Our ever-changing world is becoming a more and more hostile climate for growing plants and feeding animals for food. Between natural disasters and food shortages, the possibilities for starvation or dehydration within the next 50-to-100 years are imminent, though one thing remains certain: food storage could save your life.
Hurricane Katrina and even Hurricane Sandy taught us the importance of having not only a few staples—but an arsenal of non-perishable emergency food and water saved up in our homes. Canned goods, water and boxed items saved the lives of people who trapped in their homes or apartments for up to a few weeks.
Though tornadoes tend to strike mostly in the Mid-West, they are popping up more and more in other regions of the country too. A stock of food and water will save lives in those minutes or hours waiting out a tornado.
The country has been rocked by some pretty crazy weather over the past few years, and blizzards have become a problem. People can be stuck for days or weeks at a time, without electricity or food and water, depending on their proximity to the nearest store. People in rural areas should stock non-perishables in their cellars and cool, dry places. Even in cities, people can go days without power, so residents should make sure they have enough food on hand to survive until the stores open again.
Astrological events, like solar flares, could keep citizens in their homes for up to days or weeks at a time. Nuclear wars would also force people to retreat to basements or sealed bunkers for weeks or months at a time. An electromagnetic pulse could bring down entire city electricity grids or set off nuclear weapons that would render areas unsafe to live in for weeks, months or years. Having enough food and clean drinking water would mean the difference between life or death for your family.
The Ebola outbreak in Africa has worried not just Americans—doctors who were treating Ebola patients returned to home countries all over the world, only to find they had symptoms of the disease. Since the disease is spread by contact to bodily fluids, it can be caught in the blink of an eye. In the case of a major disease pandemic, having a stockpile of food in a shelter would save lives.
Possible economic collapse could drive up food prices and make even the most mundane items nearly impossible to purchase. Water, canned goods and non-perishables like crackers, trail mix and cookies will extend a person’s lifespan exponentially during a crisis like this.
Civil war is also another possibility to keep people from getting access to food. A civil uprising or riots could create a dangerous climate outside the home. Citizens with a shelter or other structure to keep out angry rioters or soldiers will need plenty of food to stay alive while waiting out the violence.
With meat sources dwindling and genetically modified foods destroying our strains of plants, food storage is more important than ever. A food storage seems imminent within the next 50 years, and families who have a solid storage of food have a likelier chance of surviving a food shortage in the near future.
Keeping a stock of food to last for a few years will greatly enhance the possibility that you and your family members would survive a natural disaster, food shortage or civil war. Citizens should aggressively build up an arsenal of canned and boxed goods; clean, filtered water and enough vitamins to survive anything mother earth—or our fellow man—throws at us.
Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys scrapbooking and enjoying time with friends and family.