The uncertain world that we live in creates uneasy feelings concerning the personal safety and security of our households in the event of a natural disaster or economic collapse. Because none of us can predict the future, dwelling on what might possibly occur can have a negative impact on our quality of life. However, being reasonably prepared can contribute significantly to our peace of mind, and keeping an adequate stock of drinking water and practicing proper food storage techniques allow many people to experience less anxiety over situations that may occur over which they will have no control.
Natural disasters seem to be happening on an almost regular basis throughout the country, and many people are especially vulnerable because they only have a few days’ worth of food in their homes, if that. Most households have no extra water stored for possible emergencies. Unfortunately, municipal water supplies are frequently out of commission for days and even weeks during the aftermath of many natural disasters.
The best way to get started on food storage is to simply select a few items during each grocery shopping trip and put them away for future use. Canned and freeze dried foods are excellent choices to include among your emergency survival supplies. Specialty retailers exist that you can purchase packaged food items that are designed for easy, long term storage. Some items will even last as long as 25 years.
Natural disasters aren’t the only reason for considering implementing a household food storage plan. Abundant economic uncertainties that characterize today’s society create anxiety even in those who have substantial bank accounts and solid employment. After all, a good job and money in the bank won’t mean much if grocery stores temporarily run out of available items. Having a store a food also helps ease the mind of the less fortunate who may be in real danger of being laid off from their jobs due to shaky economic conditions. It’s only human nature to feel better when the pantry is full and the wolf is far from the door.
The best place to store food and water supplies is in a relatively unused part of the house that is high enough off of the floor that it will not be affected by flooding. A closet on the second floor in ideal. If no second floor exists in the home, homeowners are advised to store their emergency food and water supplies in high cupboards.