Short Term Food Storage
This method of food storage is often used for disasters and crises which will be over in a short period of time. When considering this type of storage, it is often recommended to have food storage for 3 months. However, a 30 day food storage emergency food supply can be used for many more situations than just natural disasters. It can also be used for unexpected loss of a job or financial emergency, food shortages, and power outages. Utilizing this method then means even in the event of one of these situations, you will be able to maintain relatively normal eating habits and diets during a particularly difficult time.
Good Options for Food Storage for 3 Months
Specifically, we are going to look at food options and packaging methods that are perfect for the short-term, regarding 30 days to 3 months. This eliminates dried and canned foods, as they can last much longer and will be reviewed in the Long Term Food Storage section. Non-perishable packaged foods that you actually eat on a regular basis are a great choice. It is important that the food you select is going to be food that you enjoy, as good food could drastically improve mood, morale, or mental health. A few good suggestions are: cereals, granola bars and trail mixes, baking or cooking mixes, kitchen stapes (such as flour, sugar, dried pasta, rice, etc.), boxed (not frozen) dinners.
In terms of beverages, this is more important than most people realize. While water is necessary to survive in the literal sense, many people drink something that they could not reasonably, or easily, go without. Some examples are coffee, tea, or a particular soda. While it may seem silly to devote storage space and money on what may appear to be luxury items, it is better than the alternative. If you truly do drink a beverage habitually, then it is better to just have it than would be to deal with the situation and potentially kicking an addiction.
Pets 30 Day Food Storage Emergency Food Supply
There is not really anything special you need to do for your pets regarding the kind of food that you end up purchasing for them. Both canned and dry food will hold up well in the short term. Treat will even be able to last as well for when your pet is being particularly good! The most important thing is that you are also including them in your planning and preparation. They are a part of your family too and we should be sure that we could provide them with some normalcy during a potentially very difficult time!