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With the increase in people looking to take a more prepared lifestyle, we’ve decided to put together a more beginner guide for a two-week emergency food supply. This is not a “quarantine specific” guide, although it definitely could apply for our current situation.
We all started somewhere, and as preppers, our goal is to help others establish a means to not only survive, but get through an emergency with less stress, panic, and fear. If you are prepared, those basic response emotions to crises tend to abate and that’s the goal. The fewer people who panic, the less the government’s response and less we all experience a loss of our basic human rights and dignity.
Even though the chances of getting the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19 are small, the government’s response is huge. Schools are shut down. The shelves have been wiped out at grocery stores. Basic essentials are in short supply. Try getting toilet paper right now! The panic has set in and people are scared. But you can be prepared, instead of scared, and it’s a much more calming feeling.
The video below is an excellent resource, but you’ll also probably want some explanation in the form of writing, especially for those who are just beginning. This video simply lists 20 foods you can store for a two-week emergency supply kit.
The first thing you will need to do is take into account your family’s dietary needs. For example, if someone is lactose intolerant, buying 3 gallons of milk is not only a waste of money, but it’s a waste of food. You won’t use it and it’ll go bad. You want to purchase things that are shelf-stable and will last you two weeks. You should also take health into account when it’s only a two-week emergency supply, and especially if you are specifically preparing for a pandemic. Your immune system cannot function if you eat too much sugar and don’t get enough healthy nutrients.
What You Should Store
Rice – can be used as a filler in soups or as a side. It’s inexpensive and will last forever! That means, if you don’t need it right away, you can chuck it in with your long-term preparedness food storage. White, wild, jasmine and basmati rice are among the many that can last forever. Purchase at least 20 lbs.
Canned Vegetables – canned vegetables don’t last forever, but they do have a shelf life of 5 years. If you are limited on fresh produce, however, these could be essential. For two weeks, assume you’ll eat a can per day per person if there is no fresh produce. Use that to figure out how many cans you will need for a two-week emergency. You can obviously get more, and once they approach their shelf life, replace them and eat them during normal times.
Bulk Nuts – a simple snack full of healthy fats.
Protein Pancake Mix – the reason you want to get a pancake mix with a higher protein, is because generally, it contains less sugar than the standard mixes. They also make more hearty pancakes and will keep people fuller for longer. My family likes the Lakanto Keto pancake mix however, there are others available if it’s not your thing.
Canned Beans & Dried Beans – for a family of four, get 24 cans of canned beans and 20 lbs of dried beans. Beans will provide protein if meat is in short supply.
Canned meat – as mentioned in the video, canned chicken is a good choice and is universally liked. Some members of my family don’t like tuna or spam, but we all like chicken.
Canned Soup – this is a simple meal and can fill up people quickly.
Peanut Butter – a few large jars of peanut butter can be eaten by the spoonful as a snack. Peanut butter is full of healthy fats.
Nut Milk (such as oak milk or almond milk) – these milks generally last longer than cow’s milk and they don’t taste bad. If you like coffee creamer, these can scratch the itch.
Oils – for the short term, you’ll want quality here. Cold-pressed olive oil or avocado oil are excellent options.
Pasta & Canned Tomato sauces – these will be pretty quick and easy to make into a dinner. If you run out of pasta, the sauce can be used to make tomato soup.
You could also consider reading resources about preparedness, such as Tess Pennington’s The Prepper’s Blueprint.
If we have learned one thing studying the history of disasters, it is this: those who are prepared have a better chance at survival than those who are not. –Tess Pennington
Use your own critical thinking skills here, and store things for both the long-term and short term. More advanced preppers could take this time in isolated quarantine to perform an audit of their supplies to make sure food is still edible and everything is in working order.
Share with our readers in the comments the foods that you like to store for a short term emergency.
*This guide is focused on foods. Please note, you should have some water stored and filtration devices on hand. If you still have trouble getting your hands on some toilet paper, consider a bidet. It’ll be a change, but even if you have toilet paper, you’ll have a pretty powerful bartering item if the S hits the fan.