The most important aspect of survival is being prepared. When you are facing a natural disaster that means going without food for a day, week, month, or even a year, it pays to be as prepared as possible.
For those who live in areas that are subject to fierce weather events. Or, if you want to be prepared for larger catastrophes such as large-scale natural disasters, pandemics, and more, what follows is how you can stockpile food and water to survive for up to a year or more if needed.
Start with a Plan
If you have the money to purchase the food and water right away, then you should do so as soon as possible. However, for most people stockpiling that many supplies will take time. You should start by inspecting the storage areas you have available. And then you can calculate the amount of money to spend to purchase the food.
Set a reasonable goal, clear out the necessary space, and start building up the money needed to make the right purchases.
A person can go a few weeks without food, but only a few days without water. Storing fresh, clean water is definitely the top priority when you are stockpiling supplies. You can buy up a bunch of water bottles or gallon jugs of water to store, or you can check out my review of the new Water Freedom System that’s making its rounds online. I tried it, it’s definitely worth the money given the value it provides. You can read my in-depth review on it, but it’s basically a comprehensive eBook that teaches you how to build your own fully-functional water generator.
If you go the route of buying up water jugs rather than generating your own, you will need to do the following:
- Buy water purification tablets (you can also get unscented bleach but I don’t like the idea of putting bleach in my water)
- Check the expiration dates on bottles (yes, bottled water can expire. It’s the plastic we’re talking about, not the water itself)
- Rotate all water every six months or so (all the more reason to look into building your own water generator)
You’ll need one gallon of water per person per day. Over a year that will add up to a lot of water, so you may want to consider storing a few weeks supply and focusing on water disinfectants and sanitizing agents to clean dirty water.
To store a year’s worth of food, it is generally best to save up the money first and purchase all the food at once. This will make it easy to keep track of perishable food. There are some types of food sources that can last a long time.
- Dried or Dehydrated Foods
- Canned Foods
- Vacuum-Packed Foods
You should think about purchasing a can opener along with the basics such as peanut butter, dried fruit, power bars, cereal, nuts, and trail mix.
You’ll need to store the food and water in a cool, dry place. This will keep them good for longer periods. Check on your food regularly to spot any contamination. And finally, keep your food in separate places if possible. That way, if something happens to part of the food or water, it will not destroy it all.
Stockpiling food for a year can be done if you plan correctly. You can also keep large supplies of water. However, you should also consider items such as water purifiers and growing your own food as part of your overall survival plan. When you plan correctly, you can save you and your family a considerable amount of trouble when stockpiling food and water.