When making doomsday supplies for the shelter, what most people first think about is storing enough food and water. And of course, this is the right decision. Food, water and shelter are among the basic human needs, and it definitely falls within the things you should take care of first.
Buying canned food and storing water in plastic containers is what most people consider. It is not wrong and it certainly is useful, but there are many more aspects of storing to think about and there are also some other kinds of food to be stored other than food in cans.
1. Diversify the food – as mentioned above, it is not only canned food that can be stored in doomsday shelters. On the contrary, you can significantly diversify your diet by storing other kinds of food with quite long shelf life and low risk of getting bad. The most common food for storing is freeze dried seeds, legumes and rice, which have long shelf life and can be prepared in a variety of ways. There are also all sorts of dried grains, nuts, seeds and cereal, which can be stored for a long time and do not require any special kind of preparation. In addition to canned meals, you can also store canned milk and fruit, and consider storing dehydrated and powdered products such as powdered eggs and milk.
2. Think about everyone’s needs – food supplies are usually made for you and your family, but many people make them for the extended community (neighborhood, extended family members etc). In all cases, you should carefully think about everyone’s needs and requirements. This means that you should take into consideration all food sensitivities and allergies of the people who will be in the shelter, as well as for health conditions which can affect diet, such as diabetes.
3. Use strong shelves – when making food supplies, keep in mind that cans of food and large bags of rice, beans and other dried food are very heavy. In order to avoid a catastrophe before the catastrophe and to prevent the shelves from breaking and the food from spilling, make sure to invest in strong shelves which will be able to hold the weight of all the food.
4. Store food in right conditions – canned food, freeze dried products and cereal have long shelf life, which is why they are an obvious choice when it comes to storing food intended for longer periods of time. However, if they are not stored in proper conditions, they can become moldy, rotten and last much shorter than they usually would. Make sure to keep food in dark, dry and cool place in the shelter, with the temperature between 32 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid storing food on the floor because it could absorb moisture, and provide good ventilation – you will need it in the shelter anyway, and it will also prevent your food from going bad. Keep water in clean glass or plastic containers, and avoid the containers which contained something else before. Keep food in airtight containers, and use bags with oxygen absorbers to prevent the mold and fungus from developing.