Why Food Storage Series: Natural Disasters

As stated in the introduction post to our “WHY DO PEOPLE BUILD A FOOD STORAGE?” series, we have found there are 5 main reasons people store food:

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

Today we will be talking about the first reason, Natural Disasters, and encourage you to visit our Facebook Discussion on this topic. We learn so much more from each others real life experiences and opinions, so come on over and join the conversation. (You don’t need to be a member of facebook to read the discussions).

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So here’s our take on the “Natural Disasters” reason to store food. The truth is, this was one of the main reasons we “STARTED” our food storage program. After “growing up” and having kids we started realizing we were in charge of our families now. If some crisis were to happen, we would have had no idea how to deal with it and we were definitely not prepared.

We would ask ourselves- “If an earthquake hit and we had no power or water for days or weeks, would we have the supplies we needed on hand?” The list of potential “Disasters” is LONG! Here’s just a few that we have come up with:

Natural Hazards
Floods
Tornadoes
Hurricanes
Thunderstorms and Lightning
Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
Extreme Heat
Earthquakes
Volcanoes
Landslides and Debris Flow (Mudslide)
Tsunamis
Fires
Wildfires

Technological Hazards
Hazardous Materials Incidents
Household Chemical Emergencies
Nuclear Power Plants

Terrorism
Explosions
Biological Threats
Chemical Threats
Nuclear Blast
Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD)
Homeland Security Advisory System

WAIT! Don’t get too freaked out. We will be going into more details about all of these situations in future posts (one at a time and with tips on how to deal with them), but for now, we found there is GREAT truth in the following:

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REALLY! We started out SO overwhelmed, and totally unsure of how to go about actually becoming prepared. Through BabySteps and patience we have actually gotten to a point where we feel a little more confident and not so afraid to learn more! For a little motivation take a look at Julie’s and Jodi’s beginnings back in 2008. Don’t let the fear overcome you! Get started today!


  • Paul A. Wilson

     Wow! I started checking out a few about freeze dried food storage until I came across to this one! What a great site! I enjoy seeing websites that understand the value of providing a prime resource for free. Thank you!

  • horsegal

    wake-up call for our area. those on city water experienced several hours of no water service without warning. 

  • nchiker

    We had similar situation here in Apex, NC about a year and a half ago. The EQ Chemical processing facility basically blew up and burned for a couple of days. A noxious cloud of chemical nastiness formed. A good portion of the town was told to evacuate and we couldn’t come back for two or three days. Another firm believer in the 72 hour kit now too!

  • Lkcheat

    there was a propane tank leak this week in my county resuling in a noxious cloud over several towns. people were woken up at 2am and told they have less than 5 minutes to evacuate. the newspaper reported people left their homes without heart medicine, baby formula,when they were already sick with nowhere to go. they were told to evacuate to the local high school. i completely see the need for a bug out bag/72 hr kit now!

    • It always seems like the things people end up using their kits or food storage for are never the “typical” emergencies we would expect. Crazy!

  • Kellenberger60

    You hear about natural disasters all the time on the news. Who knew there would be snow in Atlanta, Georgia!

  • Sarah

    In “natural disasters” you forgot to mention crop loss. There have been cases of blight knocking out tomatoes and potatoes in recent years. It hasn’t been as bad as it was in Ireland back in the 1800’s but it could happen (and a reason that frozen food is still good in an emergency).

  • ca_peach

    Just discovered your blog and I will definitely be bookmarking it as another young mom getting her food storage act together. Wanted to add to your list of natural disasters here — pandemic. If you a required to shelter in place like folks in Mexico needed to recently with the H1N1 Swine Flu outbreak you will want to make sure you are prepared when the stores aren't open.

  • ca_peach

    Just discovered your blog and I will definitely be bookmarking it as another young mom getting her food storage act together. Wanted to add to your list of natural disasters here — pandemic. If you a required to shelter in place like folks in Mexico needed to recently with the H1N1 Swine Flu outbreak you will want to make sure you are prepared when the stores aren’t open.

  • ca_peach

    Just discovered your blog and I will definitely be bookmarking it as another young mom getting her food storage act together. Wanted to add to your list of natural disasters here — pandemic. If you a required to shelter in place like folks in Mexico needed to recently with the H1N1 Swine Flu outbreak you will want to make sure you are prepared when the stores aren't open.

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely! Being adequately prepared to deal with an unexpected natural disaster is a huge reason to have food storage. Rescue and response efforts aren’t always immediate, as we saw with with Hurricane Katrina and food storage and emergency preparedness is the way to be self sufficient, even during dicy times.

    preparednesspro.com

  • preparednesspro

    Absolutely! Being adequately prepared to deal with an unexpected natural disaster is a huge reason to have food storage. Rescue and response efforts aren't always immediate, as we saw with with Hurricane Katrina and food storage and emergency preparedness is the way to be self sufficient, even during dicy times.

    preparednesspro.com

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