The importance of emergency preparedness and food storage

We’re living in the age of globalisation, where communication is instant and transportation connects us to those on the other side of the world. We’re faced with several possibilities and opportunities to work towards a shared goal. However, unity comes with its own set of risks. Most noteworthy is the fact we’re living through a current Covid-19 pandemic that’s changed the way we work and live; and we’re doing it under the ever-present threat of climate collapse and civil unrest.

How we respond to these threats will define our future. In the meantime, all we can do is prepare ourselves for the worst whilst hoping for the best.

Why is emergency food important?

For years, scientists have warned us of the consequences should we fail to combat climate change. However, the threat of a pandemic or environmental collapse isn’t the only reason to keep emergency food packs to hand. We live in a world where disaster can strike at any moment and leave us cut off from our usual food sources.

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to stay prepared in the event of disasters such as:

• Pandemics
• Flooding
• Hurricanes
• Locust infestations
• Environmental collapse
• A fuel crisis

Taking all these into account, stockpiling food is an essential tool of survival. Keeping emergency supplies in the appropriate food storage containers will ensure your peace of mind and improve your chances of survival in an emergency. Reducing stress and staying calm when you need to make life or death decisions is imperative.

It also makes financial sense to store emergency food rations. A stocked pantry will save you money during a panic-buying flurry, where increased demand for certain items might make them more expensive. As a result, the money you save can go towards other essential items.

Food storage emergency preparedness

There are several steps worth taking before you make a start on creating your emergency food supply.

Assess the geography of your home and neighbourhood

What risks are most likely where you live? Do you live in a high-flood area? Are you prone to windy weather? Are you somewhere remote and far from supplies, or do you live in a city with a high chance of panic-buying in the event of an emergency? Once this is established, work out the best place to store your emergency food rations. For example, if you live in a flood-prone area, keeping your food high up (but within reach) is advised.

Assess the needs of your loved ones

Do you live with elderly parents that require certain medications? Or do you have young children withspecial food requirements? What allergies are present in the household? Ask yourself these questions to work out what emergency food packs you need to buy to cater for everyone’s needs. Don’t forget to think about comfort food, either. In times of stress, having your favourite foods is a reassuring touch.

Assess what you already have

Take a closer look at your weekly shop and think about what items you can put away. Keep an inventory so you don’t over-stock, and only purchase what you really need. Get into the habit of checking your food’s sell-by dates to see how long an item can be stored for. Consider buying long life emergency food bars so you always have quick-consumption, high energy sustenance to hand.

Check your emergency food storage containers

How you store food is just as important as what food you store. Be mindful of what food containers you use and those susceptible to pests or damage. The last thing you want in the event of an emergency is unintentional contamination. Airtight containers and canned goods are great options for secure storage, while emergency foods need storing in cool, dry places for greater longevity.

Benefits of emergency food packs

The main benefit that comes with storing emergency food packs is, unsurprisingly, survival.

Other benefits include:

• Peace of mind
• Easy access to sustenance
• Greater health and welfare
• No need to panic buy
• A trade option for other supplies
• Reduced stress
• Rational thinking in times of trouble
• No need to cook (unlike some tinned goods)

Emergency food storage list

Thankfully, there are several long-lasting items available to purchase from most supermarkets. Consider stockpiling these items for greater peace of mind during a crisis, and make sure you purchase the right food storage containers.

Survive mode bars, which are nutritionally dense and last up to 20 years
• Soft grains such as quinoa, rye and barley, which can last up to 8 years
• Hard grains such as wheat, millet and buckwheat, which can last up to 12 years in an oxygen-absorbing container
• Rolled oats, which last up to 2 years
• White rice, which can last up to 20 years if stored correctly
• Unground flour, which lasts up to 25 years in a dry and airtight container
• Dry pasta, which can last up to 30 years in a dry and airtight container
• Dried beans, which can last up to 5 years in an oxygen absorbing container
• Canned beans, which can last up to 6 years if kept in a dry cupboard
• Dried lentils and legumes
• Dehydrated fruit, which can last up to 30 years
• Canned meat, such as Spam, which can last up to 5 years
• Pemmican, which is a survival superfood that lasts up to 50 years if stored correctly
• Powdered eggs, which can last up to 15 years if stored correctly
• Sugar, which can be stored indefinitely if it’s kept sealed and protected from ants
• Vinegar, which will last forever
• Salt, stock, and dried herbs
• Powdered milk, which can last up to 25 years if stored correctly
• Canned goods, which can last up to 6 years when stored correctly

Along with these items, we recommend growing your own emergency food where possible. Not only will crops cultivated yourself offer another layer of nutrient security, but if things get dire, you might be able to sell them or trade for other supplies. Just be aware of the weather and potential for environment degradation before you invest too much time tending to your vegetable patch.

Emergency food kits

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Survive Mode developed their domestic high energy bars to meet the increased demand for long-lasting food. Their bars are ready to eat, nutrient dense, and have a 20-year shelf-life. This makes them an ideal addition to your emergency food storage supply. What’s more, they come in a range of tasty flavours such as peanut and chocolate, while their multi-vitamin bars are vegetarian and vegan friendly. It’s a win-win!