Food Storage, Now What?

You are to be commended if you have reached the milestones of first, a 72 hour supply of food storage and water storage (along with the other necessities that come with a 72 hour emergency kit), second, a 3-week supply of food storage and water storage, third, a 3-month supply of food storage, and then the half-year and one year food storage supplies. This really is something to celebrate! And you get extra kudos if you have been diligently rotating it, or as James Talmage Stevens says in his emergency preparedness handbook, “1. Store what you eat! 2. Eat what you store! 3. Use it or lose it!”

If you have come this far in your emergency preparedness efforts in regards to your food storage, you are ready to move on to what James and others call “creature comforts.” After all, when we have fulfilled the bottom level of Maslow’s Pyramid (being able to survive with adequate amounts of food, water, and shelter), it’s human nature to want to move up his Pyramid, eventually leading to more fulfillment and self-actualization. The reason we speak of the “creature comforts” in a discussion related to food storage is because quite often those things that will offer you comfort in lean times are also stored in the same place or near to your food storage room. The best reason food storage and other creature comforts are stored together or in close proximity is because you will want to have these items together for easy access should you have to “bug out”, or even just for convenience sake. Of course, some people hesitate to “put all their eggs in one basket,” so it is fine to disburse you food storage about the house, but don’t be so scattered that you forget where the 72 hour kit is vs. the dehydrated food vs. the canned food, wheat, rice, etc., etc.

The creature comforts that go beyond food storage are first and foremost what you would use in a prolonged state of disarray or chaotic conditions following the original emergency state of conditions. Think hygiene. Things like shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes should all be added to your food storage supply after you have the basics needed to live on for one year food wise. Other things like diapers and feminine napkins should not be overlooked. Deodorants and combs/brushes would also be useful. The types of things that you use every day and rarely need to think much about, but that you would really miss being a part of everyday life, are the things you need to make a list of and put in your food storage room. Warehouse membership clubs are perfect for buying in bulk like this to save money. Both men and women will probably want some disposable razors and shaving cream.

Some people even put games in with their food storage. Books could work, too. Got a Rubik’s Cube? People need an escape, especially during times of duress. So, add some cards or simple toys that don’t need batteries for the children. Hard candies that store well are an excellent addition to food storage.

It really boils down to what you use, both for food storage and for the “beyond” part (creature comforts). Of course, it would be nice for everybody to have some items used only in emergencies, much as rescue workers have on hand the “Jaws of Life.” But beyond those few things that are only for emergencies, have those things on hand that can as much as possible make it seem as though it is “life as usual.” Put them beside your food storage, and go to your food storage convenience store often to rotate the stock.

Related Posts:

The Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Survival Readiness Pyramid
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Beyond Food Storage: How to Maintain Cherished Conveniences Even in Survival Mode
Might You Possibly Perish Without Enough of These in Your Emergency Survival Supplies?

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