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How much food should I store?

This is perhaps one of the most common questions for those new to storing food and water and for good reason. Obviously this will depend on the number of individuals covered by your food insurance policy as well as how long you want to store up food for.

FoodWaterStorage.com believes it’s more effective to think of how many calories per day, per individual you’ll need to store rather than some arbitrary amount of x hundreds of pounds per person.

It’s important to understand that that calorie intake needs can vary widely based off gender, age, and level of physical exertion.Check out this calculator the Mayo Clinic created to get an estimate of how many calories you or members of your family will need per day, to maintain weight.

Once you have a general idea of how many calories each individual you’ll be storing food for needs, simply decide on a length of time you’ll want to provide food for. This may be one of the most intimidating steps of starting or expanding a food storage plan because it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the details.

Start with an easy to accomplish, clearly defined goal such as 1 week of food for yourself and/or immediate family members. Once you reach the 1 week goal, shoot for 1 month, then 3 months, and then on to 6 months, etc.

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