When an emergency situation occurs, people are often cut off from various conveniences that they may take advantage of on a regular basis. One of the primary things that many people go without when it comes to an emergency is food. Being without food is more than just an inconvenience and something that would cause hunger pains; it could actually harm the body by weakening it and making it more susceptible to injury and disease.
Quite obviously, having an emergency food supply available is an important part of a part of an overall survival program. It can be done in a number of different ways and it really depends upon the specific circumstances of the individual or family who are stockpiling food. The following are some of the more critical components of having an emergency food supply, regardless of whether you’re dealing with a short-term emergency or if it is a long-term problem.
Most of the authorities who talk about stockpiling food and water for an emergency situation recommend that a minimum of three days worth of food is available for everyone in the household. This may do quite well for a short-term emergency, such as what you might experience after a local weather event or perhaps if there is a short-term power outage. Three days is going to go by quite quickly, however, when a major event occurs and suddenly, the grid is down for days at a time.
A primary consideration for surviving when times get tough is having as much food as possible in an emergency storage area. This area should be located in a convenient part of the home, preferably an area that is dark and cool. It should also be in an area that is easily accessible in the event that it is difficult to move around the home after the disaster takes place.
Many people consider emergency food to the nothing but freeze-dried and prepackaged items but in reality, there are many different things that could find their way into an emergency food storage cabinet. It could include all types of canned foods and some foods that are in boxes, provided they have a long shelf life. Dried beans, rice, sugar, flour and other essential should also be included in the cabinet.
Not only is it important to have the food on hand, it is also important to keep it organized. Although some types of food may have an extended shelf life, that time can quickly pass and it is necessary at that point to rotate the food and have something fresh on hand. Many families will eat from their emergency supply on a regular basis and simply replace it as they do so. It’s a great way to keep fresh food on hand at all times at the same time, to save money in the process.
In an ideal world, the supply of emergency food would not need to be used but in the event that an emergency should happen, it’s a good idea to have it on hand.