“Let’s face it, except for the few extreme individuals among us, nobody is really looking forward to any time in the future where society has crumbled and we’ll be forced to rely on our wits, survival skills and gut instinct to get us through the day. Most of us would be ill-prepared for doomsday scenarios and surviving the apocalypse. Those who are more forward-thinking and are prepared for the worst of all situations however, still make mistakes when it comes to one of the most precious resources – food. Stockpiling foods and properly storing them can be more complicated than they seem which often leads to errors and oversights. Unfortunately, these mistakes can have serious, even deadly, consequences should you actually need to be dependent on those food supplies. As experts in the shelf stable food and MRE (meals ready to eat) industry we wanted to list a few of the mistakes that we’ve seen made more than once.
Stocking one food at a time. So you’ve got 60 bags of wheat in your basement. If there were an emergency tomorrow, you’ve got a lot of wheat but that is all you’ve got. It would actually be better to stock a variety of different shelf stable foods in order to have a complete range of what you’re going to need for survival.
Storing foods that you aren’t sure about or even like. Those 60 bags of wheat can be worthless if you develop an allergy to it or become too sensitive to it because that’s all you’ve given yourself to eat. Make sure that you’ll have no dietary issues with the food you’ll be dependent on for any unknown period of time.
Not being able to prepare the food you’ve chosen. Whether it’s because you don’t have the knowledge or the equipment, if you can’t cook it, it does no good.
Storing all of your supplies in one place. Again those bags of wheat, will be rendered worthless if your basement floods. Make sure to protect your stored foods by utilizing different storage areas away from each other that are easily accessible.
Not including plenty of MRE components in your food storage. Meals ready to eat are more than just convenient; they’re self-heating, nutritionally dense and dependable. Compact and durable, MRE’s are a great addition to any emergency or disaster food supply.
Not enough water or broth. Seriously, do we really need to expand on this point?
Think, and rethink, about your survival food storage mistakes you could be making and then fix them before it’s too late.”