Getting Started on Your Emergency Food Storage Plan

What constitutes an emergency and when would you need to worry about or consider the type of food that you would need in order to survive such a disaster? Natural disasters come in many forms: hurricanes, tornados, floods, typhoons, bush fires, to name a few. In times like this it is often in the aftermath of these emergencies that food supply plays a vital role. A disaster is either coming, or has already been. If one is lucky enough to be able to prepare for such an emergency there are a few things to do.

Should it be necessary for the family to be moved to the basement, the approximate time period needs to be taken into account. Another thing to consider is what kind of damage will be done to your home and will it still be functional as a home once the storm has passed? With this in mind, the basement should be stocked with a sufficient amount of fresh water for a minimum of 1 month.

Canned foods are obviously the best choice as the food in them can be preserved for a very long period of time. Dried fruits and nuts can be stored in sealed containers. Sugar, tea and coffee can also be stored in sealed containers. These containers should all be checked on a regular basis to make sure that they are still sealed and not leaking in any way and that the contents stored in them are still edible. Fresh water should be checked on a weekly basis and refilled. A water filter is great for making dirty water drinkable. Freeze dried and rehydrated packaged foods are also the best source of emergency food and can be stored for long periods of time.

A disaster survival guide is an excellent thing for the family to learn. If you are well prepared for any kind of emergency you will feel more in control and less of a victim. You need not try and get every single item listed all at once. Start with the basic essentials like fresh water and canned or dried foods for your emergency food storage. Build this up by adding other items when the budget allows.

If you really want to equip yourself for any kind of disaster you can even go so far as to fill your emergency food storage with non-hybrid seedlings. This way you will be able to plant and generate your own food source if necessary. Now that is really giving yourself peace of mind!

Many people live in areas which experience terrible weather conditions on a consistent basis. Others live in fear of world markets crashing and there not being enough food to go round. Rather be prepared than be caught empty handed.