I started a whole post with photos of our storage room to go over what we store and how we do it. We did a complete re-organization of the room and it feels so nice in there!
However, we were recently blessed with some extra money and are planning a big shop this weekend. So, now I’d like to wait and show you our food storage room when it is fuller. Our canned goods do get depleted during the winter months and now that it’s spring, it’s time to restock. I am very excited to be able to do it in one shop and will post photos and comments as soon as I am able to next week.
In the meantime, I just want to remind you that after you have your three month food supply stocked in your storage area, remember to rotate out and replenish your food regularly. Don’t let your inventory get low or old, as it won’t do you any good if you need it later for some reason. We let that happen this winterand it is not advisable.
What are your reasons for wanting to store this food away? Are they like mine, or no?
Some of us live in tornado country, some in areas frequented by hurricanes, some near fault lines. Some of us are preparing in case of job loss or layoff. There are endless reasons to “be prepared.”
The big thing I prepare for is earthquake. Where I live in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve been due for an earthquake for some time. The Cascadian plate that runs along our coast, underwater, normally shifts every 250-350 years. We are on year 311, with no earthquake. An earthquake of great magnitude will undoubtedly cause tsunamis similar to what Japan experienced last month. We’re talking 100 foot waves, here.
We are not too close to the coast, but we are close enough that there is that possibility that we could lose power or other services for some time or sustain structural damage to our home.
We are also right in the path of evacuation and that many people evacuating will likely cause folks to panic and empty the stores. The stores only keep about 2-3 days worth of stock on hand at a time, because people just don’t do their grocery shopping all on the same day. Can you imagine thousands of people running to the store to buy water and batteries, diapers and formula? They’ll be cleaned out quickly of the most important items. This is why we prepare. We will not have to run to the store if something like this happens because we are already prepared (or we are working on it!).
So, before my next post in this series, I would like to challenge you to gather the following items to have prepared for your family:
- Flashlights with batteries.
- Light sticks or battery operated lantern.
- Whistle, for signaling for help.
- Hand crank or battery operated radio with weather station settings.
- Ready to eat food, like Cliff Bars, fruit leathers, individual applesauces and fruit cups, etc. Whatever your family likes to eat that does not require any preparation. Don’t forget the plastic spoons! (For at least one day, with a goal of three days.)
- Bottled water, enough for your family for at least a day, one gallon per person per day. (Your goal would be three days, though. Baby steps!)
- Keep your cell phone charged.
- And if you have children, some things to keep them busy like: playing cards, games, coloring books and crayons, etc.
Put it all in a bag or box in the front hall closet together and make sure your family members know where it is located. Also, if you frequently are separated during the day for work and school, have a plan of action if something happens during the day. Arrange a place to meet or a relative outside the area to contact to let them know you are safe and your location so you can find each other.
I look forward to sharing our food storage room with you next week. Until then, happy prepping!