If you prioritize your preparedness, you will be able to cover the most important items first, and then move on to a more rounded supply!
Water Storage – The first aspect of preparedness we will be focusing on is Water Storage. You can have a year’s worth of food but that won’t mean anything without an adequate water supply. Your body can only survive a few short days without water and it is extremely vital to keep it hydrated. All the food storage in the world will do you no good if you have no water to drink! Take into consideration also that many of us are storing freeze-dried and dehydrated items in our food storage supply. These items need to be reconstituted so that adds to your water needs. We recommend having both water on hand and a filtration system to restock your supply as it gets depleted. Please read more about water storage in our section titled ‘Food Preperation and Storage’ under ‘Water Storage’.
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Emergency Kits – 72-hour kits are a part of emergency preparedness that should be highly focused on. While I personally don’t like the idea of ‘bugging out’ in an emergency as it is better to be situated where you need to be before such an occasion arises, there are nevertheless those times when you need to leave your home. The wildfires in Arizona, hurricanes on the East Coast, and tornadoes in the mid-west all show us that staying in our homes may not be possible. As it is estimated that it takes emergency crews about 3 days to fully set up the 72-hour bag is meant to be a bridge for those three days. Your 72-hour kit should be portable, preferably stored in a backpack or other easy to carry bag, and should contain necessities your family would need for those first three days of an emergency. It should contain water, food, sanitation, along with first aid and other important survival items. We’ll go into detail on everything you should have in your emergency kits in the weeks to come!
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Food Storage – After you’ve stored appropriate amounts of water, and have your emergency kits on hand, it is now time for you to work on your food storage! Though many of us imagine using our food storage should a natural disaster occur, there are other emergencies that may require us to use our food storage. With the recent economic uncertainties we’ve experienced, some of us might find ourselves under-employed or even unemployed. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some food storage on hand to supplement or even replace that large “grocery” portion of your monthly budget? Making your family as self sufficient as possible is a great priority! I also challenge you to look at your food storage in a whole new light and from a different perspective than you may be accustomed to. In order to maximize nutrition and reap the greatest value out of your food storage, try out the mantra of “eat what you store, and store what you eat”. Don’t worry, it isn’t as intimidating as you might think.
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