It is uncertain as to when an emergency, like poverty, a natural disaster, or a shortage, will occur. Plan an extra supply of food, and you will be prepared when disaster strikes.
Emergencies and troubling situations always seem to happen when you least expect them. The best way to combat these issues and calmly survive any obstacle that may come your way, whether it is a natural disaster like a flood or earthquake or a financial situation, is to have food stored away for you and your family.
Being prepared when a disaster occurs can be easy if you know how to store food and what types you should purchase. However, this depends on the type of emergency, how many people you need to provide food for, and for how long.
There are many companies that offer food storage and emergency preparedness options. Most of these provide bulk foods, like grains, fruits, and vegetables, which can be used to cook meals.
Food storage is meant to last for an extended period of time. The ability of the food to last depends on how it has been preserved.
The most long-lasting is freeze dried food, which will sometimes stay good for up to twenty-five years, if packaged and stored correctly. The process by which it is preserved ensures that it will remain flavorful and fresh for a very long time.
It is first flash frozen, and then all of the ice is evaporated from the food. What is left is the original makeup of the food, minus the water and moisture that was inside.
This type of food is usually packaged in moisture- and oxygen-proof vacuum packaging bags. When you wish to eat the freeze dried food, all you need to do is add boiling water.
Dehydrated food is another option to keep on hand. It lasts less time than freeze dried, usually around five to ten years, but will still give you the nourishment you and your family need.
Canned food can also provide you with the nutrition you need in times of emergency. It usually lasts from one to a few years, which is less than the other types of emergency preparedness meals, so it will need to be rotated more often.
Another option for setting aside food for your family is canning. It is accomplished by placing foods, like fruits, pickled vegetables, and meats, in clean and sanitary glass cans and preserving them for a long period of time by vacuum sealing the lids.
This is the process by which many different products are packaged today. However, with the right tools and knowledge, you can also do this by yourself from home.
It is essential for every individual and family to have at least a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit available and at this disposal. In times of emergency, these should be easy to grab and leave with.
Though there are many different types of kits on the market today, there are a few essentials that should be contained within. First and foremost, you should include a substantial amount of food and water within each case or backpack.
The items should give you enough nourishment to keep you strong and healthy for three days. This way, you will be able to be well fed and hydrated until you can find help or another source of food.
Also included should be a water purifier, so that you can keep yourself hydrated when your water supply runs out. A first aid kit is important, as is a flash light, sanitary gloves, a source of heat to boil water for meals, and extra batteries.
If you wish to have a greater supply that will last you a longer period of time, you should alternate between dehydrated, canned, and freeze-dried food. If you do have food storage set aside, it is always important to keep track of the dates when it was stored and when it will spoil.
You should constantly be aware of the food you have, and rotate it when it is about to go bad. By using it to cook for your family before it spoils, you will be save money and give yourself time to prepare and purchase more surplus supplies.
Being prepared in times of disaster and emergency will help put you and your family at ease and cause less strain on your resources. Ready yourself now by starting a supply of extra food and safety kits, and you will ensure the well being of you and your family.
Jack R. Landry is an accomplished expert in family preparedness and has been giving seminars for over 15 years. He recommends that everyone have on hand an emergency food supply in case of any emergency or disaster.
Jack R. Landry