Be Ready for What ever Happens
Current issues and topics that are relevant to the classes we teach
This is the one thing everybody focuses on, and one of the least important. We can survive a couple of weeks without food.
Most of us are so used to having the first points of the survival chain taken care of us we immediately gravitate to “What will I eat?” (We are generally safe because of laws and police, we have plenty of good air, we have houses with heating and cooling and we turn on a tap and get clean water)
Truthfully, food is also the easiest thing to box and sell to you.
The type of food you store will depend on what kind of emergency you expect. A 3 day supply will probably be enough for most of us. For instance, a blizzard that shuts down roads and prevents stores from re-supplying is a likely scenario in many places. This is likely the worst most of us will face.
Lets start with regular food you can buy at a store. Many ordinary foods from a grocery store can be kept a reasonably log time, and if you choose this way to prepare, you should be sure and stock only foods that you routinely use, and can rotate out from storage to your kitchen periodically and replace. this simple trick will keep you from wasting money by throwing out expired foods. There are charts available on-line that can help you decide how long rice, sugar, and other common foods can be stored. Canned goods have expiration dates printed on them.
Many people think they can get by with what is in their pantry. Perhaps so. Test this by eating only what you have on hand for a week. See what really happens after a few days, and write down the deficiencies you find. When you have enough information, make a plan to fill in the gaps and rotate the food out periodically. Having a written plan with food rotation dates and resupply lists will keep you organized and efficient, as well as ready for tough times.
Next time we will discuss pre-packaged long term storage foods.