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Week 1 of 52: Short Term Emergency Food Supply (List 1)

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Lao Tzu once said, “the journey of a thousands miles begins with a single step.” The journey to preparedness starts this way, as well. It begins with a single thought or need to want to make sure your family has everything they need to stay safe.

I know that the subject of preparedness is an overwhelming one and it can be daunting if you don’t know where to start. A few years ago, my newsletter, Get Prepped [2] sent out a preparedness program called 52-Weeks to Preparedness [3]. This online program broke down the overwhelming subject of preparedness week by week starting at the beginning of prepping for small scale disasters and moving up to longer-term disasters. Each week included supply suggestions, as well as skill sets to learn. Thousands of preppers have used this program to get their family’s ready for unexpected disasters.

I like the “slow and steady” approach to prepping because it isn’t such a budget breaker (and in this day and age, we need all the help we can get). By slowly accumulating emergency supplies, you will not feel the financial “burn” compared to having to pay for everything up front. As well, this approach removes the panic of preparing for emergencies, and in its place provides you with empowerment.

Keep in mind what type of emergencies you are planning for, if there are any family members with medical needs, how long you want your food supply to last, and so on. This will be the basis of your emergency plan and will help you make the best choices for your family.

Week 1 – Get Your Home Prepped with the Essentials

The first steps of preparedness should focus on cementing the family’s emergency plan and getting the family’s pantry prepped for a two week food supply. Ask yourself what types of emergencies you may face in the near future.

How to Start a Disaster Supply

There are a lot of events to be concerned with in these uncertain times, but once you know what to prepare for, the steps are the same. First things first, always concentrate on your basic survival needs: air, water and food. During natural and some manmade disasters, our water sources can become contaminated and it is wise to have a way to treat water.

Most families only have enough food and water for 72 hours, and in times of emergencies, we need the right food to give us adequate nutrition and energy. Therefore, since FEMA suggests that each family should have a 2 week supply of food and water for a home, this is the best place to start your preparedness supply. Being that most emergencies will knock a person off the electrical grid, you want to ensure that most of your supplies will be “off grid” compatible.

Below is a list of emergency food to purchase. This is a basic supply and we will add more to the preparedness pantry in the coming weeks. Taking time to read the nutritional information on the back of the food source and knowing other considerations [4], will help a person make the best choices for their needs. If a person needs to use their stashed food supply, having foods high in vitamins, nutrients, and proteins [5] will provide their body with what it needs for needed energy and mental clarity.

Preps to Buy:

Action Items:

This is the first step to getting prepared! Next week, we will move into basic emergency tools to have on hand. If you want to jump ahead, check out the complete 52-Weeks to Preparedness [19] List or purchase the best-selling book it was based around, The Prepper’s Blueprint [20].


The Prepper's Blueprint [21]

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint [21], a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint [21] helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook [22], which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com [23] for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition [24]

Originally published April 6th, 2011 [25]
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