I’ve heard a lot of talk about food storage these days and was thinking to myself that it might not be a bad idea to create a little surplus for the family. I’ve read stories of families that have stored and when an unexpected job loss or emergency occured they were able to sustain their family with their storage for several months. Remember this post I shared last year about a family that did a years worth of food storage. They have the most amazing pantry storage area! I’m not saying that everybody needs to store up for 6 months to a year, you do what you feel is right for you. I do think it is a good idea to try and a get at least a couple of months supply on hand..
While investigating in this whole food storage idea, which is not really a new idea, especially for our grandparents. I came across a really informative blog by two ladies named Jodi and Julie :). You can find them by clicking this link www.foodstoragemadeeasy.net They have a really informative blog and a great video series that walks you through the long term food storage world. The series is called Baby Steps, and believe me that is exactly what I needed since I was so new to personally doing a long term storage plan…
The first Baby Steps emailed guide is more about preparing an Emergency Plan. They recommend people get a basic Emergency Plan in place before they really dive into the food storage concepts. If you have a 72 hour kit of food, water, and supplies you will be better off in an emergency than 95% of the country. This list may feel like a lot, so feel free to spread out the tasks over more than two weeks if you need to. The rest of the checklists will be much less intense.
The following is just a sampling of what they sent me in my first baby steps email.
Print out the Emergency Preparedness Plan(available in either pdf version or excel version)
You may wish to add these to the front of your Emergency Binder (see below)
FAMILY PLAN: Review this section with your family and fill out “contact info” sheet
DISASTER KIT: Inventory and gather what you already have for supplies
DISASTER KIT: Compile/copy the documents for your Emergency Binder
View our Emergency Binder post for detailed instructions
EVACUATION LIST: Fill out your Grab List in order of priority
DISASTER KIT: Purchase/make your 72 Hour Food Kits including water
Check out Jodi’s post and video instructions for some great ideas
Take a peek at Jodi’s 72 hour kit outtake video for a good laugh
Or look at our list of more 72 hour kit food ideas and compile your own kit
DISASTER KIT: Purchase any remaining supplies that you did not have on hand
Put all Disaster Kit items purchased or gathered into backpacks or totes near an exit
sign up with them to receive the rest of their baby steps in food storage info, above is just a snipet of info.
I’m thinking about focusing on storage and recipes on Saturday’s and Sunday’s. We can help each other with great tips and ideas.If you sign up for the baby steps program let me know and we can focus on different steps each week. If no one else is interested in the baby steps or talking about this topic I’ll just stick to the plan myself….. which is what I am doing right now anyway 🙂 Some of you might have your own plan already, which is great too 🙂