The grocery store may not be the first place you think of when you imagine surviving a home invasion, and that’s a good thing. If burglars break in and force you to remain in your home, the supermarket will be one of your best resources. It may seem like an unlikely hiding spot, but grocery stores are stocked with supplies you can use to barricade doors and windows and protect yourself from harm. Here’s how to make the most of your local market if you find yourself in this scary situation
The Reason Why We Store Food at Home
We buy groceries and food to nourish ourselves and our families, but what do we do when the world is turned upside down? What will you eat if you’re stuck at home for days on end with no car or grocery store nearby? The answer is simple: we prepare. Home storage of nonperishable items like beans, rice, oats, sugar, and salt is a must-have in any disaster scenario. Keeping these items on hand can help to save time, and money and reduce stress during emergencies.
The Low Down on Lockdown
Lockdowns are a reality we may have to get used to. They’re frightening and disruptive, but you can make it through! Below is a list of things you should do if a lockdown is announced:
-Keep doors and windows closed and locked. Doors should be heavy enough to withstand kicks or other attempts at entry. If not, install door jamb reinforcement kits (available at hardware stores). Windows should be made of shatterproof glass with metal frames that can’t be pried open or removed from the outside. Also, consider installing window bars on lower floors; they allow light in while providing security from intruders.
How Long Will My Foods Stay Fresh?
How long food stays fresh depends on the type of food, packaging, and refrigeration. Some foods will last longer than others. Examples include bread (2-3 days), eggs (5-6 weeks), fruit juices and soft drinks (1-2 weeks), and milk (2-3 days). Food with high water content, like lettuce and cucumbers, may only stay fresh for a day or two. Fish usually lasts a week or two, but should be eaten within three to four days.
The Grocery store can be an excellent resource for finding all sorts of canned goods such as beans, tomatoes, or chili that do not need to be cooked before eating and can make quick meals in a pinch. Canned fruits are another healthy option as they are preserved in syrup or natural sugar rather than sugar substitutes or corn syrup that might contain high fructose corn syrup which is bad for health over time.
Tips for Storing Long Term
Planning for a future disaster can seem like a daunting task. But, knowing how to prepare for one can make all the difference in surviving it. Grocery stores are often the most well-stocked places for emergency food, so if you want to prepare for a long-term emergency, a grocery store is the best place to start. It’s important to keep in mind that not all types of food will last indefinitely, so be sure to know what foods are shelf-stable and which ones will spoil over time.
Best Foods to Stock Up On
Whenever you find yourself in the midst of a natural disaster, it’s always best to stock up on food. But what should you buy? Here is a list of the seven items you will want to have on hand:
-Water – Bottled water is preferable, but if tap water is safe, go for that.
-Non-perishable food and snacks (granola bars, protein bars) -Canned goods (fruits and vegetables) -Peanut butter (energy and protein boost)
-Bread (sources of carbohydrates)