a pretty good FEMA document… one way to help others is to get this valuable info out to those you come in contact with. One easy, non-invasive way would be to add a quick note and link to this FEMA pdf to your email signature line. Much of the country is entering into tornado season. It would be timely to provide this link without the worry of perhaps branding yourself as “one of those preppers-dudes”.


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