Food Storage in Disasters
If you have been checking out this prepping site for any length of time, you should be getting a very good idea of what it means to prep. In this post, we are going to go over some harsh realities of Food Storage for when the “time” comes.
You have learned about what happens to food availability in a crisis. You have learned how to plan your disaster supplies and how to amass them. You have learned about the dangers you are preparing yourself against, and the reasons why there might be a food crisis coming your way. You should know about food storage.
You have considered in detail what it means to prep when you have a family, and how to engage your children so that they grow up well-equipped to deal with life’s sometimes harsh realities.
It is time that we look at one situation we’re likely to face at one point in our lives: food shortage and food storage in a disaster. What will happen when you’re surviving on your stockpiles while others go hungry?
Please, please remember this: Your food storage makes you a target Having enough food to feed your family is great. There are some disasters when it is nothing but an asset. Remember that the vast majority of people did NOT prepare!
If you lose your income, for example, your food storage will keep you fed, your stocked medicine cabinet will keep you healthy, and your additional heat sources will take you through the winter cheaply.
But what about in a wider more high-impact emergency? When the supermarket shelves go bare and the larger community starts to go hungry, and they did not think food storage, your food preps are going to keep you fed, but they are also going to make you a target.
Once the looting starts, it is only a matter of time before the unscrupulous, or simply the starving, come knocking on your door in a less than friendly manner. … if they have a way of knowing about your food supply, and food storage preparations that are.
Keeping your food preparations out of plain sight is a good idea. Some preppers opt-out of ever talking about their preps to neighbors and co-workers. They simply don’t want the word to spread. Once disaster strikes, stay off your neighbors’ radar. If you seem to have it too good, people are going to start to speculate, and your survival may depend on not standing out.
You also much consider what you would do if someone tried to take your food supplies from you. There are tough choices ahead I am convinced that one of the main reasons that people do not stay with prepping is because there are just too many difficult choices. It’s downright unpleasant to think about.
Having the means to survive available to you affords you some choice, unlike those who have to take any opportunity they can find. But the smartest choices will not be the ones that make you happy or make you popular.
You will have to explain to your children why their best friend, who is struggling with the rest of the community, can’t come over to where it’s safe and warm, where no one is hungry. You will have to turn Uncle Jim and Aunt Sally away at the door, even though you have enough food to feed a small village, simply because you know that it has to last. You will have to live with those choices if the people you turned away fare ill, but you will also have to live with those choices if they do just fine.
Imagine how Uncle Jim and Aunt Sally will feel if you turned them away because you expected months of hardship, but the disaster was over in a matter of weeks. You let them go hungry, even though you had enough food in your home to last you through several of these disasters, and Uncle Jim and Aunt Sally, who aren’t preppers, are unlikely to see the situation your way.
You can only do so much Perhaps the tide instead moves the other way, and the disaster carries on. Maybe what started as a small economic slump, the loss of your job, turns out to be a long national depression.
Then, you are faced with a much greater problem. The truth of the matter is that while you can prep for most eventualities, at the end of the day there is only so much prep you can do. Beyond a certain point, most foods won’t last – certainly not enough that you can cover all of your family’s nutritional needs. Not to mention that beyond a certain point your pocketbook is going to empty out.
Eventually, whether in a month or a year, you’ll reach a point when there is no money or space for more preps. This is the point by which you have to be self-sufficient. Not all preppers will aim for being prepared for this long a stretch, but if you want to go on indefinitely, grow your own food! Store seeds treated for a long shelf-life, or you may choose to start your own kitchen garden so that you can increase production steadily while living off your food storage.
The choice is, as always, yours. But if you are preparing for a major disaster, after which the world or at least the economy may need rebuilding, it’s a good idea to look into survival gardening. Some food for thought, I hope! Next time, we’ll start a short series on energy, including how to keep the lights on at your house in a disaster. Prepare wisely!