How to Build an Emergency Food Supply: A Comprehensive Guide

When it comes to emergency preparedness, having an adequate emergency food supply is essential. But how do you go about building one? In this article, we'll provide a comprehensive guide on how to build an emergency food supply. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends storing 1 gallon per day for each person and, if possible, creating a two-week supply. Don't forget to store more water if you have pets.

For affordable storage, especially if you have a large home or want a complete, long-lasting reservation, buy what you can in bulk. If you're not sure what to include on your wholesale shopping list, see “10 Foods That Can Be Preserved for Years. When it comes to using the foods that your store in your Working Pantry and in your Prepper Pantry, I have a 10-minute chicken tortilla soup that uses all canned foods to prepare. For a detailed list of emergency food items you need, be sure to download my special emergency food supplies PDF file.There are 3 types of food storage you should consider when choosing food for your emergency food supply.

The first is freeze-dried food. Place food on trays, making sure to separate them by item or meal. Then place them inside the freeze dryer. Once the process is complete, place the food in the mylar bags with oxygen absorbers.

Using different bags for different meals is a great way to extend the shelf life of your products.The second type of food storage is dehydrated food. This type of food is dried at low temperatures and can last up to 25 years if stored properly. Dehydrated foods are lightweight and easy to transport, making them ideal for evacuation situations.The third type of food storage is canned goods. Canned goods are convenient and can last up to 5 years if stored properly.

They are also relatively inexpensive and easy to find in most grocery stores.For an all-in-one shortcut, you can order 3-day emergency preparedness kits and other emergency supplies from the American Red Cross. You can also find many emergency and survival kits on Amazon. But you can be much safer in a crisis if you go beyond the 72-hour minimum. Once you reach that goal, move the goals to a week or two.

Keep it up until you've reached your final goal.Rather than making this an overwhelming or complicated task or even a useless exercise, there is a much easier way to calculate the amount of food you'll need for your two-week emergency food supply. You don't need to rely on the various online food calculators that ask how many adults and children are in your household and then decide what and how much food you should store.If you are preparing for a possible evacuation, also see “How to Prepare for an Emergency in 10 Steps”. For more ideas, see “20 Things That Are Really Worth Accumulating”. Although the prevalence of these 25-year emergency food supply companies is desirable, the cost is too much for many.

It's very important to make sure you store a variety of foods to prepare for emergencies.In the United States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages all Americans to create, at a minimum, a multi-day emergency kit. In addition to the foods listed above, I can't recommend you enough that you also buy seeds and grow what you can.In conclusion, having an adequate emergency food supply is essential for any emergency preparedness plan. Make sure to store 1 gallon per day per person and create a two-week supply if possible. Consider freeze-dried, dehydrated or canned goods when choosing foods for your emergency kit.

Don't forget to also buy seeds and grow what you can.

Karen Borchert
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