Whether you are a believer in climate change or not, the increase in extreme weather events is undeniable. Many people are taking a proactive approach for surviving these weather-related disasters by building safe rooms, making evacuation plans and storing food for later use. You can store food safely for periods of disaster at home or in storage units if you follow these tips.
Choose Foods Your Family Will EatThough you may find many different kinds of foods for long-term storage, only choose those you know you and your family will eat. The expense of buying and storing food isn’t worth it if your family won’t eat the foods. Choose grain flours like wheat, oatmeal or cornmeal. These are dry foods that are easy to store and can be used in a variety of dishes. Dry milk can be used for drinking or cooking. Canned soup, dried soup in a cup, canned meats, beans, pasta and canned or dried fruits are recommended. Canned juices, canned vegetables can be kept indefinitely. Ready-to-eat cereals are another good choice for long-term storage. Honolulu, HI storage units often contain these foods in preparation for extreme weather that occurs during rainy season.
Store In A Cool, Dry PlaceCool temperatures favor the preservation of all food. Avoid keeping canned or dry food outdoors. The basement is a good place to keep stored food because temperatures are usually several degrees lower, regardless of the outdoor temperatures. Ensure that all packaging material is intact. Placing cardboard boxes in plastic bags will help to keep out moisture from humidity or unexpected flooding. Check containers to ensure that they are properly sealed to prevent any air from deteriorating the foods. ExtraSpace Storage in Tampa Florida offers climate-controlled units that help to maintain the quality of stored foods.
Store Food Off the FloorPurchase or construct shelves or raised platform to prevent problems with moisture or rodents. Keep foodstuffs away from concrete walls, which can leak during periods of heavy rain. Do not store foods near chemicals, paint, soaps or fuels that can contaminate the food with odors or offensive tastes.
Rotate Stock PeriodicallyMaintain proper labels on your foods. This should include the type of food as well as the expiration date. Throw out any foods that no longer have a readable label. Rotate the stock on a regular basis to ensure that you have a fresh stock of foods available if needed. Use the old food before its expiration date and restock for emergency use.
Rose McKellen is a freelance writer from Austin, TX. She enjoys exploring the music scene in her area as well as spending time outdoors with family and friends.