Natural calamities. Severe weather changes. Volatile economic conditions. We are often bombarded with news about these disasters, constantly reminding us that unfortunate events can happen. Are we prepared to handle this kind of situation?
Most of the families are unprepared when it comes to handling emergency situations. Emergency preparedness is something that families and individuals need to have since this will ensure their survival when disaster or crises hit. Having a good emergency plan will ensure that you and your family will not be chewing your nails because of worry and fear.
Whenever disaster happens, you should expect that it would at least take three (3) days before help reaches you and your family. It is important to prepare for these three important days, like how to feed you family emergency food.
Emergency food storage are usually foods that would last for a long period of time and do not require preparation. It would only differ based on the needs of your family.
What Should Be In Your Food Storage Stockpile?
The classic Dragon Ball Z animation showcases a pill that instantly transforms into a complete meal. Unfortunately, we don’t have that kind of technology right now which means that we have to learn how to properly stockpile food in order to keep our bodies and health intact during emergencies and long-term crises.
Non-preparation foods are usually food bars which are high in calories and does not provoke thirst that much, MREs (meals ready to eat) and light-weight food often referred to as camping meals. Camping meals can be stocked for long periods of time, most of these meals can last for 2 years in the shelf.
If you plan to prepare your own food, then canning and preserving is an option. If you have a garden, canning and stockpiling your vegetable gardens produce is more cost-efficient.
The canning process is actually very easy to learn and perform, as long as you have right supplies or equipment. Pressure canners are important for home-canning. Pressure canning are usually done on vegetables with low-acid content. High-acid vegetables are prepared using the boiling water canning process. A boiling water canner is a cooking pot where jars can conveniently fit into with enough water covering them.
Another must-have for emergency food storage is a food dehydrator. Food dehydrators draw moisture out of the food, thus preventing spoilage even if you do not refrigerate the food. The difference with food dehydration and canning is the use of sugars. Canning uses sugars but with food dehydration, you are emphasizing the foods natural sweetness.
Stockpiling your own food storage does not only include actual food items. There is also a need for you to have your own non-hybrid or heirloom seeds. Unlike typical seeds, heirloom seeds can be planted and harvest every year. Proper seed storage, however, is needed to ensure that your seeds would still generate the produce that you want.
How Do You Purchase Your Emergency Food?
There are a lot emergency food items and food kits available in the market. The 72- hour food kits contain items which your body will need for surviving three days. As a kit, it needs to be portable and easy to grab. Disaster management institutions have recommendations on what should be included in 72-hour food kits.
A 72-hour food kits usually have MREs, freeze-dried foods, and dehydrated foods included. In addition, there are food kits that include vitamins and supplements. Whenever you are purchasing MREs or other dehydrated food items, it is important to purchase from a reputable source.
There can be a lot of things holding you back on preparing for emergency situations, it can be budget restrictions or lack of time. But facing disasters and emergency situations unprepared can cost more money, time, and even you and your loved one’s life.