One of the biggest challenges when stockpiling food is to work out how long your stockpile should need to last for.
When stockpiling food, you need to stockpile food and water for both short term and long term crisis situations, so that you needn’t worry about running out of supplies before aid may reach you, if indeed it does at all.
Having said that, the main reasons that we suggest the 37 critical items to stockpile, are as follows:
1) Quick to Sell Out:
Most supermarkets have approximately 3 days of food storage at any one time and in times of a crisis situation, whole supermarkets will be cleaned out in less than 3 days, particularly if panic sets in. So many of the items listed in our 37 critical items list, will be items that disappear off the shelves very quickly in a crisis situation.
2) Shelf Life:
When planning for a crisis situation, it could happen tomorrow or next year or never at all (here’s hoping!), so when you stockpile food, you need to take into consideration shelf life and ‘use by’ dates to ensure the food is fresh and not dangerous to eat when a crisis situation takes place. The list of 37 critical items is made up of items that have long shelf lives.
During a crisis situation, it is vital that you stay healthy and well nourished so that you have the energy and fitness to survive a potential life threatening crisis. Also, medical care may be non existent in your area, so good health is critical for both you and your family in a crisis.
4) Ease of Storage:
Food items that require refrigeration and/or freezer storage are not good choices of food stockpiles, particularly if the crisis situation becomes long term. In most crisis’s, power will be one of the first things that you would lose and have to do with out, so freezer/fridges are out. Also your stockpile should be transportable and packaged well so that you and your stockpile can relocate if need be.
5) Comfort Items:
In a crisis situation, stress levels are high, so it’s important to have comfort food to help keep people (particularly children) calm. Comfort food can add a sense of normalcy, which can assist enormously in maintaining the psychological health of you and your family.
6) Ease of Preparation:
Most of the 37 critical items on the list must be easy to prepare because you may very well be without power and water, so it is important that the items are able to be prepared either with no cooking or on a simple stove or even over an open fire.