DON’T Count on Three Days of Food at Your Grocery Store for an Emergency

We all know that when a big storm is about to hit, everyone runs to the grocery store to buy bread, milk, and eggs – and that’s just for a winter snow storm that might dump 3″ of snow on the ground. However, is this enough?

Mom with a PREP | When a big storm rolls through, just how much food does your grocery store really stock? What happens if the roads are closed. The answer may surprise you...

Why Running to Your Grocery Store Isn’t the Answer?

American retail & manufacturers work on the Just In Time theory of supply – get what you need only just in time before you actually need it instead of spending money on storing it until then. Grocery stores use this same premise. They don’t stockpile vast amounts of foodstuffs in the back  – they work on a 3-day inventory.

So what happens when…a great storm is coming, whether it’s a hurricane to rival Katrina or a snowstorm that will dump multiple feet of snow. If everyone in the region heads to the grocery store at once to stock up, the store won’t be getting resupplied until the next trucks arrive. Maybe a truck will be in the next day, maybe not. If roads are blocked, iced over, or the trucks have been stopped for whatever other reason, the 3 Days of Food that people assume are always available in the grocery store can be gone within hours when a population panics.

Prepare for an Emergency with 3 Days’ Worth of Food

So, if you’re relying on the fact that in an emergency situation, you’ll have a day or so before the store runs out of food so you can wait a little longer to pick something up, you could be very wrong.

How to combat that? Carry more than 3 days’ worth of food in your own home! FEMA recommends a 3 day’s supply of food and water, though local authorities in many areas are beginning to recommend at least 7 days of food and water.

Want to know how to get there? Here is a series that can help get you stocked up so that you don’t have to worry!

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Katy Willis is a writer, lifelong homesteader, and master herbalist, master gardener, and canine nutritionist. Katy is a preparedness expert and modern homesteader practicing everyday preparedness, sustainability, and a holistic lifestyle.

She knows how important it is to be prepared for whatever life throws at you, because you just never know what's coming. And preparedness helps you give your family the best chance to thrive in any situation.

Katy is passionate about living naturally, growing food, keeping livestock, foraging, and making and using herbal remedies. Katy is an experienced herbalist and a member of the CMA (Complementary Medical Association).

Her preparedness skills go beyond just being "ready", she's ready to survive the initial disaster, and thrive afterward, too. She grows 100% organic food on roughly 15 acres and raises goats, chickens, and ducks. She also lovingly tends her orchard, where she grows many different fruit trees. And, because she likes to know exactly what she's feeding her family, she's a seasoned from-scratch cook and gluten-free baker.

Katy teaches foraging and environmental education classes, too, including self-sufficient living, modern homesteading, seed saving, and organic vegetable gardening.

Katy helps others learn forgotten skills, including basic survival skills and self-reliance.

She's been published on sites such as MSN, Angi, Home Advisor, Family Handyman, Wealth of Geeks, Readers Digest, and more.

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