How should you store your emergency food supplies?
Having enough food stored to prepare for an unexpected emergency is vital. Whatever emergency may occur and however severe it might be, there are things you should keep in mind to ensure you stay safe, fed and hydrated throughout.
One important factor to think about is the storage of your supplies. So, to ensure you can weather any emergency that comes your way, here’s some ideas of how best to store your emergency food supplies.
Dry and accessible locations
One matter to keep in mind, when it comes to storing your emergency food supplies, is what kinds of emergencies you might be at risk of.
For example, if you’re in a coastal location, or live on an island, you’ll be at a higher risk of flooding than someone who lives inland and away from lakes and rivers. In this case, you should avoid storing your food stores in a basement or at ground level. Otherwise, you risk water damage contaminating your food supplies or making them inaccessible, if you don’t have much warning before a flood hits. It’s also important to ensure your storage location is pest free and secure to avoid contamination.
You could divide your emergency supplies in half – consisting of foods that don’t need to be kept in the fridge or freezer – and store them in two locations in your home. Some could be put on pantry shelves at ground level, for example, and some could be stored in your attic, if you have one. This means you should have access to food, whatever emergency develops.
If there’s a long-term power cut, for instance, you can still access either supply. If you have to evacuate your home, you can quickly access the food stored at ground level. Whereas, if the emergency is something like a flood, part of your food supply will be stored safely away from rising water at a higher level.
Being prepared for sudden emergency situations
Storing supplies around the home for a long-term emergency is important, but you should also think about keeping an emergency-preparedness kit in an accessible location. This kit should include a few days’ worth of water and meals, as well as other emergency tools such as a first aid kit, flashlight and portable radio.
While it’s important to ensure you can stay in your home safely and keep well fed, some emergencies, like a wildfire, will mean you have to leave your house at especially short notice. Having a well-stocked emergency preparedness kit ready to use can save you valuable time if such a disaster strikes. You could also store this kit near an exit so that you’re able to pick it up and evacuate as quickly and calmly as possible.
Keeping hydrated during small and long emergencies
You can go without food longer than you can go without water. So it’s especially important that you store enough water to see you through an emergency, and store it safely.
For smaller emergencies, storing a pallet of sealed plastic water bottles can help prevent dehydration as well as help maintain basic hygiene. You can also use bottled water to rehydrate your emergency meal kits.
In longer emergencies, which can cut you off from aid or the outside world for longer than you might expect, you could look into purchasing and preparing large barrels of water. These could hold over 200 litres, offering a water storage solution that’s ideal if you’re island-based or live in a similar hard-to-reach location.
Keeping you stocked up and prepared for all emergencies
Staying prepared for a range of emergencies is important, and knowing you have the right kinds of food to help you get through a tough situation can be especially reassuring.
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- Freeze-dried to create a product with a lengthy shelf life. Each meal pouch lasts for seven years, while our meal tins last for 25 years
- Expertly cooked prior to being freeze-dried, ensuring they taste fantastic every time
- Easy to prepare – by adding hot water to a pouch or portion from a tin you can create a delicious, warming meal in minutes. In extreme cases, you can use cold water. It will take longer to rehydrate but, because the meals are already cooked, they are perfectly safe to eat
- Nutritious – bursting with the carbohydrates and protein you need to feel warm and full
With a range of flavours, textures and tastes on offer across a wide variety of meals, our products are perfect for making sure you’ve got exactly what you need to see you through any emergency situation.