quinta-feira, 17 de maio de 2012

Stocking Emergency Food

Great text from http://bushcraftwife.blogspot.pt Stocking Emergency Food:
I know I don’t have to remind you that the world is becoming a place where self-reliance is the way to go. In my opinion the only person that you can truly depend on to take care of you - is you. It wasn’t that long ago that homesteaders, bushcrafters and preppers were thought of as a wee bit crazy. They were extremists. They were conspiracy theorists. They were living in little creepy cabins in the woods to get away from ‘the man.’ Now they are sought after for their knowledge on self-reliance. They are looked to as an example of how to better take care of yourself and your family when times are tough. An easy way to help you gain a little more self-reliance is to store some food for emergency situations.

Even if you are not a bushcrafter or a prepper, it is my opinion that you should have at least a little food tucked away for a rainy day (maybe a snowy/icy day). In an urban environment you could be looking at a snowstorm that makes roads impassable for a day or two. Maybe a power outage that keeps you home for a few days. What about a flu outbreak in your area that keeps you home for a few days? In my area snow, ice, power outages, floods, tornadoes or even small earthquakes could disrupt the city for a few days. Or what if you just catch a nasty cold and don’t want to go anywhere? Keep some basics stocked and you can stay home until whatever blows over and not have to worry about that stupid run to the grocery for milk and bread (why do people do that?). Bare minimum, for one person - I think two days supply is a good idea, three days is better.

Since I focus on an urban environment and emergencies that are realistically fixable or temporary, I’m not going to get into super long-term food storage or storing enough food to cover you for months (my husband would like us to have three months food stored In the house for an emergency, but he’s coming from a SHTF point of view). Let’s focus on a couple days supply. Also assume that you will not have electricity for those days - which means no oven, no microwave, no fridge and no electric can opener. So put at least one, if not two, hand-crank can openers in with your stored food. You might also pack up a set of silverware and a cup or flask for each person you are saving for.

So, what to stock? Well, we all need protein, carbs and fats to keep our energy up, so you want to store non-perishable foods that meet those requirements and provide good nutrition. Here are some ideas:
  • Dried meats - Beef jerky, beef sticks (protein)
  • Canned fish and meat - Tuna, ham, sandwich spreads (on crackers) and beans (protein)
  • Canned fruits - Peaches, pears, berries and applesauce (good source of vitamin C)
  • Canned veggies - Beans, peas, carrots, etc.
  • Dried fruits - Raisins, cranberries, apricots, etc.
  • Whole grain crackers - Good replacement for bread
  • Nuts - Almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans (protein, fiber, good fats)
  • Granola bars - Healthy and sweet
  • Dry cereals - Fortified with extra vitamins and minerals and can be eaten dry
  • Juice boxes - Don’t need to be refrigerated, make sure to get 100% juice
  • Electrolyte drinks - Gatorade, Power Ade
  • Water - In case your home supply becomes contaminated
  • Multivitamins - Can help supply any missing nutrients, keep one bottle in your emergency stash
  • Gym bag or backpack - In case you need to leave the house, you can take your food stock with you
As much as you can, buy single-serving cans or containers, so you don’t have to worry about leftovers in an open can. You need enough for three meals a day and snacks. Figure on full meals, not skimping because the pantry is low on food.

This is kind of a middle of the road plan. You could stock up on cans of soup and corned beef hash if that’s your style (you will also need to be able to heat those). You can also buy MREs, dehydrated hiking food or C-rations (they taste like crap but are packed with calories and hit all your nutritional needs). How extreme you get is up to you. Below are some links to check out so you can have some reference materials and see what other people have done.

Hope this was helpful. As always, thanks for reading!

Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency
Short-term Emergency Food Storage (this site means a few weeks when it says short-term)

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