It’s been interesting over the years watching people’s reactions to having extra food on hand. Even in the age of instant news and information, and with the plethora of natural disasters today, a lot of people still are resistant to having more than a couple days food in their house.
Here is what I’ve seen just with my family and friends:
- Two of my relatives (a married couple) have no food in the house. They eat out every meal because neither one cooks. And they don’t want to cook. They have no basic handyman skills either. So, if something happens, they are totally dependent on others for all their needs.
- An aunt and uncle keep a couple days of food in the house but don’t feel the need to have any more. They live in the middle of tornado alley in the midwest and have close calls every year.
- I have many friends in the Boston area where power goes out every year, sometimes multiple times. None have a fireplace, so they are dependent on purchased fuel for heat. Also, none have a backup generator, so when the power goes out, they have to tough their way through it. Sometimes, they turn on the oven and open the oven door for heat. Plus, they have very little food in their houses.
- One of my relatives is dating someone from Eastern Europe (I love Europeans and world travel, so I’m not singling him out). He survived the holocaust when he was young because he spoke 4 languages and could pass for a citizen of several countries. Still he was separated from his parents when he was young and never saw them again. He was on his own from an early age and had to fend for himself. However, living in America today, he still takes no precautions. He goes to the supermarket every day and is happy living like that.
Why am I telling you all this? Just to underline the fact that we all make choices. Even with overwhelming evidence to the contrary, people still think it will never happen to them. I hope they’re right.
I assume if you are reading this, you are at least open to having some emergency food on hand. If so, realize you can start small. Here is a 72-Hour kit from Mountain House Freeze Dried Food that will give a taste of what emergency food storage is like.