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How to Prepare a Family Emergency Food Storage Plan

ResourcesIf you want to have emergency food storage but don’t know where to begin, or you can’t afford the purchased food storage plans available on the market, this is the book for you. It is designed to give the frugal homemaker or individual confidence to survive in the face of a crisis, prepared for emergencies with a store of nutritious and familiar foods.

Each of the seven chapters outlines one complete step in the process of setting up a food storage plan adapted for your family or for you as an individual. It is designed to take one chapter each week for seven weeks, and focus on a particular step in the journey.

There are many good ways to store emergency food. This book presents various methods, helping you to tailor a plan that meets your unique needs and preferences.

Over the years our family has stored much of our longer-term food supplies on a rotating system, storing foods we eat on a regular basis. This is our favorite method of storing emergency supplies, since it allows the stored food to be “freshened” after a time without any waste.

Most of our family’s stored foods are part of our daily diet, so in an emergency we don’t have the added stress of eating unfamiliar or undesirable food. Living in Central Florida, we have encountered prolonged power outages and damage to our home from hurricanes, but have been able to enjoy normal healthy foods without interruption.

This ebook describes how to develop a plan, organize space, list ingredients, calculate amounts, purchase staples and storage supplies, and assemble your food stores efficiently. When you are done you will enjoy the confidence of having your own food storage system in place for you or your family in a time of crisis.

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Bug-Out Bags

Here is a list of basic supplies we’ve made for our three-day packs.  The “littles” obviously cannot carry all their items themselves, so their “big buddies” carry some for them, and some items with an asterisk are found in only one or two of the adult packs.

  • Water bottles with filters such as  Berkey Sport Bottles (alternative:  regular water bottles and purification tablets when clean water is not available)
  • Chlorine or iodine water purification tablets (to purify water for drinking or washing)
  • Energy bars (high calorie)
  • Dried foods
  • MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat): purchased, or homemade
  • Multitool (the Leatherman Wave Multitool is Resourcesused by survival experts, and is what we use)
  • Rain poncho (avoiding hypothermia is critical)
  • Emergency blanketResources (extremely light-weight, aluminized, polyester blanket which reflects body heat back to body)
  • *First aid kit (more details another post)
  • *Hand crank radio
  • Heavy duty trash bag (can be used to make a one-man shelter, and other uses)
  • Paracord
  • Mess kit (spoon, fork, plate, cup)
  • Cloth napkin
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Kleenex, toilet paper
  • Wet wipes
  • Personal hygiene (comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary supplies)
  • Soap & washcloth
  • Sunscreen, lip balm
  • *Tarp
  • Emergency candles (Dollar Tree has the best price)
  • Whistle
  • Glo sticks (for children in the dark – also cheapest at Dollar Tree)
  • Small Bible or NT
  • Small paper pad & pen, pencil
  • Leather gloves
  • Coffee can with lid (to collect & boil water in)
  • Hard candy or gum
  • Vitamins (& medications, if any)
  • Change of clothes
  • Wool socks (for cold weather)
  • Cash, silver, or other currency
  • *Survival knife (I LOVE my 11″ Full Tang Hunting Knife W/flintResources! It is one piece stainless steel knife & handle wrapped in paracord for a better grip.)
  • *Folding shovel (entrenching tool)
  • *Sterno Folding StoveResources & fuelResources (wonderful for boiling water or heating/cooking food when no fire is possible)
  • Swiss army sleeping bags (very small, compact, and warm)
  • Small toys or activities for the “littles

 Our list continues to be revised, and of course each family will be unique.  This is not intended to be comprehensive, but a guide.

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