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How Much Emergency Food to Store
Your first step should be deciding how much food you want to aim for. That can be determined by how many people you intend to feed and how long you want to be able to survive on your stored food.
Three days is often used as a minimum amount, and that is what most government agencies will suggest. That is a fine place to start, but many potential emergencies can last longer than that. A better goal would be 2 weeks to a month. If you have the space, 3 to 6 months worth of food would make you very secure no matter what type of disaster takes place. Of course, you can start out with 3 days and continue to add to your larder as space and budget allows for it.
Between the members of your family (and any "extra guests" who may be at your home in the event of an emergency), calculate how many meals you need to provide. Several online sources can provide detailed calculators to help with this, especially if you are storing a lot of raw ingredients (dry beans, flour, oil, peanut better etc). Here is a very simple list for a 3 month period for one adult:
|Flour, pasta, rice, oats||75 lbs|
|Dry beans of any type||15 lbs|
|Cooking oil, shortening, peanut butter||3 lbs|
|Honey, sugar, corn syrup, molasses||15 lbs|
|Milk (dry or evaporated)||18 lbs|
|Baking powder and soda||1/4 lb each|
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