It can be morbid to think about, but in the event of a disaster most households only have enough food for two to three days of survival. Remember, in the event of a real disaster, there is no electricity and all the food in your fridge will go bad very quickly. If faced with that prospect, could you live off the food in your pantry for a day? 3 days? A week? In addition, do you have water to sustain you in case you are cut off from a fresh, clean supply? These are questions you need to start thinking about as you begin to prepare a food-storage plan in case of a disaster.
Trying to fill your basement or attic with enough food and water to sustain your for a month can seem like a big project—not to mention expensive—but if you can break down your needs into small chunks you can attack it little by little, each week, until you have the supplies you need. To make it easier, here are 10 major areas that you need to concentrate on to prepare a functional and useful emergency food storage.
Plan on 1 gallon per person, per day at a minimum. However, to be more comfortable, you might want to plan on 3-5 gallons per person per day.
2. Canned vegetables and meats
Tomatoes, veggies, tuna, and other canned foods are cheaper than spagettti-o’s and canned soups and generally have more nutrients—and don’t forget the can opener!
Rice is great because it’s cheap; it stores forever, and takes up very little space. Plus it’s packed full of vitamins and can add needed substance to any meal.
4. Dry beans
Like rice, if stored correctly, they can last a long time and they are packed with lots of good nutrients like protein and fiber.
5. Pasta and ramen
Again, cheap and easy to prepare, pasta provides lots of sustenance and is full of energy-storing carbohydrates.