The Five “Ws” of Emergency Food Storage

Let’s approach the subject of emergency food storage by asking all the basic questions: Why? Who? What? How? When? and Where?

Okay . . . so that’s five “Ws” and one “H.” But who’s counting?

Why?
Macey’s and Augason Farms knows that in an uncertain world, having an emergency supply of food on hand can be very reassuring. You never know what tomorrow will bring. Daily news reports remind us how misfortunes such as earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding or even a job loss can strike anyone, anytime. When that happens, food and water can become scarce, or even nonexistent.

Upon listing basic needs, eating and drinking rank at the top. No one wants to go without either for very long. So, buy food and water storage for the same reason you buy insurance: It just makes good sense to be prepared.

Who?
You, of course. Since no one is immune to tragedy, each household should have a reserve supply . . . just in case. Whether you are single or part of a large family, this is good advice.

And we think the “who” you should turn to, the best choice for your storage is Augason Farms, a food storage leader with over 40 years of invaluable experience at producing delicious, long-lasting foods. Whether you’re an old hand at it or a newbie, Augason Farms has already thoughtfully developed and manufactured the products you need.

What?
That’s up to you. Store what you like to eat; eat what you store. Struggling to subsist on unfamiliar food in an already trying crisis can only add to the stress. Eating familiar and preferred foods can have a reassuring effect.

Coincidentally, one of the strengths of Augason Farms products is that they can be used in everyday meal preparation. They’re that good. If the time should ever come when you need to eat exclusively from your stores, there will be little change in your diet.

If you’re on a budget, start by buying only a can or two a week. And when finances permit, add more. Start with perishable substitutes such as milk, butter powder, dried eggs and such. You can use those in your everyday cooking as well as holding them for emergencies.

You’ll find, as well, that Augason Farms is consistently less costly than competitors, saving you money.  Augason Farms also offers frequent promotions with additional discount pricing at participating Associated Food Stores.

How?
There are two valid approaches to storing food: “do it yourself” or “buy it.” If you prefer the first, Augason Farms offers dozens of useful and delightful things you can’t make for yourself—things like powdered butter or dried egg mix. Or if you prefer the second method, there are complete kits and packs that make storing effortless. This means your emergency food will be ready when you need it, without the hassles of canning and the need for constant rotation.

Either way, Augason Farms has just the things you will need. Dehydrated or freeze dried foods have the longest shelf life—up to 30 years in some cases. And taste is never an issue with Augason Farms. As mentioned before, they have a long reputation for delicious, wholesome food.

When?
There’s no time like the present. Decide how many people will be using the storage and for how long, then buy accordingly. For example, Augason Farms offers a 12-day food supply pail that makes a perfect 4-person, 72-hour grab ‘n’ go kit.

If your budget will allow, get a large, prepackaged kit or pack that fits your needs. If there are budgetary constraints, start modestly with enough food for a few days or weeks. In fact, Augason Farms has packs and pails that are tailor made for more modest budgets. Add when you can. But keep that ball rolling. Make a plan and stick with it.

Where?
There are two answers to that question. First, store food anywhere you might be. At home would be the first place. That’s where you would want an ample supply, sufficient for a prolonged event. Consider laying in supplies in the other venues in your life: a cabin, boat or even your car. Lives have been saved because someone thought to put a 72-hour or grab ‘n’ go survival kit where it was later needed.

Second, finding the right place to store your emergency food supply should be easy, though it requires some thought and research. A cool place, away from sunlight is best. Since space is at a premium in most homes, you may have to get creative. Some use the space under beds; others in closets. Still others set aside space in a shed, garage or a basement.

In fine, no one should be without some emergency food storage. And the very best comes from Augason Farms. They offer delicious peace of mind. Look for their fine products in the food storage aisle of your local Macey’s. Be wise. Start today.