In these uncertain times, it’s a good idea for people to maintain an emergency food supply. Wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, civil unrest, and pandemic can all interrupt the food supply, so individuals need to take things into their own hands. Although the U.S government’s Ready.Gov recommends each household to maintain at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, we feel that most people are going to want to take it a step further and stockpile a little bit more food than what’s recommended.
Unfortunately, too many people fail to keep a food stockpile sufficient to keep their family fed through an emergency. Sometimes this is due to the failure of people to recognize the need for such a food supply, and sometimes it’s because they feel overwhelmed by the entire process and simply don’t know where to begin. We’re going to address both of these problems in the article, as well as give our readers information that will help them start and maintain personal emergency food supplies.
Why Maintain An Emergency Food Stockpile?
The first thing we’d like to address is why people should maintain emergency food stockpiles. And the answer to that question is rather simple: It’s because civil unrest and natural disasters can interrupt food supplies. It’s as simple as that. Sometimes it can interrupt supply lines within a particular portion of the country, and sometimes it can interrupt the supply line nationwide.
The truth of the matter is that nationwide supply lines aren’t as rock-solid as many people formally believed. And even when supply lines are solid, fear can cause people to panic buy supplies, and that can further complicate matters. We’ve just seen an example of that during the Covid-19 pandemic, with some areas of the country experiencing toilet paper and pork shortages. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep enough food in your home just in case things go bad and shortages do happen.
How Can A Person Begin An Emergency Food Supply?
As daunting as it seems for many people to start an emergency food supply, the reality is that it isn’t that difficult to get started. All a person has to do is adhere to a few guidelines and keep things within their budget and they should have no problem developing an emergency food supply. Below are some tips that we’ve worked up that should help everyone in the pursuit of that goal. Let’s begin, shall we?
How To Begin An Emergency Food Supply
Okay, now let’s get started building that emergency food supply. The first step in our process is to set a goal and then work towards that goal. However, let us state from the very beginning that you should start slowly and build up your emergency food supply over time so that you don’t get overwhelmed by the process, and that means that you’re going to have to do some planning.
Step One: Make A Plan
The first step to starting an emergency food supply is to develop a plan. Most people are going to want to work towards starting a 3-day food supply first, which the government recommends all families maintain. However, most people are going to want to keep a little more food than the 3-day supply. Some people like to maintain a 3-month supply, and some people like to maintain a multi-year supply. It all depends on what you feel comfortable doing and your budgetary constraints.
Step Two: Start With A 3-Day Food Supply
As we said earlier, we feel that people are going to have the best results with the process of starting an emergency food supply if they begin slowly. And for us, that means starting with a 3-day supply. Below are some of the foods that could be a part of a household’s emergency food supply:
- Canned fruits, vegetables, and meats
- Canned Fish
- Rice & Dried Beans
- Dried fruits
- Baby Formula & Food For Infants
- Jarred Pasta Sauces
- Cornbread Mix
- Canned Juices
- High-Energy Foods
- Peanut Butter
- Protein Bars
- Fruit Bars
- Salt, Pepper, And Spices
Those are the basics that every household is going to want to keep on hand to sustain them through 3 days. The consumer can buy an extra 3-days of food when they do their normal grocery shopping, or if they’re on a tight budget, then they can slowly add to their emergency food supply until they have the 3-days needed.
Step Three: Expand Your Emergency Food Supply As Needed
After a person has their minimum 3-day supply of food, they’re probably going to want to expand their food supply up to whatever level they think is important. This can easily be done by slowly adding Freeze-Dried Foods to your pantry over time. And if you want to take it a step further, you can even buy a Food Dehydrator and dry out your own fruits and vegetables for long-term storage.
Additional Food Safety Tips
Once your emergency food supply has been built up to the level you want it at, it’s now time to think about keeping that food in good condition so that when you need it, it’s safe and ready to eat. Below are some tips for keeping your emergency food supply in good condition.
- Store Food On Shelves And Off The Floor
- Keep A Log Of When Food Was Purchased
- Rotate Food Regularly
- Keep Food Supplies Out Of Direct Sunlight
- Throw Away Can Goods That Have Been Damaged
- Throw Away Food That Has Come Into Contact With Flood Water
Some Additional Supplies You May Need
Now that we all have a better understanding of building and maintaining an emergency food supply, we thought that we’d list some of the tools that people might want to keep on hand. Some of the tools below are obvious, like keeping a can opener for opening canned goods, but others are things that people might not have thought about. Let’s take a look at them before we conclude our article.
- Additional Tools For The Pantry
- Can Opener
- Mylar-Bags & Oxygen Absorbers
- Plastic Bags