There is no time like the present to start storing up sustenance for that “just in case” scenario. In these uncertain times, when civil unrest can explode at the drop of an offensive phrase and natural disasters can strike at any moment, not to mention the threats of terrorism and possibility of war, it is a good time to ask yourself some questions. Are you prepared to withstand days, weeks, or even months without a source of food or water? Do you understand what could happen if, let’s say, a power grid is destroyed? Do you know how long a human being can survive without oxygen, food, or water? Well, read on and you will learn the answers to those questions, as well as some basic information about how to prepare a storehouse that the moths cannot eat away!
How Long Can A Human Survive Without Basics
First and foremost, let’s answer the question, “How long can a human being survive without air, food, or water?” An excellent way to remember the answer to this question is to memorize the following: “3/3/3 rule”. It’s explanation is that a human being can survive without:
- Air for up to three minutes,
- Water for up to three days, and
- Food for up to three weeks.
This is just a simple formula to keep in mind as you prepare your storehouse, with an obvious emphasis on food and water, although, in the case of war, one should learn the basics on how to create a clean air environment. However, that is for another article.
Water, The Most Important Natural Resource
So, now we know a human being can only survive three days without water, and water is the most important natural resource to have in an emergency situation. Studying and buying a top notch water filtration system is priority one in any survival scenario. In the footnotes to the guide, there is valuable information on where to do just that. Now, it is time we move on to the practical guide to food preparations and storage– a storehouse moths can’t eat away.
Space to Store Food
To begin with, you will need the space to store food. One does not need to live in a fortress or farm to be able to store food. You can make a storage facility out of a closet, garage, or basement. But in order to make food storage possible and easily accessible, one should sit down and go over a food storage plan.
The Best Place in Your Home
First, find the best place in your home. The space needs to be cool and dark for optimum stored food shelf life. If you live in a small apartment, your only choice may be closets, in which case a shelving unit would make the most of a small space. Living in an average, 1200-2400 square foot house increases your choices. If possible, use an entire room, preferably in a basement or ground floor.
Plans For Using This Space
Draw up plans according to the space you have and configure a shelving pattern that will maximize your storage capability, utilizing every nook and cranny of space. Set up shelves from floor to ceiling, making sure they are sturdy to hold food products. One can find shelving units at second hand stores at a very reasonable price.
Storing Your Food
Next, it’s time to start storing food away! Begin by simply buying extra canned food items every time you go grocery shopping. You will be surprised how quickly your supply shelves will fill up when you simply buy 10-20 cans each trip to the store. Try to have a section in your storehouse just for canned food.
Bags and Containers
Buy gallon-size freezer Ziploc bags and plastic storage containers at every grocery store visit as well. These will serve as handy ways to store food items and keep them fresh. Now, in order to have at least three month’s worth of food stored up, buy as much in bulk as possible. Rice, oats, barley, flour, and sugar can all be stored for long periods of time in plastic bins, after sealing them in freezer Ziploc bags. Label each bin.
Ordering Items for Long Shelf Life
Consider ordering freeze-dried food from a manufacturer or purchasing a food drier and vacuum sealer for maximum food storage freshness. These products extend the shelf life of food from months to years.
Buy Inexpensive Sealed or Packaged Foods
Buy sealed or packaged foods, such as granola bars, protein bars, and freeze-dried meals that only need hot water to prepare. These, you can get at any grocery store and are fairly inexpensive. The point is to build slowly and steadily, so the cost doesn’t break your budget, but by month three or four you will have the start of a well-stocked storehouse.
Building a Three-Month Storehouse
So, in order to reach a three-month storehouse supply, one must calculate according to how many people there are per household that will need three meals a day.
Doing the Math
Do the math and come up with a list of what items to buy each week or month, depending on how often you shop. See the following example:
Family Size: 4
Meals per day: 3 Each
Daily Meal Total: 12
30 Day Meal Total: 360
3 Month Total: 1080
Using the guide, a three month plan with three meals per day for four people will entail having supplies enough for 1080 meals. Keep in mind, you can make use of freeze-dried, bulk, packaged, and canned food items.
Make a Menu of One Month’s Worth of Meals
Make a menu up for one month’s worth of meals and plan your shopping accordingly. If you have 50 pounds (or 400 cups) of rice stored, calculate how much you will use per meal. If four servings equals two cups of rice, then you know how much rice you have on hand, et cetera, and can plan meals accordingly. Do the same kind of calculations with all food items. Then, you will have an accurate inventory of your storehouse and know exactly how much you will need to feed your family for the allotted time.
How to Make Your Storehouse the Best Possible
In order to make your storehouse the best it can possible be:
- Try to rotate canned goods as you buy them, keeping the older products in front to be used first.
- Make sure to seal bulk items completely first in Ziploc freezer storage bags and then sealed plastic containers.
- Keep a weekly inventory as you buy, in order to have enough food for at least a three-month period, if possible.
- Keep your storehouse clean, well-organized, and easily accessible, labeling all storage containers.
Nobody ever wants to have to use their storehouse because in doing so, it means something catastrophic has occurred. However, it is nice to have the peace of mind that a well-supplied storehouse provides, just in case the disaster strikes.
Footnotes: Water Filtration
SurvivalBlog Writing Contest
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