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Freeze Dried Foods and Other things you should have in Case of an Economic Emergency

Updated on May 4, 2011

What you should have in Case of an Economic Emergency

Tens and thousands of people are asking themselves this question. What can I do to protect myself in case of an economic emergency? What types of foods have the best storage life? How am I going to survive if the gas prices go up so high, that farmers can no longer sell food to the population? What if….

These questions are asked by a lot of people. They have every reason to ask. The recent economic changes have caused the general population to worry. You have every right to worry, and you have every right to prepare your family with food, shelter, and yes, even cooling and heating in case the economy crashes.

What would you do with all the food you stored if the economy gets better, and you no longer need it? What you store when you prepare yourself for an emergency will not go to waste. You can find someone that needs it before it expires, use it for camping, or eat it before it goes bad. It is better to be prepared when something bad happens, than not to be prepared.

You should have a survival list

You should have a survival list of the things that will serve your family, and start your supply slowly if you have to. There are millions of people worried, and with that many people, the worry may very well be legitimate. However, you may not be able to afford asking yourself these questions. You should never give yourself an excuse as to why you are not prepared. You should just prepare.

You are reading this very article for a reason. Listed are tips about how to prepare yourself in a bad situation, and what you should have on hand. If you feel this article did not cover everything, add to it in the comments section. After all, the more people that are educated in helping themselves if the economy collapses, the less of a chance you have at getting your supply robbed.

Freeze Dried Foods

It is a good idea to supply yourself food for two years. In the meantime, you can learn how to plant your own seeds, and become more sufficient.

Some companies have freeze dried foods. It is a good idea to have these foods on hand; they are designed to last a while. Some freeze dried foods last thirty years, provided they are stored properly.


You should make sure you have plenty of seeds on hand. Beans are the easiest food to grow, in any climate. You should also get different types of vegetables.

Water Filter (for camping)

You should not bleach your water unless you really know what you are doing. You can boil water to make most of the bacteria go out of it. You can also get filters for water. If you get filters for bad water, make sure you are stalked up on them. Most filters have only a certain number of uses until they go bad.

Some people suggest buying gold

Is your neighbor going to take the gold for his last piece of bread? Your neighbor might, but it is also a good idea to have something to trade. If worse comes to worse, people will start robbing, and ripping each other off. What good would gold do if people become corrupt and steal it? Invest in gold, but also invest in other things.

What would be good for trade in a bad economy? Bullets for hunting, seeds to plant, and maybe even transportation. Horses may become a reliable source of transportation. Make sure you have enough to feed your horse. The good news is that you can actually plant their food.

Weapons and Bullets

You should have a rifle or shot gun handy with ammo. You may need the ammo for trade, or hunting. Please get a safe first and foremost. The safe isn’t only helpful in case someone decides they want to steal it, but it helps keep others in the house safe as well.

If you do not know anything about weapons, take a class. There are plenty and some for free.

Solar Panels

If solar panels are too expensive for you, they can be made fairly cheap. You can buy solar panels piece by piece, as well as a kit that will teach you how to install them. Solar panels last a very long time. Things are much easier if you have some form of power.

In order to cool your house, you can use the solar panels, and maybe large fans (you’re A.C. unit has a shorter life span than a fan, and it will take a lot of power to use).


If you really are in a bind to keep your house cool, or warm, keep a storage unit underground. If worse comes to worse, you can live in it. Underground units usually stay 75 degrees year round.

You should have a place to store your food, and go in case of an emergency. It is also wise to have the storage underground. It is not only for cosmetic purposes, it also serves to protect you in case of mass panic.

Listed are the basic things you need in case of an economic collapse. When you prepare for an emergency, you are not thinking in a way that is paranoid, but in a way that might benefit you later. Why would you want to say, “I should have prepared for this.” You can prepare yourself, and you should. Nothing will go to waste if the economy doesn’t collapse, if you do not let it go to waste. This would be a very wise investment.

Are you prepared in case of an economic emergency?

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    • sarclair profile image

      sarclair 6 years ago

      Several different companies sale “shipping containers.” Just Google it. Different locations around the United States usually have different companies that sale them.

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Really good hub, Sarclair, but what exactly is a "storage unit" and where can I get one?