Today we face uncertain times and challenges that nobody has ever seen. Corona-virus has caught us all by surprise. The resulting disease leaves us with more questions than answers. This is the biggest disaster we have seen hit in decades to even over a century past. This is a history making event evolving and developing daily.
What I find most troubling is that medical and science experts do not appear to anticipate a public dispersed vaccine for 12-18 months around late year 2021. When a vaccine is approved and distributed it will take a great deal of time to get that out. Medical and Science experts also are saying this virus may live on dry surfaces for 3-4 days on it's own. We are now seeing medical systems locally and regionally starting to fail because health professionals are getting infected themselves. Food distribution centers are getting drawn on already and growing in demand rapidly. This is bad and reveals the signs that we have a very tough and long fight ahead of us. This virus really cannot be compared to past wars when we have seen people die by the tens of thousands in just a few weeks (21 days) or near 2,000 deaths per day. Now many areas are rushing to get going against what the experts are recommending. Bad idea, We are in trouble...
The 1918 - 1919 H1N1 Spanish flu pandemic reemerged after it was thought to be under control and it took a estimated 50 million lives worldwide and one third of the worlds population was infected in just over one year. Around 675 thousand Americans lost their lives to a flu. With WWI 1914 - 1918 and the Spanish flu effects the domestic economy soon headed into the Great Depression of 1929 - 1939.
*It's my hope the information found on this page proves to be helpful for you and your family. The words of my deceased grandparents about the Great Depression echo in my head now. The 1st world war WW1 then Spanish Flu pandemic then followed by the Great Depression all in a row. Even though we are not seeing a disastrous string of events like that, we have no idea what may follow now.
My generation (baby boomers 1944-1964) has had to deal with constant recessions, it seems on average about every 5-10 years. Usually after a presidential election. I don't think in my lifetime I will ever see true bipartisan politics. Now approaching early and full retirement age we are hit with this horrible pandemic of 2020.
It may be helpful for everyone to put our heads together so we can get through this as easy and best as we can. Hopefully it will not last long.
I know back just century and half ago or so the settlers who traveled West were faced with many similar difficulties but they survived because they were careful and resourceful.
When the settlers traveled so far away from safety they generally had some idea of what might lay ahead of them. They knew where some of the water sources were and possibly food supplies. One of the meals most common was plain old stew and that is what I'm getting to on this page.
Stew is very easy to make and can feed a lot of individuals. The settlers were sometimes limited to one meal a day. A brewed stew can be eaten cold later if had to.
Stews can be made of any meat, beef, chicken or fish. Generally one selected meat but sometimes multiple meats or no meats just vegetables. Vegetables and water added plus some spices if available. Hundreds of recipes can be found on the Internet. Slow cooked and can last for days. You can basically throw almost anything eatable into the pot and let it brew to taste.
* To add, there is many sources of food and liquids around us (Florida) that is natural to where we live. Many wild flowers and greens are edible. When my family lived in the mid-west we ate wild onions and berries that grew naturally just a few feet from our home door. Know your area and what grows naturally around you. It was common for most of the early settlers to have this knowledge, it was a matter of survival for them. Make certain to wash the harvested items off well before they are cooked and or consumed.
I don't think we will end up at the point of needing to rub two sticks together to make fire but getting a good flint fire starter kit at the local sporting good store or online is not a bad idea. Having some bleach and or iodine to purify water is good to. Couple drops in collected 1 gallon water and let it sit for 12 hours makes it safe to drink in a pinch. Boiling water for at least 5 minutes is best, let cool before drinking.
The big take away is, your not going to starve or do without water. It may require a little more effort but if resourceful you can survive this pandemic just fine.
Bread was always the settlers main food stuff. Breakfast might consist of bread with butter or cheese. In the middle of the day, as part of their main meal, settlers might enjoy smoked or salted meat, or perhaps a bowl of stew, with their bread. The evening meal was likely porridge (Oatmeal)—with bread, of course. Stew required a fire pit and that was not always a option while traveling.
A stew is a combination of solid food ingredients that have been cooked in liquid and served in the resultant gravy. Ingredients in a stew can include any combination of vegetables and may include meat, especially tougher meats suitable for slow-cooking, such as beef. Poultry, sausages, and seafood are also used. Pot of Potatoes, Beans and or Rice also good. As rationing develops then add more water/fluids to make the servings go further.
It's a boiled brew that is safer to eat.
Keeping a case of beer / beef jerky around is also a good idea. Read this about Beer. Using beer reduces the chances of scurvy (lack of vitamin C) and cholera among many others conditions. Beer can be stored warm or cold for a very long time. Beef Jerky and Dried Pasta can be stored a very long time. These are last resort measures that can hold you over several days until you can find other sources of food and water.
* A must have other than a fire starter kit, good pocket knife (3" legal most states) and compass is a good quality survival knife. The blade needs to be around 4-6 inches long. It needs to have different cutting surfaces on it so it can be used to saw if needed and multiple attachment options to carry it. Pay close attention to the grade of metal and hardness of the blade, that is most important. How the knife looks is much less important as to how it functions and fits, the purpose intended for is most important. A full tang is good but not a must, again depends on the purpose. A good blade will run at minimum $100 or more. Keep it close and keep on eye on your good knife like it was expensive jewelry, they have a tendency to disappear quickly. Every knife has a spirit and the bond you develop with it will become unbreakable. I have broken and or lost knives of many in my life, it's never a good feeling either way. I have a quality Buck knife (similar) mine is a antique not listed anymore and recently I purchased a Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife via Amazon $80. On extended outings its best to have two survival knives just in case one gets lost or broken.
I'll say it again,
A good quality survival knife is a absolute must have.