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Get Started With Emergency Food Storage

If you and your family lacked access to the grocery store for a few days, how well would you do? Would you be able to feed everybody for more than a few days? This might seem like an outlandish scenario from an apocalyptic book, yet this type of thing happens all the time after a big storm or power outage. It’s hard to predict what the future will bring.

Every family should have some kind of emergency food storage. This should include several days worth of supplies. You need to include food and water for everybody in your household. It’s better to have more than you think you’ll need than to run out of food at the worst time.

How To Start Your Emergency Food Storage

It is not difficult to stock up on some sensible supplies. Of course, you can find stores that sell emergency supply kits, but these are usually pretty expensive. This may not be the most affordable option for your own emergency food storage.

Emergency Food StorageMany experts simply suggest buying common packaged foods with a long shelf life. Then use a rotation system to be sure that these supplies are always fresh enough for your use. You have to think about the types of supplies that will be easy to prepare and consume when you lack power. Also, consider how you will open the packaging and cook your food.

-- You might select canned meals like stew and soup. Don’t forget to include a balanced diet with some canned fruit and vegetables too. If you lose power, you will also need to have a manual can opener to open your cans.

-- Boxes or bags of staples like rice and beans can also be very handy. Of course, you will also need a way to cook these items if you lose power. You might include a camp stove and some fuel for emergency use.

-- Include bottled water. A power failure could shut off your taps. You should store a gallon of water for each person per day. You will need water to drink, but also to cook and clean.

If you use a rotation method, you simply keep track of expiration dates. Even bottled water can go stale after awhile. It is a good idea to use your older items and then keep replacing them.

You do not have to go broke building up your emergency food storage either. Simply include a few items on each shopping trip. If you typically spend $150 to buy groceries, you might budget $15 for your emergency stockpile when you begin. In a few weeks or so, you should be able to build up a good amount to rely on for later.

This is not wasted money even if you never need to use these supplies. If you use the rotation method, you can use up older supplies before they expire. Then you simply replace them. Having an emergency food storage plan is just a good and sensible way to make sure you are prepared in case something goes wrong.


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