A few years ago we lived where tornados visited frequently. We decided to have a storm shelter built.
The plan was to stock it with survival foods and other necessities so all we had to do was run and sit the storm out. Nice try.
Here were the problems. We lived in a very humid area, this included the ground below the surface. Concrete wicks water so the interior of the shelter always felt moist. The food we put in the shelter was suppose to be “rotated” with groceries so it did not get stale. The fact was we often forgot to rotate the food for extended periods of time as we were so busy. When we thought to rotate-we found the food was spoiled, often mold covered.
The plan was changed. We would run to the shelter with each of us grabbing food to take with us. We were never tested this plan so I don’t know how this would work. We sold the property and moved on.
Next we moved to a place where forest fires and floods were the problem. We lived in a very wooded property. The forest fires were a serious threat. They did not give us any option except to evacuate and hope we would have a home when it was over. This happened twice and threatened us a couple of other times.
Next: We were told that a hurricane was headed for Texas and was going to impact us with floods and high winds. We live on high ground so we did not worry about the flood but the high winds worried us. The winds could bring down trees surrounding our home.
Also we were told that maybe we would be without electricity or access to any roads out of our area and this could last for 4-5 days. Again we decided to stock food. We went shopping for “famine food”. (this is what we called our camping supplies in years past).
We went up and down the grocery aisles. It had been years since I stocked up on camping foods. I picked up some canned foods and dried dinner mixes. We went home feeling safe. When the storm began we opened some of the canned meats and could not believe these were considered edible. We fed most of them to the dog.
Some of our famine food combined with food we had on hand carried us through the 4-5 day emergency, but without the canned meat and vegetables that were laced with salt and preservatives that we fed to the dog.
Now I am rethinking our Famine Food plan. For meat and eggs we will each grab two chickens. We will then have the perfect solution.
Live chickens do not need refrigeration. They feed themselves, they don’t take up a lot of room. If they are provided with a little food, they will stay close to us.
Chickens provide a lot of options for food. Chickens lay nutritious eggs for breakfasts, egg salad sandwiches, omelets, etc.….
When they stop laying, although probably tough old birds, we can have stew and chili. Next emergency, I’ll let you know if this plan works.