Creating an emergency food pantry is something that is a way of life for some people, but for many of us, it is not something we would ever consider doing. Set aside some essential supplies, just in case. The whole thing sounds a little doomed to be taken seriously.
However, perhaps the preppers among us know best. After all, we can’t even be 100 percent sure what the weather will be like tomorrow, how are we supposed to know what surprise complications might occur? Here are five reasons why it’s smart to stock up on extra food.
Police Lockdown No Longer A Freak Occurrence
If someone had suggested that a police lockdown was a real possibility about a year ago, they would have been ridiculed for even thinking about it. But after the tragic bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon, the Massachusetts city of Watertown was forced to shut down by police, with residents unable to leave their homes for at least a day.
This example only lasted a day, but if the police couldn’t find the suspect that quickly, they might be forced to go days without leaving their home. If such a situation happened on a grocery shopping day, how would you and your family eat without a spare grocery store?
Natural Disasters Are Mostly Unpredictable
There are certain areas of the world that are more prone to natural disasters. However, that doesn’t mean, because you don’t live in one, you are completely safe. And for the most part, natural disasters are notoriously unpredictable in terms of their scope and impact in each region. Whether you were severely affected by a natural disaster, or the impact was relatively minor, it is possible that you will be forced to live off the food that is in your home for a while.
Financial Problems Can Happen Anytime
It’s not just natural disasters and police shutdowns that make it hard to buy food. If the recession has taught us anything, it is that financial hardship can hit an individual, a nation, or even the entire world, at any time. If you’re suddenly hit by a job loss, a sudden big expense, or anything else that could land you in financial trouble, isn’t it great to know that you still have a way to put food on the table?
Emergency Response Can Only Do So Much
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends storing food for at least three days for everyone in your household. The reason is that, after a major emergency, three days is the maximum it takes for emergency response to reach you. Consequently, you will be forced to fend for yourself until then.
The Zombie Apocalypse Could Happen Anytime
OK, so maybe not… but the fact remains that food storage is important, because you can’t predict what will happen in the near or distant future. And what you may find, is that you actually enjoy making them. Picking a meal and trying out potential menus is fun, so why not get started and have fun with it?