Food is one of the basics of life that we just cannot do without. Both physically and mentally we all need to know or hope that a meal will be available for us. Especially if we are used to a constant food supply, fasting can be a very difficult thing to do. Many people have come to rely on the state to service their food requirements and have little or no personal food storage. There are many reasons why we could have an interruption in the food supply chain. This may go on for days, weeks or longer. Hence we need to give careful consideration to survival food storage.
Things to consider about survival food storage:
- Where to set up the food store?
- How much food do we need to store?
- What food to keep in it?
- What other skills will come in useful?
Lets look at these in turn.
Where to set up the food store?
The first consideration for your survival food storage would be your main home, the place you habitat most frequently. This is the place you are most likely to want to return to in an emergency. This also works well in that you will naturally have some food stuff in your home already. So including the extra stocks can be simpler and you can rotate your stocks more easily with your everyday food supplies. In essence just holding more of what you already have.
Generally food keeps better if stored in a cool, dry place. That is why most older stock housing has a cool room or larder that was used for storing fresh food before the widespread use of the refrigerator. This type of room would be ideal to start storing extra food stocks. A room facing away from the sun, away from heating, away from frost, no windows but adequate ventilation would suit. If this is not available then pick the nearest thing to it, such as a cool garage, basement or closet. Whatever you do, don't let your limitation of suitable position stop you from making at least some preparations.
Whilst some extra food in a fridge or freezer may help out, if the power goes off (more than likely) and you cannot keep a constant supply of electricity then that food would not last more than 2 or 3 days without preserving some other way.
If you cannot return to or stay in the home then you may make provision for a food store in a bolt hole, safe storage area or have some transportable food that you can just grab and go. Such food would differ in that it would likely have a much longer shelf life and be packaged to store away rather than rotate with your everyday food supplies.
Of primary importance is the need to keep you stores on a need to know basis. If everyone knows you are the one with the goods guess where they will come when things get tough. So discretion is essential if the stocks are to be for your family and friends.
How much food do we need to store?
The size of your food store or cache will depend on the space you have available and the length of time you may need to support yourself and family. Anything is better than nothing.