Between economic hardships and natural disasters, a food and supply storage is a smart thing to have in your home. We never know what we are going to encounter next in life. Having an emergency storage can help you survive the tough times when you encounter them.
Begin your storage with a few items and build it up with something every time you go to the store. Watch for sales and use them to increase your storage with foods and supplies you would want and need during an emergency or time of financial crisis in your life.
There are many food items you need in your emergency food storage. Stock canned foods, boxed foods, dried foods, jerky, granola bars, breakfast bars, bottled juice, and any other non-perishable foods that you like. Canned foods with the pop tops are easier, but remember to add a can opener to your food storage if you do not. It is important to get foods your family likes. It will help ease the stress of the emergency situation when everyone is eating foods they enjoy and know. Keep your food storage in a dry, cool area. Be sure to periodically check the expiration dates and rotate your stored foods accordingly.
Water is a must have in your emergency storage. You need about one gallon per day for each person in your home. It is best to have at least a week’s supply of water for everyone, but more would be better. You can purchase it in many sizes and types at a reasonable price.
There are a lot of items that will be needed during an emergency besides food that you will need. Here is a list of things you should include in your emergency supply storage: Scriptures, money in a sealed plastic baggie, first aid kit, flash light, batteries, radio, baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, such as Lysol wipes or Clorox wipes, pliers, maps, diapers, formula, pet food, important documents and pictures in waterproof baggies, matches in waterproof containers, medications, and personal hygiene items such as deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary napkins, shampoo, hand sanitizer, soap, and toilet paper.
Clothes and warm blankets are items you should include in your emergency storage. Store at least one change of clothes for everyone in the family. Be sure to include sturdy shoes, long sleeve shirts, and comfortable pants.
Be sure to include entertainment for emergencies. Activities such as books, crossword puzzles, and games are easy to store and help pass the long hours during emergency situations.