If you were to tell me that you simply did not have enough time to build and stock an emergency food storage pantry, closet or storage room for your family, I would have no problem believing you. The world has never been more fast-paced and busy than it is currently. Between your job, your kids, your spouse, your friends, your church or other social obligations, and traveling back and forth while handling all these necessary relationships, time is precious. At first glance it seems amazing that you have any spare time at all.
But what is really important in your life? Are your priorities right? Take a long and thoughtful look at your spouse, your kids, your other family members and your close friends. Aren’t they more important than the 25 to 35 hours per week that you spend watching TV? Trim back just a couple of hours every week watching mind-numbing and soul-sucking television, and use that time to stock emergency food storage for times of crisis instead. You just may find that keeping up with the Kardashians or the latest Walking Dead episode was really not that important or rewarding after all. (Although The Walking Dead does cover some practical survival scenarios from time to time.)
How Easy Is It?
It really is that simple to build an effective and long-lasting emergency food storage pantry in your home or apartment. And don’t wait until tomorrow, start today. Life is busy, you are busy, we are busy, we get that. But a natural or man-made disaster doesn’t usually check in with you first to see if you are prepared. In the first six months of 2013 alone, more than 8.25 million human beings across the globe were seriously affected by drought, earthquakes, floods, cyclones, typhoons and other major natural events. That is in just one half of one recent year. And considering that creating an emergency food storage list, building emergency food storage kits and stocking them is so ridiculously easy and inexpensive, you have absolutely no excuse for meeting an emergency or disaster without sufficient food and water supplies.
Look, you do not have to purchase military grade emergency food storage containers and prepare for the end of the world, though that’s never a bad idea. But you already shop for groceries a couple of times a month at least and inexpensive canned goods last for years in most situations, so just add some extra to each grocery shopping trip. And if you tell me you cannot afford to stock up on ninety days, six months or a year’s worth of food, I say BS. Between 30% and 40% of all food purchased in America goes uneaten, and since it takes roughly $217.50 to feed the typical family of four in the US for one week, if that family just cut back on half of its food waste, they could easily re-task anywhere from $32 to $43 worth of their weekly food purchases to fill emergency food storage containers. And by the way, common 5 gallon plastic buckets with rubber gaskets and tight-fitting lids, #10 cans (purchase plastic lids to cover the can after it is opened) and Mylar bags are inexpensive and excellent emergency food storage containers.
How Much Will I Need?
We mention on our web page where we cover the top 10 tips you need to know when you build your own emergency food supply and how to calculate exactly how many food items and calories you will need for your particular emergency preparedness situation. Just always remember to overestimate, turn off the TV, and prepare an emergency food storage list now. Use the emergency food supply calculation we provide to figure out just how much food you are going to need for whatever period of time you want to prepare for.
Take a look at the quantities this list creates, and figure out just how many and what type of emergency food storage containers you are going to need. Also, make sure to create smaller emergency food storage kits for each individual member of your family that they can carry in a knapsack, backpack or bug-out bag if you end up in a “Get out Of Dodge” (G.O.O.D.) situation. We recommend getting started purchasing your canned goods and other necessary emergency food storage items before you purchase emergency food storage containers, because this gets you started hoarding food immediately.
What Items Should I Stock Up?
If you need help wondering just what you should put in your do-it-yourself emergency food storage kits, we cover the Top 10 survival food must-haves for any zombie apocalypse, end of the world natural or man-made disaster or biblical prophecy scenario right here on our website. These are all common, everyday items you can purchase from your favorite grocery store or farmers market today, leaving absolutely no excuse for not creating and filling an emergency food storage list immediately.
Look, we understand that you are crazy busy. Your dog is probably barking right now, the kids are fighting, the TV is blaring and your spouse is complaining about something. But do not let the busy, hectic rat-race world distract you from the important issues that are right in front of your eyes. In The Shawshank Redemption (great inspirational movie, by the way), career jailbird Brooks Hatlen is released after decades on the inside. He points out that while he was away, “The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.” Anyone can make excuses about being too busy, but if you follow the simple and common sense advice detailed above about building an emergency food storage supply, you won’t have to.