Food Storage Planning
Planning your food storage takes more thought than you might think. It\'s not complicated by any means, but you should make sure you have created a plan that will provide you with everything you need in an emergency. It\'s easier to take care of such things now, rather than wait until it\'s too late.
The first thing, of course, is the storage area. Consider the type of shelving that will best suit your storage needs. This means planning out the types of items you will be storing, the amount of time you will need the storage to last you, and the weight and bulk of the items. You can make your own food storage shelving, as a low-cost option, or you can purchase shelving fairly inexpensively at a box store, a yard sale, or online. If you are working with limited space in your food storage area, your shelving will be particularly important. You will want to purchase or construct something that will utilize the space most efficiently.
The next consideration is water. Make sure that you have enough water for about two weeks. This means figuring about a gallon of water per person per day. You can store water in reusable plastic containers or you can always purchase water for your food storage as well. You will want to make sure that you store the water in a cool place out of direct sunlight, just as you will be storing your food storage food. You will want to change the water in your food storage every year, so it is wise to mark the jugs with a fill date and mark the refill date on your calendar.
The recommended quantity of food for emergency food storage supplies is three months, so purchase enough food for your family to live on for three months. You will want to purchase a wide variety of foods for your food storage, taking all of your caloric and nutrient needs and considering potential menus for a three month period. This means that you will want to store meats, grains, vegetables, fruits, baking supplies and any items that you will need in order to prepare the food storage items, if these items are not readily available in your home (this includes cookbooks for your food storage foods).
One final aspect, which often goes overlooked in food storage, is non-food items that are necessary for comfort and hygiene. These items include toilet paper, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, diapers, feminine hygiene products, and paper towels. Consider what other items you regularly use and would find it difficult to live without in case of an emergency. Consider also the needs of your pets as well as cleaning products, like Windex and soap. Your food storage is not just about food. It is your emergency supply area, and filling it with non-perishable items that will be available to you in your time of need does not cost you anything extra. But it will save you a lot of difficulty when an emergency arises.
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