Survival Situation Food Storing

Survival Situation Food StoringA survival situation can be anything from a natural disaster such as an earthquake to a city-wide blackout, which is common in large cities such as New York. To prepare for a worst-case scenario, start stocking canned and vacuum-sealed foods. Many people plan ahead and create a kit for survival situations and knowing how to store food is critical for this task.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Food labels
  • Dehydration machine (optional)
  • Air tight containers or large mason jars
  • Large plastic buckets
  • Dry ice
  • Masking tape
  • Bottled water or gallon containers
Step 1
Label food items and buckets using a number system. As you pack food items inside large plastic buckets, number the food sequentially using food labels. Creating a labeling system based on numbers will allow you to know which items have been added first and with which items they are packed. Labeling is especially important if you will add to and update your survival storage supply over time.
Step 2
Vacuum seal fruits and vegetables. This requires the use of a dehydration machine. Stock the items in air-tight containers or large mason jars.
Step 3
Store non-perishable foods such as dried beans, nuts, granola, and trail mix inside large plastic buckets. Pack dry ice on top of the large plastic bucket, which will minimize the amount of oxygen inside and help to maintain freshness. Seal the bucket with masking tape.
Step 4
Choose a storage location that is cool, dry, dark and well ventilated. Ideal choices include a closet, a basement or a kitchen pantry. If you will be adding to your survival storage supply over time, choose a location that is easily accessible.
Step 5
Store at least 9 gallons of water for each person in your family. Stock up with cases of bottled water that have air-tight lids.

Tips & Warnings

Add variety to your food supply.
Purchase canned foods in bulk.
Vacuum-seal vitamins and supplements.
Store emergency food bars, cups, extra containers, plastic ware and paper towels.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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