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3 Day Food Supply

3 day food supply is recommended for preparedness as food insurance after a violent storm, earthquake, flood, or other emergency. Radio talk show hosts such as Glenn Beck, Alex Jones, and Sean Hanity have all encouraged their listeners to put some food aside. 72 hours of emergency food and supplies has been recommended by government agencies and preparedness experts as a way to mitigate the aftermath of a disaster, however, the current status of the economy and the governments ability to respond to a large scale disaster may necessitate that more than a three day food supply is available to you and your family. Regardless, it is important to understand what a 3 day survival food supply is and how to prepare for a disruption of food delivery.

What is a 3 day Food Supply?

A three day food supply includes enough calories and nutrition in the form of vitamins and minerals to sustain you and those you are responsible for for 72 hours without receiving any food assistance from an outside source. Water storage should also be considered a vital component of a 3 day food supply as it is used to prepare meals and hydrate when municipal water sources are not available. It is important that you think through and plan your three day food supply carefully. It must be good quality, taste good, and be light and compact in the event that it becomes necessary to find safety or "bug out" to a location better suited for sheltering.

Freeze Dry Meal in Mylar Pouch vs Ration Bars

Freeze-dry meals in a pouch are a very common three day food storage option and have become more popular with people who are making their own emergency food kits than traditional ration bars which are found in a lot of survival kits on the market today. Both of these types of food storage have their benefits and negatives, but ultimately if you are looking for good taste, high calories, and comfort food after a disaster, you will probably want to do the freeze-dry entrees. They do require a little more preparation, but that preparation pays off in the form of much better tasting meals. You will need to include a small backpackers stove and a cup to boil water. Once the water is boiled, it can be added to the meal pouch to hydrate the food, which only takes a few minutes. Finally, you will need water.

3 Day Water Supply

Your food supply should have enough water to last your three days, and you should plan as if you will not have access to safe water for at least 72 hours. The best way to do this is to store Mylar water pouches and have a 5 gallon water carrier near your emergency supply that you can grab and go if necessary. You may need to increase or decrease the amount of water based on the number of people you have to care for. At a minimum, your 3 day food storage should have one gallon of water per person per day.

Two special notes about water.

  1. If you choose to use freeze-dry or dehydrated food, and you keep a hiking store with your food, do not be tempted to believe that you can just boil any water you find. Fuel will be a precious commodity and you will need to conserve it. You may want to consider a small personal water filter or water filter straw.

  2. Keeping a baggie with four table spoons of pool shock with your 3 day food storage will allow you to make 10 gallons of bleach. That 10 gallons of bleach can be used at 1 part per 1000 to treat water that may be unsafe. That means that 1 gallon of bleach can treat 1000 gallons of water!

The biggest mistake people make when putting together a 3 day food supply is not doing it! So start today with just one simple item and then add to that until you have your supply of food.