When we think of building an emergency food supply, people most often think about the headline-making natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, and storms. These disasters can leave one without the necessities for survival and do serve as a motivation to prepare for disaster. There are other calamities that also occur, and are far more commonplace than any of these disasters. Unemployment is one such calamity, and it’s occurring each and every day in this country, more so now than ever.

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Cut costs of preparation

Being unemployed, particularly for a longer time, illustrates the importance of food storage, going beyond the canned produce, rice, beans, and other food. It also includes grinding wheat so you can make homemade bread, or buying the ingredients to produce bread in a bread maker, both of which are cheaper than buying bread by the loaf. Using powdered milk instead of regular milk to cook is a great way to cut food costs and vastly improve the longevity of the shelf life compared to regular milk. You can utilize seeds for growing vegetables and even can them yourself. You can get started with your own garden here.

It’s also important to make sure that, before unemployment is even a concern, you stock up on emergency food and bulk food supplies. You’ll be able to stay well fed during times of extreme hardship, without having to wonder where your next meal is coming from. Learning new ways to prepare food in an emergency is also a good idea.

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Emergency fund

Financially, it’s important to set aside a certain amount — $50 or more, depending on your level of income — every paycheck specifically for an emergency fund. This money will build up over time and will allow you to pay bills, buy supplies, and keep things going until you’re able to find another job.

What else have you done to prepare for unemployment? Let us know in the comments or on social networks!