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How to Be Prepared for Potential Food Shortages?

How to Be Prepared for Potential Food Shortages?

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected people all around the world. Millions of people have lost their jobs as a result of national lockdowns. Disrupted agricultural production and food supply routes have brought food shortages and hunger. According to experts, globally, 135 million people were facing extreme hunger at the beginning of 2020. This figure is expected to rise to 265 million people by the end of this year according to the World Food Program. 

Considering these facts and figures, we can say that we may experience food shortages in the upcoming couple of months. In this situation, the most obvious thing to do is to be prepared for upcoming shortages because it will be hard to survive without food. In this article we will discuss strategies on how to be prepared for potential food shortages?

How to Be Prepared for Potential Food Shortages?

How to be prepared for potential food shortages?

You need to know that grocery stores only have about 3 days of food in stock in case of food shortage. As you probably already know from the previous lockdown and food shortages related to Covid 19, people start panic buying, and food vanishes in less than a day or even in a few hours. So if you want to overcome the potential food shortages, you need to start preparing NOW. Below is a list of various strategies that will help you prepare for upcoming food shortages. Let’s get started.

1- Stockpile your food

You have to start stockpiling your food. Stockpiling your food for 30-60 days will be enough right now wherever you live. Consider your food bank as an investment. First, decide the type and amount of food you want to store and also the budget you plan to invest. Enlist everything you like to eat and make sure that your stock contains food rich in all the vitamins, carbohydrates, protein, fats, etc.

Buy only those food items you enjoy eating, so if we don’t experience food shortages before the expiration of the items, then you can eat them and restock them again.  In the meantime, keep buying what you usually buy.

How to Be Prepared for Potential Food Shortages?

Below is the list of food items that you should consider buying as they have long expiration dates and are essential.

  • Water

Water is a necessity because a person cannot survive for more than 4 days without water.

  • Salt

It can last forever and is quite useful for storing food and giving flavor to your food.

  • Powdered milk

Powdered milk is rich in vitamins and minerals and contains all amino acids. It can last for more than 2 years if stored properly.

  • Peanut butter 

It is rich in protein and fats and can last for up to 5 years if stored properly.

  • Fish

Fish is rich in vitamin D and fatty acids essential for boosting your immune system. You can stockpile frozen, dried, or canned fish.

  • Canned meat

Canned meat is rich in protein and can last for 6-10 years.

  • Fresh meat 

Meat is a rich source of protein and you can freeze meat for up to 4-12 months.

  • Beans

Beans are rich in protein, and if stored in a cool, dry, and dark place, they can last up to 10 years.

  • Flour and whole grains

Grains are very cheap and can preserve very well.

  • Rice 

Rice can last for up to 10 years if stored properly.

  • Pasta

Pasta can last a very long time if kept properly.

  • Dried fruits

Dried fruits are a rich source of potassium and dietary fiber and can be stored easily.

  • Nuts 

Nuts are healthy, high energy foods and can last extremely long.

  • Canned vegetables and fruits

Canned vegetables and fruits are a good source of nutrition and can last for 1-2 years.

  • Cooking oil

It is essential for making your food and can last for up to 1-2 years.

  • Honey

Honey is rich in minerals and antioxidants and can last forever.

  • Supplements

Supplements can act as an alternative to nutrients that you get from your food.

See also: How to prevent the coronavirus in 5 easy steps

2- Grow your own food

Stockpiling your food is very important, but in case of a long-term food shortage, it’s sensible to have the means to grow your own food. Gardening is a great way to survive a potential food shortage. Make a small garden in your backyard and grow some vegetables, herbs, and fruit. Food that you can grow in your garden include radishes, carrots, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, strawberries, legumes, and beans.

How to Be Prepared for Potential Food Shortages?

However, if you don’t know much about gardening or don’t have enough space to build a garden in your yard, then you can grow food inside of your house using self-watering planters as they don’t take much space and are easy to maintain. How about a planter where you just put the seeds in the container and it grows them for you for the rest of the season? Sounds great, right? Well, that’s what the Torpedopot self-growing container does.

The Torpedopot helps in automating and regulating the amount of water and nutrients required for your plants. These self-watering, vertical gardening planters can be automated by using a timer or data acquisition test and control station after setting up the entire system of planters. It’s our favorite planter because of its 1 hour per year setup, maintenance, and patent technology.

Your role is just adding soil and seeds or seedlings into the Torpedopot self-watering planter, turning it on, choosing feeding schedules, and enjoying the growth for the rest of the season. You can grow a lot of fruits, vegetables, and herbs without even touching the ground.

How to Be Prepared for Potential Food Shortages?

3- Raise meat and eggs

You can also raise animals in your backyard or on a small farm. People also raise chickens or rabbits in garages or basements in humane ways. Choose small domestic animals that are easy to handle and provide you other things along with meat. You can raise chickens, ducks, sheep, and fish. All of them are a good source of meat, and chickens or ducks can provide eggs and sheep can provide milk.

How to Be Prepared for Potential Food Shortages?

4- Learn food preservation

If you want to enjoy homegrown or locally grown fruits, vegetables, and meat throughout the year, then learn how to preserve food. Food can be preserved in many ways like canning, pickling, and dehydrating. You will require some tools, materials, and knowledge of preservation. It is important to know about food safety guidelines to prevent botulism and other potential food poisonings by doing proper preservation of food.

How to Be Prepared for Potential Food Shortages?

5-    Save seeds

It’s essential at times of a potential food shortage to use everything you have. Get seeds from fresh fruits and vegetables that you are eating now. You can also collect seeds from healthy plants and learn how to properly dry out, store, and plant them to replenish your food stores later.

See also: How to make a recipe against Corona Virus symptoms

How to Be Prepared for Potential Food Shortages?

6- Stockpiling emergency items

You need to stock up on other emergency items. When people start panic buying, they buy many other items beyond just food, and then it will be tough and even dangerous to compete with people at stores. Make a list of other important things and start buying them now. Below is a list of things to consider stocking up on.

Cash, first aid kit, medication, over the counter drugs, sunscreen, batteries, gas stove, propane, garbage bags, wipes, toilet paper, plates or bowls, utensils, water purifier, bug spray, ax, shovel, extra blankets, extra contacts, glasses, etc.

How to Be Prepared for Potential Food Shortages?

7-    Don’t waste food  

Last but not least: don’t waste your food. Make use of everything you have. You can save meat bones and use them to make bone broth. You can use the broth to cook rice and soups and more. You can use your vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds, and eggshells to make a compost pile that you can add to the soil while growing vegetables and fruits.

Where to store your food stockpile

Here is a list of different spots where you can store food.

  • Basement:

    In your home, the basement is a good place to store your food stockpile. It is a dark and cool place, which is essential to make sure that food items don’t go bad. Humidity can be a problem in the basement, so you might need a dehumidifier for that. Because of the humidity problem, place pellets in the basement and put your food on pallets. Also, try to store your food in airtight packaging.

  • Garage:

    You can store food in the garage because of the large space. However, it’s not the ideal choice because it is very hard to maintain the temperature and moisture of the garage.

  • Closets and pantries:

    These are great places for storing food as it’s easy to control temperature and humidity there. However, there is a problem of not having enough space for storage in closets. A well-organized shelving system might solve this problem.

Final words

You need to build up your food stores because you and your family will be depending on it for your survival at the time of a food shortage. We have given you a list of strategies to overcome a potential food shortage. Just start with one solution and make it happen. Always remember, you can do a lot no matter what your budget is.


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What Information do we collect, and how do we use that Information?

Browser and Device Information. When you visit a FHP website, we automatically collect some information about your device and your web browser based on a legitimate interest to this information, since it is needed to make our website function properly. We collect your browser’s language and country settings so we can display our website in your preferred language and your country’s currency. We collect information about your device in order to adapt our website to be displayed best on your type of device – smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop.

Marketing Partner Attribution. FHP works with a number of Marketing Partners who advertise FHP products in a variety of places – Facebook, Google, Pinterest, YouTube, MSN, etc. The mix keeps changing, since our Marketing Partners are always trying new ideas. We will update this policy notification as new partners are added.

We have a legitimate interest in these Marketing Partners being properly credited for their efforts. So, we developed a system that passes a unique id for the Marketing Partner and a unique id for this sale across the Web pages you view along the way to making a product purchase. This system makes use of cookies (a small piece of text sent to your browser by a website you visit) and similar technologies. We also pass this identification information as additional parameters added to the end of the Web address of a page. If you leave a FHP website and then come back, we try our best to re-establish this identification information. We also use a third-party processor for managing Marketing Partner attribution – CAKE, which also uses cookies and IP addresses.

Marketing Partner Attribution data is kept for 90 days.

Advertiser Sales Attribution. Another aspect of Marketing Partner attribution that we have a legitimate interest in are the systems provided by the advertisers for keeping track of successful and unsuccessful sales. The advertisers substantially raise the price of advertisements if they do not receive this information, which would make it economically infeasible for our Marketing Partners to operate.

Advertiser Sales Attribution data is kept for 30 days.

Advertising Audience Generation. Advertising platforms such as Facebook and Google have the concept of an audience, which is a group of people that come to a website over a period of time. FHP and our Marketing Partners can utilize audiences in various ways – to have the advertising platforms find people that are similar to the members of an audience, to show the members of an audience additional advertisements, to exclude members of an audience from additional advertisements, etc. FHP has a legitimate interest in these systems, since advertising would not be financially feasible without utilizing audience mechanisms. But we understand if you do not wish to participate. You can opt-out of being part of an audience by unchecking the box below:



Include me in Advertising Audiences


Advertising Audience Generation data is kept for 90 days.

Behavioral Tracking. FHP makes use of third-party behavioral tracking systems such as HotJar, Google Analytics, Amplitude and Optimizely. These systems allow us to observe how people use our websites and enable us to improve how they operate. We also use these systems to perform A/B testing of new features and site improvements. This processing is a legitimate interest, but we understand that you might not wish to participate. You can opt-out of behavioral tracking by unchecking the box below:



Include me in Behavioral Tracking


Behavioral Tracking data is kept for up to 14 months.


Personal Information Collected When Purchasing Products. When you make a purchase or attempt to make a purchase on our website, we collect the following personal information:


      IP Address

      Email Address


      Shipping Address

      Billing Address, if it is not the same as the Shipping Address

      Phone Number

      Credit Card, PayPal or Amazon Pay payment information. No credit card data is stored on our site.


We refer to this information as “Order Information”. We use the Order Information to fulfill your order (including processing your payment information, arranging for shipping, and providing you with order acknowledgement and shipping confirmation emails). We will also send you reminder emails if you fill out some of the Order Information but don’t complete the purchase.


We store your Order Information for at least year, since we are contractually obligated to be able to communicate with you about warranty coverage or other customer service issues. If a product has a warranty period longer than a year, your Order Information will be retained for that period.


Communications from us after Product Purchase. FHP will occasionally send you an email, text or instant message to let you know about new products or special offers available to you. You will always be able to opt-out of these communications if you wish. This is permitted based on the soft opt-in exemption for communicating with existing customers under the 2002 European ePrivacy Directive.


Do Not Track. Most modern web browsers give you the option to send a Do Not Track signal to the websites you visit. However, there is no accepted standard for how a website should respond to this signal. We currently do not respond to do not track or similar signals.


Your Rights under the GDPR

Here is a list of the rights that all residents of the European Economic Area have under the GDPR. They don’t apply in all circumstances – if you wish to use any of them, we’ll explain at that time if they are engaged or not.


      The right to be informed about the processing of your personal information;


      The right to have your personal information corrected if it is inaccurate and to have incomplete personal information completed;



      The right to object to processing of your personal information;



      The right to restrict processing of your personal information;


      The right to have your personal information erased (the “right to be forgotten”);


      The right to request access to your personal information and to obtain information about how we process it;


      The right to move, copy or transfer your personal information (“data portability”);


      Rights in relation to automated decision making which has a legal effect or otherwise significantly affects you.


      You have the right to complain to the Data Protection Supervisory Authority which enforces data protection laws in your country.


      You have the right to object to certain purposes for processing, in particular to data processed for direct marketing purposes and to data processed for certain reasons based on our legitimate interests.


For the purpose of more effective compliance with European data protection laws, including the GDPR (2016), the UK Data Protection Act (2018), and the PECR (2003), FHP confirms that it has appointed a U.K. company as outsourced DPO, and therefore recognizes the U.K. Information Commissioner Office (ICO) as its lead supervisory authority.


With respect to FHP and matters relating to privacy and data protection, we can be reached via email at [email protected], or at the following address:

Attn: Privacy Matter

The FHP Group, LLC

16 N. Oak St.

Ventura, CA 93001


Please email us if you would like your personal data deleted.

You can also contact our Data Protection Officer by sending us an email with a subject line of “DPO Contact Request”.


Additional information for California residents and their rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

FHP does not collect personal information from California residents who we know are under 16 years of age. We do not sell, as defined in the CCPA, the personal information that we collect.

Subject to certain exceptions and restrictions, the CCPA provides California consumers the right to request to:

1) Know more details about the categories or specific pieces of personal information that we collect (including how We use and disclose this information);

2) Delete personal information;

3) Opt out of any sales that may be occurring.


Please note that for any of these requests, we will need to verify your identity prior to fulfilling your request in order to protect your privacy and security. Also, please be advised that we need certain types of information in order to provide our services. We will not discriminate against you should you choose to exercise your options under the CCPA.


California residents may make a request pursuant to their rights under the CCPA by contacting us at [email protected]. We will verify your request using the information associated with Your account, including email address. Government identification may be required. Residents can also designate an authorized agent to exercise these rights on their behalf by providing us documentation sufficiently demonstrating that You have granted that authorized agent those rights.


Changes to this Policy

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time in order to reflect changes in the law or changes to our privacy practices. We encourage you to check this privacy notice for changes whenever you visit a FHP website.


Conditions of Use

We assume that all users of this website and the Family Health Prep (“FHP”) platform have carefully read this document and agree to its contents. If you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, you should refrain from using our website and platform. We reserve the right to change our Privacy Policy as necessity dictates. Continued use of FHP’s website and platform after having been informed of any such changes to these conditions implies acceptance of the revised privacy policy. This privacy policy is an integral part of FHP’s Terms and Conditions.


Contact Us

If you have any questions, please send us an email at [email protected].


Effective Date of this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is effective as of February 1st, 2020 and last updated February 27, 2020.