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Emergency Food Storage

We consider an emergency foods storage as a short term food supply of about 30 days to a couple months.

After you have acquired a survival food storage (short term). Extend your storage out from one month to two months. Sitting down and coming up with 30-60 day emergency food supply may seem overwhelming (and time-consuming!) but it's easy if you have a survival food storage and take the rest one meal at a time.

Start by writing down the meals you've already had this week. Break it down into breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Make sure you also include all the condiments for these meals as well. At the end of two weeks, take a look at the ingredients you used and start buying them in addition to what you need for your regular meals. Don't try to buy them all at once, that could get fairly expensive fairly quick. Instead focus on buying a few basics every time you go to the store.

Then place those foods that you bought as "extras" into the cupboards for home storage. Make sure that as you use them you replace them with more. In this manner you will be rotating the food fairly regularly and you'll grow confident in knowing that you have what you need to feed your family in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

This way, without too much effort you will have two months of "emergency food" on hand when you need it. Once you have a 30 day supply of meals, all you have to do is add one month (from the list of foods you commonly eat) and you'll have your 2 months of food you usually eat on hand when you need it.

Don't forget to store other items you'll need during that month. Items like toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, soap etc. Sometimes these items while they don't sustain life by themselves, they do make life a little more enjoyable. So make a list of these items that you use on a daily basis and add them to your storage list.

Something to keep in mind when buying food like this is to make sure that what you buy will store for two years or more. So skip the lettuce and stick to staples, like pasta, sauce, canned vegetables, dehydrated fruits and meats, frozen veggies frozen meats, etc. This is where having a vacuum food sealer for food storage would really come in handy. It adds longevity to foods you want to store, such as meats or cheeses and keeps it from getting freezer burned until you use it.

Regardless of the reasons why you're interested in starting a home food storage system, a 30 day supply of food on hand is a good place to start. It's easily attainable, you're already used to eating it, and it can be easily maintained through out your lifetime. Once you get your 30 days covered, it's time to move forward and build a two month supply. A two month supply is enough to cover the mayhem and disruptions of the normal supply chains before they are restored due to natural catastrophes or emergency situations that could arise.

You may also want to think about purchasing some gold or silver for emergency purposes. Visit these sites for current spot prices and more information: price of gold, ounce of gold, price of silver, ounce of silver.

Of course, once you have a two month supply in hand you will be far more prepared for whatever may come your way than your friends and neighbors. Now you should consider a Long Term Food Storage (1-year or longer).