What If I Buy This Food Storage and Nothing Happens?

Your family is your greatest asset

Your family is your greatest asset

“People want a guarantee when it comes to food storage”

People often ask, “What if I buy this food storage and nothing happens?” In order to answer this, we have to look at different areas that need to be addressed in emergency preparedness.

“Areas of Emergency Preparedness”

Tangible Areas

  1. Water
  2. Food
  3. Medical
  4. Shelter
  5. Security
  6. Fuel
  7. Communications
  8. Money

Intangible Areas

  1. Mental
  2. Physical
  3. Spiritual

The tangible areas are physical, tangible things you need to acquire. They cost money. These are listed in order of importance (according to my thinking).

The intangible areas are things that are important, but being intangible, you don’t have to pay for them. It can be argued that the most important aspect of emergency preparedness is the mental aspect. If you are mentally-prepared to make it through a disaster, you likely will.

How many times have you heard a story of someone who nearly lost their life in a disaster? At one point they thought they were going to die. But then something switched in their head, and they decided to not be a victim of their circumstance. They made the willful, conscious decision to survive. Even though the odds were against them, they decided to live.

Let’s get back to the main topic. Since I’ve been at this for a while, I’ve heard all the reasons why a person shouldn’t prepare. Here are some of the more common reasons.

Common Reasons to Not Prepare

  • What are the chances of being able to stay in your home during an emergency?
  • In a real disaster, won’t there be angry, desperate mobs roaming around looking for food?
  • If society breaks down after a major disaster, isn’t it just a matter of time until someone breaks into my house and takes what they want by force?
  • In a fire, earthquake, flood, tornado, hurricane, my home may be destroyed. What good will food storage do me then?

We’ll look at each of these reasons individually.

“There are certain kinds of disasters where you may be forced to leave your home.”

Fires, earthquakes, floods, tornados, hurricanes. All of these may render your home unusable and your emergency preparedness supplies may be destroyed in the process. Or you may be forced to leave by emergency personel. However, if we were to compile a list of events where you would have to leave your home, or at least not be able to use it for shelter, and then also compile a list of events where you could stay in your home, you would see there are many more situations where wouldn’t have to leave.

Quarantines, terrorist attacks in an area of the city other than where you live, natural disasters that affect your city, but not your property. For example, floods commonly affect certain areas, but leave other areas untouched. These are just some types of emergencies where you wouldn’t have to leave your home.

If there was a major disaster or emergency where your city’s infrastructure was down, power was out, and emergency personnel were overwhelmed, there could be desparate mobs roaming around looking for anything they could eat or drink. Desperation does affect the best of people.

The question you need to answer is this. “Do you want to become one of those desperate people who will do anything for a meal?” Because, if you don’t prepare, you will open the door to such a fate.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there were young men roaming the streets with guns, looting and looking for food and water. The news portrayed these men as criminals as they showed shots of them breaking into stores and looting. The survivors tell a different story.

When you read Katrina survivor stories, you learn the majority of young men who were looting were doing so to obtain food and water and give it to the people who needed it the most. Many survivors said that if it hadn’t been for the looters, they wouldn’t have had anything to eat or drink.

To be fair, there were criminals in New Orleans who used the opportunity to murder others. But they were the minority, not the majority.

“In a major disaster, power, services, and public facilities may be unavailable for an extended period of time.”

At those times, there may be people who would want to break into your home and take what you’ve got. I remember reading an article where a FEMA official was asked what would happen if the U.S. were to come under a major terrorist attack, with multiple cities hit. The official replied after such an attack, the plan was to shut down the U.S. electrical grid in order to contain the terrorists. When asked how long the grid would be down, he hesitated, but then said it could be weeks.

In these situations, the criminal element will probably thrive and will go looking for food and water. But they will undoubtedly attack the weak first. Not the fortified. Such scenarios are the reason for one of the tangible areas of preparedness – security. People need ways to protect themselves.

Even though there is a lot of pressure for gun control, firearms are still legal in this country. So, if you are interesting in protecting your family with a firearm, you should get it now, while you can. In addition, please, please, please, take some training. A firearm is useless if you are not comfortable with it and have experience with it.

Let’s get back to the discussion of storing food and water.

“The federal response after Hurricane Katrina was deplorable.”

That alone should tell you that you need to have some food and water on hand. Yes, it may be destroyed or taken from you in any number of situations. But it might not. You can always find reasons not to do something like this. But you should know that:

There are a greater number of situations where food storage will be the difference between life and death.

Think about that.

In the end, storing food and water, and having emergency preparedness supplies will not save you from everything, but it will save you from the majority of things. It will definitely put the odds heavily in your favor. Food storage helps secure your family’s future because you have had the foresight to do it beforehand.

“Doesn’t your family deserve that kind of security?”

Your family's security should be your greatest concern.  Protect them with Mountain House Food
Protect your family with Mountain House Food

Finally, let’s address the question asked at the beginning of this article:

What if I buy food storage and nothing happens?

Well, a lot of people look at food storage as insurance. Just like your homeowner’s insurance, you hope you never have to use it. But when you need it, you’re glad it’s there.

The big difference between homeowner’s insurance and food storage insurance is this:

“Food Storage is the only insurance you can eat.”

For that reason alone, food storage could save your life when a major emergency prevents you from going to the store. So, what we’re really talking about here is that food storage gives your family peace of mind. By having it, you know in advance that your family will have food to eat when times get rough.

In the end, if nothing happens, your family can simply eat it. You can’t do that with homeowner’s insurance. What’s more important, if you’ve made an intelligent choice and bought food storage they would enjoy eating, then you don’t have a problem. They might even think eating it is fun.

Now, if you want to get the finest food storage that money can buy, check out Mountain House Freeze Dried Food.

“5 Great Reasons to Buy Mountain House Food”
  1. Freeze Drying locks in freshness, color, shape, texture, and aroma
  2. Simple Food Preparation – just add hot water
  3. Requires less water and fuel for preparation and cleanup
  4. 25 Year Shelf Life (#10 Cans), 7 Year Shelf Life (Pouches)
  5. Gourmet meals that are delicious and contain no MSG.

Mountain House’s high-quality gourmet meals are the ultimate in taste and convenience. When it comes to food storage, there is no equal.


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  1. emma w. says

    Excellent stuff on What If I Buy This Food Storage and Nothing Happens? | Mountain House Food: Being Content vs. Being Hungry in a Disaster. I even agree with all of it!

  2. Stephen says

    Interesting blog, not like the others!
    mountain house freeze dried food is a very interesting subject to learn about!

  3. Ken Holmes says

    I am interested in your # 10 sealed enamel cans, can you provide info on these? Our web site will show that we manufacture portable water purification units that are based on disaster relief situations. Please let us know if we can be of assistance. Thank You.
    Ken Holmes

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