Food & Water:

A survival 'Rule of Threes' states correctly that you can live:

• 30 Days without Food
• 3 Days without Water
• 3 Minutes without Air
This page addresses the first two elements. We will be adding a lot of links with helpful ideas from our resident experts from various CQ Groups across the country but we welcome your input as well. Send us your recipes; ideas; and input to -

Oat Roller - I love rolled oats (oatmeal) but what you commonly buy at the grocery store has been steamed, then rolled, then dried. Most of the flavor and nutrition has long since departed the scene. Here's a link to a great deal on a grain roller/flaker that is one of the best and has all steel rollers. You will be amazed at how good fresh rolled oats are and you can store unprocessed oat groats for decades without worry of them spoiling.

Cleaning without water? Did you know that you can clean a dirty pot or pan with sand? It makes a great scrubber and it will absorb grease and oil. Once the pan is clean, it's an easy job to wash the pan with mild soapy water and rinse it for use again. On backpacking trips, I've used sand and stream water to “wash” dishes and needed nothing else.

Where will you put all that stuff? Try Storage in Plain Sight.

"Storage Food" tends to omit necessary fats and oils because they don't keep well. Here's a link to a great article on SurvivalBlog - Storing Fats and Oils.

Food and water will become a new currency. The recent earthquake in Haiti highlighted this. Before the quake, people were poor and needy and would sell anything if you had money. Because Haiti is such a poor country, little money was required to appear rich by comparison. After the quake, perspective changed. A basket of money wouldn't buy much but a bottle of water would. The currency of the day had become food and water.

Be discreet about your food storage. When food shortages become evident, federal precedent already exists to allow confiscation of private stores “for the good of the country.” “Hoarding” is being cast as an illness that needs intervention and those who prepare will be blamed as cause of shortages in an attempt to divert attention from federal bureaucracy that created it.