Food Shortages in the Event of Emergencies

Food Shortages Over the months of August and September, a number of events resulted in a flood of orders that resulted in a shortage here at Total Prepare. Indeed, the entire preparedness industry was facing depleted shelves.

If you’ve browsed our website or our blog, or bought emergency supplies from us, you’re probably aware that one of our main long term food lines is Legacy Foods. What happened this summer was that Legacy Foods themselves had orders that were up by over 420% and stock was wiped out. Even some of the ingredients they regularly buy to make their food were out of stock as well! The system was truly overwhelmed.

And here’s why.

There’s been a general unrest about this fall; talk of events such as an economic collapse, a meteor en route to earth, and general instability in our world have people getting concerned. Some might even argue that the end of the world is at hand. It’s not just earthquakes that many of the population are concerned about.

On the west coast, add to that the storm that hit Vancouver and Vancouver Island mid-August and you’ve got people suddenly motivated to get prepared.

This is actually a good thing. If people act now and build emergency kits for their homes and families, then when push comes to shove in an actual emergency, they will have a higher chance at surviving and a lot less reason to fear.

Vancouver’s summer storm was a big disruption to its infrastructure. People were without power for days. Can you imagine what kind of havoc an earthquake would wreak on our system, if a simple storm is any kind of indication? Check out what BC Hydro itself had to say about the fallout from the storm. A Times Colonist editorial also highlighted the importance of getting prepared, in light of the disruption the storm caused – read it here.

What August and September have made us realize, as suppliers, is that times and weather patterns are changing and more people are becoming aware of the importance of preparing. More citizens are stocking up on more food and supplies. Legacy Foods is taking the rise in demand seriously, and is increasing their rate of production considerably.

Stay tuned for our next post, Bolstering Your Emergency Food Supply, to read more about what it means to be prepared, how to take action yourself, and how to bolster your home and your community’s food supply!


Article contributed by Sophie Wooding – Avid gardener and cyclist in Victoria, BC and Content Writer for

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