Today I want to give you some information on a type of long-term food storage, and why it’s something you should consider. And I know there are some of you who think that’s going a little overboard, and quite unnecessary. I know what you’re thinking…."I have a refrigerator full of food, and the big grocery store chain is just a few minutes away.” Or maybe you saying to yourself, “The budget is tight and it just seems like a lot of trouble. My life is too hectic as it is!”
But consider this little scenario and see if you don’t recognize the wisdom of my words: I’ve been following a post thread on one of my favorite, and among the most informative and educational blogs, called SHTF Plan. (Stands for Sh—Hits The Fan Plan) – blunt, but to the point, right?
One of the posts was by Selco, a Bosnian man, who with his family, barely survived the Bosnian/Serb War of the early 1990’s. He wrote to warn Americans to pay attention to the signs of impending troubles. (You can read his entire story here.) He makes it pretty plain how fast societal infrastructure and your life can change. One day his family was leading a comfortable, full life, and in a matter of days they were breaking apart furniture to burn and keep warm. Can’t happen here, you say?
Now, consider this: All the economies of Europe are on the verge of collapse. And how does that affect us, you ask? Well, to begin with, 20% of our exports go to Europe. U.S. Officials suggest we have two options: 1) Bail out Europe with our tax payer dollars (I’m thinking, Yeah, that worked so well with TARP) or, 2) Let Europe go down and directly affect our economy (I’ve heard estimates that we could be looking at a $5 Trillion exposure – that’s our exports; the portion of your 401K that’s invested in European bonds and paper; and what their failure would do to the value of our Dollar – the whole shebang).
And while visiting debt-torn Greece on Monday, our Vice-President joked (Really?) that a member of his delegation “represents the Treasury Department. He’s brought hundreds of millions of dollars.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t find that joke particularly funny….and I’m sure the Greeks weren’t laughing either. And guess who would be providing that money? You and me!
It’s not hard to see the potential for a pretty bleak picture in the near future. Is there anybody whose economy is doing well? Oh, yeah---China. And they own America’s debt. I think the joke is on them!
But there’s no doubt that the unrest exhibited in the streets of Greece, Syria, Egypt and now the U.S. (and I urge you to take the Occupy Wall Street movement seriously) can result in, at the very least, a temporary disruption in the movement of goods and services.
So why not take the worry of an adequate food supply off the table? And it is really such an easy solution. My suggestion is to purchase 5-Gallon Food Grade Buckets, with Gamma Seal Lids from either CheaperThanDirt or Emergency Essentials, both two of my favorite suppliers.
The buckets stack nicely; are easy to manage, protect your food well; and best of all, are affordable. When used with Metallized (or Mylar) bags (to keep out the moisture) and Oxygen Absorbers (to keep the bugs out), you can safely store most food for up to 15-20 years. These buckets will store approximately 25 pounds of pinto beans (protein), rice (fiber), flour (good for about 3 years), sugar (doesn’t need an oxidizer), and corn meal (about 2-3 years). You can supplement these basics with canned goods from your pantry and satisfy any palette. It may not constitute a gourmet meal, but I guarantee if we encounter a blip on the radar, no one will be complaining.
These convenient Food Grade buckets are an easy solution, with “peace of mind” benefits. Just stick them in your basement or spare bedroom, and don’t think about them. They’ll be there when you need them. I see them as "insurance"; just part of my resources to provide protection against the possibility of shortages. And I do it out of a sense of security, not fear. Rice and beans, anyone?
2 Timothy 1:7 -- "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cringing and fawning fear), but (He has given us a spirit) of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control."