Food storage can prepare your family for a variety of emergencies. FEMA warns people that they should be prepared for two days, to a week without outside help when a major disaster strikes. The power may be out, and grocery stores may be bare, so how do you prepare your family to weather the storm?
Calorie Rich CarbsCarbohydrates can keep for a long time and are extremely filling. Start your emergency supplies by stocking up on rice, pasta, and oats to give yourself a variety of this high energy food group. Be sure it is kept dry and ready for use.
Remember Your ProteinWhen the power goes off, protein can be hard to come by. Stock your pantry with a variety of canned meat such as tuna, chicken, and chipped beef. A few jars of peanut butter will also give you an excellent source of protein. For a long lasting protein source, invest in some dry beans, and learn how to prepare them.
Fruits and VeggiesStart working on a store of canned fruits and vegetables as well. These will help your family get the nutrients they need in an emergency situation, and will add a little more variety to your diet. Buy whatever kinds you and your family enjoy, but try to develop a variety.
High Energy SugarsNothing provides a quick rush of energy like some sugar, and in an emergency you might need your energy. Invest in some jars of honey for a sweet substance that will keep indefinitely. You can also store a few bags of sugar, but make sure they are in well sealed containers to prevent ants and other insects from getting in. Storing your food is important, so if you don't have room yourself consider getting another space to keep your food storage for when you need it.
Easy MealsQuick meals, like hardy soup, or flavored pasta mixes, are easy to make in tough situations. Powdered mixes, such as a biscuit or pancake mix provided they don't require milk and eggs, can also be a good quick meal to prepare.
Creature ComfortsEmergencies are stressful situations, and having a few luxuries on hand can help you get through. Stock up on coffee grounds or tea bags to keep your morning ritual intact. Chocolate or a favorite candy can be a nice treat in hard times. Keeping spices like garlic, rosemary, thyme, pepper will give you more options with your meals, and can make surviving a little more fun.
Preparing your family for an emergency is a process. Start accumulating the supplies you will need now to prepare for when emergencies strike.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys running, hiking and biking and blogs frequently about home, family, preparedness, and fitness. She has found a great way to safely store food is in good storage facilities in Anaheim. Contact her via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.