Stockpiling food is essential to survival. Even if things do not totally collapse, you do not want to be in the middle of the scramble for food supplies when things start getting scarce or when the food manufacturing supply chain begins to crumble. Even minor emergencies, like a winter storm or a virus outbreak, can provide examples for how easy it is for common items to completely vanish off the supermarket shelves. That’s when mass panic begins to pervade the communities and things fall into chaos.
Before you go out to stockpile food and emergency rations, there are two things you need to do:
• Determine your family’s caloric needs
• Figure out what kind of food to store
Take into consideration the ages of your family members, their dietary requirements, and any special conditions that you might need to plan ahead for, such as allergies or food sensitivities.
Next, consider the major food groups when you stockpile. You want high-quality items with wholesome, nutritious ingredients. Prioritize getting whole grains, clean protein, essential fats, minerals and vitamins before purchasing foods with empty calories or a lot of processing. All food should be tightly packaged and sealed. Opt for foods with a long shelf life but avoid anything with artificial sweeteners, high salt content, and chemical preservatives.
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