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Emergency Food Storage FAQ: Answers for Disaster Preppers

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you are new to disaster preparedness or are already a full-fledged prepper, here are a few of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) we get at PrepareWise emergency food storage and disaster preparedness that will be helpful to you as you seek to develop your emergency/disaster food storage supply:

Why trust PrepareWise in event of disaster or emergency?
PrepareWise emergency food storage is your one stop shop for all disaster food preparedness needs. We offer some of the best freeze-dried food storage products on the market at the lowest cost per serving in the food storage industry. Our business measures success based on quality, consistency, honesty and affordability. With flavorful meals that have a 25-year shelf life and are shipped for free, newbies and preppers alike can confidently secure an emergency food storage supply against unforeseen disaster with PrepareWise today.
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How is PrepareWise disaster food supply freeze-dried food packaged?
In order to ensure that our disaster/emergency food storage products remain fresh while in storage, all PrepareWise emergency meals come in six-serving Mylar pouches that have an Oxygen Absorber inside, have been Nitrogen Flushed to get rid of excess oxygen, and are Triple Sealed keep oxygen out. These long-lasting pouches are then stored in heavy-duty, stackable polyethylene buckets that are perfect for disaster preparation storage and offer another layer of protection from rodents and water damage. Each bucket has convenient handles or grips for easy transport and weighs less than 40 pounds. From preppers to rookies, you can trust this process for your long-term disaster preparation and emergency food storage.
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How long is the shelf life for Legacy freeze-dried and dehydrated food?
Legacy Premium food storage meals can be stored for up to 25 years. Those new to disaster prep and even seasoned preppers can rest assured that all of our meals maintain quality, freshness and nutritious content without the need for rotation for twenty-five years, when stored. Residual oxygen levels in emergency/disaster food storage is the main determining factor of how long the food will last. With our unique system of packaging with an oxygen absorber and a nitrogen flush, our food pouches have residual oxygen levels well below 2%, the minimum standard in long term food storage.
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How do you know PrepareWise disaster prep food will last up to 25 years?
At PrepareWise we can guarantee our products for can last for up to 25 years in the proper storage conditions because we have had it tested by several groups, Newcomers and preppers alike will rejoice at this tested and proven 25-year shelf life. Take comfort knowing your family will be prepared against disaster or emergency for up to a long twenty-five years.
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Can you open the plastic bins or will it affect the food?
Disaster prep beginners and experienced preppers alike will all love this: the buckets are resealable and opening them will not affect the 25-year shelf life of your PrepareWise emergency food storage/disaster supply. The buckets stack on top of each other very nicely and are all BPA-free!
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Once I have opened the pouch, how long will the food last?
Legacy emergency food storage will last as long as normal food would once the package has been opened. Storing it in the fridge (not always possible in a disaster situation) will help it keep longer.
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Where is the best place to keep my PrepareWise emergency food storage/disaster supply?
The ideal condition for storing your emergency food storage/disaster supply is a cool, dark and dry place where the temperature is relatively consistent like a basement, closet, or cold storage unit. Always avoid hot places, like a shed or garage, when possible.
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Does cold affect the food? Can I freeze it?
You can freeze your emergency food storage; cold won’t damage or hurt the packages. In fact, as disaster preppers can attest, it is best to store your disaster food supply in a cool space if possible.
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How much space do I need to store PrepareWise emergency food storage?
The emergency food storage bucket sizes are listed on each item’s product details page. Package sizes range from a small bucket that will fit under most beds to multiple large buckets that require 2 pallets to ship. Our largest food storage container is our 8 gallon bucket and is 12.75"W x 16.25"L x 13.25"H.  Our smallest bucket size is a 3.3 gallon container that is 10"W x 10"L x 11.5"H.
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How much PrepareWise emergency food storage should we have for our family in case of emergency or disaster?
PrepareWise is here to help you figure out the ideal amount of emergency food storage you need to have in order to secure your family against disaster; every family has its own individual requirements. To start, we suggest you create an emergency plan based on your specific disaster preparedness needs. Next, consult our emergency food Storage Calculator to help you determine the disaster supply/emergency food storage package that’s best for you. Even die-hard preppers can benefit from this tool.
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How much water is required to hydrate a Legacy emergency food storage meal?
The average amount of water required is one and a half cups per serving. When possible use boiling or hot water; this will speed up preparation and provide you a hot meal. In an emergency or instance of disaster the food will still hydrate with cold water, but prepper or not, meals are best served hot.
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Does PrepareWise emergency food storage offer vegetarian options?
Other than our freeze dried meat selections, all PrepareWise emergency meals are vegetarian friendly. Real meat contains fatty oils and amino acids that break down over time and do not retain their full nutritional value. Legacy Premium Emergency Food Storage products will hold their nutritional value longer and provide more health benefits than that of other disaster-ready food storage companies. Best of all, you won’t even be able to taste the difference and our meals can be enjoyed by vegetarian and carnivore preppers alike.
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Has an outside source judged PrepareWise emergency food storage?
Aside from the glowing reviews of our customers, PrepareWise has gained the approval of several organizations on the quality of Legacy Premium Food Storage. Legacy has been rated as the best tasting, most nutritious, and overall best value in food storage, which is why they are the exclusive food storage source at PrepareWise.
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Does PrepareWise ship food storage outside the USA?
PrepareWise knows that people across the world want to be prepared in case of disaster and emergency. For anyone in Canada, we recommend you visit the exclusive source for Legacy Food Storage at Total Prepare. They will give you the best in emergency supplies, including Legacy Food, so let them know we sent you! Legacy Food Storage has distributors in many countries, especially in Europe.  Please contact Legacy directly to find the distributor nearest to you so that you can purchase their awesome products! 
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How long until my PrepareWise disaster food supply will arrive?
All domestic orders* of emergency/disaster supply food storage ship for free and are delivered via UPS Ground service and generally ship from our warehouse within 2-5 business days after placing your order. Shipping will typically take 7-10 business days from the time your order leaves our warehouse, at which point we will provide you with tracking information.
**Due to increased demand, any order with Legacy brand products will take between 10-14 days to leave our warehouse.  We apologize for any inconveniences**

*Please note that additional rates are applied on orders shipped to Alaska and Hawaii and make take a few more days for delivery.*

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What is the returns policy on PrepareWise emergency food storage?
Most unused emergency food storage/disaster preparedness items can be returned within 30 days of delivery. Please click here to view the entire policy.
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How does free shipping work?
If you live in any of the 48 contiguous states of the USA and place an order, your entire PrepareWise emergency food storage purchase will be shipped to you free of charge! If you happen to live in Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico, we will cover the same amount of shipping that we cover for domestic shipments and you will pay the difference in the shipment cost. Actual shipping cost for non domestic shipments will be shown at checkout. Take advantage of this great deal now and be prepare for unforeseen emergencies/disasters.
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How long has PrepareWise been in business?
PrepareWise emergency food storage has been in the disaster and emergency preparation business since 2010; our manufacturing partner, Honeyville Grain, has been producing grocery store quality food since 1951. We have worked together to create the Legacy Premium line, and they are a big part as to why PrepareWise emergency/disaster food storage is so delicious.
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Bottom line: Whether you are an expert prepper or just getting started, PrepareWise emergency/disaster prep food storage offers the best value in the emergency food storage/disaster preparedness industry. Our appetizing freeze dried and dehydrated meals are made from quality ingredients and have a shelf life of 25 years. We ship all disaster preparedness and emergency food storage products free of charge. Be the prepper with the best food storage around. Secure your food storage now and be prepared for any emergency or disaster for the next 25 years.

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