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How much is enough?

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH??

  1. READY.gov and FEMA.gov websites focus up front on emergencies that will

take citizens out of their homes. There is excellent information, for instance, on building a Disaster Supply Kit that will get you and family members through the first few days of an emergency.

2. Sheltering at home for a extended emergencies, such as a pandemic, you find the following direction:

  • Store a two week supply of water and food. During a pandemic, if you cannot get to a store, or if stores are out of supplies, it will be important for you to have extra supplies on hand. This can be useful in other types of emergencies, such as power outages and disasters.

COMMON SENSE FROM THE PAST:Storage cupboards full

Whether in bins, bags, bottles or cans, storing the season’s harvest has been the pattern of mankind over the ages.

Taking into consideration a variety of cultures, circumstances, and climates, the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has made recommendations related to food storage in  “All is Safely Gathered In”

  • Build a THREE-MONTH SUPPLY of food that is part of your normal, daily diet

(Check out these “how-to’s” for building your short three month supply of food)

  • Store DRINKING WATER  for circumstances in which the water supply may be polluted or disrupted.
  • For LONGER TERM NEEDS, where permitted, gradually build a supply of food that will last a long time and that you can use to stay alive such as wheat, white rice, and beans.
  • They add: Establish a FINANCIAL RESERVE by saving a little each week…

The principals of INVENTORY, GOALS, BUDGETING, LISTS and WATCHING for SALES all apply as much to longer term storage as short term shopping.

DON’T STOP HERE. Look for the pages on “longer term” food storage found on this blog. ALSO, benefit from the experience of others with “Six Mistakes in Long Term Food Storage.”

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