Most of us take food for granted. We drive to the grocery store and walk through aisles stocked full with everything imaginable. There are no empty shelves and our biggest challenge is deciding which brand or flavor we want to buy. But sometimes we get a reminder of just how fragile our food supply can be. From hurricanes to out-of-control fires, we've witnessed just how tenuous normal life can be. Be Prepared for the unexpected: Order your Komando Kit today and receive $50 off the regular price, plus a free tech gift just for the Kim Komando audience!
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Hurricane Michael is battering parts of the US East Coast right now, and so soon after Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. News agencies reported on shortages as emergency food banks ran low on supplies for both residents and first responders alike. As wildfires rage, hurricanes reach shore, and flooding devastates agricultural communities, we're left asking how we can personally prepare ourselves and our families to ride out the storms, in whatever form they may come.
Why you need to Be Prepared
Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Blizzards. Earthquakes. Wildfires. Floods. Weather and nature can be unpredictable and potentially devastating. Hurricane Florence is just the one powerful example of what this can mean. Flooding cut off entire cities and washed out roads. Farmers lost crops and millions of chickens, putting a severe strain on the regional food system. This stress wasn't a one-time event. It can and will happen again, as we saw even more recently with the impact of Hurricane Michael on Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests stocking a two-week supply of food in case of an emergency. "Foods that require no refrigeration, water, special preparation, or cooking are best," says FEMA. BePrepared.com specializes in foods that meet those criteria.
Out with the cans
A two-week supply of food for an individual or a whole family means you need to stash away a lot of consumables. When you think of emergency food supplies, you probably imagine a pantry stocked with rows and rows of canned foods, but canned foods have some major drawbacks.
Cans are bulky and have a relatively short shelf life, with high-acid items like canned tomatoes expiring within just a couple years. For long-term storage, there are better options that don't require you to rotate them out or watch for signs of botulism, caused by a toxin that can contaminate compromised canned goods.
Dehydrated, freeze-dried, and powdered foods
There are smart alternatives to canned foods. BePrepared.com has you covered with foods that are nutritious and tasty, but also have an extremely long shelf life of up to 25 years. They take up less space than cans and can save you money over the long run when you don't have to constantly refresh and replace your emergency food supplies.
Dehydrated: Dehydrating foods has been a tried and true method of preservation. It dates back to when people would sun-dry foods, but it's just as effective in modern times. BePrepared.com's dehydrated food options are a flavorful and nutritious boost for your emergency food needs.
Check out the dehydrated potato shreds, which are perfect for making hash browns, or the dehydrated banana slices, which give you a sweet snack or a fun flavor to add to a dessert.
Freeze-dried: Freeze-drying uses a rapid freezing process to remove water from food. This method helps retain the nutrition, structure, and flavor, but removes the weight and bulk. This makes freeze-dried foods an ideal option for your emergency supplies. BePrepared.com stocks everything from freeze-dried fruits and vegetables to roast beef and sausage crumbles.
Powdered: You're probably already familiar with edibles like powdered milk, but a lot of other foods can be powdered. BePrepared.com's powdered food selection covers everything from honey to eggs to nacho cheese and butter. Powders are powerful. They can be used to add flavor to meals, like soups, stews, and sauces. Protein-packed powdered eggs can be reconstituted for omelets or any other recipe that calls for eggs.
You can put together your own emergency supply menu from BePrepared.com, or order a prepackaged kit that covers a certain length of time, like two weeks or one month. You can even order an entire one-year supply of BePrepared.com food that's designed to provide over 2,000 healthy and flavorful calories a day.
Whichever way you choose to stock your pantry, you will rest easy knowing you're prepared for any emergency and that you will be able to keep yourself and your family fed.
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