Survival Food is food that could be stored for a long period of time. Survival foods are foods meant to sustain individuals and families during bouts of famine, disaster or long and short term crises. These could be in the form of foods that wouldn’t easily spoil in normal room temperature conditions – when your home in time of a disaster loses electrical power needed to run a refrigerator or cooler – or comfort foods that could keep the family’s morale high and stress down.
Survival food is basically anything that can keep man food-secured for an indefinite stretch of time. Survival food can be anything – ranging from energy bars, cookies or crackers, canned products, fresh meat, grains, cereals, dehydrated and freeze dried foods. Not only food-secured, survival foods need to satisfy the daily nutritional requirement of the individual or family stocking it, to keep them healthy even in times of crisis. In case of immediate travel and evacuation, survival food must be portable and light, so as not to comprise the bulk of things that one needs to carry along. Survival food must be light enough so that one can be able to bring other necessities such as clothing and water along with their person without compromising mobility. In such cases, survival foods must not only be light, they have to be high in calories to give the needed energy to move along and if possible, the needed nutrients to keep one’s bodily functions working well. The quantity and variety of survival food is different from family to family, since it must cater to their specific needs – like allergies, or mood-boosters for children.
For some nations, survival food is a foreign concept. Many countries in the tropical regions enjoy the benefit of year-round harvests and the culture of ‘saving for the rainy days’ is not as much significant as for those living in the middle latitudes. Those who are living in the latter already have a grasp of what survival food is and how important it is to have food stocked in their pantry.
Emergency Survival food is essential for those who are in definite risk of calamities – which can happen anywhere in the world and is increasingly a growing concern in developed countries like the UK. The reason for the importance of survival food lies in the basic need of man to survive rationally. Instinctively, for one who has no food stocked on their person for their consumption during a potential famine or disaster, they would go looking for it elsewhere and eventually will either find what they’re looking for or die trying.
Another reason for having survival food: when you’re on the go, you will need all the energy to be able to move on and still be able to protect your person from potential danger – danger from natural disaster to danger from other people.
Having survival food for the family, as noted above, keeps the morale up and stress levels low. These two factors can have a tremendous effect on one’s decision-making abilities, and keeping a light atmosphere can definitely help in making effective and rational decisions – which are definitely needed for survival.
While both emergency food and survival food can be considered as food stocked for a possible “rainy day”, the difference between the two is that emergency food is meant to keep the individual or a family food-secured for a short period of time until help or rescue arrives or until the situation surrounding them eases while survival food is meant to sustain life for as long as possible. Survival food is intended for situations that may take a while to alleviate – such as wars, famine, or any particular man-made or natural disaster that has the potential of destroying man’s food sources.
Emergency food can be food that may be able to last for a couple of days or weeks, and it can be the everyday food that families buy and store in their refrigerators and pantries. Vegetables, fruits and perishables can still be considered as emergency food as they can still sustain individuals or families for a good number of days. While canned goods, grains, and freeze dried foods can be considered as emergency food, they could also be classified as survival food, since they have the potential to keep families nourished for a longer period of time and they can still do this with the potential of blackouts in the area (in which case perishables needed to be consumed immediately).
In essence, emergency foods are foods that can keep man alive during an emergency or disaster until help arrives while survival foods are foods that can keep sustain man’s life for as long as possible until the circumstances change so that they are able to produce food again.