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February 27, 2020

Today's Full Plate Is Tomorrow's Empty Plate

(Italy Grocery Stores Empty Shelves From coronavirus Panic Shopping)

By Susan Duclos - All News PipeLine

For those that still think that food could never become an issue in the U.S., those I refer to as "zombified," we will start this article with proof that food is already an issue. Not only  food in grocery stores in countries already panicked by Coronavirus, but the largest of Emergency Survival Food companies are running out of some of their most sought after products.

Make no mistake, many of these products may never be available from some of these companies again.

I was reminded by someone well connected within the food industry while asking around, that one of the most important points to try to get across is that the survival food we buy today, canned, freeze dried or whatever, is from last years' crops and harvests.

Think about that. Last years crops were decimated by flooding which in many cases prevented farmers from planting, then an early freeze which forced them to harvest early, ending up with only a percentage of their crops. The same foods that companies use to can, freeze dry and use in certain items for this year.

In other words, where was already an issue with food, it just hasn't been noticed yet.

Anyone that doubts that will end up being one of the first people to starve in a disaster-type scenario, a pandemic, or any type of a catastrophe.


The same day that ANP received an email from a emergency survival food supplier warning that "Fear of a Pandemic is depleting inventory throughout the emergency food industry," one of our long-time readers, Susie, left the following comment in our comment section:

FYI : I was checking "My Patriot Supply" for some freeze-dried stuff, etc., and they have posted a notice, that many things can be up to 28 days delayed (for shipping to customer). They are normally a 2-day shipper !!! I don't know if this applies to everything, or not ?? I did go ahead and order what I was looking for, but who knows when it will arrive ??

When we received the email which contained the graphic above, our first thought is of course they would push their product at a time of uncertainty, folks do not get into the food supply business unless they intend to supply consumers food, but seeing Susie's comment right then, had us doing some research.

What we found is quite concerning.

A search over at Augason Foods, shared on social media, shows that the "4-person, 1-year emergency shelter-in-place food supply kit," priced at over $5,100, is out of stock already.

Augason Farms and My Patriot Supply are not the only places we are  hearing reports of supply shortages, as a look at the only wholesale website for Cotsco is showing one of their largest bulk packages, the "Mountain House 1-year food storage, 2,814 services," prices at $4,999.99, is also out of stock.

Here is the message on Numanna's home page:

While there are still some emergency survival items left at Amazon, we are nothing those are going fast as well.

Seeing the pattern?

Recommended and RelatedDare To Prepare - 6th Editon 2018

We are being told that the largest of emergency survival food companies can't handle more than 1,000 kits, packages and/or long-term supplies at this time, and given the shortages in crops last year, the supply chain may make ordering in bulk impossible in the foreseeable future.

Also, proving that once again how unprepared people are for a disaster scenario, using Italy as an example here because the videos have already started coming out, panic shopping, this time because of the Coronavirus, has stores shelves already empties.

People that have been prepping, whether a little at a time or have been for years, are well ahead of everyone else right now because if their grocery stores' shelves empty, they can still feed their families.

Here is one last thing to remember before we move along to our next bullet point. In a time of emergency in the United States, the government has the right to assume control of all major food sources, including farms, manufacturing, school cafeterias, basically any place that stores any stockpile of food.


"Reality based knowledge dispels fear" - Steve Quayle via phone, February 27, 2020

Inevitably when we write prepping pieces we will get trolls that only come to... well... troll. They scream fear porn, or snarkily remind people to be very afraid, implying that those that write prepping pieces want people to be scared.

One really has to wonder about those people and why they would not encourage everyone to prepare.

It is the exact opposite, as we at ANP have stated consistently, if a person is as prepared for any eventuality as they are capable of being, then there is never a reason to be fearful or scared.

Personally I liked Steve's quote far better, so after he said that to me, I asked if I could please quote him. As you can see above... he said yes!

Quayle, who has been recommending prepping for survival before prepping became a movement, also made another point. I am not using a quote but paraphrasing because honestly, I was writing what he was saying down so fast I am having trouble reading what I wrote.

The basic point is that as we see store shelves emptying around the globe from this panic over coronavirus, by people that obviously haven't prepared before, we are nothing a disconnect as people assume when the supply chain clears food will automatically become available again when they should be assuming it won't.

At least then they will be prepared if it doesn't, and if it does, the food won't go to waste.


We have dealt extensively with learning to grow our own foods, from lighting to sprouting to hydroponics to books showing how to grow indoor gardens year round, which is very handy for those of us that have very cold, long winters.

We'll provide those links to the growing section after we discuss canning and dehydrating your own meats, vegetables, fruits and other foods.

When it comes to prepping books, when I mentioned I was going to add a section on canning, Quayle recommended, highly, Holly Deyos book, Dare to Prepare, making it clear her book is one of the best prepping books out there.

Dare To Prepare - 6th Editon 2018

Canning is a method to preserve food in airtight containers after the foods are process. Canning, done correctly can provide a long shelf life, at least long enough to get your own gardens producing so that you can feed yourself and can your extras to store more food.

Other resources to learn more about canning, include the following:

A to Z Canning and Preserving for Total Beginners : The Essential Canning Recipes and Canning Supplies Guide

The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning: Everything You Need to Know to Can Meats, Vegetables, Meals in a Jar, and More

Canning and Preserving for Beginners: The Essential Canning Recipes and Canning Supplies Guide

Dehydrating And Freeze Drying: One of the most common misconceptions I have noted is that people use the terminology freeze dried and dehydrated as if they are exchangeable. They are not.

An explanation of the differences can be found at the ReadyStore website, but we will link to products that allow both methods, although dehydrators are far less expensive than freeze dryers, but the foods also have less of a shelf life.

The prices ranges of the products below fluctuate because what one can afford, another might not be able to.


Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator, Standard

Electric Food Dehydrator Machine, Professional Multi-Tier Kitchen Food Appliances, Meat or Beef Jerky Maker, Fruits and Vegetable Dryer with 5 Stackable Trays

Chefman Food Dehydrator Machine 6 Tray BPA Free with Adjustable Digital Timer and Temperature Control Touch Screen

Magic Mill Food Dehydrator Machine - Digital Adjustable Timer | Temperature Control | Keep Warm Function | Dryer for Jerky, Herb, Meat, Beef, Fruit and To Dry Vegetables | 10 Stainless Steel trays

STX International STX-DEH-1200W-XLS Dehydra Commercial Grade Stainless Steel Digital Food Dehydrator

Tribest Sedona Express SDE-S6780-B Digital Food Dehydrator, Black with Stainless Steel Trays

Freeze Dryer:

4-Tray Medium Red Freeze Dryer with Mylar Starter Kit

Harvest Right Large Freeze Dryer

Because the freeze dryers are so expensive, we did find an excellent piece over at "BeSurvival" that explains how to freeze dry food, with or without a machine.

Don't forget containers, whether airtight canisters, buckets or Mylar bags, and oxygen absorbers,

Growing food indoor year-round: Below are a set of links we have previously published to learn and grow your own food throughout the year. One day you may only have the food you have grown to dehydrate or freeze dry.

Some books with excellent review scores:

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening: How to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greens in Less Than 10 days

Indoor Edible Garden: Creative Ways to Grow Herbs, Fruits, and Vegetables in Your Home

Other items for growing food indoors: (Related: The 8 Best Vegetables to Grow Indoors)

900W LED Grow Light Full Spectrum, with 100pcs Dual Chips LEDs, Double Switch, Adjustable Rope Hanger, Grow Bags, Daisy Chain Plant Growing Lamp for Hydroponic Greenhouse Indoor Plants Veg and Flower

AeroGarden Sprout LED - Black

Burpee Organic Premium Potting Mix, 8 Quart

CicoYinG 2-Pack 10 Gallon Potato Grow Bags - Plant Growing Bags w/Drainage Holes & Access Flap & Handles, Garden Bag Plant Pot for Grow Vegetables, Plant Bags Fabric Pots w/4Pcs Plant Labels


A couple other points to consider include things like portion control, because if the food becomes scarce, always assume it is going to stay that way and if it doesn't, then nice surprise, but if it does stay that way, better to ration your food wisely than run out and have to fight for food.

Always act like there is nothing more coming.

Make no mistake, we are not recommending that anyone use their rent, or utility money to go out and panic shop, but if you are planning a vacation or a big spend on something less important that survival, think about using some of that to prepare, just in case.

We'll end this as we began it.... today's full plate may very well be tomorrow's empty plate... so act accordingly.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

February 25, 2020

Our Worst Nightmare Is Underway As Zombified Americans Are Unprepared To Protect Themselves And Their Families From Coronavirus

By Susan Duclos - All News Pipeline - Originally published at All News PipeLine

While ANP has recommended readers protect themselves as we watch the spread of the COVID-19 virus across the globe, we note that typical everyday Americans that appear to only get their news from the establishment media and believe what they are being told by them, are acting clueless, almost comatose and zombified as if there is no danger whatsoever to them, their families or their communities.

We have provided readers' recommendations, links for protection items, emergency survival food, suggested indoor year round gardening  along with books to learn how to grow food inside in case we have to hunker down long enough to use up all the emergency survival freeze dried foods.

One aspect of protections for ourselves and our families that we have not addressed is family that lives outside of our homes, especially those living in big cities, and how to help them if reports of COVID-19 coronavirus has spread to a city near them or worse, in their city.

While some would says each is on their own, others would be hard-pressed to deny safe haven to family or close friends that need a place to run to, but to offer help, while minimizing the risk to our own lives, there are home preparations and modifications that would have to be made before allowing anyone that has even potentially been exposed to enter our homes.

On Monday, Steve Quayle linked to an outstanding piece over at Survival Dan 101, dealing with setting up a home quarantine room, and some of those suggestions are incorporated below, along with some additional ideas.

Pick A Home To Set Up A Quarantine Room: If members of your family live in close proximity to each other , there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to set up multiple quarantine rooms in different homes.

Discuss it. Choose one home, preferably a house versus Aunt Betty's apartment where neighbors live on top of each other and it is harder to isolate anyone that has been possibly exposed to COVID-19 or any other virus.

This is smart for a number of reasons.

First: You are not chancing multiple homes having the virus inside, so it will be easier to keep contained.

Second: There is a much higher chance that there is another entrance/exit close to the quarantine room.

Third: Setting the quarantine room up becomes much less expensive because all working age family members can chip in for the items needed to set up the room. With only one room being utilized, no need to purchase the set up items for more than one location.

Fourth: A house has a better chance of having a garage, which if prepared properly, would be a great quarantine room and keep those possibly infected out of the house altogether.

For the purpose of this article, we would rather err on the side of caution, so we are assuming no garage quarantine room, for whatever reason.

Some ideas via the Survival Dan piece along with some of our own suggestions mixed in.

Drop cloths, duct tape: No matter where you set up your quarantine, you’ll want to get plastic drop cloths to help you limit the contagion. You’ll need enough drop cloth to cover the access to the room in curtain layers. Hang two layers at the entrance. One to enter the room, and then hang another curtain barrier with three feet of space between trap contagion. You may also like to cover the windows to keep the contagion from spreading or use a containment zipper at the entrance of your quarantine room. You’ll need basic supplies to set up your room within a quarantine room using drop cloths and securing them in place with duct tape. Remember duct tape has infinite survival uses!

Gray (Duct) Tape - 2in. x 55 Yard Length(Made in U.S.A)

CCS Chicago Canvas & Supply 6 Piece Set - 9 feet x 12 feet Plastic Drop Cloth - (9 x 12 1 MIL)

You can also use thumb tacks or push pins to hang the plastic drop cloths, although I do agree with Survival Dan that duct tape can be used for a variety of things, so that should something everyone always has on hand as part of their preps.

U Brands Push Pins, Clear Plastic Head, Steel Point, 200-Count - 658U08-24

Antiviral tissues: Antiviral tissues help limit the contagion with a moisture-activated layer that kills 99.9% of Cold & Flu Viruses. Having Kleenex on hand is a comfort, but having antiviral facial tissues is mostly important for reducing exposure to others.

Kleenex Professional Anti-Viral Facial Tissue Cube for Business (21286), White, 3 Boxes

We'll add other disinfectant wipes here as well, since constant attention to make sure hands, and surfaces are virus free at all times is critical to keeping any type of sickness or virus from spreading.

Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfecting Wipes

Clorox Healthcare Bleach Germicidal Wipes, 20 Count Soft Pack

PDI Sani-cloth HB Germicidal Disposable Wipes 6" X 6-3/4" (1 Pack of 160)

PURELL Hand Sanitizing Wipes, Alcohol Formula, Fragrance Free, 300 Count Individually Wrapped Hand Wipes

Care Touch Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer Wipes - 10 Travel Packs of 20 Count Each - Antibacterial Moisturizing Sanitizing Wipes with Vitamin E Aloe for Baby to Adult 200 Wipes Total

PureGreen24 (32oz) Disinfectant, Kills Deadly Germs Including 2019 Flu & MRSA Without The Use of Toxic Chemicals

PureGreen24 (32oz 2 Pack) Disinfectant, Kills Deadly Germs Including 2020 Flu & NoroVirus Without The Use of Toxic Chemicals
PureGreen24 (Gallon) Disinfectant, Kills Deadly Germs Including 2020 Flu & NoroVirus Without The use of Toxic Chemicals

Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfecting Cleaner Refill, 128 Ounce

DuPont Industrial & Scientific 1414 Large TY122S Large EACH Disposable Elastic Wrist, Bootie and Hood Tyvek Coverall Suit 1414 White

Spray Nine 26801 Heavy Duty Cleaner/Degreaser and Disinfectant - 1 Gallon

Coleman Dish and Hands Camp Soap Sheets, 50 sheets

Gloves, Suits, and Biohazard Bags: We cannot overstate the need to protect yourself and your family. Gloves, suits and biohazard bags for waste or other items coming from within the quarantine room, is a must. They can always be used for other things should they not be needed for a sickness.

MedPride Powder-Free Nitrile Exam Gloves, Small, Case/1000 (10 Boxes of 100)
MedPride Powder-Free Nitrile Exam Gloves, Medium, Case/1000 (10 Boxes of 100)
MedPride Powder-Free Nitrile Exam Gloves, Large, 100 Count, Pack of 10

Uvex Stealth OTG Safety Goggles with Anti-Fog/Anti-Scratch Coating (S3970DF ) - 19369, Navy Body, Clear Lens

As far as the suits are concerned, not only should a supply be available for the caregiver, but enough disposable suits should be available for the patient or person in quarantine as well in case they have to leave that room for any reason.

DuPont Coverall Suit - Respirator Fit Hood, Elastic Wrists, Elastic Ankles, Storm Flap Over Zipper

3M Particulate Respirator 8233, N100

Sellstrom S30120 Advantage Series All-Purpose Face Shield

Oakridge Extra Thick 10 Gallon Biohazard Safety Bags (50 Bags) - 24"x24"

Another suggestion from Survival Dan is the biohazard toilet.

Ensure your quarantine area has a toilet: Infected patients should have a separate bathroom and toilet, and this can be as simple as a camping toilet. The sick can’t do their business where everyone else does or they will spread the contagion and you can create a biohazard toilet or buy one. In addition to the sanitation supplies listed above, you need to set up a commode.

Emergency Zone Honey Bucket Style Toilet Complete Set with Liner and Chemicals. 1 Pack

Other recommendations found at the Survival Dan articles includes, but is not limited to, sanitizing the patient before entering the house quarantine location, laundry considerations, medications, and a mini kitchen.

Read the entire piece here, because I want to focus my last point on those mini kitchens, which can be set up in the quarantine room, which limits the need for the caregiver to be constantly exposed to the person or persons in quarantine.

Mine-Kitchen: Obviously we are not talking about a full kitchen and all the appliances, but having a hotplate, a pot or pan, plastic utensils and paper plates that can disposed of after each use, paper or plastic cups, so remember a healthy amount of garbage bags!

This is when freeze dried foods will come in very handy, especially the powdered milk, eggs, and butter, which can be re-hydrated in amounts small enough just to use and there is no need for a refrigerator. Plenty of water to wash and cook to re-hydrate the foods.

Recommendation: Personally I would suggest staying away from products made in China where the coronavirus first originated.... just sayin'.

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Many Americans are walking around absolutely clueless as to even the existence of COVID-19, and those aware of it mainly have no idea that entire cities are being locked down across the globe, people are being forced to stay home, banned from going out or being in gatherings, schools are being closed.... in other words, they have no idea how nasty this virus is, or how fast it has spread to dozens of countries already.

As with any type of event, preparation is key. If one plans and then prepares accordingly, then the stress of the possibility of being caught unprepared is nonexistent.