DISCUSSION BOARD > How many days or hours do you think is enough to survive on (per person)?

The most common thing you here even from "official" preparedness sites is that three days or seventy two hours is what you need, with the thought that help will arrive within that time frame. I have posted on this topic a couple of times, and think it should be much more than just three days. How much do you really think is enough?
March 14, 2011 | Registered CommenterKeith Erwood
3 days is a good start. As an emergency responder I had to always plan on leaving my family to run a shelter, provide emergency communications, or staff and EOC. There was no telling when I might be able to return home to check on things. So I always planned on 14 days. I think 7 days is good for most people. Today I am no longer involved in active response, however I have much more than the 14 days, much more, on several levels.
March 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrepsfo
I would say, with the many budget cutbacks now occurring, and "brownouts" affecting emergency response time (San Diego at least), 14 days minimum, 3 weeks (or more) of supplies to be safe. Look at Japan and other major disaster events and how supplies are not getting to people fast enough (bottlenecks, beaucracy, population masses in need of help, empty store shelves, etc.).
March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley Viehmann
You need to consider two stratagems.

One is a shelter in place:
If you are in a safe location you should always have a 30 to 60 day supply of food and water. Shelter in place is easier to plan for because you don't have to lug around all the gear. This makes the variety of food and equipment available much broader. Canned and dried food is cheap and will last well beyond 60 days. Also a generator (Solar preferably) is a more viable option. Power is a nice luxury. You also will have the benefit of familiar people and surroundings. Running water will most likely be unavailable so keeping some water on hand is critical. 5 gallon plastic containers are cheap and plentiful. You can get rainwater collection drums but a clean 55 gallon plastic garbage can works just as well. Just make sure the water is purified or at the very least boiled before use. Make sure you have a emergency radio as well http://www.ccrane.com/radios/ has an excellent selection.

The second is a bug out:
If the situation dictates that you must leave. Make sure you check out the posts for Bug out Bags. On your back you can only really carry enough food and water for a few days. Freeze Dried food will get you the most bang for the LBS here so I think that would be the way to go. It is critical that to include fishing gear, cooking equipment, and a portable radio I suggest http://www.ccrane.com/more-categories/emergency-preparedness/midland-base-camp-radio.aspx This radio will send and receive. Planning is the key here you have to have a place to go in mind. If you have a vehicle, remember that it will need fuel. If at all possible buy a diesel in a pinch with some Lye and Methanol you can make diesel fuel out of cooking oil to get where your going. Of course made in an improvised way, the make shift fuel will kill your engine after a few 100 miles, but it's nice to have the option.

I hope this helps
June 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Bishop
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September 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterprepper
Shelter in place is easier to get started with by focusing on 3 days, then 7 days, then a week, a month, 3 months, six months, a year, and so on till you are satisfied. For water, I prefer an air-to-water machine with a solar battery backup in the event of a power outage, because I don't trust myself to correctly monitor the freshness of my emergency water. For food, I like 15 year (minimum) long term storable foods, but if money is in short supply, canned foods will last about two years so don't forget to eat what you store and replace what you eat, when it comes to canned food storage. Last but not least, don't forget a means of protection in the event of a break-in. I admit I need to get started on a bug out plan. Preparing for both are important.
September 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterablesolutions