Food storage for disasters

Food is one of the most essential items that you cannot survive without.

The first casualty of natural disasters, be it blizzards, hurricanes or earthquakes, is the access to necessary items. You cannot count on having access to food during natural or man-made disasters. You may have a house full of luxuries and clothing items but lack of food can prove fatal. There are three key things to have if you want to survive a disaster: water, food and basic supplies such as batteries and first aid kits.

It always pays off to have supplies at the ready before disaster strikes your area. It increases your chances of survival and making it through the calamity. It may sound far-fetched for an average city dweller that a thunderstorm could disrupt life and cut access to basic necessities of life. It,

however, has happened in many places around the world where flash flooding caused by thunderstorms claimed many lives and destroyed civic infrastructure. It is thus a good idea to stay extra vigilant and store food and other items well in advance of the impending disaster.

You need to take care of certain things when storing food for disaster preparation. First is the nutrition component of the food and second is longevity. It is thus a good idea to store food that can last for months without any chance of getting spoiled. It is also important to store food items that provide enough energy to sustain turbulent times. Some of the ideal foods for disaster preparation are canned items, vacuum-packed products and hand- dried concoctions.

Don’t underestimate the importance of perishable food items while experiencing a disaster. Vegetables and fruits may not last for months but offer wholesome nutrition during the first few days of a calamity. Leafy vegetables and fruits can last for a week or two in case of power outages. 

Meat, fish, and poultry can also last for a week if they were frozen hard. You can ensure longer preservation of meat and poultry by adding newspapers in the refrigerator. This will slow down the melting process thus extend- ing the life of the frozen items. It is possible that the meat and other frozen items get defrosted quickly. Weather plays a role. The best tip to handle this situation is to cook and consume these items first before moving on to other stuff. 

The best part about fruits and vegetables is their greater longevity. You just have to keep the flies and other pests away. Covering fruits and vegetables is a good way of keeping flies off. It is even better to pickle fruits and vegetables. This, however, can only be done before the disaster strikes.

Pickled fruits and vegetables can last for months and provide enough nutrition to survive a major disaster.

Do not overlook the individual tastes of your family members when preparing food supplies for disasters. Food items should be familiar and appetite-inducing. Stashing bland foods will not cut it for you or your family members. Food should be wholesome and appetizing to provide full nutrition to your family members. 

What to store in the emergency food supplies? Start with dried fruits, meat, and fish. Canned foods, cereals, noodles, and soup mixes are also a good addition and provide enough nutrition. Do not forget to add nursing formulas for infants as well as energy bars, chocolates, candies, and crackers. Instant coffee, juices, milk, sugar, and tea are some other important items to keep in your food supply. Last but not least; add copious amounts of bottled water.

High energy foods that are rich in carbohydrates and proteins help you survive a disaster. You will need extra energy to power up your muscles during emergencies and food high in protein content will come in handy. It is also recommended to stash comfort food as it is good for children as well as adults. Presence of enough food supplies can boost up our energy and increase your will to overcome the hardships. You will see a reduction in stress and greater chances of survival for you and your family. 


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