The future can bring any number of things - outages, natural disasters, unemployment. If you are reading this blog, you are probably already aware of the need to prepare yourself for the future. Knowing and doing are two different things however, and although you may know the importance of creating an emergency food supply, you may not know how to get started. Putting together enough food to sustain you and your family for any period of time may seem like an ominous task, but it is actually easier than you think. All you have to know is where to start.
Make Some Space
You cannot start to collect food if you have nowhere to put it. Set aside some space in your house or apartment. Remember that you will be storing this food for weeks, months and probably years, so make sure that you store it somewhere out of the way. Bear in mind that you have to have at least enough food to last you and your family for a few days, if not weeks, so make sure that the space is large and easily accessible.
Work Out How Much you Need
Before you work out how much space you need to store it, you must first work out how much you need. Most government sources recommend storing at least 72 hours worth of food for each person in your household. (TOR here: In the PNW the typical nasty ice storm messes things up for about a week or 10 days. As Hurricane Katrina showed you might be on your own for more like 4-6 weeks) A good way to work out how much you need is to take note of your daily routine, and how much you eat for each meal, as well as between. Eventually you should be able to put together a supply of food that you will enjoy eating.
Know your Resources
There are a lot of resources available to make things easier. Try looking into a few of the food storage companies around and see how they can ease you into your food storage. Many offer ready made stores that you can select and purchase at your leisure.
Put it Together Bit by Bit
The task in front of you is much more daunting if you try to put your supply together all at once. The best way to collect your food storage is to do it bit by bit. Buy one or two extra items with each trip that you take to the grocery store. This will help you to create your supply with minimal effort, as well as little extra cost.
Have Fun with it!
There is no use in having a ton of food that you do not want to eat. Should the unexpected happen, you will not want to spend days eating something that you would not normally eat, and may not even like. There are a lot of delicious options available for you to choose from, so have some fun as you shop around for your perfect emergency food supply.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ”https://plus.google.com/u/1/106188310761824467746?rel=author” Lee Flynn is a freelance writer and expert in long-term food storage.