Best Ways to Stock Food in an Emergency
Surely, one of the best ways is to choose foods that will last, and with a longer expiration. Purchasing nuts, granola bars and canned foods that will last at least a year should be in the plan. Utilizing a longer term food will provide peace of mind.
Pick what you will eat. Most likely, wasting money on purchases that no one will eat is worthless. Easy to maintain food such as applesauce, cereal, and other items that have shelf durability.
Dried foods have a longer time that they will last. Buying a food dehydrator and using it now is better than trying to dehydrate food in an emergency. Storing up food on a continual basis will keep a good cycle of fresh food in the mix.
Which Supplies to Stock
Furthermore, first aid supplies are needed, and are one of the best ways to ensure medical attention in an emergency situation. Basic bandages, bandaids, cough syrup, Tylenol, and Neosporin are in my “quick” emergency kit.
I have a few essential oils and all natural treatments to keep a well rounded first aid kit. For me, I want to keep it simple and stop bleeding or pain. In an emergency, someone may have to wait for help. My basic kit is not meant to be long term care, but handle an immediate situation. Moreover, if my basic first aid kit needs to be thrown in a backpack quickly its not too heavy.
Water is a must. Every time I go to the store for my monthly shopping haul, I grab one extra. At home, I have a list of what I am trying to build. Water is top on my list right now.
In addition, research shows that each person in the home needs to have one gallon per day. In an emergency with a low water supply I would go with a lower amount to make it last longer.
Cardboard is on my emergency supply list. Indeed, this product has many uses. Each week I break down some of my Amazon cardboard boxes to save. Ten is my ideal savings goal on cardboard. Not to mention that not only can it be used as fire starter, it travels better and easier than wood, and can be used to build a small shelter. Cardboard breaks down easily stores quickly out of sight in a corner.
Equipment to Keep Stocked in an Emergency
Bungee cords are one of my go to resources in an emergency. I like to have many tools to work with if we need to put something together or build it. I have found so many uses for bungee cords. They can wrap wood to keep it in a bundle, bungee cords can tie something if needed, hold a tent to a pole in an emergency and many other uses.
Rope and string are always useful in a sticky, emergency situation. This combo can always be used to secure something, tie something, or hold something together. Emergency situations are clearly not pre-planned, that starts in the prepping phase. Our motto is to ” Always Be Prepared” like the boy scouts.
Finally, small bucket or bag to carry items. Never underestimate buckets. Even when I didn’t have an emergency my handy small bucket that I have every time we go camping, hiking or whatever is always with me. I have carried rocks, water, firewood, my toothbrush and haircare kit, and towels. Buckets can be looped through a back pack for easy storage until needed. Furthermore, buckets free up our hands so that multitasking becomes easier.
In an emergency, I don’t want to have to carry everything under the kitchen sink. Some basic supplies to help out are good.
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