Tuesday, April 23, 2013

5 Easy Ways to Start Your Food Storage

The amount of man-made occurrences and natural disasters continues to climb. It's during these times that electricity, gas and water supplies aren't functioning. There are also emergency situations where you may be quarantined to your home, or even evacuated from it. Either way, you probably won't have access to groceries because most stores will be closed. So, what will you do? How will you feed your family?

5 Different Ways to Go About Building Your Food Storage

The best way to ensure that you're able to feed your family when a disaster strikes is by being prepared with a food storage plan. Wondering exactly how to get started? Here are five different ways to build your food storage without breaking your bank:

Buy in Bulk
As you know, anything you buy in bulk will get you more for your dollar. Buying non-perishables and other foods in bulk allows you to pay the lowest prices possible, per item. If you do choose to go this route, be sure to check the expiration dates of your products. The last thing you want is to have a need for your emergency food storage just to find out everything has spoiled or turned rotten.
                   Buy a Little at a Time
In today's economy, it may put a dent in your finances to buy large quantities of food at one time. This is especially true with food storage, as these are foods you won't be eating until a future date. If you're on a strict budget, a good way to build up your food storage is to buy a little bit at a time. Each time you go grocery shopping; simply add a few items that will go directly into your emergency food supply. In time, it will build up to include the amount of products needed for you and your family's emergency crisis.
                    Sales & Coupons
Are you a coupon-clipper or sales-watcher? If so, this is another cost-efficient way to start your food supply. Let's say you see a 2-for-1 coupon or a sale on a food item you generally buy. Simply add one to your pantry, and the other to your food storage. Keep following this procedure on a regular basis and you'll soon have the food supply you need.
                    Clean Your Cabinets
Many people don't even think of this great idea. You'd be amazed at some of the items in your pantry and kitchen cabinets that would make great additions to your emergency food supply. Go through them today! If you have two containers of salt, add one to your storage. Do you see 12 boxes of mac n' cheese. At least six of those can be stored away for an emergency. Continue this process until you've gone through all of the duplicate food items in your kitchen.
                     Freeze Dried Foods
These foods are one of the best investments you can make towards your emergency preparedness plans. Freeze dried food is prepared before being flash frozen. That means that they retain their quality, freshness, look and great taste. The foods also last more than 25 years, giving your family decades of security.

Author Bio
This content was prepared by Dirk Puckett. Daily Bread is an industry leader in long-term food storage plans. Ready to begin putting your food storage plan together? Start here and place your order today.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

5 Essentials for Your 72 Hour Kit

5 Essentials for Your 72 Hour Survival Kit

Catastrophes always strike without warning. When they do, they hinder the services of local government agencies and community emergency crews. Their equipment, communications, buildings, and personnel will all be affected, making them basically immobile. If this happens, there will be no one to respond to your emergency calls in a timely fashion. This could be a very overwhelming situation for you, unless you're prepared.

5 Essentials Every Prepper's 72 Hour Kit Must Have

Experts on emergency preparedness warn that everyone should be prepared for self-sufficient survival for no less than three days after a catastrophe. That means that you need to have the emergency supplies you need to survive for 72 hours. Many recommend that you keep a 72 hour kit in your home, your office and your car. Here are five basic essentials that every prepper should have in a 72 hour survival kit:

1) 3-Day Supply of Water

·         A 1-day supply is 1 gallon of water, per day = 3 gallons for one person for 3 days

·         The human body can only go only so many days without water before suffering from dehydration. During major emergencies, local water services may become contaminated, or simply may not be working at all. It's vital to your survival that you have enough clean drinking water to last until these local services are restored.

·         Experts recommend such a large amount of water per day because you'll also need clean water for more than just drinking. Your water supply will be there when you need to bathes, wash dishes or clothes, brush your teeth, and other hygienic purposes.

2) Food Storage Supply for 3 Days

·         Should contain at least 9 meals per person (3 meals per day)

·         Being prepared with emergency food storage will really help to ease your stress during a crisis situation. Remember that your local stores will have suffered the crisis with you. So, they will probably be closed, along with all your other local businesses. Also, credit card processors and ATM machines may also be down. That means you'll have no way of going out to buy food during your emergency situation. Be sure you have enough food stored to feed yourself until things get back to normal.

·         Your food storage should be made up of mostly non-perishable foods. These types of products have longer shelf lives than fresh or frozen foods. That way, when you it’s time to eat your emergency food, they're still good for consumption. For good ideas for your 72 hour food storage plan, look into buying canned food, dehydrated food and/or freeze-dried food.

3) Basic First Aid Kit

The following items are recommended by the US Department of Health and Human Services to be included in your basic first aid kit:

·         Antibiotic Ointment

·         Hydrogen Peroxide

·         Antiseptic Wipes

·         Gauze and Adhesive Tape

·         Safety Pins

·         Tweezers

·         Instant-activating cold packs (disposable)

·         Sharp Scissors – should have rounded tips

·         Bandages – assorted shapes and sizes

4) Battery-Powered Flashlight

Electrical services will probably be non-operational. So, be sure that your flashlight is battery-operated and pack extra batteries.

5) Battery-Operated Radio

·         There will probably be no power in your local area after the disaster strikes. Make sure your radio is battery-powered and be sure you have extra batteries for your radio.

·         During a man-made or natural disaster, television services may be out. The radio will be your only form of communication with the outside world. You'll need your radio to stay tuned for important emergency updates like more upcoming disasters, emergency shelters, evacuations, etc...

Author Bio

This content was prepared by Dirk Puckett. Daily Bread is an industry leader in long-term food storage plans. Ready to begin putting your food storage plan together? Start here and place your order today.


Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.