Page 1Updated November 5, 2001
In the land of plenty it's easy to be too dependent on our grocery stores. Ever notice prior to a storm or holiday how stores' supplies rapidly dwindle? We thinkof stocking up right before a big snowstorm or hurricane, but lose sight of thisneed when it's warm and sunny.Natural disasters, layoffs, illness preventing employment and terrorists don't telltime or consult us for convenience. Should disaster strike with roads impassable,how would delivery trucks bring that fresh produce, milk and meat? How soonwould grocery stores be picked clean of canned goods and bottled water? Howlong would
meats and refrigerated items last with no electricity? No longer than ours.The average American home keeps less than
of food on hand andgenerally NO water. The average grocery store has only 72 hours of productbefore
must restock. Most federal, state and local governments, as well asmany emergency prep sites like the Red Cross, suggest that 72 hours of extrafood and water is adequate. We don't think so. While there is no reason to gooverboard, if people only have a 72 hour supply, and ditto for the stores, what willyou do on Day 4 while the grocery restocks? What if you have company when adisaster hits? What about neighbors that haven't prepared? Could you let themgo hungry? Have you remembered your pets? They need food and water too.If your budget can withstand a little stretching, food storage planning would be agood idea.A reliable place to start is The Food Storage Planner, a program developed by thefolks at Revelar Software. A trial version can be downloaded from:http://www.revelar.com/fsp.htmlfor IBMs.
Calculates exactly what you need for your family's food storage-fullycustomizable too.
Extensive Supermarket food list of over 350 items. Add to or delete fromthis list.
Calculate any item based upon gender and age of those in your family.
Calculate items for specific individual needs, such as diapers or allergies.
Summary, Shopping List, Pantry, and Rotation reports.