This is not a ‘How To…’ article. It is a ‘Where To…’ article, i.e. where to find good reasonable suggestions for assembling a food bank to sustain you in case of emergencies.
Whether you are concerned about survival in the wake of a weather catastrophe, power outage, food shortage, civil unrest or acts of terror, it is prudent preparation to consider is food storage. What if the predictions of some ‘crazies’ that a killer sun flare will erupt in 2011 actually happens? Or if civil or political unrest occurs in 2013, a prediction of other crazies. Or the Chinese decide to cash in the U.S. bonds that they hold all at once, crippling the U.S. government?
If you live alone as one then planning can be straightforward. But for families planning is even more important. Remember, one cannot save the world, and must exercise real constraints on the extent and extension of your food bank.
Thirty days? One year? How much of a pessimist are you? A thirty day food bank is obviously much easier to accumulate and monitor for replenishment to maintain adequate freshness.
And finally, pessimist or realist? Remember, in case of a major upheaval home pantries would sustain only for a day or two for most city folks, maybe an additional day or two for those that live in more remote locations. Grocery store shelves would be attacked and without routine daily truckloads to restock, shelves would soon be bare. What would you eat? What would you drink? Is the water supply safe to drink? Has your water supply been shut off?
A thirty day food supply bank is manageable. Thinking about a one year bank makes my head hurt, even though it is for one person. I recommend starting small, thirty days for each person. I also recommend families act as small independent units. Grandpa should not attempt to create a food bank for all his descendants. Family units should stand independently for reasons of simplicity as well as to avoid the necessity to travel as travel may be impossible or imprudent. Also remember that your food bank need not be assembled in one trip to the grocery. Build it over time methodically following a prepared list of all items that it will include.
Popular proponents of food banks, such as Glenn Beck, seem to rely on very expensive food items from companies specializing in such foods. At least he advertises them heavily. I guess these are ok if you have the resources of a Glenn Beck. He can afford a ten year bank for a hundred people and hire a full time “keeper” to monitor and replenish as necessary. You can not do so.
So, when am I getting to the ‘Where To…’? Here are the best practical links I have found (no advertising, no commercial ties, no bull).
Links on the above web site also provide interesting related reading on other topics.