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10 Reasons Stockpiling Emergency Supplies Makes Sense

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In today’s world, preparing for emergencies is becoming increasingly important. Whether it’s a natural disaster, a pandemic, or any other unforeseen event, having a stockpile of emergency supplies can be a lifesaver. Today, I want to talk about 10 reasons stockpiling emergency supplies makes sense.

10 Reasons Stockpiling Emergency Supplies Makes Sense

1. Ensuring Basic Needs are Met

During an emergency, access to necessities like food, water, and shelter can become limited or even unavailable. By stockpiling emergency supplies, you can ensure that you and your loved ones have enough resources to meet these fundamental needs, providing security and peace of mind. The 5 Basic Things You Need to Survive

2. Relying on Yourself

In times of crisis, it’s essential to be self-reliant. Stockpiling emergency supplies allows you to rely on yourself and reduces dependency on external sources for assistance. Some people think that the government’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will step in and solve all the issues, including providing a food supply. That won’t be the case!

This self-sufficiency gives you more control over your situation and increases your chances of survival. 17 Ways to Become More Self-Sufficient

3. Immediate Response to Emergencies

When disaster strikes, time is of the essence. Having a well-stocked emergency supply can help you respond immediately, without wasting precious minutes trying to gather necessary items. It has been interesting to see what happens at grocery stores and Big Box Stores when things get tough. Those shelves become empty pretty fast.

Remember when the lockdowns took place a couple of years ago? Inventories of things like paper towels, toilet paper, diapers, baby formula, baby food, and other staples became scarce. Your emergency food supplies, including non-perishable foods, water, and other needed items make coping much easier. This quick response can make a significant difference in critical situations. Why People Wait Until the Last Minute to Prep for Emergencies

4. Coping with Natural Disasters

Natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods can cause widespread destruction and disruption. When you take the time to stockpile emergency supplies, you can be better equipped to handle these events, ensuring your safety and well-being until help arrives. Should We Rebuild After Natural Disasters?

5. Dealing with Power Outages

Power outages can occur during various emergencies and can last for hours or even days. Having essential supplies like flashlights, batteries, and non-perishable food close at hand ensures that you can navigate through the darkness and maintain a sense of normalcy until power is restored. Power Outage: What to do Next

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6. Preparing for Pandemics

Recent events have highlighted the importance of being prepared for pandemics. Stockpiling emergency supplies, including masks, gloves, sanitizers, and medicines, can help you protect yourself and your family during disease outbreaks, reducing your risk of infection. Pandemics: What You Should Do Now

The use of vaccines has become a hot topic of debate. You need to decide what is good for you and your family. Most of us rely on the advice of health professionals for things like allergies, diabetes, proper diet, and nutrition guidelines. We may be well advised to follow our trusted professionals based on our unique age and circumstances when it comes to dealing with bacteria and virus prevention.

7. Being a Source of Help for Others

In times of crisis, it’s not just about taking care of yourself but also helping others. Taking the time to have extra supplies on hand, you can extend a helping hand to neighbors, friends, or even strangers in need. Your preparedness can make a significant difference in their lives and foster a sense of community. How to Make a Community in Your Neighborhood

8. Peace of Mind

Knowing that you have a stockpile of emergency supplies gives you peace of mind, knowing that you are well-prepared for whatever challenges may come your way. This sense of security allows you to focus on other aspects of your life without constantly worrying about what could happen. Prepping Tasks to Take Care of Every Year

9. Cost Savings

Stockpiling emergency supplies in advance can save you money in the long run. During emergencies, prices for essential items often skyrocket due to increased demand and limited supply. Taking the time to purchase items ahead of time, you can avoid these price hikes and ensure that you have what you need at a reasonable cost. 13 Tips for Saving Money on Your Electric Bill

Another advantage, if you have sufficient storage space, is saving money through bulk buying. There are times of the year when certain items tend to go on sale. I purchase a lot of my canned goods in the fall when my local stores hold their “case lot” sales. Besides soups that we enjoy during the winter months, you can stock up on canned fruits, vegetables, and meats. Having more than one can opener is vital, and be sure to have a manual can opener on hand in case the power is out.

10. Adaptability to Uncertain Times

The world is constantly changing, and uncertainties are becoming more prevalent. Stockpiling emergency supplies is a form of adaptability, allowing you to navigate through uncertain times with more ease and confidence. It provides a foundation of stability amid chaos. Safety Tips for Preppers: Ensuring Preparedness in Any Situation

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What are emergency supplies?

Emergency supplies are essential items that can help you sustain yourself and your family during a crisis or emergency. They typically include food, water, medical supplies, communication devices, tools, and personal hygiene products.

How many emergency supplies should I stockpile?

The amount of emergency supplies you should stockpile depends on several factors, such as the size of your household, the potential risks in your area, and the duration of the emergency you are preparing for. As a general guideline, aim for at least a 3-day supply of food and water per person, but it’s recommended to have a 2-week supply if possible. Don’t forget the unique needs of older people, young children, and even your pets.

My concern is that 2-weeks may not be enough. But start where you can and keep stocking. Better too much food than to run out of food for your family. People get mean when they are hungry and they haven’t stocked up enough food or water for their family. Plan for this, you may have people knocking on your doors.

Please remember that the government or churches in your area will not deliver food to your homes, it would be impossible to help everyone in your community. YOU must take care of YOUR family, okay I will get off my soapbox now. Thank you, my friends, for being prepared.

What types of food should I include in my emergency supplies?

Include non-perishable food items that require little to no cooking or refrigeration. Canned goods, dry goods like rice and pasta, energy bars, and dehydrated meals are good options. Don’t forget to consider dietary restrictions or special food required of individuals in your household.

It’s also important to use the food and rotate your inventory so you don’t have to deal with missed expiration dates or food spoilage. Foods have different shelf life issues, so think about stocking what will last a reasonable time. You also need to consider stocking what your family will feel comfortable eating. Consider taking those “fussy” eaters with you when shopping so you can keep each family member on board with what’s being stocked.

How should I store water for emergencies?

It’s recommended to store at least one gallon of water per person per day for drinking/hydration, cooking, limited laundry, and sanitation purposes. How do you do that? I highly recommend four gallons of water per day per person. Use clean containers specifically designed for storing water and ensure they are tightly sealed to prevent contamination. Store your water supply in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight.

You also need to consider being able to filter and treat that water. Stored water needs either a chlorine treatment, boiling, or filtering. Checkout the posts in my archive to see how each of these approaches are used and the pros and cons of each.

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Final Word

Stockpiling emergency supplies is a practical and responsible decision in today’s unpredictable world. It ensures that you and your loved ones have access to vital resources, promotes self-reliance, and allows you to assist others in need. You can face emergencies with greater resilience and peace of mind when you are stockpiling emergency supplies. May God Bless this World, Linda

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21 Comments

  1. I can’t imagine not having some preparation for things as simple as a snowstorm or ice storm.

    While I know no one is prepared for every eventuality, not being prepared for emergencies is silly in my opinion.

    1. Hi Janet, I totally agree. But some people have never been exposed to an ice storm, flooding, extreme snowstorms, hurricanes, or tornadoes. I’m just thinking out loud right now. It only takes one time to be stuck in traffic for 9 hours with no exits in sight from California to Las Vegas, Nevada for instance to realize you should have topped your gas tank off to stay warm or cool. Plus always have snacks and water. You learn very quickly what you need to do next time. Linda

  2. I learned long ago, to use the restroom before going into traffic, you never know when there will be a traffic jam.

  3. I learned my lesson several years ago when I was stopped on the highway due to an accident – 4+ hours. I only had the water in my water bottle!! So, now if I am going somewhere, there is my trusty water bottle, an extra gallon of water (more depending on how far I am going), snacks, a book to read or an e-book on my kindle, full tank of gas, etc. Always have a winter e-kit in the car during the winter with a good blanket, emergency road kit in case I get off road accidentally! and I have a pack/bag with extra water, snacks, etc., to grab on the way out the door.

    Noticed your link to the post on “should we rebuild…” and thought of 30 years ago when a forest fire came through where I grew up. Dad lost the house in the fire but had been forewarned and was able to evacuate taking precious paperwork, clothing and irreplaceable items. Someone asked him why in the world he would rebuild right there! He told them that 1) he owned the place – where else would he rebuild and 2) no worries about forest fires as there was nothing left to burn.

    Please also stockpile a really positive attitude!! I have known people who lost everything (my Dad for example, but others as well) – some bounced back very well – almost easily; some never recovered. All depends on your attitude and outlook.

    1. HI Leanne, I remember you said your family had one or two home fires. Maybe only one. But it’s the things you can’t replace that mean the most. You own the land I would rebuild there for sure, like you said the trees were gone due to the fire. Great comment on the positive outlook, and attitude. Those two will help you survive better than doom and gloom. Good ones! Linda

  4. FEMA should not be counted on totally in emergencies. I remember when the TCID canal breached in Fernley, NV and flooded the town. Only a few homes were red-tagged but many, many were displaced. The one thing that stands out in my mind is that FEMA set up a food tent to feed the people…AND CHARGED THEM! It’s always best to be prepared and provide for yourselves!

    1. HI Robbie, WHAT????? FEMA charged them? I didn’t know about this!! I remember watching the news about that flood in Fernley, NV! Plus, the damage is still not repaired, it takes years to restore that much damage. We must be prepared for ourselves, no one else will. Great comment, Linda

  5. I have never heard of FEMA charging. I can not find any were it says they do. I did find were it says they don’t charge. But if any one find out different please let me know.!

    1. HI RJN, I’m wondering if the situation where the TCID canal breached in Fernley, NV. was too large for FEMA to handle and they had to bring in some kind of cooking group. I’m just thinking out loud. What scares me about this is people who evacuate at the last minute may not have any cash on them. I read Ted Koppel’s book “Lights Out” and his assistant tried to call FEMA and they never got through. I have read his book almost 20 times, Now I want to read it again, I’m pretty sure it was FEMA. Anyone in our group know if they have charged for food or supplies in your area after a disaster? Every town is different, I suppose. Linda

  6. Wow! You all are so smart about preparedness! Thanks for giving such wonderful advice!! I have been suffering lately from adrenal exhaustion, so I do not prepare enough when I’m out and about, not like usual, anyway. That is unfortunate, but at least I grabbed a full bottle of water and an organic apple before leaving for Azure pick-up this morning! The gas tank was 100% full, so that was good, and zero traffic jams on the Thruway or anywhere else I traveled, thank goodness! However,there were several signs barring all tandem-trailer semi-trucks and empty semi-trucks, that might cause accidents on the Thruway (Rte. 90) due to extremely high winds and even higher gusts. Well, that did not seem to bother the REST of the truck drivers, as I saw SO MANY on both sides of the Thruway on the 40 mins. journey home! Makes you wonder if the semi-drivers even pay attention to those mandates at all!! Well, personally, after hitting the bank in town, I was so happy to finally crawl back into the house to rest, not much else phased me! I think yesterday’s over doing it with exercise and other scrambles, I really need to rest more today!!

    Best to all of you brilliant peppers who’ve been through the trials and fires. I don’t envy you one bit, but do wish to send you many positive thoughts and prayers for safety and provision for 2024!! May God Bless you All and provide everything that you need!

    1. HI Joyce, oh those high winds are scary with semi-trucks! I hope they made it home safe. Take it easy my friend, now I want an organic apple! I second your comment, May God Bless everyone to be safe and stay healthy and provide everything you need. Linda

    2. Jess, I read your references to today’s storm. We are in East Amherst, almost to Pendleton. I went to the dentist in West Seneca at 8am and everything was fine. By 9:15, when I left…(because he is a great friend we chat alot)…. the snow, slush was already starting to stick. The salters were out and we were glad to get home. I realize because we are farther north it didn’t get as bad for us. I recently read that of the 47 people who died during the Christmas Blizzard, four people were homeless. I expected a higher number, because it has me wondering how many people lost their lives because they failed to take basic precautions. It doesn’t take thousands of dollars for basic supplies. Bless Linda and all her wisdom. Please stay safe and warm.

      1. Hi Chris, I love my dentist as well, they are fun to talk to! I’m glad you made it home okay. It really is crazy just a few items could save their lives. You are so right, it does not take thousands of dollars for basic supplies. Start small and keep adding. Great comment! Thank you for your kind words. Linda

  7. Yes, Chris and Linda: Don’t I know about chatting with dentists and doctors. Because I am a Certified Natural Health Professional, my very learned doctor and I really get into a lot of diverse conversations every time I go see her. She always tells me she learns so much from her patients! I could talk to Dr. Mary for hours, to the great consternation of her head nurse, who is always trying to move things along. The really nice thing is that my doctor has given me her cell no. and her home email, though I rarely use them. I just don’t every want her to feel I am taking advantage of her, that’s all. We always greet each other with a big hug, though, which is AWESOME!!

    We are just so grateful to have Dr. Mary as our PCP, though, cause she started her career as a medical researcher, so she’s super smart and knows a LOT!!

      1. Linda: The answer is “Well, YES and NO!” We love Dr. Mary, but she switched over to MDVIP, which means we pay a retainer fee of over $2,000 a year x 2 people! It gets so stinking’ expensive sometimes, I just want to quit. However, we are hanging on for dear life, because Mary is the BEST! For example: When 3 of us came down with COVID during the plandemic, my husband called his (at that time) doctor for help. The doctor NEVER called back, even when we called like 6 days in a row! He could have cared less if my husband died right then and there!!
        With Mary’s office, I called and immediately spoke to her head nurse, Renee, told her I’d just lost sense of smell and am feeling quite ill, pretty sure I have COVID. Could I please just have a $25 Telehealth-type visit with Mary over the phone. Renee said “She’ll call you in 20 mins.” In 20 mins., I was on the phone with Dr. Mary, who then proceeded to tell me how much Iver. to take according to my weight. Then, she proceeded to tell me how much for our son, whom she’s never even met(!) and my husband (who was seeing another doctor at that time, due to the cost of the retainer). Mary knew that I had prepped by buying some “for human-consumption” Ivermectin 12 mg. tablets from a pharmacy in India. She also prescribed for me some Prednisone to bring down inflammation problems. We begged Bob’s Dr. to send him in a prescription of Prednisone, too, but they didn’t even reply for something like 7-8 days. THE nurse eventually called back and they sent in prednisone, which was far too late and made him MUCH sicker!! You’ve got to get the prednisone in the person EARLY ON!!
        I have since left a not so great review for that stinkin’/worthless doctor who didn’t give a rip about if my husband would die!! There were several other angry people on Healthgrades who said that doctor would never pick up a phone and call you back, even if you were 80% dead!! I nursed Bob back to health with homeopathic Oscillococcinum, which is the BEST Flu med. I know of and loads of Elderberry products/juice, garlic, etc., etc. and we got people praying for him. Son got over everything pretty well with Iver. We actually FIRED Bob’s stupid, could give a rip Dr.! (Yes, we went around the house spitting bullets and yelling “YOUR’E FIRED!” every time his name came up!) And that was when I left a not very kind review of him as a doctor. 🙂

        So, to make a long story shorter: YES, we DO LOVE DR. MARY! NO, we don’t love having to pay that huge retainer fee to keep her services, but that’s MDVIP program. Lots of benefits for sure, but they make you pay through the nose for them! However, at least until all money runs dry, we will pay, because Mary is worth it!!

        1. Hi Joyce, boy, that’s expensive, but she’s worth the money! I had to fire 2 doctors since I moved up north in Utah two years ago. One was a family doctor, and the other a dermatologist. Oh well, I will not pay for a doctor that I know more than he knows (not really) but you get the jest. Life is good when we have a doctor we can trust. Linda

          1. Linda: For what it’s worth, I also totally stopped going to my cardiologist, because he was pushing Eliquis on me in a big way. Dr. Mary Corn swears NONE OF HER PATIENTS WILL EVER BE ON ELIQUIS! She’s had 4 “elderly” (I guess that’s me at age 71!) patients bleed out and die from Eliquis. That is why I have never gone back, though as a person, I think he’s a sweetheart. As a doctor, though, he is very brain-washed by Big Pharma and he doesn’t believe anything else works, even when you hand him a scientific study that PROVES that the natural stuff (Nattokinase) can do the same blood thinning safely and without any side effects!! Dr. Mary Is the one that “prescribed” Natto for me and for Bob. So, I basically “fired” the cardiologist, as well, though I hate to say that. IF ONLY we had a decent cardiologist around here who was not a very strict pill pusher!! The other Doctors in his office are also so PROUD and insist on doing procedures I would not let my worst enemy have done to them!! NO WAY!!!

  8. I’m very excited to start volunteering as a neighbourhood contact with our local emergency preparedness group this spring. We live on a small island with a really strong culture of volunteering and self help so that makes it a lot easier to start with. I’m hoping it will be OK to share some of your excellent information with people here. A lot of new people moved over the last few years so we’re starting with block parties all over the island for neighbours to get to know each other and emergency prep people will be on hand sharing resources. We just need to get through storm season again first! I’ve already helped one neighbour down the road get set up with lights and food and other supplies for power failures and possible extended periods where the roads might be blocked by fallen trees. We’re about to get colder weather and some snow for the first time this winter and we have plans in place to deal with most situations. We’re working on her go bag next and I’ve got her convinced to stockpile some food and useful items.

    1. Hi Alice, oh this is wonderful news to hear! You will be a blessing to the island and your neighborhood. You can use anything you need from my website. I wish more neighborhoods were like yours. May God bless you, my friend! Linda

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