More recently, the world has witnessed earthquakes in different countries, tornados in North America and flooding in Southeast Asia. When these unfortunate calamities happen, people, environment and food supply are severely affected. People crowd groceries and supermarkets all trying to stock up at the last moment in order not to suffer from hunger due to the scarcity of food. High intensity earthquakes cause panic and turmoil on the streets due to the destruction wrought about in their areas. Food becomes the highest priority for individuals because food is the source of survival even in the worst disasters.
Techniques on emergency preparation always emphasized the need to have available food that will last for a few days until assistance or help arrives. It is very difficult to stock up on meat, poultry and fish because all these food items are perishable. The best kinds of food items that should be stocked up for any unforeseen emergencies are canned goods, grains, salt, sugar, flour, coffee and other farm produce that can last for a few days like potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic and other similar items. If the present budget will not allow the purchase of these food items in one bulk, the basic food necessities can be included in the grocery shopping list a little at a time. These extras can be stored in a convenient place in the cupboards which can readily be accessed by the family during an emergency situation.
Forecasts of severe weather conditions always result in food items running out quickly in the groceries. Speculation cannot be avoided since businessman sees this as an opportunity for a higher profit. It is disappointing to find that some of the most basic necessities have run out in the grocery shelves. Shortage of food supply cannot easily be attended to by the government if the severe weather conditions prevent them from providing the immediate emergency assistance. It is for these reasons why families need to have some food stocked up in order to survive and lead a normal life in spite of whatever circumstances that may befall.
If there are young children and infants in the home, always be prepared with some powdered milk and non-perishable food items. Adults can withstand hunger but children cannot; however, always be mindful of expiration dates. If the milk that has been stored is close to its expiration date, it must be consumed to be replaced with another new stock. Chocolate, biscuits and cookies which are not immediately perishable can also be kept in the cupboards to appease children during any emergencies.
Survival is one thing that people should always be mindful of. It is not only the food supply that should be prepared for but other emergency measures like first aid kits, communication devices, flashlights, batteries, transistor radios and extra set of clothing. Always be alert during any kind of emergencies and always think about safety precautions. Be properly informed on early warnings from the news on TV or the internet. Being well informed is always a critical part in emergency preparedness.