Natural Disasters

What to Expect During a Famine

Posted On April 26, 2011 at 1:33 am by / 2 Comments

In the event famine spreads in your area food prices will rise and riots will almost certainly ensue. The threat of starvation means that people will become desperate and often do things that are completely out of the ordinary. This could mean violence and bloodshed and a state of chaos that the local authorities may be struggling to control. How will you and your family survive in the event a famine looms?

Famines in Recent History

Unbeknownst to most Americans was the threat of famine in 2008 when the price of rice increased to staggering levels. In counties like Haiti, Egypt and Bangladesh the locals rioted and took to the streets in an effort to find food and create real attention to their need to eat.

The Effects on Society

Famine targets the elderly and the young first, as these demographics are most susceptible to the trauma and malnutrition that is created. Healthy adults are the last to suffer as children and the elderly lack the stamina that healthy adults possess. After hunger strikes disease generally follows because hungry bodies are less able to fight of infections. This will not only result in the pillaging of grocery and food stores, but also that of drug stores and places with consumable goods. All of these consequences generally lead to violent uprising as people will do what they can to avoid the feeling of food insecurity.

How to Survive a Famine

In the event a famine strikes near you the first thing you will want to do is contact emergency personnel to inform them of your family’s inability to sustain itself. The U.S. does a pretty good job of helping its citizens out and will act in the best interests of its citizens in the event a famine occurs. This doesn’t mean that you should rely on the U.S. government to bail you out of the situation. If you are reading this blog, it probably means you are willing to take some sort of proactive approach.

Food storage is always a safe bet during any time. Non-perishable food items will be your best bet as will large supplies of white rice, wheat and beans. With appropriate storage these foods can last for decades. Keep moisture levels down in these areas and try to store these items in a room that is about 75 degrees. Water should also be kept in abundant supply and you should store gallons upon gallons of water to remain hydrated. The growing of food may also be an option but this will also mean that your crops are vulnerable to theft. Hunting food is also viable, but you’ll have to consider its demand in the time of famine.

2 thoughts on “What to Expect During a Famine

  1. I’ve done a lot of reading about the famines that hit Europe during and immediately after the Second World War. Eye-opening to say the least. Food storage is one of those areas where you really can’t have too much.

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