Truth be told, most of the people are not prepared for emergencies. People only head to grocery stores shelves for food after storm warnings on TV or radio. Most of the time, they find that most of the food is gone even before they had the chance to reach the shelves. Even if they manage to pick up a few days worth of food, they are unable to do anything when power and water are cut off.
It is important to realize that emergency survival food is not just for preppers. Every family or individual should have survival food as part of the disaster survival kit. A lot of content on foods that are good to have on hand in the case of an emergency is available online thanks to the growing awareness about disaster preparedness.
There are many different types of foods that are good to have on hand for emergencies and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Experts recommend choosing a mixture of these foods to suit personal lifestyle of individuals.
Foods In Grocery Store
Grains, bottled water, boxed foods and canned foods fit into this category. These are easily available and one can buy a lot of these products from the grocery stores easily. These are best for short-term emergencies and one can easily get emergency food for a month in a few hours. The shelf life of these foods is not high and it is important to rotate these foods to ensure that they do not expire.
The biggest disadvantage of these foods is that they take a lot of storage space. Also, it is not possible to build up a few months of emergency food supply with just foods from grocery store.
Meals Ready to Eat
These are ready to eat meals that were made popular by military. The biggest advantage of these meals is that they have a shelf life of up to 7 years when stored in a cool and dry place. These do not take much time to prepare and it is very easy to order these meals online.
The biggest disadvantage of these meals is that these are very expensive and take a lot of space if you wants to build up a reserve for a few months. They also taste like canned food.
Dehydrated and Freeze-Dried Food
The biggest advantage of these meals is that these can last up to 30 years. They are very easy to prepare and one just needs to add a small amount of water to rehydrate the food. Their nutritional value is very good and they taste much better than other foods.
These do not take too much storage space and one can easily store emergency food for up to a year in a small space. In fact, it is not difficult to fit survival food for six weeks under a bed. These foods are easily available in many online stores and cost similar to a homemade meal.
One can never have too much food stored away. Experts recommend having at least three months of food supply as part of disaster survival kit. In addition to buying emergency survival food from the stores, you can also prepare canned food at home.