Guide to Preparedness Now - Bringing out the Storekeeper Within

Bringing out the storekeeper within not only feeds you and your family in an emergency/disaster, but also provided an in-house store from which you can "shop" to prepare your daily meals.  Years ago we started with an emergency pantry (enough to feed us for 5 days) and then added items beyond the basics.  Now our pantry is an in-house store.  We use items, they get added to the grocery list.  That way we keep the stock replenished. 

With ample warning of an impending storm, you may have time to  pick up fresh produce and other items that have shorter shelf lives to supplement items in your emergency/disaster pantry.
  • Baking Goods - Baking powder; Chocolate: Baking Squares - unsweetened, bittersweet, semisweet -  Chips - Cocoa powder; Cooking Wine: White, Red, Dry sherry; Cornstarch; Cream of tartar; Dried bread crumbs; Dried mushrooms; Flour:  All-purpose, wheat; Honey; Milk, Evaporated, Condensed; Milk, Powdered Buttermilk; Powdered eggs; Pure vanilla extract; Sugar: Brown, Granulated, Confectioners'; Sweeteners; Syrup:  Maple, Pancake, etc.; Yeast; Cornmeal; etc.
  • Beverages - Coffee; Tea; Kool-Aide; Milk, powdered; etc.
  • Bread - Pita with pockets; Flour & Corn Tortillas
  • Canned Goods - Beans:  blackeye, kidney, navy, chickpeas, black; Broth:  Chicken, Vegetable and Beef; Chiles: green, pickled jalapenos, etc; Fish: tuna, sardines, knippers, salamon; Fruits:  mixed, pears, peaches, etc.; Meats: ham, roast beef, etc.; Prepared Meals like Ravioli; Spaghetti sauce; Tomatoes: whole, diced, paste, etc.; Vegetables:  variety of vegetables; etc.  Add Baby food and/or formula if you need it.
  • Cereals - Breakfast Cereals: Boxed, Instant Oatmeal, etc.; Grains: Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, etc.
  • Comfort Foods - Alcohol; Candy; Peanut Butter; Yogurt; Your Family's favorite food; etc.
  • Condiments - Jelly, Jam or Preserves; Ketchup; Mayonnaise; Mustard; Olives; Pickles; Salsa; Soy Sauce; Worcestershire Sauce; etc.
  • Dairy Products - Butter or Margine; Cheese; Eggs; Sour Cream; Milk; Yogurt; etc.
  • Dry Goods - Barley; Beans:  Garbanzo, Kidney, Lentils, Lima, Pinto, Dry; Crackers:  Assorted; Dried meat: jerky; Fruits:  mixed, pears, peaches, etc.; Granola bars and power bars; Milk, Powdered; Pasta: spaghetti, macaroni, linguine, orzo, Ramen; Pasta: standard, whole grain, rice noodles or egg noodles; Rice:  white, long grain, brown, instant; Sun dried tomatoes; etc.
  • Fresh Produce - Fresh vegetables and fruits that your family will eat
  • Meat - Meat that your family will eat
  • Oil -  Vegetable, Canola, Olive, etc.
  • Snacks - Applesauce; Cookies or biscuits; Crackers; Dried fruit: raisins, apricots, cherries, etc.; Marshmallows; Nuts, mixed -  Keep them in the original package.; Nuts: almonds, walnuts or pecans; Peanut butter; Popcorn kernels; Pretzels; Seeds: flax, pumpkin, sunflower, etc.;
  • Spices & Seasonings - vanilla, salt, pepper, paprika, cinnamon, pepper, taco seasoning, etc.
  • Staples - Bouillon cubes or granules: chicken, vegetable, beef; Breadcrumbs: plain or seasoned; Honey; Kitchen staples (baking soda, baking powder, yeast); Tomato paste; Vinegars – balsamic, cider, sherry, red wine and white wine;

Non-Food Items - Ax and hatchet; Baby supplies: diapers, formula, powder, lotion, etc.; Bandages; Bic Lighters; Blankets and/or sleeping bags; Canning Supplies; Charcoal; Lighter fluid; Matches; Medications: OTC, Vitamins, Prescription;  Peroxide; Soaps; Tissues, toilet paper, disposable diapers and feminine hygiene supplies.; Toilet paper; etc.

Useful Items - Apple Cider Vinegar for Cleaning, cooking, and has antibiotic properties; Baking Soda for Cleaning, cooking, etc…; Bleach for disinfecting water; Honey for its antibiotic properties and wound healing.;


Store items need for Food Preparation:

  • Cooking utensils

  • Knives, forks, and spoons

  • Paper plates, cups, and towels

  • Can Opener & bottle-opener

  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil

  • Gas or charcoal grill; camp stove

  • Fuel for cooking, such as charcoal. (CAUTION: Never burn charcoal indoors. The fumes are deadly when concentrated indoors.)



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