Thursday, April 9, 2015

Emergency Preparedness: Week 1 - Food

I'm so excited about this series - "When Life Gives You Lemons - Emergency Preparedness".
Let's face it, nearly everyone will deal with a disaster at some point in their life.
It may be a natural disaster or a man made disaster...
Your main income for your home may be cut off.
There are so many different scenarios that could happen to you to put a strain on your finances, your home, work, etc.
Better safe than sorry!
This week's topic, "Food", really resonates being smart in your stockpiling, because everyone eats.  Regardless of whether a storm blows in or not, you will still eat.
Even if your husband gets a grand promotion next month, and you have more money than you know what to do with - you will still eat.
What do you have to lose by keeping your pantry stocked?
Nothing, unless you don't do it, and an emergency arises.

When organizing your pantry, you want to think long term.
Things that keep a while will keep the cost of stockpiling down, because you won't need to replenish them as often.
Peanut butter
Peanut butter is a great source of energy, and is full of healthy fats and proteins.  This is a great stockpile item, as it will increase energy and stamina in a high stress, physically draining situation. Be sure to purchase jars that don't have to be refrigerated after opening.
Whole-wheat crackers
 Crackers are great, if you're in a pinch and don't have bread (bread is harder to stockpile, as it has such a short shelf life).  The benefit of whole-wheat crackers is the fiber.  They may not keep long, so you will want to find a way to preserve them, like packing them in air tight containers or vacuum-packing them.
Nuts and trail mixes
 These are great - they will provide energy and nutrients for high stress/physical situations.  These will also need to be preserved by vacuum sealing them.
 Individual, multi-grain cereals are great for stockpiling.

Granola bars and power bars
 These are very easy to store, and provide a lot of power/protein (I suggest protein bars), for the space that they take to store.
Dried fruits, such as apricots and raisins
 When you can't acquire fresh fruit, dried fruit is the best that you can do for your family.  Packed with nutrients, fiber, etc., these are a great item to have on hand.  Sealing them appropriately will ensure that they last longer.
Canned tuna, salmon, chicken, or turkey
 While these are not ideal for eating every day, they are amazing for emergency situations.  Just remember to keep a hand held can opener in stock, in case you are without electricity.
Canned vegetables, such as green beans, carrots, and peas
 Like fruit, when you can't get your hands on fresh veggies, canned veggies will do the trick!  Whether they are home canned veggies or store bought canned veggies, your family will be thankful for something nourishing.
Canned soups and chili
 The great thing about canned soups and chili is that it is one meal in a single can.  You can easily feed your family, with very little shelf space used.
Bottled water
Try to stock at least a three-day supply--you need at least one gallon per person per day. You may not drink a gallon a day, but you will love being able to brush your teeth/bathe during an emergency when water may not be readily available.
Drinks, such as Gatorade, PowerAde or Pedialyte
 These are great to have on hand for times when you are cleaning debris, walking, working, etc.  Also, if you have little ones in your home, this is great to ensure that they are keeping their electrolytes up and staying hydrated.
Powdered milk
 I keep at least a few boxes on hand at all times.  When I start to see the expiration date approaching, I will mix it and use it in recipes. 
Sugar, salt, and pepper
 If you are having to survive on canned foods, you will definitely want to make them taste better.
Below I am adding a list of food items you can purchase online to stockpile for an emergency:
- Mountain House Entree Favorites Combo

- Mountain House Cinnamon Fuji Apple Slices

- Mountain House Just-in-case- 72 Hour Meal Kit

- Pantry Replenishment Combo

Those links are to a wonderful sponsor of Stringtown Home, Emergency Essentials, and that list is just a glimpse of what they offer.  They have an array of items that you can purchase to stockpile your pantry, and prepare for anything that may arise.

You can click the link below to shop their entire store.  (*By clicking the links included in this post, Stringtown Home will receive a commission from your purchase.  You will still pay retail price ((some items are actually on sale)), but Stringtown Home will receive a portion of the proceeds.*)

Emergency Essentials/BePrepared

I'll continue the "When Life Gives You lemons - Emergency Preparedness" series next Thursday, and we will be talking about water.  I touched on it briefly today, but I will go into more detail next week on other methods of storing and purifying H2O.

Happy Trails!  Go stock up, y'all!


  1. This topic is one I think about and know I need to get going on.......I wonder how do you store these supplies????

    1. I have a pantry that I use to store most of my long term food supplies. I think that (as long as it is cool and dry), most anywhere that is most convenient for you and easily accessible would work.