ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Politics and Social Issues»
  • Environment & Green Issues»
  • Disasters & Recovery

Top 6 Reasons to Consider Emergency Food Storage

Updated on March 26, 2014

You've probably heard the ads. With the world's economy on the brink of disaster, it’s time to buy gold. Gold is the answer to all our problems or so it would seem if you listen to all the commercials.

As a mother, I'm growing increasingly concerned with these messages about the need to purchase gold in case of impending economic crisis. Certainly there are compelling reasons that gold and other precious metals should be a part of everyone's portfolio. If there is a situation where our monetary system collapses or becomes severely crippled, having gold will certainly be a hedge against paper currency having no value.

But the biggest issue that I have with focusing on gold is that if the proverbial s@&% hits the fan, my local grocery store isn't going to be able to take gold or gold coin in exchange for the food and water that my family needs.

You Can't Buy Here

As a matter of fact recently in our area there were severe thunderstorms. Once the rain began to clear, I made my way to our local market for a few groceries. As I reached the store’s entrance, one of the employees was greeting customers at the door to tell everyone that the cash registers and electronic payment machines were not working because of power interruptions due to the storm. He told us we were perfectly welcome to come inside and look around, but we wouldn't be able to purchase anything until the machines came back online. It was clear that with the electrical situation no one could use debit or credit cards, but when someone asked about paying with cash, all customers were told that wasn't an option either.

As a society we have become so dependent on electronics in our lives that even our stores can't process transactions without electricity and their online connection. I remember as a little girl the old manual cash registers with keys that the checkout people pushed to input the prices of your items. Clerks actually mentally calculated how much change to give back to you. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that our stores in this day and age are equipped to handle a cash situation during a rainstorm much less accept gold in a financial emergency.

So I'm thinking that having a certain amount of gold to cover personal savings if our money is devalued is good, but still more important is to have a food storage plan that will help families in any sort of crisis.

American farm during time of the Dust Bowl 1930 to 1936. It was caused by severe drought and lack of crop rotation.
American farm during time of the Dust Bowl 1930 to 1936. It was caused by severe drought and lack of crop rotation. | Source

Six Reasons for Emergency Food Storage

Grocery stores in urban and suburban areas typically only keep 3 days worth of food. In the event of a natural disaster or emergency, the ability for individuals and families to provide for their eating needs would be severely limited.

Here are the top 6 reasons you should consider emergency food storage...just in case:

1) Self Reliance & Independence - just like our forefathers, storing food is an important part of maintaining the security and well being of your family. Should an emergency or economic downturn create a situation where food prices skyrocket, your family will be in a safe position where your food supply and pocketbook will not be affected by high prices and food shortages.

2) Inflation - the United States is well on the path to high inflation and high prices on everything from the gas we use in our cars to the food we purchase at our local supermarkets. In Germany, Yugoslavia, Russia during the fall of Communism, prices for just a loaf of bread reached such exorbitant amounts that people could no longer afford it. People waited for days in extremely long lines to obtain bread from state sponsored food banks. By preparing ahead of time, you can prevent this type of scenario from ever occurring in your household.

3) Protection from Natural Disasters and Emergencies - think back on the effects of Hurricane Katrina and what happened to Louisiana citizens who were not prepared. Bare necessities such as food, water, medical supplies if purchased in preparation for potential emergencies can not only help your family but your neighbors in times of crisis. Also storms can make the transport of food impossible and also destroy crops so having survival supplies on hand is an important part of being prepared.

4) Imported Foods - because many other countries do not have the same safety standards as those of the U.S., you may be consuming pesticides, fertilizers or even bacterial or chemically contaminated foods. These imported fruits, vegetables and meats could potentially pose a danger to all of us, and by storing food that is free from these harmful substances, you protect the health and safety of your family.

5) Job Loss & Economic Crisis - with high unemployment and business failures, storing food during the good times will ensure that your family has their needs met if a financial crisis strikes home.

6) Crop Failures - with a shortage of bees to pollinate crops and water scarcity affecting many states, it is only a matter of time before Americans could see crop failures and food shortages in our country.


Being Prepared is Key

Think back to the Bible story of Joseph in Egypt. He interpreted Pharaoh's dream of seven years of feast and seven years of famine. During the 7 years of feast, he wisely stored extra food and supplies so that when the 7 years of famine hit, Egypt was saved and was even able to give aid to foreigners entering their land.

Even though there is high unemployment and huge budget deficits in our country, at this point we still have plenty of goods available. Now is the time to begin setting aside extra food for any harder times that might occur in the future. Even if there isn't a catastrophe or food shortages due to crop failures or inflation, your family will still be in a position to rest assured in the knowledge that you have enough even if times get more difficult.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • monicamelendez profile image

      monicamelendez 5 years ago from Salt Lake City

      Nice hub. I have six months of food storage right now but am planning on getting more. Yeah a lot of people have silver instead of gold because of the seizure act!

    • Joshua Kell profile image

      Levi Joshua Kell 6 years ago from Arizona

      I forgot to add...that one wants gold on hand; Also, a lot of people don't realize there is a gold seizure act in place here in the US. I am pretty sure that the law was put in place in 1927; and dictates that the government can seize gold (including wedding bands)from citizens during a national emergency. The collapse of our economy, or Martial Law, would allow this. From my understanding, gold coins older than 1927 (???) are exempt. I may be wrong about the year and possibly other particulars. I just know that collecting gold is probably a hobby best kept to ones self, and is not a bad idea. I do not feel comfortable listing precious metals in a portfolio, I do not feel comfortable with bonds, or letting someone else hold my wealth.

    • CarolineMichelle profile image

      CarolineMichelle 6 years ago

      Hi Joshua, thanks for stopping by. Very wise to have been stocking up all these years! Businesses will definitely have to adapt to accepting gold and silver should our currency fail like so many are predicting.

    • Joshua Kell profile image

      Levi Joshua Kell 6 years ago from Arizona

      Most of my friends think I am a little paranoid, because I have been stockpiling food and other necessities for years. Gold is a safer hard currency than the pound or dollar; and I imagine these folks (shop proprietors) will learn how to accept gold and barter, when there is no cash to swap for. It has been my experience that most business men are hip enough to want gold more than paper. At least I hope so. I liked your hub, and I do feel it is VERY important to prepare, especially if you have children or are responsible for the elderly or disabled. Good luck, the sh*t will definitely hit the fan at some point. It is mathematics, the odds are against humanity if we don't change our way of thinking, very soon. Thanks.

    • CarolineMichelle profile image

      CarolineMichelle 6 years ago

      Gourownway, I do believe gold has its place, but as you said, if there is a big enough crisis, who is going to accept it? Your local store can't, that's for sure. Living in earthquake territory, it certainly makes sense to start stocking up! Thanks for visiting.

    • gourownway profile image

      gourownway 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Living in California I should be better prepared, however, I have been a bit lazy about it. This hub is making me re-think! Interesting that you brought up the gold thing. A lot of politico's are pushing that we have gold on hand. Great, but who in a time of crisis is going to accept it?

    • CarolineMichelle profile image

      CarolineMichelle 6 years ago

      Thanks Donna! Glad to hear that you keep extra supplies on hand. We should all be so prepared! I'm really working on adding to our storage just in case. Stay safe and warm with that snow storm coming!

    • Donna Janelle profile image

      Donna Janelle 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      You have great reasons why we should always keep extra food and medical supplies on hand. Where I live in Oklahoma right now we are about to get hit with a major (for Oklahoma) snow storm. I guarantee if I went to the store to buy bread I would have an extremely difficult time finding any right now! I try to keep extra food on hand just in case. Your hub is a great reminder as to why we should all be prepared!

    • CarolineMichelle profile image

      CarolineMichelle 6 years ago

      Thanks Pamela. I'm definitely stocking up on coffee myself! Thank you for stopping by! :)

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Caroline, I think you listed some great reasons to keep a supply of food on hand. I know with inflation for instance, coffee is supposed to be going up in price so when I see a sale I stock up. This was a very good hub.