Saturday, April 2, 2011

Preparing Food and Drinks from Natural Disasters and Emergencies

If there is any emergency that we can't avoid, it's the natural disaster. Whether it is the earthquake/tsunami  in Japan, the Hurricane Katrina in the States, or simply the floods in various places in the world, it is always a wise choice to be totally prepared in case one of these emergencies happen in your area.

One of the most important things that will definitely lack when the disasters happen is the availability of foods and drinks. So whenever possible, try to keep food and drink storage just for the emergency.

Canned Foods
Canned foods can be stored in big enough containers, waterproof if possible.

Dry Foods
Dry foods like pasta, grains and cat foods can be stored creatively in a 5 gallon bucket. Check our previous blog post on How to Store Dry Foods for a Long Time in 5 Gallon Buckets. This similar post is also highly useful for a short guide on how to store dry foods in 5 gallon buckets.

Drinking Water
Drinking water will also be extremely scarce in a harsh disaster. Most will possibly be contaminated so it's not drinkable anymore. Store some in food grade jugs and keep them safely for use in emergency.

Where you keep these stored foods and drinking water is also crucial. It's different for different types of areas. For example, f you live in a place where it is prone to floods, try to keep these preserved foods and drinks as highly above the ground as possible. If earthquakes are what most likely to happen, keep them in a sturdy storage room which has wide surface areas to cover the containers.

Remember, better safe than sorry.

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