Food Crisis
Create a deep larder, now before a food crisis

In the good old days, grocery stores stocked back rooms with
inventory of canned and dry goods, and they replenished the
shelves as needed from this stock. In other words, there was
more food in the back. That was back in the day.. Unfortunately,
supermarkets today have virtually no back room warehouse.
Managers order twice weekly. Merchandise comes off the pallet
and directly onto store shelves, quickly and efficiently. What
you see is what you get.  Trucks may be unable to deliver food
for many reasons.

Things that could disrupt the grocery
supply
Many natural and man-made disasters could prevent the
groceries from making it to local stores...

#1: Warehouse fire.
A simple warehouse fire could limit the food coming to your
locale, particularly if you live in a remote part of the country.
It's a temporary inconvenience, but could be devastating for the
unprepared who may not have the ability to drive long distances.

#2: Blown Transformer.
If a grocery store's transformer blows, then the entire frozen
food section is gone with it.

#3: Natural causes.
Natural disasters such as always create local food shortages,
albeit temporary.

  • hurricanes ~  before the hurricanes, canned goods and
    water run out, along with snack foods, bread, and other
    sundries. Plywood and nails run out.

  • floods ~ before the floods, the sandbags and shovels run
    out.



#4: Long term disasters.
Droughts and dust-bowl storms of the 1930s contributed to the
Great Depression and disrupted the food supply.

  • Cattle had no water or food and farmers did mass
    slaughtering to avoid slow and painful death of their
    livestock.

#5: Economic Collapse.
In a hyper-inflation scenario, soaring gas prices might be too
cost prohibitive to distribute foods.

#6: Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP).
In an Electro Magnetic Pulse or nuclear catastrophe, vehicles
will be unable to start as the electrical components would be
fried.

#7: Pandemic.
There are two ways that a pandemic can have an effect on the
local stores:

  • A pandemic could wipe out certain kinds of products.
    During the 2009 Swine Flu pandemic, local stores ran out of
    what limited supply surgical masks and respirators they
    had on hand. In the Ebola pandemic of 2014 local
    pharmacies ran out of bleach and Nitrile gloves.

  • People could stop working during a pandemic. In a
    pandemic situation, truck drivers and the people who stock
    the shelves may not want to risk their lives getting
    exposed. Or worse yet, the drivers may be dead and the
    company is unable to continue the route. Even the healthy
    won't want to get out, and that includes the grocery store
    clerk and the warehouse personnel. No one wants to go to
    work if it means they might die of the pandemic!
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One of the most important things you can do in prepping is to
store food and water to cook it, to go with it, or to clean up
after. When you have food  you don't feel as vulnerable to
happenings around the world. Self-sufficiency brings happiness!

Foraging for your food is a good way to add to your supply.
Another thing you can do is to grow your own! You don't need a
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grow your own sprouts, herbs and container
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