Rules of Building Your Food Storage

Rules of Building Your Food Storage

We live in a time when there seem to be more and more natural disasters happening across the world. There are hurricanes, earth quakes, tsunamis and wild fires. The hardest thing about natural disasters is that you never know where or when they are going to strike next. With that being said, the most important thing you can do is be prepared. One of the best ways to prepare is to start building up a food storage. If natural disaster strikes near you, you might be cut off from food and water for a few hours up to a few days. With a food storage you will be able to keep yourself and your family from starving. Here are a few simple rules to building your food storage:

– Start small: do not overwhelm yourself by thinking that you have to build your whole storage in one day. Start adding a little here and a little there. Begin by educating yourself on proper food storage. Then when you go to the grocery store buy a couple of extra cans of food that will be put aside for storage. Little by little your storage will start to add up and your emergency food supply will be there for your family.

– Buy what you eat. If you do not eat wheat and have no idea how to even prepare it, you probably don’t want 500 pounds of wheat taking up space. If you end up buying wheat be sure to educate yourself on how to use it. Start your food storage with food you eat on a daily basis. Look at your grocery list. Which non-perishable items do you buy each week for your family? Buy extras and add them to your storage. Look for sales, use coupons and buy in bulk.

– Rotate your items. Use your oldest items first. When you buy new items put them in the back row or at the bottom of the stack. Be aware of expiration dates. If items are going to expire soon, eat them and be sure to purchase replacements so that you always have some in storage.

– Decide what your priorities are. They can include: having a 3 day supply of safe water to drink per person, have a well stocked pantry, have up to a one year supply of food storage and have a long term emergency only food storage. Focus on your priorities.

Follow these simple rules and you will begin to see your food storage grow. You will feel safer knowing that if something were to happen you will be able to feed your family and loved ones. Make sure that you store a large amount of safe drinking water and test it from time to time to make sure it is still safe and free from contamination. Having a good sized food storage is the best way to prepare for any possible disaster.

There are many great resources out there to help you know how to put together the best food supply.