Thursday, June 9, 2011

Are You Building a Raft? a Boat? or an Ark?

Remember, it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark!
This post and the next two to follow will give you a guide to building your food storage in three levels.

This first of three, is just the bare bones minimum that you need to have for You and Your Family!
The following list is the amount you need for EACH member of your household. Should you ever 
have to rely exclusively on these items, they will sustain life though it won't be what you are now accustomed to consuming. 

Adjust foods and quantities based on food preferences and individual needs. Please note that it says to store 'White Rice'. This is because brown rice, though much higher in nutrition, does not store well for long periods of time. It becomes rancid easily and therefore not very tasty. Also, eight pounds of salt sounds like a lot but salt is dense and heavy and the body requires it, especially in warm climates!

Budget wisely and add a little each week when you grocery shop.

Store what you eat and eat what you store!

                (Per Person for One Year)
                    (Suggested Amounts)

Grains                                                    400 lbs.
 (wheat, white rice, corn, popcorn, oatmeal, cornmeal, pasta, rye, etc.)                                                  
Legumes    (beans)                                 60 lbs.

Powdered Milk                                      16 lbs.

Cooking Oil                                            10 qts.

Sugar or Honey                                     60 lbs.

Salt                                                           8 lbs.

Water (2 weeks)                                   14 Gal.

This list is the BARE Minimum which would sustain life for one year. Build a complete one month supply, then two, then three until you have a full year’s worth of these foods.  It is better to obtain a well-rounded supply of basic foods than to simply store a year’s supply of milk, say, with nothing else to use with it.  Meats, fruits, vegetables, seasonings and other foods are also recommended once you obtain these basics.

Store as much as your circumstances will allow.   
Prayerfully seek means and methods of obtaining and storing these essential items to sustain life. 
It is wise counsel to secure a financial reserve as well as home storage.

Don't get caught off guard and unprepared. If you are prepared, you will have peace of mind knowing that you and yours will be fed. Prices continue to soar and shortages are beginning to appear worldwide. Just because it has always been readily available, does not mean that it will continue to be.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great posts about preparing for emergencies. It's made me resort my pantry to determine what we have and what we need. I never considered the water! Keep up the great work.