Those who are not ready with emergency food preparedness could face terrible difficulties in adverse situations. The food shortage can make them weak and feeble.

Finding and/or building shelter is as much about your skill as it is the tools at your disposal, and the necessary materials will vary greatly with the terrain in which you happen to be. However, it is very inexpensive and always a good idea to tuck an emergency blanket and an emergency tube tent into a pouch, just in case. A Parachute Cord Bracelet can come in mighty handy too. Of course proper clothing is of utmost importance, and planning ahead for unexpected weather should always be a given. Remember, it is easier to carry clothing you don’t need than it is to manufacture clothing that you don’t have, if you do need it.

My family volunteers at Manna, helping to shelve cans and boxes of food. We also put together grocery bags of supplies for families in need. It’s a fun place to work, and perfect for a group of friends who want to spend a few hours completing their service hours. Teens under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Also, as noted above, we wanted to have enough food on hand to help out if our budget took a hit and we needed to drive less often or even cut our grocery budget for as long as a month. So we slowly stocked our perfect pantry with enough food, bought on sale, to meet an entire month’s worth of menus. Typical items included bean soup mixes (bought in bulk), dried fruits and vegetables, large boxes of steel cut oatmeal and plenty of nuts, dried milk and even buttermilk powder and freeze-dried emergency meals. Canned meats are also a part of our perfect pantry.

One of these places you should not store food for a urban survival situation is your attic. The attic will get very hot in the summer and could cause the food to go bad. Even in the winter it could be a poor place to store food because of freezing temperatures.

EDC preparedness would help when there is nothing to cook in home or there is no time to prepare meal. The food packets can be opened for consumption and you need to consume all the packed food as it can not be repacked. Buy food packets that you can consume without wasting a single bite.

Stock up on bottled water if you have a well pump: Buy 3 or 4 2-3 gallon containers of water and store them in the back of a closet or the basement. You will need this water to drink, cook with, wash dishes and brush your teeth. Water will also be needed to flush the toilet. If you intend to reuse plastic water bottles, the Food & Drug Administration recommends washing the bottle with hot, soapy water between uses.

During these events, volunteers help pack 192 boxes of non-perishable food which are later distributed to clients. Volunteers should be ages 7 and up. Manna takes reservations one month at a time, beginning on the first of the month before the event. To register, please email the date, the number of people who will be attending and your phone number.