Emergency Food – How Much Is Enough?

I hope by now you understand the importance of owning a good stockpile of emergency food with a long shelf life for yourself and your family. Along with water, it’s the most important thing you can store for a crisis, and I can’t imagine trying to survive following a disaster without it.

But, how should we define “good?”

Is it a 72-hour supply? Is it one week? Is it a month? Is it three months? Is it a year? Is it two or more years?

The single biggest problem with trying to figure out how much emergency food is enough is that we don’t know how long a crisis will last. A weather event might knock out power for only two or three days, at which time things will start to go back to normal and store shelves will become well stocked again.

An extreme weather event, on the other hand, might knock out power and disrupt the food supply chain for a week, while a cyber attack on the electrical grid could put Americans in the dark for a month or more.

And what about a physical attack on the grid, which could mess everything up for several months? And, God forbid, what if an enemy or a massive solar flare causes an EMP resulting in a complete breakdown of the grid for a year or more?

How much emergency food you should have stockpiled depends on a variety of factors, including your personal finances and the size of your family, and maybe the amount of proper storage space you have.

I think we can all agree that the more emergency food, water and water purifiers we have stockpiled, the better. Personally, I’d like to see us all build up from a three-day supply to a year’s worth, and that’s something that can be accomplished slowly over time.

So, what’s the right amount for you and your family? Only you can determine that. But there’s one thing I do know: having no emergency food stockpiled is the wrong amount.


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