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The Return of Victory Gardens

Today's Urban Preparedness Message from Survival Joe...

During both World Wars, millions of people in the United States,
Canada and the United Kingdom planted "Victory Gardens." In no
time, Americans were producing 40 percent of their vegetables in
their own backyard (about 10 million tons).

Feeding the troops put a major strain on the food system. And most
farm laborers became enlisted soldiers. So governments encouraged
people to grow their own. It quickly became a part of daily life.

But people didn't just stick to backyards. They were growing
victory gardens on the rooftops of buildings, public parks
(including San Francisco's Golden Gate Park). Even a vacant lot
would be "commandeered by the war effort!" and transformed into a
cornfield or a squash patch.

I'm bringing this up to prove to you that you can survive off your
own local gardening efforts. It's been done before. It'll probably
be done again.

In fact, it may one day (soon) become the only way to survive.

Whether you'd love the idea of living off the land or not... I
believe every family needs to be PREPARED to do so. In Food Crisis
2: How to Prepare for a Long-Term Food Shortage, I show you how to get
ready so that if the food system fails you can start a survival
garden as soon as weather permits.

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Survival Joe

P.S. At the link above, I've included a stunning photo from 1943 of
many backyard Victory Gardens. Check it out.

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Survival Food: Emergency Items Your Survival Kit Should Contain
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The best way to survive an emergency – any emergency – is to be prepared, aware, and know what to do. Having the right resources is also advantageous, particularly if these are exactly what you need to survive. If you're planning on buying a survival kit or putting one together yourself, here are the types of emergency food you should consider:

Dehydrated food

Dehydrated food is excellent as emergency food for your survival kit because they come in small, compact portions. They are convenient to pack and easy to prepare. You will need to heat them up with water, though. They are a good choice as part of your survival kit if you are ever in an emergency situation where you need warm food.

Dehydrated food includes meat, vegetables, fruits and flavored meals. Information on the number of calories included in a serving is usually included, so pack enough to meet your most basic calorie needs on a per day basis.

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Canned food

Do not use raw food that still needs to be cooked for your survival kit. Emergency food has to be convenient to store, prepare and eat. Besides, raw food will rot. Canned food is a better choice for emergency food because they can keep for several months to a few years.

Canned food also provides plenty of choices – meat, fish, fruits and vegetables. They can also be eaten straight out of the container. Probably the only preparation you might have to do is to heat them for more comfort and flavor.

Consider packed meals as well. Not only do they keep well, they are also very flavorful. They come in single serves which make it easy to keep track of the number of meals you have. Make sure to choose those that can be stored outside the freezer. If the emergency food requires freezing, make sure you have the facility to do this.


Water is the best choice for all emergency situations and as such, should be a major component of your survival kit. Regardless of the season or location, the ideal amount of water you should pack should be 1 gallon for each person per day. If you're storing emergency food at home, consider keeping enough to supply your need for fluids for at least 10 to 14 days.

Other excellent choices for emergency food for your survival kit are drink mixes, particularly the ready-to-drink or pre-mixed varieties. Drink mixes not only contain pleasant flavoring (quite helpful in stressful situations such as emergencies), there are many made available in the market that are formulated with vitamins and minerals. These drink mixes are especially helpful in combating the first signs of dehydration and can replenish important nutrients that may be lost due to the lack of proper food.

A disadvantage to drink mixes is that they cannot be used to cook food. Your priority should be pure water and then simply supplement what you have with drink mixes. If you're unsure about the purity of the water you've stored in quite a while, keep a bottle of water purification tablets. You can treat the water with these to ensure its safety.

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