Food Storage & Emergency Kits

Have you ever asked yourself what you would do in the event of an emergency? Where would you go? What emergency supplies would you take with you? Would you have sufficient food stored to support you and your family?

Having the proper emergency supplies available will ensure you're prepared for any situation. At this location, we’ll be looking at storing food and putting an emergency kit together.

Feeding the Hungry Cities

We all know that without sufficient food and nutrients we won’t survive. But how much food should we store and for how long?

For many people in today’s society, it has become common to store only enough food to last a week or two at the most. Society has grown accustomed to the constant supply of food from supermarkets and corner stores which have led many people to believe the supply will never stop. Guess what? It can. Whether the reason is economic, social or environmental, there are many factors that can interrupt or stop the supply of food which we depend on.

Most people in the world now live in cities that rely on countless farms, processing plants and transport companies to simply get food to our shops. It’s easy to forget where all our food comes from.

Did you Know

During a lifetime the average person eats about 35 tonnes of food.

Half the world’s population live on a staple diet of rice.

The onion is named after the lLatin word meaning large pearl.


Expect the Unexpected & Plan Ahead!

Can you imagine what would happen if the supermarkets could no longer provide food? Or what if for some reason you couldn’t leave the house because of a flood or fire? The fact is, we can’t always predict what is going to happen in the future. Therefore, it is wise to plan for the unexpected by ensuring there are extra food supplies as well as an emergency kit in the home.

What’s in a Home Safety Kit?

It’s easy to start your own safety kit. Firstly, the basics should include a torch and batteries, preferably a dynamo torch which often doubles as a radio and signalling device. We then need to consider a first aid kit which should contain all the basics such as bandages, bandaids, gauze, saline water, cetrimide or antiseptic solution, scissors, tape, thermal blankets and burns dressing.

There are also other important items to include in your Home Safety Kit such as a small tool box, a whistle to attract attention, some cooking utilities, safety matches or a lighter and water proof ponchos. Once you begin creating your home safety kit you’ll find it grows naturally to include all the things that will help you adapt to unexpected events with far greater ease and confidence. Do your own research on websites like to find out more, but most of all, remember the acronym ‘KISS’: Keep It Simple Stupid!


Extreme weather events such as floods, fire, cyclones, earthquakes, mud slides, severe storms and hail are increasing around the planet. So start your Home Safety Kit now and work out a plan with your family so you ALL know what to do if the weather gets wild.

Become A Volunteer

Help yourself and others by joining a local volunteer organisation that delivers first aid and assistance during difficult times. Millions of people around the world now volunteer their time to make our world a safer and happier place. Together we can achieve anything!

The Facts

The most rain-fall in one day is 187 centimetres (Indian Ocean)

The largest hail-stone found was 44.5 centimetres.

(Kansas U.S.).

15 out of 20 of the world’s largest cities such as London and New York sit on or near coastlines which are being effected by rising oceans.

Nearly 2000 thunder-storms are estimated over the planet at any given time.

Hottest day ever recorded on Earth :

+ 58 Degrees Celsius.

Coldest day ever recorded on Earth :

- 89.6 Degrees Celsius.


QUIZ 8: Food Storage & Emergency Kits

1. How many processes can you list which are involved in getting food and supplies to your home?

2. How do you think food production has changed in the last 100 years?

3. How does climate change effect our food?

4. How does an increasing population effect food production?

5. In what ways is it better for you and our planet when food is sourced locally?

6. Why is it that meat production is one of the highest contributors to CO2 and methane emissions?

7. How can food storage be of benefit to your family?

8. What is a home safety kit?

9. What are some of things found in a home safety kit?

10. What are some important things to have in a family food storage list?

11. List some extreme events which would make having a home safety kit and food storage beneficial?

12. Why is having first aid skills important?

13. Approximately half the world’s population live on what food type?

14. How many thunderstorms are estimated over the planet at one time?

15. Activity: start a Home Safety Kit today. Speak to your parents and family about a food storage list.

Remember, make your home safer and be ready for the unexpected.

ome Safety is all about preparing you and your family for emergency events that may happen in the future. Food Storage and Emergency Kits are an easy and simple solution that brings peace of mind to the whole family and this next quiz is to get you off to a flying start! Remember, most of the answers can be found in the previous section but some questions may require you to dig deeper. So, consider the internet, go to the library or ask a friend. Happy storing!