Why Store Food
Up until a few years ago, the thought of long term food storage for emergency preparedness was ridiculed and thought of as impractical, unnecessary,and especially for urban dwellers – downright strange.
That was then, and here you are today… Whether you simply stumbled across our site by accident, or you’re curious about having an emergency food supply that is affordable and practical regardless of where you’re at in life – you’ve come to the right place! The sole focus of this site is to teach you the most cost effective and safe way of storing food and water as a food insurance policy.
Maybe you’ve checked out other resources in the past and were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information about how to store food for disaster preparedness, what the best emergency food is, and many other essential emergency concepts. Or maybe you’ve been putting it off by thinking in terms of why you shouldn’t have a long term food insurance plan for you and your loved ones.
Some common misconceptions of a long term food insurance plan is that it’s too expensive, takes up to much space, or perhaps the most dangerous misconception of all – that long term food storage simply isn’t relevant because you can always go to the grocery store or dine at a restaurant when you’re hungry and running out of food at home.
Keep this concept in mind while you consider this: imagine a basic software program like the internet browser you’re using to read this now. Now imagine how many lines of code it takes to create this browser and all its features for you to use. If one or two of those lines gets damaged or coded incorrectly, the impact on the overall browser is generally catastrophic. You’re probably thinking what the heck does an internet browser have to do with food storage!?
This is how our food system is here in the USA and in many other “developed” countries around the world. Although the end result for us is that anyone can go to a grocery store (many of them 24 hours a day), and simply buy whatever looks enticing us at the moment, if one or two links in the food supply system are damaged or disrupted, the impact will be felt by all of us. In other words, the more complex any system becomes, the greater the impact is whenever something goes wrong.
Maybe you’ve never thought about how the food in your pantry or freezer was produced in the first place. Just think about it… you depend on your bank account or paycheck to buy the food, and you rely on your local supermarket or restaurant to actually have the food in stock. They, in turn, rely on local, regional, national, and sometimes international systems of delivery trucks, not to mention their facilities to be operating. These folks then rely on the manufacturer’s distribution capabilities to meet demand, who in turn rely on the farmers who grow the food/meat/whatever who in turn rely on weather to create favorable conditions to grow the crop!
And that’s an extremely simplified overview just to make the point that the current food system is extremely vulnerable and sensitive to the slightest disruptions. There are thousands of people involved from the time food is produced to the time you end up eating it.
It doesn’t need to be some crazy “end of the world” scenario for you to be impacted by problems in this food system. Haven’t you noticed food prices skyrocketing over the past few years?!
Whether you want to blame this on inflation or on global supplies of basic grains barely meeting demand, you would have to be pretty blind to read all this and still not believe there’s not a good reason to have at least some type of long term food storage plan for you and your family or loved ones.
Fortunately that’s where our site comes in. We’re going to show you the easiest, most practical strategies to put together your very own long term food storage or “food insurance” policy with pictures, videos, and easy to understand guides complete with the most frequently asked questions for anyone who wants to learn more about long term food storage.
Unlike some of those other doom and gloom fear mongering sites, FoodWaterStorage.com is here to guide you through the process of food and water storage by educating you about the many benefits of storing food – not scaring you into buying some fancy “survival kit” that will probably just collect dust in your basement.
One of the most helpful ways to think about long term food storage strategies is to understand it as a food insurance policy. The idea of insuring something of worth or value in the event of something going wrong is a practical and widely accepted practice in society. Everything from your home/apartment, vehicle, business, expensive art or jewelery, even your pets or your own life can be insured. This is a prudent risk management strategy, but why is it that you have all these different types of insurance policies but don’t have more than a few days worth of food stored up? Will these other insurance policies keep you and your loved ones from starving when disaster strikes?
Hopefully you never have to use any insurance policy you take out, and the same goes for emergency food insurance. However, unlike other insurance plans, long term food storage pays for itself over time even if disaster never strikes! You can buy food at today’s prices and in a few months or years if you haven’t used that food, you can simply consume it at it’s original purchase price!
Not only does it pay for itself in the big picture, but it also provides another benefit that is one of the strongest selling points of any type of insurance – peace of mind. If you have an emergency food supply and something does happen, you know you’ll be able to provide for your family, loved ones, and anyone else you may have “insured” (pets, neighbors, etc).
Although we think we’ve done a good job of organizing information about how to store food long term and other basic concepts regarding long term food storage, it’s important to understand food storage is a large topic. There are several finer points you can learn after you’ve mastered the basics.
FoodWaterStorage.com is committed to helping you along every step of your journey.
Methods of long term food storage: we’ll help get you started by narrowing down on what type of long term food storage strategy is right for you. Is the traditional method of storing a few hundred lbs of grains and other nutrient dense foods stored in food grade Mylar bags and sealed buckets right for your situation? Or maybe buying a freeze dried food storage kit is more practical for you.
Components of food storage: learn about the basic components of any solid long term food insurance plan including heavy duty food grade buckets to store food in; Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers to create a more shelf-stable environment for your food insurance plan; a sealing mechanism to keep oxygen, water, and pests out of your food containers; and finally, the food itself you choose to store.
We’ll also cover the other emergency essentials of long term food storage strategies such as the best place and environments to store your food in; how much food you should store for each member of your household; the most cost effective ways to find and purchase your emergency food and long term food storage supplies as well as the shelf life of the most commonly stored emergency food items. FoodWaterStorage.com would love to answer your questions and get your input, so if you have a particular topic or issue you’d like us to look into for you, please contact us!
As you may have noticed, we also have an easy to understand resource about how to store water and make sure it’s safe to consume. It’s best to first check out those guides or media content if you don’t already have a solid knowledge base of water storage and emergency water purification techniques. Humans can live a few weeks without food, but any human being will die in just a few days without water.
We know this is a lot of information to take in and you’ve probably not thought about food in this way before so take your time in absorbing this info! Check out our helpful videos and step by step pictures to walk you through any process you’re unsure about.
With FoodWaterStorage.com’s resources and experience, you can put together a potentially life saving food insurance policy together in no time!