New Mexico Urban Homesteader

Hello, I am A 50 Something, Prepper ;-}; former 60's Flower Child, don't believe in taxpayer subsidized special interest groups (political parties), DO believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights (1st 10). Long time Independent & Informed Voter. Lover of the outdoors and firm believer that History Teaches - if only we will listen!

(No longer Urban or in NM. Now Rural in the mountains of Maine.)

This blog was started at the request of some dear friends that wish to become Preppers.

“No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.”

Demosthenes (384–322 BC, Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Make An Instant Improvised Lamp & Survival Food Scoring Comparison

Make An Instant Improvised Lamp

Great little How-To PDF downloadable from

“It goes without saying that when survival is threatened, struggles erupt between peoples, and unfortunate wars between nations result.” Hideki Tojo

Survival Food Scoring Comparison

I ran across this neat spreadsheet downloadable from at

This author (jpnkevin) scored the options for disaster survival food against the factors storage life, storage space, preparation time, taste, and cost (per meal).

Although this is an objective calculation the ratings are subjective but based on the facts and information the has been reporting on their blog . Author has also added a weight to each factor based again on their opinion of it’s relative importance. The weighted score total for the survival food options is out of 10.

It is also important to note that the scoring was done for a food supply that will last 6 weeks to 3 months. MRE will fair far better in an 72 hour survival kit rating.

This is really handy and well worth the read. Check out the author's blog too!

“In the future, instead of striving to be right at a high cost, it will be more appropriate to be flexible and plural at a lower cost. If you cannot accurately predict the future then you must flexibly be prepared to deal with various possible futures.” Edward de Bono


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