Are You Prepared?

We never know what tomorrow will bring. There are just so many unknowns when it comes to life. The weather is getting more and more unpredictable as the years go by and I’ve noticed an increase in severe weather events in the past several years. The economy is in decline and the cost of food is steadily rising. What would you do if there was an emergency and you had no access to food?

Like so many people, I honestly don’t have a good answer. I have thought about stockpiling and emergency food storage, but with our tight budget I’m not sure how we can afford to buy extra. Not only that, but what if our house got destroyed? That would mean our food stockpile would be gone and we would be back to square one.

I have heard stories of people stockpiling several year’s worth of food in case of a food shortage and even for the apocalypse. While I have no intention of storing food for the latter, I think having a decent stockpile in case of a food shortage is a good idea – if I can get past worrying about it going to waste.

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Some scientists believe that in the coming decades the world could see spiraling food prices and massive starvation such as we’ve never seen before. Other scientists say that in order for the United States to have a sustainable economy we will need to reduce our population by one-third. The water tables are also falling in many countries including the United States, which will eventually lead to water scarcity resulting in less grain.1 If the scientists are right, this world is going to be hurting.

Thankfully FEMA has developed a guide to help us prepare for a food and water emergency.  Thankfully there are several foods that can be stored indefinitely -

-Wheat
-Vegetable oils
-Dried corn
-Baking powder
-Soybeans
-Instant coffee, tea, and cocoa
-Salt
-Noncarbonated soft drinks
-White rice
-Bouillon products
-Dry pasta
-Powdered milk – in nitrogen-packed cans

FEMA also recommends that you have at least a 3 day supply of both food and water for everyone in your household. There are many places to purchase emergency food storage supplies and specially packaged foods that are good to keep in case of an emergency. If you would like to start stockpiling food, there are a lot of great blogs with tips and ways to save while doing so.

I hope and pray that the world doesn’t go through a famine or drought anytime soon, but if it happens I want people to be prepared. I am praying for those people in countries that are already affected by a famine.

Do you have a stockpile or an emergency food storage set up?

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  1. You know what’s crazy though? Under the current laws…if you have more than 7 days worth of food you could be considered a possible terrorist…nuts I know.
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    • Andrea says:

      Wow! I had never heard that! I always have more than 7 days worth of food in the winter months just in case of a bad snow or ice storm. I think our government needs to worry about more important things than if someone has a stockpile of food.