One of the first thoughts that crosses most people’s minds during times of crisis is food.
They wonder if they have enough food at home to last through the crisis and, in most cases
they don’t, because prepping for emergencies is not the norm. So, they start rushing to
the grocery store to grab whatever food that they think they’ll need.
Three problems can arise here. In one situation, you just may not have access to the mall.
Roads may be closed down or inaccessible due to inclement weather. Another more common
problem is that the mall itself may be closed since most employees are huddled at home.
Then of course, if the mall is open, you may discover that the shelves are empty and most
of the items you need are gone.
All scenarios are common and should highlight the importance of storing your own food just
to weather any emergency for a few days. In this article, you’ll be given 8 useful tips to
storing food for most emergencies. As long as you stick to them, you should be fine.
1. 30 Days
Ideally, you want to store enough food that will last you for 30 days. While this may seem
extreme, it is a good measure to aim for. You can last through most crises and emergencies
with 30 days of food supplies. Only the worst disasters will require more food and if that’s
the case, by then there will be some sort of food aid provided by the authorities.
Do note that when storing foods, you should take into account the needs of all family
members and make sure you have sufficient supplies to cover the entire family. If you have
pets, you need to store food for them too.
2. Rotate your food
When storing your food, place the newest stores at the back and the older stores in front.
If there’s a crisis, ensure that you consume the older food stores first. In other words,
1st in, 1st out. It’s a good idea to have a record book to monitor when you purchased the
food and the expiry dates. This will make it much easier to track your stores.
3. Store food properly
Your food stores should be tightly sealed and not exposed to heat and rodents. Ensure that
your stores are in a cool and dry environment,
4. Store foods you like
Ideally, the food you store should be what your family and you enjoy eating and are also
nutritious. It’s a good idea to also stock some comfort foods like chocolate, canned fruit,
etc. During emergencies, these foods will lift your spirits and give you an emotional ‘break’
from the stress of the situation.
5. Rotate your food stocks
Monitor your food stocks and consume them when they’re close to expiry. Replenish the food as
soon as possible. In this way, not only will you prevent wastage but your food supplies will
not have expired without your knowledge.
6. Know what foods to store
Some foods like milk, bread and eggs do not have a long shelf life. Storing them will be a
hassle. You should focus on freeze dried foods, canned food, uncooked rice, flour, meals
ready to eat (MREs) and other foods that have a longer shelf life and contain the nutrients
You may consider getting food that can be chilled or frozen but there is always the
possibility that your home may experience a power outage during a crisis and you’ll need to
quickly consume the food in the refrigerator before they start rotting.
7. Utensils and paper plates
During crises, you’ll want to conserve water. Use disposable plastic utensils and paper
plates instead. Do remember to have trash bags stored too.
8. Spices and other condiments
Do remember to store ingredients and sauces used to flavor your food. In the event that you
want to cook, having spices, sauces and salt can make a world of difference in how your food
tastes. There’s no need to suffer bland meals during a crisis.
The 8 tips above are just scraping the tip of the iceberg, but they’re a good starting point
if adhered to. Just the fact that you’re getting ready for any possible emergency makes you
that much more prepared to handle whatever may come your way. Learn as much as you can about
prepping and apply what you learn.