Everything started with me working on an Excel spreadsheet to plan out what I wanted for a food storage stockpile for my family. I wasn’t particularly satisfied with the guidelines and calculators out there. Unlike LDS recommendations that are commonly shared on prepping sites, I had no intention of stock piling hundreds of pounds of wheat, rice, beans, oil, et cetera and considering that prepared. I wanted a more balanced list of foods that fit how we normally eat and would offer nutrition and a range of flavors and textures so that we could enjoy eating in an emergency scenario. I also wanted to know how many calories I would have on average per day and be able to account for the differences in the needs of adults and little children.
Sure, endless amounts of rice might keep a person going, but so would eating bugs, and I want to have emergency supplies on hand so I can avoid that. That was a big part of why I was bothering with all these preparations to begin with. Anyway, after some research and hair pulling with the Excel formulas I decided to make my spreadsheets and other lists available for others to benefit from as well. If you have a special diet (vegan, paleo, etc) it may require additional tweaking, but hopefully these will help you as well. If the core spreadsheet isn’t what works for you, I hope you’ll still find the other lists and resources on this site helpful.
These resources are available for free but I do ask that if you wish to share with anyone else that you direct them here to save copies for themselves. That way everyone will have access to any updates I make or additional resources that are added. Please do not redistribute as if they were your own or use for commercial purposes.
This site doesn’t cover every prepping topic there is. I’ve been researching for years, but I certainly don’t consider myself an expert in everything. This site is meant to give beginners a sense of direction and basic information, as well as to provide everyone with resources that are a bit different from others that are out there. Consider it a crash course to get you thinking about your family’s needs — then you can research further and expand on these basics.