Is Your Survival Food Stash Ready for a Storm?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a crystal ball? If you knew exactly what was coming around the bend, you could prepare for it.

Well, none us has a crystal ball, but it’s not difficult to see what’s ahead. I think it’s safe to say there will be as many – if not more – emergency situations in 2023 as there were last year.

We also don’t need a crystal ball to figure out which items will disappear the quickest from grocery stores next time a major storm or other crisis rolls into town. Past experience tells us what those items are.

Today I want to share that information with you. If you’re a DIY kind of guy or gal, you’ll want to take the time to stock up on these items. Or, you can purchase a shelf-stable, done-for-you solution such as what we offer at 4Patriots.

And at the end, I’ll tell you a great way to jumpstart that solution. Hint: it’s free.

2022 was a doozy

Last year was rough. Severe winter storms, deadly flooding in Missouri and Kentucky, Western wildfires, a Midwest derecho, and Southwestern drought. Not to mention the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Worst of all was Hurricane Ian, a Category 4 storm that crushed the western coast of Florida and ravaged inland areas. Then Ian took its destructive winds out over the Pacific Ocean and back onto South Carolina.

Nearly as disastrous were inflation and supply chain disruptions. Inflation continues to negatively affect Americans, with no relief in sight. Prices are skyrocketing for energy for our furnaces, gas for our cars, and food for our sustenance.

In addition to food taking up an increasing percentage of our incomes these days, many of us are seeing empty or nearly empty grocery store shelves.

Something that can help deal with a crisis is understanding in advance which items disappear first in an emergency. That way we can stock up on those items and not worry when a disaster strikes. Here are my suggestions: 

Fruits and vegetables 

Fruits and vegetables provide an incredible amount of vital nutrients you need to survive in an emergency. That’s why most people tend to gravitate towards the fresh produce in a crisis before they spoil. 

However, while fresh produce is the first to go, canned fruits and veggies are the second.

Canned foods have gotten a bad name in some circles. And while they are not as good during a crisis as dehydrated and freeze-dried foods, they serve their purpose.

It’s easy to see why they go quickly. Their shelf life is decent and you can eat right out of the can. Heck, you could even use a full can as a weapon if someone entered your home and tried to steal from you. 

Grains and grain-based foods 

This can include rice, oats, wheat, barley, cornmeal, pasta, etc. As well as cereals, oatmeal, grits, and others. Some of these items have a pretty long shelf life. And there are many different meals you can prepare with them.  

Ready-to-eat foods

These items are particularly popular if a power outage is expected because no cooking is required for them. They include peanut butter, granola bars, and crackers. Plus trail mix, nuts, and many more. 

Meat and fish

Fresh meat and fish is a risk if your power goes out. Freeze-dried, dehydrated, or canned meat and fish, on the other hand, should last a while. And they’ll provide you with much of the protein and nutrients you need to deal with during a crisis.


This may come as a shock to some people, but honey is an item that goes quickly. As a sweetener, honey is much healthier for you and your family than sugar. 

Honey has an incredibly long shelf life. And because some people don’t think to grab it when they’re in a hurry, it makes for a great bartering tool. 

Canola oil  

Containing important omega-3 fatty acids, this oil is used for cooking a wide variety of foods. But there are healthier cooking oils out there. Including organic corn oil, coconut oil, butter or butter powder, olive oil, and palm oil. 

Tobacco and alcohol 

If you tell me you don’t drink or smoke, I’ll say that’s great. But people who do are going to run out of tobacco and alcohol if the crisis goes on long enough. And if you own those items, you’ll have something they are desperate to barter for.  

Here are some of the top beverages (and another item) that also sell out quickly in a disaster:

Bottled water 

The fear here is that tap water could become contaminated in a disaster. It’s a legitimate concern, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have some bottled water in your home. 

But not knowing where that water came from originally, and with the possibility that plastic will be found in your bottled water, you should also have a reliable water purifier.  

Milk and bread 

Unless you’re one of the first 25 people in the door of a store, these two items will probably be gone by the time you get to where they’re kept.

But that’s not where you want to head anyway. The milk won’t last long in a blackout, and bread has a pretty short shelf life as well. Powdered milk is a good choice here.

Coffee and tea  

These beverages might not fly off the shelves quite as quickly as bottled water will, but they are both popular in a crisis.

Sleep patterns are bound to be disrupted during an emergency. And while caffeinated beverages are dehydrating, staying awake at the right time may save your life. 

Many items will fly off store shelves before and during an emergency. Focus on stockpiling those items, as well as others you’ll need to sustain you in a crisis.

Free 72-Hour Food Kit

Earlier I promised you a way to launch, or add to, your food stockpile. Featuring a freebie. So here it is.

For a very limited time, you can get a free 72-Hour Survival Food Kit from 4Patriots. All you have to do is pay the shipping and handling fee.

This kit features delicious and nutritious food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s designed to last 25 years under proper storage conditions and comes in disaster-resistant packaging. It does NOT require refrigeration – which is important because a storm could knock out your power.

Now, I shouldn’t have to entice you to grab something valuable for free. But here’s how much I want you to try our food and beef up or start your food stockpile.

I’m also tossing in a free digital Ultimate Survival Handbook and a certificate good for $25 off your next purchase of $100 or more.

Remember, storms can come without warning. And stores will quickly sell out of certain items. Make sure you have great tasting and healthy food for the next emergency. It could be right around the corner. 

Here’s how to get yours…


  • louis lafourcade - January 06, 2023

    as always great information

  • Robert P - January 06, 2023

    I have approximately 2 years of your survival food stocked up. I have been purchasing this for about a year. I have used some during a week long camping / hunting trip and it was easy to prepare and tasted good. Also it was easy to pack no ice chest to carry just my water filter for the liquid to prepare it and to drink. I will purchase more.
    Kudos Robert

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