Natural disasters are no mystery to everyone and we know they happen. They are inevitable and the only thing we can do is to be prepared for whatever these might bring. When disaster strikes, the first thing that comes into mind is how you and your family would survive the onslaught of calamity. Surviving means staying alive and to do this, you need food to keep you going.
Anything can happen whenever there is a disaster. The government may ask you to evacuate your house stay somewhere else safer for the meantime or you might be prompted to stay at your house without leaving its comfort. Both situations pose a problem when it comes to food and water supplies: when you evacuate, will your family be given enough food and water? When you have to stay in, will your supplies last until it’s safe to go out? Whichever situation comes beating down your door, both call for preparation for long-term food storage. You may bring well-stored food items with you if you have to evacuate your home, and if there’s no other option for you but to stay, a well-stocked food storage bin will keep you and your family from starvation.
Counting food for your family
If you consider your family to be a big one, you should also consider that a large amount of food supplies is needed to sustain everyone for at least two weeks: that’s 42 meals for each family member if you will be eating meals three times a day. Not only your family size but also your eating habits will tell you how much food you need to store for the ‘rainy’ days that may come your way. Families who prefer cereals for breakfast would have different preparation activities from those who prefer eggs and sausages (who may have to do without eggs during disaster time). A disaster is not the time to indulge in food you like to eat; more often than not, you have to stick to canned food and ready-mixes that can be easily prepared, even without cooking. You may take individual needs in mind and work it into your disaster meal plan. Consider your family size and diet restrictions when planning meals. The meals should be simple but still nutritious, easily prepared, and are able to keep well even without heating and refrigerating. Schedule “fresher” food for the first week and leave the canned food for the second.
Food basics for survival
You might think that canned foods are the only choices you can stock when disaster comes. Sure, canned goods get high marks for long term food storage but you don’t actually have to stick to them entirely. Pasta, powdered milk, sugar, beans, honey, wheat and several other recipe ingredients are actually good choices for long-term food since they don’t expire quickly, and if properly stored should keep for a span of 10 to 30 years. Non-perishable goods also make the list, like freeze-dried or dehydrated food like fruit preserves and even candies. Biscuits and cookies may also be a good choice. Just make sure that you seal them in re-sealable bags or airtight containers to keep them fresh even if they have to stay in your survival food bag for two weeks (unless they already get snacked on during the first couple of days!). Ready-to-eat, complete meals are also available in grocery stores.
Just remember not to wolf down all of your food provisions at once. Moderate your food consumption; strictly follow your disaster meal planning. Conserve your food especially when you are not sure when you will be able to replenish your stocks. Don’t forget to keep enough supply of fresh water as your body would need it more than food. Having food for your family amidst a disaster ensures that you’re a step ahead to survive any calamity that may happen at any time.
About the Author
Adeline is a writer who specializes in food preparation and long term food storage.
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Thanks Adeline for an excellent guest post.
Staying above the water line!