I love Homestead Revival’s Preparedness Challenges.
This entry has some quick and inexpensive ideas for food storage for a serious emergency. It’s inexpensive, because she has you buy things you probably already use anyway, and this allows you to stock up and then replenish as you use the items.
Many blogs and entries vary in their emphasis. Some are more for stocking up in case you are forced to stay put in your home for a time. So in that situation, you can use some of your frozen, stored foods, and if you have a heat source, you can cook your food. Others assume that you may have to leave your home and may not have a way to cook. I think it’s important to consider both scenarios and have at least a little food stored for either situation.
Some focus on the importance of taking care of your family (and simply feeding your own during an emergency), while others focus on also being able to share with others in need. Of course, this depends on how much money you can dedicate to food storage and how much time you have to put into planning your storage.
Some are more focused on healthy, nutritious foods, while others figure in a crisis, it’s going to be ok to use less-than-ideal foods.
Some plans are more for temporary crises, while others assume a long-term crisis, and the preparations are very different.
I think, first of all, there’s never a need to panic or to do these things out of fear, but simply to BE prepared in case of some sort of emergency. We can only do what we are able to do, and sometimes finances, space, and time hinder us from doing all we think we “should” do.
Secondly, I think each family needs to decide what type of situation they feel is most likely to occur. If you live in coastal FL, NC, GA, or wherever, then you’re probably going to be thinking of a hurricane and having to leave your home. Portable foods will probably be your top priority. For us, it’s more likely that storms will take out power for a few days, so “hunkering down” is more likely. We have to use caution, then, that all of our food is not in the freezer, because if we lose power for too long, we’ll end up losing food (as a generator is not in the budget!).
In the back of our mind is, of course, a huge catastrophe…. maybe less likely, but still a possibility, where maybe no one can get food for some period of time. As we plan for more likely possibilities, we’re also moving towards being more prepared for that as well. After more likely scenarios are prepared for, we can focus more on the less likely, but more far-reaching impact of a huge (think Japan) type of disaster.
I think of this verse:
2 Timothy 1:7… For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. …
Fear definitely takes away our “soundness of mind” and causes us to become frantic and not think straight or keep our priorities straight. That kind of thinking does not come from God. Power, love, and a sound mind….. that’s what I want my life to be characterized by. 🙂