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Emergency Preparedness: Food Security: Food Kits

Climate Emergency or Pandemic, the fear of food shortages (and toilet paper shortages) can quickly grip a nation and cause the shortages to become reality.  I am unsure of the nutritional value of this little gecko and imagine they are not really a survival solution but can assure you that no geckos were harmed (or eaten) in the shooting of this photo.

Food shortages and survival strategies

Food shortages are a serious issue particularly when many budget week to week.  Whether Africa or Canada, famine or pandemic, no one starves because there is no food, they starve due to lack of money, lack of access to food.

Food shortages and rationing

When developing a survival strategy you should certainly include some emergency food kits.  They should keep for a long time.

Things to keep in the cupboard for the next pandemic or emergency:

Check the expiry dates when buying, take from the back if it helps and remember you have to check those expiry dates every 6 months or so.

  • Peanut butter
  • Whole-wheat crackers
  • Nuts and trail mixes  (Vacuum packed keep longer)
  • Multigrain Cereal
  • Granola bars and power bars
  • Dried fruits, such as apricots and raisins
  • Canned tuna, salmon, chicken, or turkey
  • Canned vegetables, such as green beans, carrots, and peas
  • Canned soups and chili
  • Dry pasta and pasta sauces
  • Sports drinks, such as Gatorade or Powerade
  • Powdered milk  (Does not need to be refrigerated)
  • Sugar, salt, and pepper

If you know "the storm" is coming and you can still shop:

  • Apples  (Store well in a cool, dry area away from other fruit)
  • Citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruits (Good for Hydration)
  • Avocados  (Buy unripe)
  • Tomatoes (Buy unripe)
  • Potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams  (Store cool and dark)
  • Cucumbers and summer squash  (Can eat raw)
  • Packaged sausages, such as sopressata and pepperoni   (Good variety instead of canned tuna and chicken - Will keep 6 weeks unrefrigerated)

In the survival scenario be very careful about eating bad food.  Particularly because hospitals and doctors could be inaccessible or overwhelmed.  If in doubt about it then DON'T EAT IT.

Frozen food that still has ice crystals and is still cold to the touch is good.  Once it reaches room temperature: DON'T EAT IT.

If food that is not completely sealed and air tight has been exposed to flood water: DON'T EAT IT.