How Long Should I Prepare For?
By Nicole from Ready Store
The other day, a close friend started talking about how it can be a little overwhelming to plan out how much food and water storage she needs for her family. She did make a valid point – you really have no idea what type of crisis (job loss, earthquake, tornado, etc.) will take place and what that equates to with food and water. We have great news, you can start taking steps today towards having peace of mind.
FEMA recommends that each family member in the home should prepare to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours when a disaster strikes. 1 Depending on the severity, police and fire departments may not be able to reach you immediately. Keep a 72 hour kit in an easily accessible area. This could mean at your work, school or in the car.
First Prepare For Your Family’s Short Term Needs
If you’re ready to take the next step towards becoming more self-sufficient but are not sure how long to prepare for; start with 2 – 4 weeks-worth of food and water storage. You can always add on to what you have later on. Most emergency preppers recommend writing down a list of non-perishable foods that fit their family’s diet. It is important to choose foods that are high in proteins and carbs, as this will give you the energy to complete tasks and do other things that require energy. Stay between 2,000 – 2,400 calories per day and try to avoid alcohol and foods that are high in sodium – this will dehydrate your body faster.
Another important aspect of building up food storage is making sure you have enough water for drinking, washing and cooking. We recommend at least 1 gallon of water per family member. The calculator above will help you figure out how much water you’ll need for 1 – 12 months based on how many people are in the home.
How Much Food Storage Do I Need After a Natural Disaster?
Whether it be a tornado, hurricane or earthquake, they will literally toss and shake your life in every way. The last thing you need to worry about is what you’re going to eat. Because it takes 2 – 3 months to get used to a lifestyle change, we recommend having at least 3 months of food and water storage per family member. There are a variety of foods like MRE’s and other dehydrated meals that will give you complete nutrition. They’ll also require little prepping. Due to how intense some natural disasters may be, try and stay away from storing food in glass jars.
Starting Your Long Term Food Storage Goals
Once you get in the habit of adding to your food storage every few months, it’ll be easy to work your way up to preparing for 6 – 12 months. The ReadyQ is perfect for those who want to take the stress out of remembering to purchase food storage. This free tool will automatically ship any food you put in to the queue that matches your weekly, monthly or yearly budget.
Learning how to become more self-sufficient can be very exciting. Not only will you have enough food to last you through difficult times, it will also give you a reason to communicate how being prepared during an emergency is smart. Take your first step today and start planning how long you need to prepare for.