Developing a Tiered Food Storage System

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Developing a Tiered Food Storage System


We often think of food stockpiling in extremes and tend to look at the long to extremely-long term when putting things together.  However, it’s important to remember that we also need to have access to a short-term food supply as well.  Not every crisis, SHTF or survival situation will be the same.  There  are times when all you need to do is get through the first 24-72 hours as opposed to having to fend for yourself for years.  Let’s take a closer look at developing a food supply that can help to cover your bases no matter what type of crisis you’re facing.



Consider short-term supplies as those needed to get you and your family through a crisis that lasts 1-3 days.  Portability and ease of access are the most important things to be thinking about when establishing a short-term food supply, and mason jars or bulk goods are not always practical solutions during these situations.  In cases of bugging-out, this involves stocking up on lightweight and nutrient-rich items that are pretty much ready to eat.  When sheltering in place, items should also be ready to eat in case you can’t cook.   In both situations, consider having a survival food kit on hand as a way to give you easy access.



This is when crises last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.  A good survival food kit is also ideal for these types of situations, and there are plenty of them out there to choose from.  Just remember to over-estimate your needs as opposed to getting the bare-minimum.  This will give you a greater sense of security and range of options if you eat more than planned or don’t like some of the meals in the kits.  You can also use your stockpile as a a way to get through medium-term situations, but try to organize items so they are easily accessible and easy to transport if you need to bug out.



This is when a crisis is likely to limit access to food and other basic resources for months or even years at a time.  This is when short-term survival food kits simply won’t be enough, and you will need to either find a way to hunt or gather food or rely on your stockpile.  However, it’s important that you divide up your resources and place items in different locations so that you don’t have all of your eggs in one basket.  A long-term food stockpile is more-vulnerable to pilfering as well as spoilage, and you want to make sure that you have a system in place that minimizes this risk. 

These guidelines are intended to illustrate that not every stockpile or system is suitable for every crisis. Take a closer look at your level of preparedness for short as well as long-term emergencies so that you adapt accordingly.  Pack your bug out bags, order some food survival kits for your home or emergency shelter in addition to investing and building up your long-term stockpile as well.  The goal is to be ready for anything, and the more you can do now will reduce the chances of being caught off-guard when a crisis arises.