Here is an older article from the American Civil Defense Association‘s Journal of Civil Defense about planning food storage for emergencies.
“All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin” are lyrics from the popular Christian hymn, “Come, Ye Thankful People Come.” Throughout history people have prepared during the plentiful harvests of all for the upcoming winter when food would be scarce and the time to harvest past. Great comfort could be found in stores of food which would see families through the cold winter. Lack of stores could result in hunger, illness and even death before a chance for another harvest.
While winter storms are still an important consideration, our society has a system in place where fresh fruits and vegetables, along with a wide variety of foods, are available year round at local markets. There is little consideration given to preparing for the upcoming winter because of a year round bountiful harvest. May we suggest this false sense of security may prove to be disastrous?
In addition to winter storms, there are other dangers to consider– man-made disasters such as war, terrorism, EMP (electromagnetic pulse), food contamination, riots, civil unrest and the list goes on; as well as natural disasters including earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, floods, drought, famine and epidemics, which may strike with little or no warning. We need not look far to see evidence of these dangers throughout the world. The best way to protect our family is to take personal action.
In this article we will give you information which will help you develop a workable food storage plan unique to your family’s needs and preferences. Then you can take that information and get to work.