You might think that you are able to deal with any emergency situation, whether it is man-made or natural, but if you have no real life experience you shouldn't be so sure. Every disaster scenario is different and even if you think that you are prepared enough to deal with a flood or a tornado, a firestorm might eventually defeat you. However, even the most prepared people usually miss out on the most important aspect of any disaster - food shortage.
In today's modern society after a big scale disaster of any kind, people receive help relatively fast thanks to the Government and the different governmental organizations. But can you imagine what will happen if the disaster event is global? Do you think that the Government will still come to your aid? Can you really make that kind of a gamble with your life and the lives of your dearest?
The first thing you should do is to carefully think about the area where you live and try to imagine which are the disasters that might happen. If you live in an earthquake prone area you should prepare for an earthquake. If you live near a river than a flood should be on your mind and your emergency kit should be portable etc. Than you should draw up a plan for each possible scenario.
You should choose a suitable place to create you emergency food storage. The basement or the cellar would be a good place. Ideally, should keep your food between 40 and 60 degrees F so if you have an underground room use it. It is a good choice because it is also dark and sunlight is your enemy in this case. Humidity is another thing you should watch about, because this will make your food spoil far more quickly. Avoid storing food near the dryer, the water heater or anywhere there is water.
After you have this settled, you can start storing food. Don't rely on already made survival meals and food. They can be fine addition to your survival kit. But don't forget the essentials. Flour, salt and sugar if properly stored last for ages. Same goes for rice, grains and beans. Also, do not forget pasta, different kinds of nuts and powdered milk. Buying canned food of course is a must. Dry-frozen food is also a good idea. You can also invest in a food dehydrator to dry out your own food.
Do not forget about water either. You can stockpile bottled water, but maybe a big container is a better idea.
After you have successfully created your food shortage preparedness storage, you should think about the other things. These include non-edible item you should always have by your side like a can opener, knife, flint, lighters and matches, rope, spare clothes... But this is not all. In a disaster there is always a chance that someone will get hurt. So medicinal supplies are a must. The best choice is probably a ready made first aid kit which have bandages, antibiotics, antiseptic wipes, cold packs and disposable gloves. However you should add some pain killers and digestive pills. Also, if you or a family member have a medical condition, add the proper medicine too. Don't forget gas masks if you think you should have them. If someone in your family wears glasses, than having an extra pair will be a valuable asset. If you own weapons, store a piece with some bullets.
If you are organized well and you have a good emergency preparedness plan than you have a great advantage over 90% of the people. Your food crisis storage will not cost you as much as you think. Research has shown that you can manage this with only 10 dollars a week. Start small, but do not stop until you are finished. Also, you might want to keep your food storage a secret. This might seem a little bit paranoid, but you do not want everybody to know you as the guy who has a lot of food in the basement.
Author: Torn Del Aton
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