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Making Food Storage A Priority During Unstable Economic Times

April 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 189

Past incidents involving disasters and emergencies have shown the need for people to be prepared for disruptions in regular community activities. A disaster may interrupt normal commercial and governmental activity for varying periods of time. As a result, emergency preparedness could be the difference between life and death in the worst cases.

Besides natural disasters, the threat of man-made tragedies has been heightened. Obvious incidents like terrorist attacks are of greater concern today more than ever. Even more troubling is the potential for economic collapse on a global scale. A systemic collapse of the world's economy could have implications that last for weeks or months and disrupt the flow of food from producers to market.

As a result of the risks and impacts of an economic emergency, food storage must be considered as part of any emergency preparedness plan. In this context, food storage goes beyond having two to three days worth of food to tide a household through until government or other outside assistance can help to restore order to the community life. An economic collapse would have ramifications would likely mean that no assistance will be coming, as no one will be unaffected by such a complete breakdown.

The importance of food storage compared to other basic needs cannot be overstated. In an economic emergency, shelter should not be an immediate problem. While provision of utilities might be affected, the basic protection of a sound shelter building should remain intact for a considerable length of time. Individuals should also be able to make do even over time with a normal supply of clothing.

Food is unique in that it both runs the risk of spoilage and it gets consumed as its use. People are also used to being able to simply run to the nearby grocery store or market to pick up fresh foods as they are needed. As a result, few people consider that many activities come together to provide a supply of food from producer to market, and an economic collapse would disrupt many of those activities. This interdependence means that the food system is vulnerable to disruption.

Individuals can prepare themselves for long-term emergencies by building a supply of food that will store safely within their home. Ideally, foods that have a shelf life of months and years are best suited for this purpose, as well as foods that are not dependent on refrigerated storage (and thus dependent on electricity for power). By creating and maintaining a supply of food that can feed a household for months, they are truly prepared for both natural and man-made disasters that could devastate others.

The author is a regular contributor for many websites in a number of different industries including the leader in Survival Food Kits.

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