One of the most commonly asked questions we get is:
How much food should I store to be prepared for emergencies?
Well, there is no final answer to that question since every emergency is different in type, location and duration.
Some emergencies can be of small scale and get remedied in hours, days or weeks, some can be large disasters that could span for weeks, months or years.
Depending on where you live, the type of emergency or disaster will also vary. Some states have to prepare for earthquakes, some for flooding, others have to fear tornadoes or tsunamis along shore lines.
So ask yourself the following questions:
1) what type of emergencies and disasters can happen where I live?
2) what supply resources do I have (own garden, canned and dried fruits and foods)
3) what type of utilities will I have (or will I need) to prepare my foods?
4) what retail store infrastructure do I have and will it be available after a disaster?
5) what type and how many storage locations do I have available for my food supply?
6) what is the number of people and pets that depend on me for food and water supplies?
7) do any family members have special needs?
The answers to those questions will determine how much food you need to store.
The type of storage locations you have will determine what type of foods you can store.
Also, if you can't cook or bake then ready-made meals might be a better solution for you compared to storing raw ingredients such as flour and wheat, etc.
However, to give you a rough idea about what type of food supplies and how much of each you would need for a 1 year supply, we have provided you with a food storage calculator below.
Simply fill in the number of people for each age and click 'calculate'.
While this food calculator is for food items that you will use when sheltering in place, we also offer emergency food rations for use during Evacuations; Datrex Emergency Food Rations