Today I am going to set a scene that I hope none of us ever have to deal with, but you just never know.
WHAT IF you could not leave your property for at least 30 days or maybe more? It could be from extreme weather, illness, quarantine, marshal law or civil disturbance, lack of vehicle, etc.
COULD YOU SURVIVE?
I realize that we all may run out of fresh items, but with your freezers, canning, dry goods, and store bought goods, could you and your family survive?
Bread could be a problem for some. We don't eat that much bread, but I can bake my own. Likely I would make biscuits or tortillas.
Milk and eggs could be a problem. Keep shelf stable milk and dry milk to supplement. Eggs can be frozen and there is always egg replacement that is dry.
Extra butter is kept in the freezer and I also keep butter powder that could be used for flavoring.
Fresh fruit and veggies could easily replaced with home canned and purchased canned goods.
Meat could be a problem for some. Simply use less per meal or use in recipes that extends it.
Health and beauty aids - we should all have enough to get by for quite a while.
Medications - hopefully you are allowed to purchase in 90 day scripts. Ask you doctor if you aren't.
Pet supplies - don't forget the fur babies. We need to have supplies for them as well.
COULD YOU DO IT?
I sure hope so. This is why we talk about keeping our pantries stocked up - just in case.
Slowly work on your pantries and build them up in all areas. It can be done with an extra $5 or $10 a week. Look for mark-downs and super deals. Try to think about all areas of your life.
It is better to have too much than not enough. You could always help someone else if too much - but you and your family may get hungry if not enough!
My opinion is that we should all have AT LEAST 2- 3 months worth of food on hand. I know that sounds daunting, but it could mean survival in a dire situation.
I would push for more than that (maybe 1 year) - but work on that time frame for a basic start.
Make sure you have a variety, so that what might be a miserable situation, doesn't seem worse.
The time of the year could also play a big part. In the summer you could have fresh garden produce - but the neighbors might see/take as well (if everyone has to stay home). It is best to have a good supply INSIDE that can't be seen by others.
I pray that we never have something that horrific happen that we would be bound to the home for that period of time. In this day and age, you just can't be sure of anything.
BE PREPARED FOR THE WHAT IF'S!!!!!!!!!!!!!