Food Storage

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When disaster strikes, will you be ready? The best way anyone could prepare is by collecting and storing food.

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina struck the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi, leaving thousands without power, water, and food. For five whole days after the initial aftermath of the hurricane, many citizens were deprived of their basic human needs. Water was contaminated and food was scarce. Eventually, the federal government called for a public health emergency and overtime food and water were distributed. Citizens who needed food were given scarce rations as thousands were in need.

In times such as these, food storage can become a lifesaver for a family. To many, food storage may seem impractical or costly, but it is an ultimate necessity for emergency preparedness.

While Idaho may not suffer from hurricanes, the state is still susceptible to wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods and many other natural disasters that may not come to mind on first thought.

If a big disaster were to hit Idaho, it could be chaotic. Because of the rural nature of the state, not everyone would receive aid and assistance.

Idahoans need to be prepared and the first step in emergency preparedness is to store food. Food storage may seem daunting, but all it takes is adding small things to the shelf each time. As the shelf builds up, more of a variety of food can be added and switched out. Remember small steps can bring about big things.

When building up food storage for emergency preparation, remember that you want to stock up on foods that are protein-rich as well as foods that will provide sustainable amounts of calories for energy. It is also vital that you include plenty of water in your storage as well. Cereals and grains are also good foods, but remember to keep a wide collection of different foods. If there is a disaster, remember that this is the food that you will be eating.

For more information on food storage for emergency preparedness please attend our free Idaho Preparedness Expo.


10 am – 4 pm

Madison High School
2300 University Boulevard, Rexburg, ID 83440


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