A solid emergency preparedness plan relies on having a sensible food strategy. Our food chain supply is incredibly fragile and should a disaster hit, you will need to have an alternative method for feeding your family. My Patriot Supply recommends a four tiered strategy for preparing for the worst.
When disaster strikes it is important to have food immediately available for consumption. The simplest way to do it is by purchasing long term storage meals from a reputable manufacturer. The two most respected survival food companies are eFoods and Wise, both of which offer quality meals with a 25 year shelf life. Our team has found eFoods emergency meals to be consistently superior in taste... so this is something worth considering when making your selection. That said, both companies are well-known, respected and trust-worthy. If you are concerned about the food quality, there are excellent “72 Hour Packages” of emergency food that will allow you to test out the meals. If you find that you enjoy certain meals more than others, you can always customize your long term storage food package.
- Have 6 month to a year’s supply of meals for each member of the family.
- Store food in a dry, safe place.
- If possible, store batches of food in several different locations in case one area gets compromised / flooded / contaminated.
Canning - The Hobby that Can Help You Survive
Canning food at home is a great way to complement your long term storage supply. Canned foods will allow you to vary meals and further diversify nutrients. It is important, however, to stress that canning must be done correctly to ensure the food is edible. Poorly canned food can make a human ill or even prove fatal… not a risk you want to take with your emergency food strategy!
So, in order to ensure a solid collection of reliable canned food stuff, now is the time to start educating yourself. Invest in a quality “how to” guide and home canning equipment and start canning now. If you are just starting out, check out our Start Canning at Home Blog. Be sure to:
- Use steam under pressure to heat jar contents to 240 degrees in order to destroy botulism spores.
- Avoid canning anything that is moist, low acid, and airless – the fundamentals of a hearty botulism host.
- Avoid canning foods like refried beans and pumpkin puree as they are too dense to truly safely pickle at home. Rather can beans and pumpkin chunks whole, then mash when they are opened.
- Avoid canning high fat foods like butter, bacon, and lard as these foods are more apt to harbor botulism.
- Pickled eggs should always be stored in the fridge and thus do not make great additions to your survival food vault.
- And remember... when in doubt, throw it out.
Regenerative Food Supply
Now that you have an immediate food source in place, it is time to think about a regenerative food source, the best form of which is a survival garden. Start your garden now; so that you get a solid understand of planting and harvesting techniques. Also invest in several survival seed vaults to have on hand in case your existing garden is contaminated or you are forced to relocate at the time of the disaster. Check out our Start a survival garden blog for easy tips for initiating your garden.
Without it, everything else is pointless!
Water is the essential building block of life. If you do not have a clean water supply, everything stated above is for naught. Our team recommends having a large scale water purification system on hand that processes several gallons at a time, but there are also more compact options such as water treatment tablets and personal straw filters. Just be sure to keep enough on hand to support every family member.