Would you know what food products to buy to put into your survival food kits? Would you simply go to the grocery store and purchase ordinary canned products? What are the differences between emergency food rations and an MRE, for instance? When would an emergency become survival and how would you have to consider different strategies? Basically, if an emergency situation extends beyond the two-week period, the need for survival takes over. If the emergency services have not managed to right themselves within two weeks, you are in a situation of survival and need to draw on your own resources for as long as it might take to get the infrastructure back up and running. Another thing to consider is where you are when the disaster occurs – in the home, travelling, running away from the area. Each situation is distinct and needs adapting according to circumstances.
Food, water and keeping warm are always going to be the three most important criteria. Keeping warm and staying dry, with adequate food and liquid will keep you alive. You might be bored and fed up, upset or angry – but, you will be alive. What type of food would you need to ensure adequate survival, especially when you consider the needs extend to your family as well as yourself? Any food that contains liquid to preserve it is going to be quite heavy and, if you need to transport sufficient food for a survival situation on foot that is going to be fairly prohibitive.