Because my company sells survival food with a long shelf life, I occasionally get asked how much food is enough to stockpile.
I wish there were a definitive answer to that question – such as 143 days, 16 hours, 37 minutes and 53 seconds’ worth – because it sure would make things easier. I would just offer exactly that much food to everyone.
Unfortunately, there is no one right answer to that question. It depends on a variety of circumstances.
Here’s the biggest unknown: if there is a significant disaster in our country’s future – and I think everyone agrees there probably will be – how long will the food supply chain be affected?
Store shelves will empty quickly… we know that. But will everything be back to normal in three days? Or is it more likely to be a week, a month or six months? Not knowing is scary.
Another factor in deciding how much survival food you should stockpile is how big your family is. If it’s just you, it could be pretty easy to figure out. But if you have a spouse, children, grandchildren or other relatives that you support, things get more complicated.
Finances are another factor in determining how much emergency food is necessary to store. You might want to have three months’ worth, but for right now can only afford three weeks’ worth.
Storage space could also be an issue, although you don’t need a lot of that if your survival food is packaged properly.
So, while the question of how much emergency food you should have stored up is difficult to answer, here’s what I can tell you for sure: the more the better, because none of us knows how long a crisis will last.
The other thing I can tell you is that among the five different sizes of Food4Patriots that we offer – 72-hour, one week, four weeks, three months and one year – our three-month kit is our most popular one.
Having enough survival food to ride out a 90-day crisis should put you in pretty good shape.