5 Easy Tips For Building Your Emergency Food Supply
We all know the first step in a new direction is the most difficult. It can be scary walking into unfamiliar territory and trying something for the first time. It takes courage and a little discipline, but once that first step has been taken, no matter how small, something in us breaks—in the best way—and we suddenly feel capable and brave and accomplished.
Believe it or not, those initial feelings of fear and worry about doing it wrong, are the sentiments we hear about most when people realize they need to build an emergency food supply. Maybe starting to build your emergency food supply makes it a little too real that something bad could happen around or to your family. And facing that is scary.
But trust us—there is a right and EASY way to gather and build a food supply that could quite possibly save your family from disaster. And we’ve got the simple tips for building an effective two-week food supply (and beyond!) that can decrease your fears and empower you to provide the best emergency food insurance for your family.
Now, all we have to do is take that first step...
5 Easy Tips For Building Your Emergency Food Supply:-
Step 1: Make A Plan
The first thing you really have to do to get the ball rolling is sit down and make a legitimate plan. You can start by writing down a list of staple foods and dishes your family lives on that you’ll want to make sure are part of your food supply if possible. Comfort and a sense of sameness go a long way during an emergency so don’t be afraid to add things like peanut butter and honey or even a fam-favorite candy to the list.
The next step in creating your emergency food supply plan is to write down a possible meal plan spanning at least 14 days. Factors that should be included in the plan are : how much food each family member will need, special dietary needs or restrictions, the water necessary to rehydrate food as well as for drinking, recipe notes, and even food for pets.
Step 2: Create Your Budget
Just like you manage your weekly or monthly grocery budget, you need to decide how much of your income can regularly be put toward your food storage. Keep in mind that starting small is a good way to go for most people—this doesn’t have to mean sacrificing a massive part of your salary upfront (or ever, if you build your emergency food supply the smart way!).
One option is making sure there is enough money in your food storage budget to add one essential item each time you go to the grocery store. It could be a flat of black beans or a gallon of water—that’s up to you based on your family’s needs.
Another option is to invest in inexpensive ready-made emergency meal buckets upfront so you know the basics are covered for you as you continue to add to your emergency food supply. Example:
Step 3: Start with baby steps
Once you’ve got the plan and the budget established, it’s time to pull the trigger on some actual food storage purchases. The key here is to start small. Little by little, week by week, you’re going to put one foot in front of the other as you work toward the goal of creating the best emergency food supply for your family. Get some rice this week. Plan on some just-add-water pancake mix tomorrow.
Step 4: Rotation of Emergency Food Storage
Keep in mind, you should not skip this step! This is one of the smartest things you can do in building your food supply as it ensures every ounce of your budget is used wisely and nothing goes to waste while you’re waiting for an emergency to strike.
This helps in tracking the best by dates and when bulk packages were opened. It means wisely supplementing your standard grocery runs by bringing in that big jar of peanut butter if it’s going to expire next month and replacing it with a new jar, pushed to the back of the line.
Step 5: Continue Building Your Emergency Food Supply
This step speaks for itself mostly, but we do have a few things of note to mention.
The best emergency food storage is continually and specifically curated for your family’s needs. So as you add to your supply, you’ll also want to keep track of any food allergies or sensitivities that have developed in your family since you started building your emergency food supply. This could mean swapping certain food items out by rotating them into your pantry (so long as they won’t put anyone in danger) or even trading with another family who could benefit from something that no longer works for you.
Building an ample supply of emergency food is critical for every family. But now that you know where to start, we’re confident you’re going to be way ahead of the pack, come what may.
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