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Emergency Food Supply

Don't panic, yet. There's still time to prepare...you hope

Deciding how to stockpile an emergency food supply can be somewhat disconcerting. Where do you start? How much do you spend? What kind of storage room do you have? How long is it going to take? Based on my own experience, I’ll try to help you figure the answers to those questions.

First of all, where do you start? Actually, that’s not the first question. First, you need to determine how much room you have that can be set aside for storage. Do you have a spare closet, extra bedroom, or basement that can be devoted to your food stores, or are you going to have to get creative in your storage; creating end tables out of boxes of canned food covered with a sheet to hide it from prying eyes?

Getting Started

Another thing to consider about where your emergency food supply will be stored is temperature. All long-term food stores will remain viable longer if they are stored at below the optimum temperature of 70° F. Canned foods, dehydrated and freeze-dried foods and grocery store foods will all last longer the cooler the temperature where they are stored.

Many people elect to keep their emergency food supply in their basement or cellar because the temperatures are usually much cooler than the air above ground. Because, I don’t have a basement, and in the summer my manufactured home can get quite warm, I store my emergency dehydrated food in a freezer.

Second thing you need to determine is how much time do you have to acquire the emergency food supply that you believe you need? If you believe nothing terrible is going to happen anytime soon, then you can take your time and actually follow one of those guides on how to acquire a year’s supply of food on $10 per week.

If, however, you have a gut feeling that the window of opportunity for getting prepared is rapidly closing, you might want to consider a commercially-prepared long-term-storage food. If money is not an option or you have the ability of cashing out a 401K or other savings, before you lose it altogether in another economic turndown, then you might be advised to order a 1 or 2 year supply of food. Since there is often a 4-6 week wait for shipping and if your PF (pucker factor) is between 8 and 9, then you need to order NOW!

Cost, of course, if going to be a big factor. If you are like many people, including myself, living week to week, then you may not have any option but to pick up what you need a little bit at a time from your local grocery store. You can acquire rice, beans, canned meats and vegetables that all have at least a one year self-life.

As mentioned above, if money is not a factor, then go ahead and order the commercially-prepared freeze-dried and dehydrated foods at Nitro-Pak. These have a shelf life of anywhere from 5 to 25 years, and are compact and lightweight. In an emergency evacuation situation, it would be easier to grab a 5 gallon bucket that holds 200 meals, than to try and haul out enough canned food for the same number of meals.

Finally, where do you start? If you’ve worked through the answers above, you will already have that answer. If you have plenty of room, more time than money, then go with the slow option. If, however, you can afford it, space is limited, or you feel a sense of urgency then don’t waste time: order your emergency food supply NOW!

If you are looking for an emergency food supply for your home or retreat, then freeze dried food are going to be your best choice.


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