In the event of an emergency, it is always a good idea to keep a small amount of food on hand. Inclement weather, power outages and other disasters can make it nearly impossible to find food outside your home. It is smart and safe to have a backup plan.
Why should you have long-term food storage?
What if you experience a power outage due to a severe storm that caused flooding and major damage to roadways. You could find yourself stuck at your house for several weeks in such a situation.
These and many other events could happen to anyone. You and your family will be safe and healthy in every situation.
How much food should you store?
A minimum of three days worth of food and water should be available for each family member. However, it is better to have at least two weeks worth. Water is best if you have at least one gallon per person per day. Children and pets can also require up to a full gallon. Your family will determine the amount of food you eat, but it should provide enough nutrition and calories to sustain your health. Each family member should have the ability to eat at least one meal per day.
Which Foods Should You Keep?
Stock food with a minimum shelf life of 3 to 6 months. Keep that stock rotating so that there is no spoilage in an emergency. You should look for canned foods and other non-perishable food that your family can eat. Stocking canned foods that are not liked by everyone is a waste of money. It makes it less likely that everyone will eat enough food and get the right nutrition.
What are some examples of foods you can store?
Cans that are ready to eat and do not require cooking can be stored. Granola bars or peanut butter, peanut butter, nuts, and protein bar are just a few examples. You can keep crackers, bread, and other similar items as long you rotate the stock and remember that they won’t last as long.
How do you store food items long-term?
You should have a designated shelf, closet, pantry, cellar, or other space for emergency food storage. You should keep all emergency food supplies in sealed containers. Extra storage containers or ziplock bags are also recommended to protect opened items. You should keep a detailed list of all containers, cans and bags, as well as the expiration and “opened on” dates. Also, rotate your stock regularly to avoid any expired items.
A responsible part of emergency preparedness is having a reserve of water and food for your family in case of need. You will be more likely to live comfortably longer if there is a major storm or other natural disaster in your area. These tips will help you to build and maintain long-term food storage.