When storing food to survive a disaster, make sure that you follow the following rules. A lot of people go about prepping by doing things by the seat of their pants. That is not going to help you survive emergencies in the most optimal way possible. If anything, you might end up putting yourself in harm’s way. There’s nothing worse than surviving the initial emergency only to find yourself in a more desperate situation because you didn’t store food the right way. Pay attention to the following do’s and don’ts.
Be Mindful of the Servings You Would Need as Well as the Storage Time for Your Food Stock
It’s easy to think that just because you have a family of four that you only need to take care of the food needs of four people if the unthinkable happens. It’s easy to think this way, but the problem is, during any emergency, the number of people you have to care for usual balloons. Maybe you have family members that flock to you for assistance. Maybe you have church members needing help. Whatever the case may be, it’s often the case that the initial population of people you thought you’re going to take of explodes. Get ready for this. Pay attention not only to this possibilities’ impact on the servings of food you have to store, but you also need to be mindful of the storage time of the food that you are stocking for emergencies.
Research the Reputation of Your Food Source
There are many survival food suppliers available in the market. A lot of them can be found on the internet. The problem is, a lot of them are simply just taking advantage of the whole prepper movement. A lot of them offer products that really don’t last all that long. Many offer products that make lots of wild claims. Pay attention to the reputation and track record of the company responsible for your food supply. Make sure you buy only from tried and proven suppliers.
Count Your Calories
Food storage is all about making sure that the members of your party get enough calories to carry them through on a day to day basis. In other words, you need to take care of the basics. Emergency planning is not about preserving the exact same lifestyle you have now. For example, the typical American male consumes three thousand calories every single day. This is the reason why America has an obesity epidemic. Obviously, you’re not going to preserve this calorie level during an emergency.
Pay attention to your minimal calorie requirements and then give yourself and your party members a 10%-20% calorie allowance. That should be your limit. Make sure you keep a tight count of your calories as far as food stores are concerned. Otherwise, you’re going to run into trouble.
Buy Food With a 20-25 Year Shelf Life
Finally, when storing food for an emergency, make sure you buy food with staying power. We’re talking at least 20-25 years of shelf life. This is really important because this impacts the amount of money you’re going to be spending. This also tremendously impacts your peace of mind. The longer your food can last, the more peace of mind you have.
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