Water seems pretty simple, because you can set up guidelines and say exactly how much you want to store. But on the other hand, what do you do if you wish to store food for an extended period? How much food do you want to have on hand? What do you need to have on hand in order to make it through a difficult time? How much is going to keep you and your family going in case of an emergency of some sort? Like our article on emergency water storage, we’re going to look at some general guidelines that people use and what other things you need to consider.
What Are the General Guidelines?
Food can be pretty difficult because we’re going to eat a lot differently if we’re in a survival situation than we are if we are in another situation. That being said, a good way to go is to make sure that you’ve got enough food for at least one month – some people will say three months, but honestly, that may be a little much depending on what is going on. And the easy answer for what foods you should get? You want foods that keep, (canned foods, etc.) and food that your family normally eats. You don’t want to go way off your regular eating patterns during an emergency situation – you also want to make sure you try and keep everything as normal as you possibly can during this period of time in your life. It can already be stressful, so don’t make it worse just because of the food that you’re eating. Get stuff that you know that your family likes.
How much is enough for a day? You want to shoot for about 2000 calories for each person per day. Children may need less, of course, but you don’t want to store based on their current age – you want to store based on how old they may be when they get older. And it’s always alright to have too much food – it’s never okay to not have enough food. So 2000 calories is a nice number that makes it so you are definitely getting enough to eat, and if you don’t eat all 2000 calories, you’re going to have enough for the next day. This can include any snacks as well- like I said above, as long as you are ensuring that you are getting the amount of calories that you need and the energy you need, you’ll be good to go. Many preppers use food checklist to make sure they have enough food to last a certain amount of time.
What Else Should I Consider?
There are a few other things that you need to consider as well. For example, if you think that you may end up having to go on foot at some point, make sure that you have food that is easy to pack and carry. That way, you don’t have to worry about leaving it behind and you will have enough food to get by while you are going to wherever you need to go.
You also want to consider other things that you have in storage, as well. Some people put a lot of time and energy in putting together what is sometimes called a survival garden. They will save up a number of seeds (and some seeds can keep for a number of years) and then plant them when the time is needed. That way, you can also make sure that you have fresh food ready for you to enjoy. Other people will invest in an icebox or another freezer unit that they can use, that doesn’t need electricity or that has a backup generator, so that they can have proteins and other foods that they may not be able to keep otherwise. It’s up to you what you keep around.
So, food is, obviously, a bit trickier than getting water set up for your survival plan. But if you plan everything out, you make sure that everyone is taken care of, and you think ahead before a disaster even comes along, you can make sure that you and your family are comfortable, even in the worst of situations. This is why planning ahead is such a good idea, no matter how you feel about survival.