The only type of disaster that you might have seen are the ones on TV. Surely, you experience bad storms every now and then but you think you're fairly protected. While some areas around the world are safer as compared to others, have you ever given thought to what can take place in the event that your food supply gets disrupted? How do you respond if a disaster from someplace else seriously affected your community? Would you manage to carry on if there was an extended interruption to the power supply? What's gonna happen if you skipped the run on the local grocery store?
Although you may be in a relaxed safe suburb, it would not necessarily hurt to be equipped! So how do you begin?
Start out with the basics
In order for it to be effective and useful, emergency food have to address three basics; it should take minimal effort to make, it must require hardly any water and it should have a good shelf life. There are a number of foods that match those guidelines. The most commonly known are the freeze dried foods, dehydrated foods, military style MREs, canned foods not to mention specially prepared professional ration packs.
The easiest place to start is with canned foods. If you happen to go to the grocery every week, just grab a few extra items which goes into your emergency food supply. The objective will be to gather a small collection in time to make sure that there isn't a big hit on your finances.
Where should you store this stuff
As you set out to grow your collection you must have a reliable location to preserve all this products. A perfect area to put your stash is a secret bunker located underground in a temperature controlled environment that is continuously monitored. I'm guessing not many people has access to that so we will have to have a more practical solution.
Make sure to find a location that has an even temperature and that is dry. Ideally this is your existing pantry but you will need to separate your everyday food from your emergency food. You can build a different set of cabinet in your storage, put things in a closet or possibly under the bed if your really pressed for space.
Don't be sure about the water
Of course, water is really the most essential thing to plan for. You're going to have to have a minimum of one gallon per day for two weeks, and that's probably not enough, so attempt to store as many as you can. Begin with using plastic containers because they're compact and easy to bring. It's vital to have a backup plan when it comes to water. Have a number of purification tablets as part of your survival stash. When you are stuck in survival scenarios with no clean water source you can immediately and conveniently make use of the water purification. Furthermore, these tablets has a long shelf life roughly around 25 years or maybe more.
Don't overlook the basic kit
While increasing your emergency food supply don't forget to add a number of items like matches, a stove, stove fuel, first aid materials and emergency radio. In time you'll become as self sufficient as possible.
Being prepared for a disaster does not have to be a big expensive process, as time passes you can actually create an excellent surplus of food and tools which could make an otherwise horrifying experience just a bit safer to work with.