Emergency Food Storage Supply

Emergency food storage supply - what your family needs

Last year everyone was so hyped about food storage to get ready for Y2K. Well, that food storage has already been eaten and there is a complacent attitude in its place! This is a dangerous attitude. If anything good came from the Y2K bug hype, it was the publicity that food storage was necessary and important. We still need to be concerned about disasters and emergencies where food may not be available. Bad things are still happening to good people all over the world. You could lose your source of income and not be able to buy food for months. There could be a collapse in our economy at any time. The peace of mind having an adequate food storage supply brings is invaluable.

Every household should have at least 90 days worth of water, food and medical prescriptions stored for each person. For water that means a gallon a day per person. Children probably won't drink the entire gallon, but excess water can be used for washing and cooking.

For food, each person needs to have the following to last for 3 months:

40 pounds of beans or legumes

40 pounds of wheat or flour

20 pounds of dried milk

8 pounds of salt

10 pounds of honey or sugar

15 pounds of shortening /cooking oil

Then, add several cases of canned goods with a variety of fruits, vegetables, canned meats, stews, soups and canned milk. Add crackers, nuts, dried fruit, peanut butter, fruit drink flavoring, jams, spices and whatever else you like. You may need to adjust the amounts above according to the needs of your family. A baby will need formula, for

example. If you think this is too much, it is not. And, besides if you have extra you can share with people who are less prepared.

Where will you put all this food, you may be asking yourself. Be creative, but here are some good ideas where others have stored their food supply. Under the beds in your house. You can store plenty of 5 pound canisters under a bed. Turn a clothes closet into a food storage closet. Or in ideal situations, an extra bedroom. Do not store food on a non-insulated porch, garage or shed if you live in a cold or hot climate.

Keep bins of grains, beans and legumes away from any heating pipes or your dryer because the heat and steam will soften and spoil them.

Your food storage should be kept in a cool, dry place between 40 and 70 degrees. Store your food in sealed, food quality buckets or canisters. Label all canisters and containers with the date of purchased so you can use the oldest food first. Store large zip lock bags so that when a container is opened you can put the unused portion into a the back if the can doesn't have a resealable lid.

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