A tropical country, like the one in which I live, generally experiences more or less 20 typhoons in a year, some more devastating than others. Personally, I experience around seven typhoons in my part of the country every year, two or three of them disastrous.

If there is one thing I learned from my struggles with typhoons is that it is more important to have a full storage of food and supplies than a wad of cash or a wallet full of credit cards.

Having lived through typhoons that are bad enough to cause flooding and for us to have no electricity and running water for several days, I learned many things from each calamity that I feel more prepared when the next typhoon comes around. Obviously, the basic needs that must be met are food, water, clothing and shelter. While these things are supposed to be common sense, most still overlook them. I made the same mistake the first time I took charge of my family during a typhoon. However, I have since learned my lessons well and I would like to share some emergency food disaster preparedness and supplies storage tips so your readers will find comfort at the thought that, when disaster arises, their families are provided and cared for.

Having a well-stocked pantry is a good place to start when preparing for typhoons and other disasters. It is important to have food inside the house.  Food.  Not cash, not credit cards, but food. You see, the very first time I experienced a typhoon where I had to be in charge, I thought it was good enough to have cash at home, I thought I could just go to the nearest convenience store in order to feed myself and my son. Boy was I wrong. There was intense flooding a few blocks from my house so I could not even get out of the village to buy food. When the flood did subside, stores were closed because their inventory was mucked up by flood.  ATMs were either offline or had no cash to dispense. I was in dire straits. I learned that lesson well.

Building and maintaining a pantry of staples and other essentials do not have to be expensive or complicated. The trick is to build one’s stock over time. Personally, when I do my grocery shopping, I always buy an extra can or two of food like canned vegetables and the like. On the next errand, I would buy two extra boxes of soap. The following week, I would purchase extra batteries or toiletries, and so on. In time, the pantry will have enough food and supplies to last a week of disaster, maybe even more.

The point is to buy food that the entire family would eat. There is no point in buying canned beans if no one in the family would touch it with a ten-foot pole. Keep to the basics, the family’s staple food. Aside from food, it is also important to store drinking water. Finally, the pantry or stockroom must be at a cool place, away from direct sunlight.

I cannot stress just how vital it is to have well-stocked food storage for a family’s survival in typhoons. My son and I actually had to make do with very little food on those three days of the typhoon, flood and blackout and I never want to experience that ever again. For more tips on building and managing food storage, follow food insurance on twitter.