Categorized | Food and Water

Emergency Food Storage

Emergency Food Storage

Having extra food on hand tends to be a wise thing to do; especially if you are in the middle of making dinner and you run out of an ingredient that is necessary to complete the meal. But what would you do if there was a much larger disaster or even a financial collapse of your own country? Would you have a sufficient Emergency Food Storage fund readily available to you?

There are a number of questions that may be coming to mind right now. How much food would be necessary? What types of foods should be considered? When determining the answers, don’t forget to include any food needs of family pets and/or farm animals.

Emergency Food Storage – Why to Consider

There are a number of factors that can increase the need for stocking up on non-perishable foods. Canned foods are also options for those who know how or are willing to learn the canning process. Natural causes such as flooding or man-made causes such a financial collapse can drastically reduce the quantity of food that is readily available. These and other instances can lead to emergency alerts and possibly even famine.

What is considered a famine? The guidelines per the FAO or Food and Agriculture Organization (ran by the United Nations) is when two or more people per every 10,000 die each day. Ten thousand doesn’t seem like a lot but two people per day is indeed a lot of people. Also, according to the USAID or United States Agency for International Development considers a famine as food crisis that is catastrophic which results is acute malnutrition and ultimately mass mortality.

Probably one of the most memorable instances where people were without money and food was the Great Depression that occurred during the 1930’s. These people were able considered “self-sufficient” to eat what they grew and raised but still thousands died of starvation. Are you self-sufficient?

emergency-food-storage-picEmergency Food Storage – What to Consider

Sure anyone can buy a couple of extra cans of fruit and stash it at the back of the kitchen cabinet. But what happens if there aren’t any to be bought at your local grocery store? Being prepared is learning and understanding the best methods to create an Emergency Food Storage inventory. Below are some things to consider:

  • Know where and how to obtain storable food. The best will not contain additives, GMO’s and/or pesticide residues.
  • Learn how to grow your own food
  • Learn how to store your own foods
  • Know how you can find food
  • Know how to find and store fresh, safe to use/consume water
  • Know how to safely store the foods you have obtained
  • Know how to protect your Emergency Food Storage from hungry animals and people

If you are not sure where to start, consider how much you and your family consume a day. Also consider what types of food you eat. Can any of these foods be grown by you and then stored properly? Freeze dried foods, dehydrated foods, meals ready to eat or MRE or even the pails of bulk items are all a good way to begin.

You will need to have a safe and secure space to store your family’s storage of food. The space will need to be able to accommodate a sufficient amount of food for everyone and don’t forget your family pets. If ever there was a need to have a very large emergency food supply, it will need to be large enough to last a minimum of six to 12 months.

Although there are others around the globe that do go without food, they typically have access to food assistance programs within their country. However, in regions that are highly populated, the food shortages will occur on a much larger scale. Consider starting your Emergency Food Storage today; even if it’s for a “rainy day”.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.