The First Person You Should Prep For (#17)
Who came to mind first when you read this title? I’m going to guess your first thought was the baby (if a family has one).
No, it’s not the baby.
The first person you should focus on buying food for is the person in your home on a limited diet due to health needs.
If you think about it, in an emergency situation you can’t depend on FEMA or the Red Cross to have specialty foods for people who are celiac or have another health issues that impacts their food choices. Local charities and churches can’t be expected to do so either.
Now you may get lucky and they might offer gluten free foods since GF eating is becoming more common. But that’s just one issue. If you have someone in your home with a dairy allergy or a soy allergy, then you definitely cannot count on emergency response groups having what you need. If your baby needs a special kind of formula, then you can’t count on the emergency food providers having the right thing your baby needs. That is going to fall on you.
So if someone in your house has special food needs, you should focus on making sure you have an overabundance of food for this person. Not only do you need to make sure you can feed him for as long as the emergency lasts, you need to make sure you have enough food to last this person until deliveries resume to the stores where you shop. If you are purchasing specialty foods that come from a distance, it could take extra time to get there.
The good news is that if it becomes absolutely necessary for some reason, everyone else in the home can eat the special foods. So you are still preparing for the entire family. The food will not go to waste because someone will eat it.
We are faced with this situation in our home and I’m the one with the limited diet due to health concerns. For that reason, I have made sure to stock the foods that I can eat in abundance. My husband and daughter could also eat them if necessary. But in an emergency situation, they would not be allowed to eat anything I can eat so as to make the supplies I need last longer.
So if you have someone with special dietary needs in your family, move the essential foods he relies on to near the very top of your list of things to purchase and store.
Thankful wife of David for 22 years and momma to Caroline for 13 years - Relaxed/Unschoolerish - Lover of books - Seeker of wisdom - Drinker of too many coconut milk mochas from Starbucks