Preparing for emergency food storage can require as much thought as preparing for long term food storage. In fact the same type of planning is necessary but the items may be different. Each person’s needs must be addressed and planned for. A short term emergency usually means that things will be back to normal in a few days or hours.
Sometimes you can see the emergency coming, like in the case of a hurricane or a big winter storm, but most of the time an emergency situation happens suddenly and you won’t have time to get ready. The power will probably go out along with the water. Preparing for a few days of emergency food can be fun and you can prepare lots of the food yourself.
Dehydrating food is a fun and economical way to preserve the foods you eat every day. Fruits, vegetable, and even meat and fish can be dehydrated. It saves you money and you can dehydrate entire meals for emergencies. To begin you will need a food dehydrator.
A food dehydrator will cost between $50 and $300 dollars. Get one that is easy to use and has a few nice features.
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As riots spread across the world, having started first in Europe and now engulfing the Middle East, most people in the U.S. outright reject the possibility that the same could happen right here at home. But the fact of the matter is that we remain in economic crisis and there is a real possibility of a total collapse of the system we have come to know.If the system does happen to collapse, be it because of a hyperinflationary currency meltdown, political uprising or anything in between, here are ten things you can expect to happen, just as they are happening in the Middle East today:
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- There will be a general break down in law and order. Law enforcement will not be policing your neighborhood. This will likely lead to a community response and vigilante groups setting up neighborhood security details. The law and justice will be determined by those walking your streets with sticks and guns, so be (Read More....)
Have you got your emergency food supply prepared? An economic collapse is coming, and now is the time to prepare - not after things have completely fallen apart. Already, the price of food is going up significantly at places like Wal-Mart. When the economy does finally collapse, the things that are going to be at a premium are necessities like food. The truth is that we are not always going to be able to run down to the local supermarket and fill up our carts with all of the inexpensive food that we want. When the U.S. economy implodes and the U.S. dollar enters a period of rampant inflation things are going to be much, much different.
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Are we about to see a massive rice shortage in Asia? Thailand and Vietnam, the two largest rice exporters in the world, are facing severe drought conditions that are severely threatening this year's rice crops and global rice supplies. Rice is one of the key "staple foods" in eastern nations, so a serious disruption in the supply of rice could be a major problem. Thankfully, many crops in the western world (such as wheat) are doing very well so far this year, so hopefully this potential rice shortage will not hurt too much, but it never hurts to put away some extra rice in your emergency food supply. After all, you don't start preparing for a storm once it has already arrived. You start preparing when you see the first storm clouds forming on the horizon.
In Vietnam, this severe drought is shaping up to be the worst in a hundred years. The truth is that there has been very little rainfall across the entire nation since last September. Over half of Vietnam's estimated (Read More....)
While many world leaders have been wringing their hands about global warming, the truth is that the global deep freeze now ravaging North America, Europe and Asia is the biggest problem for agriculture right now. In fact, many analysts are now predicting that agricultural losses due to the unusually cold winter will lead to huge spikes in the price of food and massive food shortages in many areas of the world in 2010.
So just what has been so bad about the winter of 2009/2010?
The truth is that for many areas of the northern hemisphere, it has been the most brutal winter in decades. Record-setting cold temperatures and devastating winter storms have been sweeping North America, Europe and Asia with no apparent end in sight. In fact, 877 snowfall records were set or tied in the United States in just one week in December alone.
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Doesn't it seem as though there are more crop diseases than ever popping up in 2009? The latest crisis is a disease known as "late blight", and it is absolutely devastating tomato and potato plants in the eastern half of the United States. As if tomatoes were not expensive enough already. Most Americans have never even heard of "late blight", but it actually has a long history. Late blight is the disease that is blamed for the Irish potato famine of the 1840s, and now it is seemingly back with a vengeance.
A stunning press release from Cornell University is warning gardeners and commercial farmers that late blight is hitting the eastern United States with a ferocity that has never been seen before.
Meg McGrath, an associate professor of plant pathology and plant-microbe biology at Cornell says that "late blight has never occurred this early and this widespread in the U.S."
So how do you know if your plants have late blight?
Well, one symptom that you want to look for is ugly brown spots on the stems of your plants.
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Will a wheat rust that the vast majority of Americans have never heard of lead to a catastrophic global famine? Agricultural scientists now fear that Ug99, a devastating wheat fungus also known as stem rust, could wipe out over 80 percent of the world's wheat crop as it spreads from Africa all across the globe. In a world already on the verge of a massive food crisis, this is incredibly frightening news. Most Americans have never even heard of Ug99, but the truth is that it is considered by experts to be the most serious threat to the world food supply. Ug99 is known as "stem rust" because it produces reddish-brown flakes on wheat stalks. It is incredibly deadly and there is no known cure for it.
The Los Angeles Times recently reported that The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico now estimates that 19 percent of the world's wheat crop, primarily located in Asia and Africa, is in imminent danger from Ug99. If Ug99 were to start spreading in the United States, it is estimated that approximately 10 billion dollars worth of wheat would be destroyed.
10 billion dollars.
That is a whole lot of bread.
Most Americans laugh at the idea of building up an emergency food supply. But let us consider what happened in 2008 when food prices spiked and millions were suddenly facing an unexpected food shortage. The following articles are from last summer during the height of the food riots around the world, and they illustrate what could happen around the world when the next big food crisis hits.....
Thousands of starving citizens clashed with police in Egypt over flour rations.
A North Korean father killed his starving family and then took his own life in despair over the lack of food.
Looted shops burned in Haiti as the food crisis there escalated out of control.
In Ethiopia, it was not just children, the elderly, or the poor who were suffering. According to aid workers, starvation was hitting just about everyone.
You see most Americans don't care about things until it is affecting them, and they think t (Read More....)