Water-Food Storage: In Case of Emergency

Water-Food Storage: In Case of Emergency

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Water-food storage are two of the key things we need in case of emergency. Each time I write a post I hope to reach a few families to get them started in the quest to do what is right and be prepared for the unexpected. Sometimes the news is a bit much and some of it may be untrue, but the reality is this, people can’t depend on the government to take care of any of us. It’s a fact, some people have been on government assistance for a short time, and some for years. I personally know of some that have been living off the government for 12-15 years. It’s a way of life for them. Some have health issues, some just can’t seem to keep a job. I’m not judging anyone, I have never had a husband that couldn’t keep a job. Mark was offered job after job over his career. We were very blessed and we did not take that for granted.

I started working once my daughters started school full time. Here’s the deal, I was bored and needed to do something so I looked for a part time job. The rest is history. This is one reason I decided to teach the world about water-food storage tips to be prepared for the unexpected. It’s my passion because it’s been a way of life for me and has been since I was very young.

But the government will not be able to take care of everyone if a major disaster hits, it’s just not going to happen. So, please gather your neighbors together, if possible, and talk about how you can work together if a disaster hits, and it will. It’s not a matter of if we have a disaster, but when. We must have food storage and water stored at the very least. I’m not a doom and gloom person, but I realize what will happen if we have a grid down, as in zero power. And it will happen, I promise.

Please read this book by Ted Koppel, it will open your eyes as to how unprepared our country is for a major disaster. It is not a fictional book, it has facts that are backed by previous government worker comments. I’m personally appalled at how unprepared our government is for anything emergency and disaster related. Okay, I will get off my soap box. We must be prepared today, not next week, to take care of ourselves. Period. So, let’s get started with a few tidbits today.

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Water-Food Storage

1.Water

We need water to hydrate ourselves, cook meals, reconstitute some of our food storage, wash our clothes, wash dishes, and for personal hygiene at the very least.

Water is critical in order to survive, we will die without water. Now, the American Red Cross recommends one-gallon of water per person per day. That is not enough my friends, please store four-gallons per person per day, if possible. If we have a major disaster, which I believe is imminent, we will be on our own. If you have a way to purify water that would be awesome, either with a Berkey bottle or LifeStraw t. If you can afford a Big Berkey with extra black elements like I have you can survive if the water is drinkable. I did not buy everything in one day. I have slowly collected and organized my emergency preparedness items from thrift stores, garage sales and I have been blessed to have sponsors send me items to review and show my readers. You can also boil water in a Dutch oven if you have fuel to heat the pot. A Sun Oven uses zero fuel to bring water to a boil. Here again, you must have the sunshine or that purchase would be useless.

2.Food Storage

Food storage is a must to keep our family fed and nourished. I personally do not worry about the calories in the food I purchase for short-term or long-term storage. Here’s the deal, I buy what Mark and I will eat. Truth be known, we do not count calories today, so I buy the food we will eat. Simple, right? Why buy and store food you haven’t tried before, or food you tried and really don’t like but think it’s easy to store and use. Here’s my Where do I start printable I hand out at classes I teach about food storage. It’s simple, you write down what you eat for each meal for seven days. Easy peasy. You do not have to buy #10 cans for all your food storage. I recommend starting with the basics, the food you eat every day. You do not need to invest in a pallet of food storage that tastes like cardboard. If that works for you, go for it. It does not work for me or my budget.

Freeze-dried #10 cans last longer and taste great. Yes, they are more expensive, but you can eat the food right out of the can. I love the freeze-dried fruits and vegetables. Remember, one can at a time. These cans have a longer shelf-life, typically. Every manufacturer states the shelf-life for their respective products.

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Dehydrated food needs to be cooked, but it’s less expensive in #10 cans. It also has a shorter shelf-life, typically. Every manufacturer states the shelf-life. They are great for soups and casseroles.

Beans, rice, and baking staples are critical.  If you can make bread, crackers, pancakes or biscuits you can survive. This is why you need to live in a neighborhood with like-minded people. Hopefully, everyone has skills to bring to the table when a disaster hits in your neighborhood. Please discuss water-food storage tips with each other.

Coffee and green tea will be great bartering commodities, trust me on that one.

Grocery stores’ cases of fruits, vegetables, prepared cans of food like chili, beans, stews, etc. are great sources to get started too. Just throw an extra can or two in the shopping basket each time you shop. If your budget allows it, buy a case when your local stores have case lot sales. You save money every time you stay out of the store. If you have an extra can in the pantry, yay, one less trip to the store. May God bless you to be prepared with water-food storage and other emergency preps.

Food Storage by Linda 

Comments

  1. Lights out by Ted Koppel, will motivate everyone who reads it to make some changes. After reading it, I bought a hand pump, put a wood stove in the garage (already have one in the house) and made sure I had enough books (hard copies) to use as reference. Stephen King has never written anything quite so scary.

  2. JoEllen says:

    I have been storing distilled water in 5 gallon containers. It seems to be fresh for a long time. Am I making a mistake not to do anything to “purify” this ior is distilled water already pure. My well water has a filtration system but it has a high mineral content. Your thughts?

    • Hi JoEllen, I think any water we store is acceptable to use for washing dishes or personal hygiene. You can always boil the water or use a purifier to make sure any bacteria is gone. Algae is my biggest concern. I have a reverse osmosis system but have several gallons stored with Water Preserver. I also have a Big Berkey. I worry about those people who have zero water stored. Do you have a pump for you well if you lose electricity? That is something you may already have thought about. Linda

  3. Linda, Ive been a follower of yours for several years and have acquired a good food storage supply and m getting there on water, I have 6 of the water bricks and other water too. I have read Ted Koppels book and one before it called Five Days at Memorial, about Memorial Hospital in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, a true and very sad book. If anyone thinks the government is going to look out for them in an emergency, read 1 or both of those. I want to get a 155 gln water tank but the only place to store it is in the garage. What precautions should I take for storing water there. I live in Texas where we have hot summers and fairly cold winters.

    • Hi Melissa, oh I am so glad to hear you read those books, they are not fictional and yes they are sad but true. I live in Southern Utah where the temperatures get up to 110 t0 120 degrees in our garage or at least in mine. I purchased a 250-gallon water tank and placed several 2″ by 4″ pieces of wood extending about 4 inches outside the diameter. This is to keep the tank off the concrete floor where chemicals may possibly leach into the tank. I filled it with a lead-free hose and a bottle of colloidal silver that the store gave me for the 250-gallon tank. We washed it with a drop or two of bleach and rinsed it the best we could. Those tanks are huge and bulky. It has two hose bibs/valves to drain it or fill a bucket. They are awesome. If you have harsh winter you must ask the manufacturer if it will withstand a freeze. I bet it would be okay inside your garage but I don’t know. We left about 8 inches for the tank to expand if we did a freeze in our garage which is fairly unlikely. We have four 55-gallon barrels on 2 by 4’s as well outside with UV protectors. We left room for them to expand if we had a freeze as well. I hope this helps, water is so critical that I told Mark that’s all I wanted for Christmas was that tank. We don’t usually exchange gifts as we really need nothing. Plus we are trying to declutter! LOL! I added Water Preserver to all other water barrels and WaterBricks in so I only have to rotate the water every 5 years. I’m so glad you get it….Hugs, Linda

  4. Hi, Linda,
    Ted Koppel’s book is great!    This past week one of our local TV stations did an ALL DAY promotion about disaster preparedness.  They covered EVERYTHING!  Even disposable toilets like they sell in Japan.  They interviewed a lady who lives on the 18th floor in a high-rise in downtown Seattle.  Boy is she prepared–like for at least a month or more.  Wonder if she reads your blog–she has water bricks stacked almost to the ceiling in the bathroom!!   Love how you keep nagging us.  Keep it up.  I appreciate all you do.
    Hugs,
    Joanne

    • Hi, Joanne, oh my gosh, that is awesome! Can you imagine being on the eighteen floor and the power is out??? Oh man, they sell disposable toilets in Japan? I’m going to have to Google that! Wow, I love hearing this, WaterBricks to the ceiling! I love it! Hugs, Linda

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