Imagine if a storm struck your remote area and left you and your family without food or water for days. Or worse, what if disaster struck your city and contaminated water and food supplies. Being entirely reliant on grocery stores, would modern families survive such a scenario?How would you keep your strength up? Would you make it out?
Your answer should always be, “Yes, I know I will survive. I’m strong, I’m skilled, but most importantly, I’m prepared.”
We can bring you peace of mind in the midst of a raging storm with the 1/4″ steel walls of our above ground safe rooms, but when it comes to taking care of you and your family in the aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster, you’ll need to take responsibility and act on your own skills of self-sufficiency. One of the most aspects of disaster prepping is the ability to be a provider for those you care about, giving them access to clean water supplies and unadulterated food storage.
Prepping Food Storage to Beat Your Expiration Date
Keep your Food Supplies Fresh
Make sure that a 30 day supply of these Store-Bought Goods will be accessible in case of a disaster. Always be sure to keep track of the expiration dates of your food storage. Regularly check the storage supplies in above ground safe rooms, and keep a calendar on hand documenting what days you’ll need to cycle food out.
- Canned food has varied expiration dates. Make sure to build balanced meals that will provide energy and improve health.
- Freeze Dried Food has a 5-7 yr shelf life, and in larger commercial cans, can even last 10-25 yrs.
- MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat) are designed for army soldiers to carry with them. They’re bagged meals that provide plenty of calories and a comforting amount of vitamins and minerals. They last for 3+ yrs, and sometimes can last even longer. The only disadvantage to these is their expense- we don’t all have a National defense budget to draw from to replace supplies every few years.
Lower Cost Options for Prepping Food Storage
Already on a tight budget? Can’t worry about paying for an extra month of food supplies while you’re scraping by now? Don’t worry. We’ve got thrifty tips that will get you prepared without dropping any cash at all. By investing time, energy, and ingenuity in the food storage supply in your above ground safe rooms, you’ll have the tools and the skills to survive and lead others through a major or minor disaster.
- Planting a Garden Grow your own food for now by tilling the earth, and preserve it for later by following one of the methods we list below. To start, read up on harnessing the power of the soil for prepping food storage.
- Canning While it’s quite heavy to carry, canned food can last on the shelf for years. Instead of spending all that money on the recommended 30-day supply of canned food for you and your family, practice survival skills and make your own supplies at no extra cost to your budget. Use jam jars that you’ve saved up from the store. Make sure to do it right! Preservation is only guaranteed in sterilized and vacuum sealed glass jars. Canning in the wrong way and without the proper tools can do more than spoil your food; it can result in fatal poisonous consequences.
- Dehydrating food (Yes, you can do it all on your own!) Dehydrated foods can be made at home, but their shelf life is only 1-2 yrs compared to the 10-15 yr shelf life of commercially dehydrated foods.
- Learn self sufficiency Such skills include:
- Hunting and Dressing
- Growing food
- Building Fires
- Building Shelters
- Smoking and Curing Meat
- Outdoor Cooking
- Camping Skills
- Water Purification Skills and Tools