Why Food Storage? A 5 Part Series

So here’s a challenge for you – assume you’ve never heard of food storage, and you have stumbled upon our blog. Would you be able to easily find the answer to the following question:

“WHY DO PEOPLE BUILD A FOOD STORAGE?”

After receiving a few emails with that very question, we realized that although we do a great job helping people easily build their food storage,we’ve never really explained “Why Do People Build A Food Storage?” in a clear, concise and “easy to find” manner. HOW EMBARRASSING!

We decided to do a 5 part mini-series on reasons why people build a Food Storage.

The 5 main reasons are:

1. Natural Disasters
2. Economic Crisis
3. Health Benefits
4. Everyday Emergency
5. Religious Reasons

But… before we get into the WHY’s – let’s first answer the WHAT?
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Food Storage is the concept of “storing” food for a number of “what if” situations.  After having an emergency preparedness plan in place including a 72 hour kit, the governing principles in which we have built our Food Storage, and have built our blog are the following:

WATER STORAGE:

Store drinking water for circumstances in which the water supply may be polluted or disrupted.

THREE-MONTH SUPPLY:

Build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet. Gradually increase your supply until it is sufficient for three months. These items should be rotated regularly to avoid spoilage. We consider foods stored in a freezer to count for your 3 month food supply.

LONG TERM FOOD STORAGE:

For longer-term needs, and where permitted, gradually build a supply of food that will last a long time and that you can use to stay alive, such as wheat, white rice, and beans. These items can last 30 years or more when properly packaged and stored in a cool, dry place. A portion of these items may be rotated in your three-month supply.

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  • Daveymorton

    I have been reading your  Comment section and see that the most current is two years old. Is this site currently active????

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi and Julie

      yes, the site is active, this is just an old post on our blog. We post twice a week still. Click on the home button for the latest!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ Mark Easthope

    Jolynn, I think I could help with that…. I know the right people.

  • http://www.facebook.com Mark Easthope

    Jolynn, I think I could help with that…. I know the right people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Food Storage Made Easy

    We recommend the 3 month supply being built off of foods that YOUR family normally eats. You can use our spreadsheet found on the BabyStep 3 page on our website and come up with your own foods that you need to store. Then start buying $5-10 worth of those foods (especially stuff on sale) and keep track of what you bought in the inventory tracker part of the spreadsheet. Hope that helps!

  • http://www.facebook.com Food Storage Made Easy

    We recommend the 3 month supply being built off of foods that YOUR family normally eats. You can use our spreadsheet found on the BabyStep 3 page on our website and come up with your own foods that you need to store. Then start buying $5-10 worth of those foods (especially stuff on sale) and keep track of what you bought in the inventory tracker part of the spreadsheet. Hope that helps!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Jolynn Hardinger McCormick

    I am looking for some kind of plan for 5 to 10 dollars a week to build 3 month food supply-do you know where I could find that?

  • http://www.facebook.com Anonymous

    I am looking for some kind of plan for 5 to 10 dollars a week to build 3 month food supply-do you know where I could find that?

  • http://www.facebook.com Jolynn Hardinger McCormick

    I am looking for some kind of plan for 5 to 10 dollars a week to build 3 month food supply-do you know where I could find that?

  • rosepaul

    Jodi & Julie ,Love your idea to make these articles in.
    I would like to suggest you add to1) water storage, 2) 3-month supply,3) Long term food storage:
    72 hr emergency supply, I know in the drill this month that was a big deal – I think it should be listed.
    Another area that may or maynot be important to your blog is with the new 3 month emphases somewhere I got the idea of 2 week supplies aka 2 weeks of can food that is ready to eat out of can or maybe only with heating would be ready to eat. I think they are saying 2-weeks of water storage and then items to purity water for a long time. Anyway the two weeks ready made food, is a big deal for me since I live where we have an extremely low probability of having a major earthquake, but if it happens, it would make Katrina look like a cake walk. It could effect utilities for most of the eastern US . (If you haven’t guess, I live around the New madrid fault area, where earthquakes can carry destruction much further then other places in the country- In 1812 it ran bells in boston thousand miles away, and will most likely have a most usual 1, 2, 3 punch) With all it could do I feel there is a good change where I live in the country, help may not come for a long time. And members of my family may have wounds, busies, or be too hurt or too busy helping others to cook from the 3 month or long term storage if it survives (I have heard , in past , that usually 50% of food storage does survive). Ready made food maybe very helpful.

    Anyway- Long-storage strategies are very different from 3 month short term strategies. But so are 72 strategies very different from 3-month or long term. And 2 week water (and maybe food) strategies are different then long-term water strategies—- well you get the picture.I think 72hr, two week, 3-month, long term should all be covered.

  • Anonymous

    Jodi & Julie ,Love your idea to make these articles in.
    I would like to suggest you add to1) water storage, 2) 3-month supply,3) Long term food storage:
    72 hr emergency supply, I know in the drill this month that was a big deal – I think it should be listed.
    Another area that may or maynot be important to your blog is with the new 3 month emphases somewhere I got the idea of 2 week supplies aka 2 weeks of can food that is ready to eat out of can or maybe only with heating would be ready to eat. I think they are saying 2-weeks of water storage and then items to purity water for a long time. Anyway the two weeks ready made food, is a big deal for me since I live where we have an extremely low probability of having a major earthquake, but if it happens, it would make Katrina look like a cake walk. It could effect utilities for most of the eastern US . (If you haven’t guess, I live around the New madrid fault area, where earthquakes can carry destruction much further then other places in the country- In 1812 it ran bells in boston thousand miles away, and will most likely have a most usual 1, 2, 3 punch) With all it could do I feel there is a good change where I live in the country, help may not come for a long time. And members of my family may have wounds, busies, or be too hurt or too busy helping others to cook from the 3 month or long term storage if it survives (I have heard , in past , that usually 50% of food storage does survive). Ready made food maybe very helpful.

    Anyway- Long-storage strategies are very different from 3 month short term strategies. But so are 72 strategies very different from 3-month or long term. And 2 week water (and maybe food) strategies are different then long-term water strategies—- well you get the picture.I think 72hr, two week, 3-month, long term should all be covered.

  • rosepaul

    Jodi & Julie ,Love your idea to make these articles in.
    I would like to suggest you add to1) water storage, 2) 3-month supply,3) Long term food storage:
    72 hr emergency supply, I know in the drill this month that was a big deal – I think it should be listed.
    Another area that may or maynot be important to your blog is with the new 3 month emphases somewhere I got the idea of 2 week supplies aka 2 weeks of can food that is ready to eat out of can or maybe only with heating would be ready to eat. I think they are saying 2-weeks of water storage and then items to purity water for a long time. Anyway the two weeks ready made food, is a big deal for me since I live where we have an extremely low probability of having a major earthquake, but if it happens, it would make Katrina look like a cake walk. It could effect utilities for most of the eastern US . (If you haven’t guess, I live around the New madrid fault area, where earthquakes can carry destruction much further then other places in the country- In 1812 it ran bells in boston thousand miles away, and will most likely have a most usual 1, 2, 3 punch) With all it could do I feel there is a good change where I live in the country, help may not come for a long time. And members of my family may have wounds, busies, or be too hurt or too busy helping others to cook from the 3 month or long term storage if it survives (I have heard , in past , that usually 50% of food storage does survive). Ready made food maybe very helpful.

    Anyway- Long-storage strategies are very different from 3 month short term strategies. But so are 72 strategies very different from 3-month or long term. And 2 week water (and maybe food) strategies are different then long-term water strategies—- well you get the picture.I think 72hr, two week, 3-month, long term should all be covered.

  • http://www.hillyut.blogspot.com/ Hilary

    For the longest time I only had the regular food, but I’m slowly realizing why long term stuff is important too. Now it’s just figuring how to store that stuff too.

  • http://www.hillyut.blogspot.com/ Hilary

    For the longest time I only had the regular food, but I'm slowly realizing why long term stuff is important too. Now it's just figuring how to store that stuff too.

  • http://www.leavingexcess.com/ Michelle

    You know, when I started my food storage journey about a year ago, I was constantly looking for the answer to this question. In reading the response, I realized I have learned the answer along the way. Thanks for showing me how far I have come, and GREAT idea for this series!

  • http://www.leavingexcess.com/ Michelle

    You know, when I started my food storage journey about a year ago, I was constantly looking for the answer to this question. In reading the response, I realized I have learned the answer along the way. Thanks for showing me how far I have come, and GREAT idea for this series!