Home Storage Basics

There are three Categories of Home Storage:

  • Basic Storage would include life sustaining foods and nonfood items;  These include items as  grains, rice, corn or other cereal grains, dried milk, dried fish, legumes (beans and peas), sugar salt, fat and water.   Also store  a years supply of garden seeds to plant and supplement your diet.   A grinder for preparing flour from your stored wheat  which you can buy on line or at some local health stores
  • Emergency Storage  would be for every member of your family to have a portable container or pack pac with supplies like water, food requiring no refrigeration or cooking;  like graham crackers,canned fruits , meats, medications and medical history, change of clothing, candles, matches, ax, shovel, first aid booklet, can opener and blanket.  Its important that this container can be picked up at a moments notice!  You never know when an emergency will come up and each member should be prepared to Grab N Go !
  • Expanded Storage  This would include foods and daily essentials.  Things like baking powder, soda, and spices.  Fruits and Vegetables to supply vitamin A and C. They can be stored in root cellars, or canned, pickled, dehydrated, or freeze-dried.  Smoked, canned or freeze dried meats and fish supply additional nutrients and proteins the body needs in stressed times.  These foods have a short storage life and should be used and replaced regularly.  I date all my cans and items so I can rotate them regularly.  I also keep a list of items we have on hand  and add new one to it.  I know you wonder How do I start?  Well We started with buying a few things every payday and also my canning season adds a lot to our storage!  Another way to save is to use Coupons!  Yup good ol Coupons can get your deals and save money;  just check out those Sunday Papers all.!!   Lets not forget if we have little ones to stock up supplies for them also, diapers, lotions, paper products for all and Soaps and Cleaning supplies.
  • Water Storage  The required reserve for per person is 14 Gal (seven for drinking; and seven for other uses, one Tsp of Bleach is added per Gal if in doubt of the purity of water.
  • First Aid Supplies Emergency storage should always include first aid supplies in a metal, plastic or wood container with a tight-fitting lid;  I divide my box into compartments ( I like it organized) .  Here are some items that should be in your box;  Adhesive tape, Ammonia, Antibiotic Ointment, Bicarbonate of soda, Calamine lotion,Diarrhea remedy, Elastic bandages, Gauze bandages, hot water bottle, Hydrogen peroxide, Ipecac syrup (induces vomiting) Knife, Matches, Measuring cup, Medicine dropper, Needles, Paper Bags, Razor blades, Rubbing Alcohol, Safety pins, Scissors, Soap, Thermometer, Triangular bandages ( or Kotex Pads)  Good packing bandages)  First aid Instruction book, Prescribed Medications, Consecrated Oil .  Label all supplies and organize for fast use!
  • Clothing  Durable clothing should be included in home storage to meet the family storage for at least a year so that it can accommodate the seasonal changes.  If you can its a good ideal to store fabric, needles and other sewing items;  some food storage company sell a lot of first aid kits and reasonable also!
  • Fuel and Light  A reserve of fuel like (coal, wood, oil)  at least enough for cooking.  I also include in mine are batteries, candles, water proof matches, flash lights, and buddies burners.  Again check your local hard ware and department stores especially in the camping area isles ;  lots of cool thing there and its fun shopping for these items!

Just remember to store the foods you know your family will eat and practice cooking with your storage so you and family will know what it taste like and get the experience doing it  By all means share your tips with each other and learn Just In Case!

Source:  Personal & Family Preparedness of LDS Church

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