Hey it’s September and it is National Preparedness Month! Which basically means what can you change, learn and do, to create “self-reliance”. Ready.gov contains info on the theme Don’t Wait. Communicate to help families be better prepared for small and large disasters.
So let’s get started on one of my favorite topics, food…
This is part of a series of tips, products and skills, that can make a big difference in the outcome of your experience and survival.
What I want to address today is food you would buy to have on hand for situations that are for staying ‘in-place’, bugging-out on foot, and bugging-out via vehicle (foraging will be a topic for another day).
Let’s talk about food that you would have on-hand…
Like many, I kept a stash of canned and packaged foods for natural, or man-made disasters.
Just saying, we all need to do this because as nice as people can be you do not want to be relying on other peoples generosity to make sure you get fed… take responsibility for yourself and your family – get prepared so you will not be starving, desperate, or a burden on others. Besides, very quickly, even very kind and generous people will get tried of you bumming food off of them – they did not include you, or your family, when they were working putting their foods and supplies together.
This past year I have been re-thinking what I’ve done and how I can make it better here is what I’ve identified and how I’m solving the problems…
The Problem: Food Stored for Disasters & Preparedness
What I do not like about canned and store-bought packaged foods for emergency situations is:
- It is HEAVY -and- far too heavy for bugging out on foot or small vehicle!
- Rotating the inventory, so nothing exceeds ‘best used by’ date
- The amount of space and shelving required to store the foods
- Concern; keeping cans from rusting and botulism
- Transporting; necessity to find and prepare some type of vessel(s) to put the canned and packaged foods in so they can be easily transported
- The prep; heat source required to prepare the food for eating, and…
- Must have a can opener to open cans (sure there are primitive ways to open a can but they are messy and you also risk getting cut)
Please note: I am not considering homemade canned foods to be the same as the tin can foods we buy in the grocery store. Tin can foods are costly and not really worth the effort due to their poor nutrition, flavor and very short shelf life compared to other options in my opinion.
The Solution: Food Stored for Disasters & Preparedness
7 things I like about freeze dried foods:
- Super light-weight. Even a 5 year old can carry enough food for a week or two.
- Convenient for all situations: bugging-in, bugging-out by vehicle, bugging-out on foot, hiking, camping, snowed-in and can’t get to the store, and just to eat
- Moisture-proof, air-tight packaging + storage bucket
- Long shelf life; stored in a dry, cool place stays good for 25 yrs
- Prep is super-easy; mix each food pouch with hot or room-temp water – no need for boiling water
- Prep tools, if you do not have a pot simply add your hot or even cold water to the pouch
- You’ve got options; meals, meats/protein, fruits / veggies, drink mix, milk, pudding, etc.
Where To Get Great Tasting Freeze Dried Foods
And for those who are gluten-free…
Here’s Wise, on Great Day Houston: Helping Houston Prepare for Hurricane Season…
Tip: With winter coming upon us keep a pouch or two and a bottle of water in your car in case you get stuck in a snow storm. Keep extra in your car if you are one who likes to help others. Marie Osmond on Wise foods (she only endorses things she believes in strongly)
This just makes a lot more sense, don’t you agree? What have you done in terms of getting some food stored?
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