This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
A few people I know have nearly no food stored at home. They eat out on a regular basis and therefore feel no need to have food around the house except for a gallon of milk and some orange juice. I’ve tried to bring up the subject tactfully, and they do realize they need to have some emergency food.
One of the challenges of building up food storage is just getting started and taking action. Just thinking about collecting all that food can scare someone into putting it off. It is easy to come up with excuses, like:
“It cost too much money.”
“We don’t have storage space.”
“It too much time,” OR
“What if nothing happens?”
Why start a food storage plan?
- Natural emergencies such as earthquakes, hurricanes
- Threat of unemployment
- Cold or flu keeps you home for a few days
- Avoid having to run to the store when your run out of something
There is no denying the need to get started storing up some food, even if you live by yourself.
Here are a few tips to get you started with very little effort:
- Start buying multiples of things that family likes to eat.
- Canned food seems to be a painless way to start: just buy an extra can of a few items such as canned corn, canned peaches or tuna each time you shop. Also buy extra breakfast items such as oatmeal, or cereal to get started.
- Other good items to have are granola bars, peanut butter, crackers, just add water meals such as ramen noodles, rice and pasta meals etc.
- Always check expiration dates and reach for the item with the furthest expiration date.
- Resist the temptation to pick up food your family does not eat just because it’s on sale or it has a long shelf life.
- Rotate the items and use the ones whose expiration dates are approaching.
- Later, as space and budget allow, other forms of emergency supplies can be added such as MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) and dehydrated food.
- Once you have a week’s worth of food, then move up to two weeks, then a month, then go from there.
For an easy to implement food storage plan, read this handy guide: Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage It will help you build your own food storage and avoid mistakes, saving you time and money. And it’s a bargain at $0.99 on Kindle.
Before you know it, you have built up a comfortable food storage plan that will help you ride out emergencies.
© Apartment Prepper 2016
Updated from a previous post that was originally published on 7/10/2010.