It doesn’t have to be the end of the world
You might have only ever seen disasters on TV. Sure you get the occasional bad storm but you believe you’re pretty safe. While some areas around the world are safer than others have you given any thought to what would happen if your food supply was disrupted? What would you do if a disaster elsewhere affected your local area? Would you survive if there was an extended disruption to the power supply? What would you do if you missed the run on the local supermarket?
Even if you live in a comfortable safe suburb, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared! So where do you start?
Start with the basics
To be effective and useful, emergency food should cover three basics; it should take very little effort to prepare, it should require little to no water and it should have a long shelf life. There are a number of different foods that meet those criteria. They are freeze dried food, dehydrated foods, military style MREs, canned foods and specially prepared professional ration packs.
The easiest place to start is with canned foods. If you go to the supermarket every week just grab a few extra items that will go into your emergency food supply. The idea is to build up a small collection over time so that there is no big hit on your budget.
Where to store this stuff?
As you start to grow your collection you’ll need a reliable place to store all this stuff. The ideal place to store your stash is a secret bunker located underground in a temperature controlled environment that’s constantly monitored. I’m guessing not many of us have access to one of those so we’re going to need a more practical solution.
Try and find an area that has a fairly even temperature and that is dry. Ideally this is your existing pantry however you want to separate your everyday food from your emergency food. You could construct another set of shelves in your garage, store things in a closet or even under the bed if your really pressed for space.
Don’t trust the water
Of course, water is the most critical thing to plan for. You’re going to need to keep at least one gallon per day for two weeks, and that’s probably not enough so plan to store as much as you can. Start with using plastic containers because they are lightweight and easy to carry. It’s important with water to have a backup plan. Keep a number of purification tablets in your survival stash. If you’re stuck in survival situations without a clean water source you can quickly and easily use the water purification. Water purification tablets also have a long shelf life usually around 25 years or more.
Don’t forget basic kit
While building up your emergency food supply don’t forget to add in a few items like matches, a stove, stove fuel, first aid supplies and emergency radio. Over time you’ve aiming to become as self sufficient as possible.
Preparing for a disaster doesn’t have to be a big expensive exercise, over time you can build up an excellent surplus of food and equipment that may make an otherwise dangerous experience just that little bit easier to deal with.