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  • We dont cook, so will be SOL once the granola bars and ice cream are gone.

    0 0%
  • We are Konmari minimalists. So, about a week before we got hungry.

    9 31.03%
  • We go to Costco like some go to church. We could probably survive about a month.

    13 44.83%
  • We take prepping seriously. Months, if not years worth, are in our closets and garage.

    5 17.24%
  • We are mostly self-sufficient here. We have a productive garden, chickens, goats, enough to get by.

    2 6.90%
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    Default How much food do you keep onhand?

    Im being nosy about what other people keep on hand for emergencies.

    Here we have two wildfire seasons, May and October. If there are big fires, we can expect to be homebound for 4-5 days. Most stores, fast foods, and restaurants are closed. But we do have electricity and water.

    I know other parts of the country face their own perils - hurricanes, snowstorms, zombie apocalypses, etc.

    'Prepping' sites (the more realistic ones, at least) seem to advise that you need 1-6 months of food and water on hand, and that you need to be continuously using the supplies so they dont get too old. To me, thats eating way too much processed food.

    I buy top ramen, chicken broth, black and kidney beans, canned pineapple, tomato, rice, pasta, and flour in bulk, along with a case of bottled water (mostly used when offered to guests because I know I dont like straight tap water from other peoples houses). I estimate we could probably go a couple of weeks (but having electricity) without being completely miserable. Running out of milk and butter and meat (honestly, nobody is going to miss running out of veggies) is a bigger inconveneince.

    I also noticed that we are more likely to eat junk food and snacks during emergencies.

    How much do other people keep on hand? What do you do food-wise during your regional *routine* emergencies?
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    We lived in Florida for a few years so we had a hurricane box full of food/emergency supplies. When we moved to the San Francisco area (east bay) we relabeled it Earthquake box. Now its mostly mountain house backpacking food which is really tasty and all you do is add hot water to it, stir, close the bag and wait 10 minutes. We have a paint can filled with chicken that is cooked this way - supposed to be food for 10 days I think. We have a couple of those and various other things. My cupboards have canned food and I always keep a case a of water in the back of each car. So we probably have food for 2 to 3 weeks if we did it carefully. We also hav a bug out bag - with four old backpacks in it, each backpack has some emergency supplies - space blanket, packets of drinking water, matches, etc. I'm not sure what all is in there - dh is the paranoid one and packed it.
    We cycle through the camping food, eating some of it each summer when we camp and then restocking it. We also have a few cans of dog food in there.
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    I put a week, but we might make it two. And a month if you count what we have in protein powder.

    I have it down on my list for next year to learn about hurricanes and make a hurricane kit with DS. We've never has one.
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    We sort of fall in between KonMari and Costco. So Konstco? CostMari? That's us. No big box memberships, but I Kroger every two weeks and keep one or two back-ups of everything but produce and meats on hand. No "stockpile", though.
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    Food Security for the Faint of Heart: Keeping Your Larder Full in Lean Times: Robin Wheeler: 9780865716247: Books I love, love, love this book! It's not a crazy prepper book, but a common sense, motherly instinct to prepare and provide-type of book, IMO. It's got a lot on the gardening front, if you don't garden AT ALL and have no interest in it, or even finding some local farms, this book might not be perfect in your eyes. It's not a book about storing and making meals out of dehydrated foods, though they are out there, and there is nothing wrong with that.

    We've got our critters and a huge garden and just finished our root cellar two years ago. Yeah, we are fairly self reliant. I also live in an agriculture heavy valley, so there's that. I should also add that I hate grocery shopping and do it as infrequently as possible....Costco (likewise, Cash and Carry) is a friend too.

    I absolutely think that, at the very least, being prepared for a few weeks is just good parenting. Who wants to face their hungry child? Grocery stores will be empty after 3 days of a prolonged emergency, tops and that is if they are open at all. Stores don't have a back room anymore. Computer programs give stores what they need, delivered by trucks, just at the right time that they are expected to run out. Stuff happens.........unexpected stuff. It's just reality, not scary, in fact if you are prepared for a few weeks, there is less to worry about. It's near impossible to be prepared for everything, but doing something is better than ignoring it

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    We live in a flooding zone and we are at the southern most tip of tornado alley, on top of that we get plenty of tropical depressions. I learned after the flood in October 1998 to keep food on hand and a charged cell phone. And the closer you live to a river, a canoe or some kind of reliable watercraft with basic supplies in it. What I keep on hand is canned vegies, fruit, meats. Bottled water, water purifier tablets, fire starter, mirror, compass, can opener, swiss army knife, flash light, keeping some light dry clothes in a baggy ( i havent done this one yet, but now that i think of it, i should). And of course a small firearm (with the safety on and a safety lock) Just last week a woman and her baby were plucked from a tree. Last year it flooded in Wimberly, a couple of people, including a young boy, have not been found. The mother, instead of leaving the house, made her good by phone call. I couldnt understand this. Maybe frozen with fear. I feel bad. In the 1998 flood, ds was 3. The road going to Seguin had 12 ft of water and the road going to San Marcos had 6 ft of water. Thankfully we were pretty high above these dry creeks. After seeing a house in a tree along with cars and other debris, I decided to have supplies and a plan.
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    We've got our critters and a huge garden and just finished our root cellar two years ago. Yeah, we are fairly self reliant. I also live in an agriculture heavy valley, so there's that. I should also add that I hate grocery shopping and do it as infrequently as possible....
    THIS IS ME!!

    I voted "take prepping seriously." Honestly though, we have a freak lake-effect snow storm that may strand us for 2 or 3 days, and once in a huge, great while a tornado rolls through, so that's not our reason for a basement full of food. We've done it more for a combo of expense and control over what we eat (fresh eggs, fresh/canned froze veggies and fruit from our gardens, etc.). We also eat very little meat anymore (mostly due to dh's high cholesterol), so we have bags and bags of dried beans.

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    I don't like shopping. I also belong to an organic buying club so I buy a lot in bulk. Buying in bulk allows me to simply visit the produce dept. and get out of the store.

    I buy beans, rices, lentils, etc. in 25# bags. I buy a lot of items by the case so our pantry, fridges and freezers are typically full. We also freeze/can a bit from the garden. (Although we are not gardening this year.)

    We are not prepping for a disaster...I'm just lazy and frugal
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    We have a month of bottled water, (we have a delivery service, because our water softener makes the water taste salty ). Also, a month of animal feed, and a month of toiletries and laundry soap. Assuming the chickens survived whatever emergency was happening, we would at least have a few eggs every day, but as far as dried foods, we would probably last about 10 days. Where I live, the risks are flooding or tornados. In both scenarios, the odds are our food storage would be destroyed, so stockpiling huge amounts would not save us. I try to keep enough stuff around to avoid frequent store trips, since it is 20 miles to the nearest grocery store.

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    We don't have much in the way of natural disaster threats on a regular basis. Yes, we had 3 feet of snow in one 24 hour period during a blizzard this winter. We were fortunate and did not lose power. The storm started on a Friday and by Sunday we could mostly get out - there was nowhere to go, however. DH made it to work on Monday and by the end of the week the schools were open. The longest I can ever remember being stuck at home, unable to get out, was 3 days during an ice storm/blizzard/ice storm combo back in the 90's.

    We do have hurricanes and tropical storms come ashore across NJ or up the Chesapeake Bay and give us torrential rains and heavy winds and spawn a few small tornadoes, but we've only ever lost power for about a day. A few years ago TS Lee flooded our area severely. Our town (and specifically our neighborhood) is surrounded on one side by the end of a creek that dumps into the Susquehanna river, and the river. My house is probably at the highest point in town. We didn't even have water in the basement, but I know for a few days there was no getting in our out of town. We were away on vacation enjoying the sunny beach, but I saw pictures. A road that had 12 foot clearance under a railroad bridge was flooded up to the railroad tracks. A small retiree townhome community on the edge of my neighborhood had water up to the ceiling of the first floors. So flooding would probably keep us trapped quicker than snow, and of course the big concern I'd have there would be clean drinking water. I do have a whole house filter and RO system, and we keep a case or two of bottled water in the basement. We buy more if something like a hurricane or blizzard is predicted.

    We buy our meat in bulk from a farm directly, so we have a freezer full of responsibly raised meat in the basement. We usually have frozen veggies, too. And 2 huge containers of protein powder in the pantry, and a few pounds of pasta, brown rice, oats, beans, etc. I'd guess we could make it at least a week or two if necessary.

    Our biggest threat is the nuke power plant about mile away. We have KI pills that are given out each year, in case, but if anything happens there - we are getting out, ASAP. We have a close friend who works there, so we'd be forewarned.
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