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Published: Friday, March 7 2014 5:00 a.m. MST

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1.96 Standard Deviations
OREM, UT

Good article. I have always wondered about dried whole eggs. I may have to muster up the courage and buy some now. I have thought they seemed kind of gross.

Redshirt GlenbeckU
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

General query: how many people out there have actually had to use their food storage because of a natural disaster? Given that such a high percentage of natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, etc.) require evacuation (and you can't take your food storage with you), isn't it better to store money rather than food?

1.96 Standard Deviations
OREM, UT

Redshirt GlenbeckU:

I haven't used my food storage because of a natural disaster (thank goodness). However, I don't think it is a money vs food proposition -- having both can be prudent since we are uncertain what will happen in the future. Food storage can also also serve if you lose a job and not just for natural disasters.

Keep in mind money may not be as valuable as we want it to be during the worst of times. For example, if the supermarket already got cleared out because of mass purchases, or if the store got destroyed (natural disaster) or completely looted.

What good will money do if you cannot buy anything with it, or if another person doesn't accept it? Even then, do you know if you can really be relocated/evacuated during a catastrophic event where money can be used? I don't know and I personally wouldn't bet on that.

Redshirt GlenbeckU
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@1.96

I did not say it was an either/or proposition... of course it would be great to have both (along with multiple houses, yachts, jet planes, etc.). I did suggest that one option, for those with limited resources is much better than the other though. It's crazy to keep less than a 72-hour supply of food (along with first aid supplies and enough water to last many days). But to plow a lot of money into food storage without recognizing that that very same food storage will be destroyed (by fire, flood, etc.) or be wholly worthless to you in the case of evacuation is just plain bad advice. And I hope that you're not seriously implying that food is better than money (which may be spent on food AND other necessities) when one loses a job.

So I will put you down in the "haven't used food storage in a natural disaster" column. I haven't yet either, but I did have to abandon it in a natural disaster once.

1.96 Standard Deviations
OREM, UT

Redshirt GlenbeckU:

Sorry to hear you had to abandon the food storage. That is unfortunate. Maybe it's not a total waste since you developed personal discipline to be self-reliant. That kind of character is worthwhile in any circumstance. It's also tough to protect against all risks, so I suppose you just need to do what you can within your means.

In general, I would prefer food storage / supplies over money for major catastrophes (assuming it doesn't get destroyed), but not for a job loss necessarily. My thoughts were mainly if I am out of a job, and I already have food storage, I don't need to spend what little money I may have left. Just one less expense to worry about.

As for relocating/evacuating (assuming the storage isn't destroyed), that's why I primarily have lighter-weight food items since they're easier to transport/carry. I have freeze dried stuff and MREs -- very light weight for the most part. Granted, freeze dried food needs water (which is heavy), but you can still eat freeze-dried stuff, as is, if you get desperate. Freeze-died stuff in a can is also somewhat protected.

Erika
Salem, Utah

I've used these in many baked goods recipes, and they are very convenient. I don't use them quite as often as powdered milk when I bake, but I love having these on hand.

Jamescmeyer
Midwest City, USA, OK

It's very well possible that in the event of a disaster, we may be unable to use the resources we store for such emergencies. But it is also quite possible that we will one day be in a position to use them after all. More importantly, we've been called on by authorities speaking on behalf of God to be well-prepared in such matters, at which point it's not merely a practical concern, but a charge of obedience.

I mean, they really have nothing to gain by having us go through the cost and slight-at-most inconvenience of storing food and other emergency supplies unless "The Man Upstairs" weren't suggesting we do so, entirely for our benefit. It also instills in me an esteem-boosting sense of self-sufficiency.

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