Preparedness is a key element in any disaster plan. If you’re caught unawares and find yourself in an emergency situation, how will you cope? Are you going to panic and make things worse for yourself? Or are you prepared to take action and come out of the experience stronger rather than weaker? Preparedness means being ready for anything that might happen. It means having a stash of non-perishable food items, bottled water, a first aid kit, blankets, flashlights with batteries, and other essentials that might prove useful in an emergency. Preparedness isn’t just about stockpiling supplies in your basement or spare closet – it requires thinking ahead and creating a strategy that addresses all potential scenarios. An emergency food supply should be part of every household’s comprehensive preparedness strategy because no one knows when natural disasters or man-made events could strike again and cut off access to supermarkets, restaurants and takeaways, convenience stores and foodbanks.
What is an Emergency Food Supply?
An emergency food supply is a stock of non-perishable food items that you keep on hand in case of an emergency. Ideally, you’ll have enough in your stockpile to last your household for up to two weeks. You might be wondering why two weeks? This is the standard (worst case of normal) amount of time you’d need to wait for disaster relief services to arrive and for the government to put their systems back in place.
Why Should Every Household Have an Emergency Food Supply?
Disasters aren’t predictable. They can happen at any time, without any warning whatsoever. And they can strike anywhere: your city, town, or even your neighbourhood. It’s impossible to predict when something like a flood, earthquake, fire or storm will occur. So, it’s best to be prepared for such events. Having an emergency food supply can help you and your family members stay calm and collected during a crisis. It also helps you avoid making a dangerous situation even worse by putting yourself in a position where you must make difficult choices. If you’re adequately prepared, you won’t have to make difficult decisions about who gets what food items or having to take risks to try and obtain food during a dangerous, volatile and potentially hostile period.
What Foods Should Be Included in an Emergency Food Supply?
When it comes to creating an emergency food supply, it’s best to stock items that don’t require any sort of refrigeration or freezing and are quick and easy to prepare. This way, you can rest assured that they’ll remain edible for at least two weeks, plus, they’ll maintain their nutritional value and taste.
Freeze dried survival meals are considered the ultimate product to include in your emergency food supply – they are compact, lightweight, easy to make, nutritious, tasty and can last up to 30 years.