Do you know what your calorie requirements are during a natural disaster? Have you calculated what you may need to store during a natural disaster? Being prepared means planning ahead and that means taking account for each possible scenario.

Consider how many calories you may burn in a typical day. Do you know how many dense calories you are storing in your home or some other location? The way to track this is actually quite simple. There are fitness trackers that will monitor how much activity you do in a single day. Now, consider that you may have to clean up after a natural disaster and also you may do so under duress.

Just find out how many calories each person in your family uses each day. A good way to figure out how much you may burn off in a natural disaster is to multiply that amount of calories your burn naturally each day by a factor of 1.5 because you probably won’t have air conditioning and you will probably be cleaning up afterwards. It is okay to lose a little weight after the natural disaster struck but you don’t want to just waste away.

The standard three meals per day is something that has been drilled into our society for years. However, in order to really make your food last you may want to limit your daily intake to just one or two meals per day. You probably won’t starve to death but you may go a bit hungry for a while. If you have growing children though you may just want to stick with the three meals per day regimen.

Survival Food Plan

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Consider all the variables to your plan. Do you grow at least some of your own food? If so then you may not need to store as much dried and preserved food as you once thought. However, if your neighbors haven’t planned ahead you could take them in and feed them but then use their desire for food to make them do some of the chores for you.

This is just simply the bartering method that many cultures have used for hundreds of years. Both people benefit as your neighbors get fed and you get some extra labor to get some things around your compound done.

Having extra food then can be considered a part of stored money you are saving up for a “rainy day” so to speak. These food stores would be invaluable to someone who is starving for food and needs help. Clearly you will want to protect these food caches as anyone who is well armed could just end up killing you for the food you took the time to buy and store away.

If you should happen to live in a northern climate such as somewhere in the Midwest then storing food to help you get through the winter months is crucial. Obviously it is far more difficult to grow food when the ground is frozen and the temperatures can make metal brittle. Each person in your family should have enough food to survive a minimum of 2 years if not more.

Two years of food may seem to be a bit extreme but unless you have mastered being an urban or suburban farmer you will want to have that extra bit of insurance for when things don’t go your way. Now, you could consider at least part of your food stores to be dried and preserved foods that have a very long shelf life. Many survivalists store at least part of their food cache as MRE’s because they are just so easy to obtain and also easy to prepare. MRE’s have the added benefit of being very calorie rich so there is little doubt you would lose weight by eating a couple of these during the week.

Take the time to consider what could happen and how much food you should store for your own family. Of course your budget and your home and storage facilities have to be taken into account. If you are not living in an area that is conducive to farming than now is probably the best time to move, because it is far harder to change locations if society should fall a unrecoverable disaster.

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