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We recommend a food storage program. If we have an event whether it is terrorism, economic or weather related, we must have food to eat. The food delivery system works on a "just in time" supply technique where food for store shelves is delivered "just in time" to sell to customers. This system is very fragile. Any number of the above events can stop this delivery system. Grocery store shelves will clear out within hours of a major terrorist event. Roads will be closed. Truckers will stay with their families. You will run out of food if you don't have a good supply of food to rely on. There are many suppliers of good storage food on the market. A great source for information on storage food is the LDS (Mormon) Church. They have, for generations, known the value of having a good storage food program. Go to www.google.com and search "storage food" for more information.
Getting a food supply together for your family can be a daunting task, however if you follow the guidelines below, you will be surprised at how fast and easy it can be.
Taken from “Family Home Storage: A New Message,” Liahona, Mar 2009, 10–14
Gradually build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet until it is sufficient for three months.
Store drinking water.
Establish a financial reserve by setting aside a little money each week, and gradually increase it to a reasonable amount.
Once you have achieved the first three objectives, you can expand your efforts, as circumstances allow, into a supply of long-term basic foods such as grains, legumes, and other staples.
Establishing long-term storage is easier than some might think. Dr. Oscar Pike and his colleagues in the Brigham Young University Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science have done several in-depth studies on long-term food storage. They discovered something surprising: properly packaged and stored low-moisture food retains much of its sensory (taste) quality and nutritional value for 20 to 30 or more years after being placed in storage—much longer than previously supposed.
Research shows that these common longer-term food storage items, if they are properly packaged and stored at or below room temperature (75 degrees F; 24 degrees C), remain nutritious and edible much longer than previously thought. Even after long-term storage, these foods can help sustain life in an emergency.
Food Shelf-Life Estimate in Years
A three day supply of food and water, per person, when no refrigeration or cooking is available.
Click here to print out a list of items you should have in your 72 hour kit.http://lds.about.com/library/bl/preparation/72_hour_kit.pdf
A complete home storage program includes storing other useful items. For example, soap should be included, both for washing clothing and for personal hygiene. We might also include things such as batteries, matches, and candles in our storage.
Things you should have: