When emergencies strike, it can take days, maybe even weeks, for the government to arrive with survival aids such as first aid supplies, temporary shelter, water and food. That’s why experts recommend that every household is prepared with sufficient survival aids that will last seven days or more.
Essential Survival Aid Supplies
These are the basic essential emergency supplies recommended by emergency preparedness experts:
- Water: One gallon per person for seven days or more each
- Food: Enough to last each person at least seven days
- Heavy clothing
- Sturdy shoes
- Important documents
- Battery operated radio, with extra batteries
- Flashlights (at least one per person) with extra batteries
- Hygiene supplies
- Sanitation supplies
- Fire extinguisher
- Gas-free cooking stove
- First Aid Kit
Essential Survival Foods
Here are 10 essential foods you should have in your food storage in case of an emergency:
- 1. Rice – Rice provides your family with carbohydrates, which are vital to keeping up your energy during a stressful situation. If stored correctly, the shelf life of rice can be more than 10 years.
- 2. Beans – Beans are a very powerful survival food all year round. They are very high in protein, making them a good substitute for meat if necessary. If stored in a sealed bucket, in a dark, dry, cool location, beans can last for about 10 years.
- 3. Cornmeal – This multi-purpose food contains oils and carbohydrates that help them last longer. You an make tortillas and corn breads very simply with a gas-free stove or portable oven using cornmeal. If kept sealed tightly, cornmeal can last between eight months and two years.
- 4. Lard – Most healthy eaters tend to stay away from lard. However, vegetable shortening and animal lard last much longer than cooking oils. Unlike oils, lard can have a shelf life of more than three years when stored in a dark, dry, cool place.
- 5. Salt – This is a very useful item for your food storage. Salt can be used to flavor foods, cure beef and preserve foods. The shelf life for salt? Forever.
- 6. Vegetables and Fruits – Most canned foods can last up to five years or more, including canned vegetables and fruits. However, freeze-dried vegetables and fruits provide the same vitamins and minerals, and have a shelf life of about 25 years or more.
- 7. Meat – Storing canned meats is a good choice for your food storage. They last about 6-10 years, and are one of the best sources of protein. For an even longer shelf life with the same nutritional values, try freeze-dried meats. They can last more than 25 years.
- 8. Sugar and Honey – Sugars (both white and brown) add flavor to foods and provide needed calories. When stored in air-tight containers, sugar can last 10 or more years. Honey is an excellent alternative to sugar, having a shelf life that can last forever.
- 9. Pasta – This is a light-weight food source that provides carbohydrates. Although pastas don’t last as long as rice does, they can still remain good for about five years.
- 10. Peanut Butter – This is another source of protein that can be a good substitute for meats. It’s also a good source of much needed calories and fat. This food makes a tasty treat during an emergency, and has a five year shelf life.
Be Prepared with Survival Aids
The Daily Bread provides basic survival aids and food storage for emergency preparedness. Protect your family and your peace of mind by storing the tools you need to survive a crisis.