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What Does Emergency Preparation Look Like for Your Pantry?

| 3/16/2020 10:27:00 AM

Pantry Essentials For Food Security

A pantry. It can be a gorgeous space that looks like a mini grocery store, or it can be as simple as a plastic bin with a lid shoved under the bed. Whatever you consider your pantry, you should always have one and keep it stocked for emergencies.

With Covid-19 upon us as a nation, it is imperative that everyone has at least some provisions. This does not mean hoarding or binge shopping just because. Having two weeks’ worth of food is a tough thing to get when everything is closed, or the stores have sold out of the basics. Building this pantry slowly may not be possible if you’re suddenly pitched into an isolation situation, but it is doable. Many online markets are available, including many local chains offering delivery or pickup.

Our pantry has evolved over the years from a small lidded box stashed under our bed when we lived in an apartment in the city all the way to our current project, an entire room dedicated to food storage, laundry and a sitting area for our kitchen. I’ve had everything in between over the years - an unused closet in a guest bedroom, a shelf under the stairs in the basement, a cupboard in the kitchen - they all served to store our daily food as well as keep us well fed and comfortable in an emergency.

Here in the northeast, we can have blizzards, ice storms, freezing rain, floods, tornadoes, heat waves and random blackouts. I have seen all of the above over the years, and each time we go through something extreme, I take stock of what we did and didn’t do in order to learn and prepare for the next time.

Prepare for the Worst, Hope for the Best

My motto: Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.

3/23/2020 10:56:30 AM

Enjoyed your lists of “stocked up items”, gave me some great ideas. Can you share your recipe for your homemade hand sanitizer? Thanks much Patricia

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