Just the words “Food Storage” can be a bit overwhelming or scary to some people and others find it just out right crazy. So I have actually come to like the term “Home Store”, which is the new term or phase being used for Food Storage.
Again the recommendations by FEMA and the Red Cross and several other agencies is 3 days to 2 weeks of food, I actually prefer the 3 month timeline. My reasoning is ….your Food Storage shouldn’t be stored just for natural disasters! It should also be there for job loss, economic recession, major illness, unexpected bills and other small emergencies.
As you start building your “Home Store” please take into account your family’s special requirements; dietary needs or restrictions and allergies. It is best if you can stock familiar foods that are high in calories and nutrition, and your families comfort foods may help improve their moral during a stressful time.
These foods if possible should require no refrigeration, no water and or very little water or special preparation.
There are some important questions to ask oneself or family before starting this process. The
WHY, WHAT and HOW.
1. WHY: This may be the toughest question. Why are you doing food storage or your
home store? This question should matter the most to you and your family, are your preparing for a natural
disaster, job loss, economic recession, possible major illness, unexpected bills etc… the answer to this question will help you determine what type and how much you will need to store.
2. WHAT: What type of foods does your family want/need in your food storage or home store?
3. How: How will you pay for your food storage/home store? How will you acquire these products? How will you store them?
I will discuss the Why, What and How in my next post on Food Storage..