Disaster Food Storage
If you've paid any attention to the news then you've seen how disasters can and have been striking without any warning. That's how it usually happens.... no warning whatsoever. And if you're not prepared, just living through the catastrophic event isn't going to be enough.. be it an earthquake, tsunami, terrorist attack, or even a tornado. You need to be prepared for what comes next....surviving the aftermath that may result in an infra structure break down in your home town.
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In this post I discuss the food items you should consider for your survival preparedness.
If a disaster strikes, you will need to come up with food, water and shelter in order to survive. While the United States government suggests keeping about three days' worth of food on hand in case of a disaster, I'm going to recommend you keep at least two weeks' worth of food. If a wide scale disaster hits, it could take weeks for you to receive any support. So to be frank about it, taking the time to prepare long term food storage for your survival kit, may be the difference in surviving a catastrophic event, or not making it.
Since a major disaster could knock the power out for a prolonged period, you should not rely on your refrigerator or freezer to store your food. Under these circumstances, non-perishable foods are the only way to go. Many people will dehydrate their own food, as this is a cost efficient way of getting it done. Additionally, dehydrated food is much lighter and so easier to carry and transport to another location, as opposed to cans of food if you have to leave your place of residence of any reason. Plan ahead and have this food ready to go, so that you are not left scrambling when a disaster hits.
Suggested Foods To Store
- Oats ... Purchase a large volume of oats, as they are a healthy food source with a lengthy shelf life. There are whole oats, steel cut oats, rolled oats, and quick oats in the market place. All of these provide good nutrition but I recommend you store instant oats as they are precooked and will be much more convenient for the circumstances should you be without power etc.
- Wheat ... About 50 percent of your entire food store should be made up of wheat. It is light and can be used in a variety of different food combinations. There are several types of wheat available but if gluten is an issue in your diet, Einkorn wheat is recommended .
- Legumes... This includes beans, peas, and lentils and should make up 20 percent of your long term food storage, as they are very easy to store. There are a long list of types available but all are versatile, nutritious foods, and a good source of protein.
- Rice.... From short to medium and long grained rice, this is a staple food for cultures all over the world and so it is not just a side dish. Be sure to include a variety of rice types for 20 % of your food storage plans.
Keep these foods in airtight containers, as this prevents them from spoiling. You can supplement these foods with canned products, although you must be sure that you keep an eye on the expiry dates. The previously mentioned food types will last for 10 years or more if they are stored properly, but canned foods only last for a couple of years.
These examples are by no means an in depth list of what you need to know for the ultimate long term survival list. You can find more suggestions on our page Survival Food List and much more on our free Survival Handbook Download above in the signup form.
Making Choices You don't necessarily have to include a food type on my list above that your family doesn't like. Come up with alternatives that offer similar health benefits. Although taste is not the most important thing, it is easy to make simple substitutions. In addition, if you have very young children, do not pack as much wheat, since it is very tough on their digestive systems. If you store seeds for growing vegetables in the future, make sure that you store them properly to avoid spoiling. It is also important to avoid genetically modified seeds because they often times only last for one year. You have many choices to make for your long term food storage kit, so take the time to choose items that give your family the best chance of survival.