The world is a chaotic and crazy place. Although we’d like to believe that we will always have access to clean water, fresh food, and emergency care, the reality is that natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and political unrest are part of the equation, and thinking that we are immune to such things will likely put us in a situation where we are completely unprepared to care for ourselves and our family members.
The topic of putting together emergency preparedness kits is something that used to be talked about covertly, for those preparing for “the end of the world” or some other imminent disaster. As word has spread about the concept of the emergency preparedness kit, more and more people have gotten on board and started storing and packing things that they might need in emergency situations. We take for granted the fact that we can zip to the store for light bulbs, candles, water, and other things that become hot commodities once the stuff hits the fan. Knowing what to collect and how to store it become essential knowledge as we live in an increasingly uncertain world where the next disaster is just around the corner.
What should I begin collecting?
There are two types of emergency preparedness that we should begin focusing our efforts on: 1) Emergency kit items that you can use if you are staying in your home, and 2) Emergency kit items that are portable enough to take with you should you have to travel. For the purposes of this article, we will begin by highlighting how do begin collecting items for use in your home, but the topic of mobile emergency kits should also be prioritized as well, in the event that you must travel to find safer living conditions. Learn as much as you can about both types of emergency preparedness so you can anticipate your needs in all types of situations.
Emergency Preparedness Kits: Foods To Stockpile
One of the most important things you must prioritize when building your emergency kit is your food and water supply. Keeping your energy up with proper food and water rations will ensure that you have what it takes to see the situation through. Certain types of food and drink would not be suitable for an emergency; let’s look at those items that will give you the most bang for your buck and provide you with energy for whatever storm you are weathering.
Food items should have long expiration dates so that you can put them away for several months at a time. Check expiration dates every 6-12 months, and rotate your stockpile so that you can use older items while you accumulate new assets. Here are some things you must stock up on in the event of an emergency:
Peanut butter is a great source of energy, and it’s delicious! Chock full of healthy fats and protein, an added benefit of peanut butter is that you do not have to refrigerate it after opening. You may choose to purchase in economy sized jars, or they now sell powdered peanut butter that can be reconstituted with water; this type of PB has an astonishing shelf life, and it can literally travel with you wherever you go.
Crackers are, for the most part, a non-peris