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Food Stores: The First Line of Survival

Natural calamities like hurricanes, earthquakes, and snowstorms are but a few of the major disasters that can most certainly cut anyone's access to
essential necessities, particularly food. In the most trying times during and after an onslaught of natural or man-made calamities, the most important
thing to have may not be your new pair of jeans or your plasma television set; but rather your stash of food at home. Food, along with water and first
aid materials, is a fundamental prerequisite for any chance of survival during emergencies.

By taking the necessary steps to store food before any disaster strikes your area, you and your family will dramatically increase your odds of making it
through. Even if you are living in a modern city where most people probably think that strong winds and tremors, among other things, can hardly affect
your way of life, storing an emergency food supply may still be a good thing to consider. One can never tell what will happen when disasters strike, so
there can be no room for complacency even in rare places where food supply
may not likely be disrupted by a calamity.
The basic considerations in storing food in preparation for emergencies include the nutritive contents and the longevity of the type of food. It is
always desirable to store food that will last for an extended period of time without causing food poisoning. The most common food supply that is
convenient for emergencies come in the form of canned goods, vacuum packed goodies and handy dry mixes.

Nevertheless, perishable food stored in your refrigerator is a vital addition to your emergency food supply. They may have shorter shelf life, but steps
should be taken to extend their usefulness and should never be squandered carelessly. Fresh leafy vegetables, fruits, meat and poultry can last for a few
weeks even in the absence of a working refrigerator in case electricity has been cut off.

As for meat, fish and poultry, if these are frozen hard, they may last for a week or two if they are kept frozen for as long as possible. At the first sign
of electrical blackout in your area, you must put newspaper and other materials in your fridge as additional insulation to prevent ice crystals
surrounding your frozen food from melting quickly; thereby, lengthening the frozen state and the life of your meat, fish, and poultry. If all these steps
fail, the next best option is to cook and consume your frozen food immediately.

Fresh fruits and vegetables can last for days as long as flies and other parasites are kept at bay. Keep these foods covered and dry. If there is still ample time to prepare before a calamity strikes, pickling fruits and vegetables may be a good idea; pickled or dried fruits and vegetables will provide you with all the nutritional goodness of vegetables and fruits even during emergencies.

As you start to make your food cache in preparation for emergencies, you should also take into consideration the tastes and food preferences of each
member of your family. As much as possible, your emergency food supply should consist of food that is familiar to you and your loved ones. Your
emergency food stash does not have to be bland and displeasing, and worse, unwholesome.

A good list of food to store for emergencies includes dried fruits, meat and fish. Canned meals, soup mixes, cereals, and noodles can provide
substantial sources of energy. Do not forget high-energy chocolate bars, candies, crackers and chips to keep the kids happy. And while you are
building your food store, include instant coffee, juices, milk (you can purchase milk in boxes that needs no refrigeration until open), sugar and even tea; your body will need liquids as much as solid nutrients so do not forget potable water and food for your pets too.

As much as possible you should try to store food rich in energy; like food laden with carbohydrates and proteins. During emergencies, your muscles
will need all the fuel they can get to function properly and efficiently. Also, try to include comfort foods in your food store; this will be good for children
and adults as well. In the end, food will not only benefit your body but your determination to survive as well; as food will help decrease stress and raise
the hope of survival for you and your family.

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