Why We Recommend These 37 Foods to Stockpile

Emrgency Food Stockpile

Stockpiling Canned Vegetables is Essential

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.

3)       Nutrition:

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.

What Food to Stockpile – 5 Main Reasons Why People Don’t Stockpile Food

Empty Shop Shelves After Major Disaster

No Food Stockpiling Here…It’s all Gone!

It is important to note that grocery stores only keep up to 2-3 days worth of food on their shelves.

When a crisis hits, everyone is clamoring for the same emergency items at the same time, so there is a good chance that the food that you want won’t be there, when a crisis occurs.

Even after Super Storm Sandy, the large majority of people that were affected by the storm (and the majority of the people that weren’t), still won’t take heed of the warning that the storm gave us and start preparing to ensure that they are ready, in case there is a next time.

That being said, I examine why this is the case and give you the top 5 reasons why people simply don’t want to know what food to stockpile, in case of another crisis.

1) We’re Ok, It Won’t Happen to Us (again!)

What’s most important to you?  Your family that you love, your home that you worked so hard to pay off or build, your friends and your community in which you live.  Many people go about their lives, caring about all the above, but forget that in one moment, everything can change.

Many people don’t like to think about situations that could potentially harm their family or disrupt their lives. While considering the consequences of hurricanes, earthquakes, famine, epidemics, war and civil unrest are certainly unpleasant, it is important not to ignore such possibilities but to instead plan for them.

It’s not about living in fear. In fact, being prepared for such eventualities can bring about a sense of peace because you will know that, should disaster strike, you have done all that you can to be ready.

2) Cost of Stockpiling Food

One of the main reasons that many put off starting a food stockpile is money.  If they are already on a tight budget, some feel there is just no way to buy extra items each week to add to their stockpile.  Keep in mind, start small and understand that it is much easier and less expensive to start building your stockpile than you might think.

3) Space to Store Stockpile

Yes, stockpiling food and water does take up space, lots of space.  But, if you use what space you have wisely, you will be amazed how much food stockpile you can actually amass.

For example, people stockpile food under beds, in closets, in the roof space (must be careful that it does not get too hot here), in under ground bunkers or simply behind the sofa in the lounge room.  What ever you end up doing, be sure  keep a list of where you stored your food stockpile, so that you know where everything is if you need to grab something in a hurry.

4) ‘Use By Dates’ of Stored Food

Yes, food does go off and yes food stored away in a food stockpile won’t last forever, however, learning how to preserve food, rotate food through your stockpile as time goes on, searching for food that has long use by dates, storing raw materials for meals (rice, flour etc) rather than packaged processed foods will also help.  There are 37 food groups and types of food that if stored correctly will store for a very long time and be the basis of your food stockpile.  We will show which ones they are.

5) Fear of Others Taking Their Food Stockpile

There’s no need to live in fear but you do need to have a plan on how you might keep your food stockpile secure so that in a hopefully unlikely scenario, people or governments that are hell bent on finding and taking your food stockpile cannot.

For example, keep your list of where you have stashed your stockpile secret, so only you and your immediate family knows where the food is.  Also separate your food stockpile into different locations so that no one can discover your complete stockpile in one go.