What to Stockpile for Emergencies
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What to Stockpile for Emergencies

Posted on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Here are some tips on what to stockpile in case of tornado, hurricane, government shutdown, and other emergencies.There are two main reasons why a person decides to start a stockpile. One is to save money on groceries, by purchasing things when they are on sale and storing them until they are used. The other big reason is to ensure a supply of food, water, and other necessities in case of an emergency. Here are some tips about what to stockpile for emergencies.

How to Stockpile for Emergencies

An emergency situation can happen at any time. Often, they are weather related. If you live in an area that has earthquakes, or tornados, or hurricanes, it is possible that you could experience an emergency situation that is brought on from natural phenomenon.

Weather isn’t the only reason that an emergency can happen. Sudden unemployment, being furloughed, or a government shutdown can be considered as an emergency situation. If something happens fast, is beyond your control, and is not something you can fix on your own – it is an emergency. What should you stockpile to get you, and your family, through hard times?

Real Simple has some advice about what to keep in your pantry in case of emergency. You are going to need foods that will stay good for a long time. Choose foods that do not require refrigeration (in case the power goes out). Some of what they suggest includes:

* Peanut butter – source of energy, healthy fats, and protein
* Crackers – they suggest whole wheat or whole grain as a substitute for bread
* Trail mix and nuts – source of energy and protein
* Dried raisins and apricots – source of potassium and dietary fiber
* Canned tuna, salmon, chicken, or turkey – canned meat has a long shelf life
* Canned vegetables – again, long shelf life
* Powdered milk – source of calcium and vitamin D, doesn’t require refrigeration
* Multivitamins – to make up for the nutrients you are missing

The Red Cross also has some excellent suggestions of things you should stockpile in case of an emergency. They suggest that you gather up a two-week supply of food and water. Here are some suggestions about water:

* At least 2 quarts of water, per person, per day. Obviously, the water must be safe to drink.

* If you are in a place where the weather is hot you are going to need more water. Kids, nursing mothers, and people who are ill are going to require additional water to drink.

* Extra water for cooking, food preparation, and hygiene. They suggest 1 gallon of water per person, per day, for this purpose.

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