Well, hurricane season is upon us and remembering the rule ” a gallon of water per person per day” got me thinking.
I am a frugal person in a lot of areas in my life and buying a gallon of water for each person for three days was about $9.00. That is for drinking. And to be safe, I want to buy enough for a week…thus, $21 more or less. Store in a dark, cool place. You could refrigerate one and then after using three, purchase more. It is good to rotate your food and water.
But that isn’t water for washing dishes, brushing teeth and bathing. In a real emergency, we might need that on hand, just in case.
I started saving my juice bottles and filled them with water and stored them away, too. My mother drinks a lot of prune juice, I love orange juice and my husband is a big fan of tomato juice. That is at least three containers a week. You could also save your two liter soda bottles or recycle your gallon water bottles.
I also store 2 one gallon containers of chlorine bleach with my (juice) water bottles. I read that 16 drops of bleach will kill germs in water and I think I would do that as a precaution even if I were washing dishes or brushing my teeth with the bottled water I filled myself.
I have also ordered some long term storage food that keeps for 25 years….enough to last for a week or so. It is dehydrated/freeze dried so it needs water, too.
I was given a butane cooking stove (like for camping) that I can use on my kitchen counter for making a pot of coffee with my glass percolator and even heat a can of soup, etc.
A gas grill with a burner on the side would be great, too but I haven’t purchased one of them, yet. I plan to make that purchase at the end of the summer when the grills go on sale. We aren’t much for grilling out so it isn’t a priority for us.
But, the best thing to do, since long term storage foods can be costly is to get a plastic tub and fill with emergency foods. That way it will be easy to move with you if you have to relocate.
The most important part of your emergency food/water storage is to rotate the items. Make sure you put foods in the tub that you and your family eat on a regular basis so you can rotate it out.
I would suggest cereal/oatmeal, dried fruit or canned fruit for breakfast. I have the long term storage milk which by the way, Augason’s Morning Moo is very tasty. Canned hams that keep for years are about 3.29 for a pound at Walmart. Also, a good breakfast food if you are fortunate enough to have eggs to go with them. You can also buy dehydrated eggs. Who knew?
As far as drinks go: powdered milk, coffee, kool-aid with sugar for the kids, lemonade packets that you add to a bottle of water is great.
Soups are handy for lunches and even ramen noodles though I haven’t eaten them myself. A can of soup (like sirloin tips with vegetables) over a bowl of rice makes a filling meal.
Canned potatoes and vegetables are easy to rotate out. I love the candied yams so I keep a good supply of them.
As far as meats go, just look down the isle at the grocery store and look for as many meats that your family will eat. Variety is great. We like the ham and the roast beef in gravy.
ALWAYS check expiration dates. I write on top of the can the month and year with a marker so it is easily readable.
It may seem like a lot of trouble but if you have an emergency, you will be glad you took the time to prepare. Running to the grocery store at the last minute may mean you will forget important items as well as the cupboards may be bare at the grocery store right before a hurricane. We couldn’t find the small butane bottles for our stove before hurricane Arthur came our way this year.
I remember the horrible pictures of the disaster when Katrina hit Biloxi/New Orleans. I can only imagine how awful it would feel to lose your home and then to not even know how you were going to get food for your family.
One last suggestion, add some comfort foods to your emergency food storage. Hot chocolate, hard candy, chocolate and perhaps gum will add a little joy to your lives.
One last thing: flashlights, batteries, matches and a first aid kit are essential to feeling really prepared.
Good luck and be prepared.