Hey all. I love this section of the forum as it just seems to interest me quite a bit. I have learned a lot from the threads and feel that preparing is definitely a necessity. Between natural disasters and political unrest throughout the world I feel we should all be doing some type of preparing. Of course we all know to stock up on water, food, hunting, camping, and fishing supplies. The things we would more than likely need the most of are food and water if a disaster were to happen. Water storage is easily self explained. Food, however I feel is a bit more complicated. Food needs refrigerated, heated, stored in controlled conditions, ect....In the event of a natural disaster the electricity will more than likely be gone for most of the people in the area. This is what leads to my question. What foods can be stockpiled and stored "indefinitely" at essentially what will be "room temperature"? This room temp will of course vary from location to location and season to season. Are there any foods the meet the requirement of having both a very long "shelf life" and being "weather resistant"? If so, could you please list them and the best way to store them without electricity. I live in Iowa so we have hot, humid summers and cold icy winters. This makes the decisions a bit tougher to figure out. Maybe a "summer" storage list and a "winter" list as well. Just use what is appropriate for the upcoming seasons? Any ideas, thoughts, comments, or suggestions all?