Saturday, April 6, 2013

Why Food Storage Isn't Just for "Preppers"

My husband works as an insurance agent. All day long he helps people protect their homes, apartments, vehicles and so on from uncertainty. We all recognize the importance of those insurance coverage's - especially once we find ourselves needing to file a claim after a damaging storm or accident. Recently I came across an interesting article by Cory Stumeier that covers the common sense reasoning for having food storage. I am reposting it here today with permission.
 
 
The Wisdom of Food Storage
by Cory Stumeier
 
Most people insure their homes, health, lives and vehicles to protect themselves financially against certain known potential risks like damage to properties, catastrophic medical bills, or car accidents. Unfortunately, most give little thought to insuring against famine, inflation, job loss, economic collapse, natural disaster effects other than property damage, or other threats that can and do threaten us. The good news is that there are things we can do to make us more self-reliant and resilient against many of these potential threats.
 
America is the land of plenty; a place of security and shelter for its citizens. Would we ever really need to use food storage here? This is a thought provoking question. Research has shown that the average American household has less than a week’s supply of food on hand. The American Supermarket only has an average of 3 days worth of food! Imagine how fast that would be gone in a panic situation. Without being paranoid or panicked, there are many valid reasons to put extra food away. We are all somewhat vulnerable to events beyond our control. But most situations are probably closer to home: loss of power, unexpected or unplanned interruptions in life such as unemployment, loss of income due to illness or injury, or high medical bills due to an accident. Food storage is a form of insurance protecting your family from the unexpected.
 
A Wise Investment
Food storage becomes a wise investment in future stability and an even wiser investment if you practice storing what you use and using what you store. Making food storage a lifestyle rather than a make-do will help you maintain your investment. Food storage that matches your family’s lifestyle is food that more likely will be used. Using and rotating your Freeze Dried Foods and Dehydrated & Dry Foods on a regular basis maintains the original investment and prevents it from being wasted.
 
The Basics
It is recommended to always start your food storage program by storing the basics. Grains, legumes, dehydrated milk, sugar, salt, oil and garden seeds have come to be known as the “basics.” Do not underestimate the power these foods have, as they have been shown throughout history to sustain life. It is important to know how to prepare and use the basics, especially ways that your family will enjoy. If you are familiar with the food you have stored, you will be better prepared to use it during times of emergency.
 
Confidence and Security
Having your food storage can help you have a greater degree of confidence and security. It is important to do your best to prepare your family to be able to eat no matter what happens to the national economy or your job in particular. Having this confidence in times of crisis can be a most precious commodity. An adequate food supply for you family is a major part of economic security, and possibly the key to survival.
 
Self-Reliance and Interdependence
Food storage helps you become self-reliant as in the case of the first three days of an emergency or providing for you family when you lose your employment. It also helps you to be interdependent with others as you share during a crisis. Communities weather storms best when they share and work together. With food storage you are better prepared to endure times of adversity without becoming dependent upon the government. Your family’s way of life may be preserved with proper preparation. Self-reliance is often contingent upon a willingness to work. Work can become a source of happiness, and self-esteem, as well as prosperity. Storing, using and knowing how to produce and prepare food and other items that are essential for life create security and stability for you and your family. If a disaster does occur, and you were forced to temporarily change your normal lifestyle, you could do so with minimum discomfort.
 
Relief Organization
Some people are apathetic about preparedness, often because they aren’t sure what to do or where to begin. They may become overwhelmed at the prospect of a crisis and the responsibility of self-reliance and become discouraged before they begin. Others are frustrated by contradictory advice, not sure whose ideas to follow. Still others do nothing, figuring that if trouble comes, an emergency disaster organization will rush to their rescue. A common misconception that can be refuted is that the government will immediately come to the rescue. Federal and state organizations perform marvelous services, but when a large population is relying solely upon them, it is virtually impossible to provide for specific or individual needs for everyone. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises, “If a disaster threatens your community, local government and disaster-relief organizations will TRY to help you, but you need to be prepared as well. Local officials may be overwhelmed after a major disaster, and emergency response personnel may not be able to reach you right away. What you do to prepare can make a difference.”
Most local relief organizations will take approximately three days (72 hours) to get back on their feet to be able to help you…and everyone else. An emergency kit is a big step in the right direction. Doing your part by having food, water and supplies for a minimum of three days will help alleviate the pressure on relief agencies as well as minimize your own discomfort.
 
UPDATE: FEMA NOW RECOMMENDS HAVING A WEEK OR LONGER OF FOOD, WATER AND SUPPLIES TO HELP SUSTAIN YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
 
Preparedness is everyone’s job. Not just government agencies, but all sectors of society–service providers, businesses, civic and volunteer groups, industry associations and neighborhood associations, as well as every individual citizen–should plan for disasters.
 
Being prepared for the unexpected is wise. It provides confidence knowing your family is better prepared to be safe and secure. Families who are prepared can reduce fear, inconvenience, and losses that surround a family crisis or a natural disaster.

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