9 Famine Survival Tips: How To Survive Food Shortage

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In case of a widespread food shortage, knowing these famine survival tips today will give you an edge in dealing with the disaster in the future.

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Famine Survival Tips to Help Get You out of a Disaster

When Famine Strikes: Will You Be Ready?

Famine is a disaster where people in the area experience an extreme shortage of food supply. The cause of famine includes disasters such as floods, heatwave or drought, crop failure, government-implemented policies, war, and overpopulation.

Some would think this only happens in third world countries. But this can happen to anyone anywhere they may be.

So what would you do should you experience a famine firsthand in your lifetime? A famine can last for days, weeks, months, or even years!

When it does, it may already be too late for some, hopefully not for you. Here are a few things to learn in case a famine does strike.

Famine Survival Tips You Need to Know

1. Always Prepare

Survival enthusiasts can’t say it enough. Preparation is the key to surviving a disaster.

First, know all there is to know about famine. It’s not foolproof but just like how we learned to run, we must first learn how to walk.

Before we learn to walk, we must first learn to take our first step.

2. Stock up on Food

Choose foods with a long shelf life. You can either start bottling your own food or stock up on canned goods. MRE’s, frozen food, and beef jerkies are also good choices.


Learn to perform FIFO (First In First Out), monitor, and replenish your stocks every six months so they would be good for consumption. Most likely, supermarkets and food shelves will be emptied out soon.

You can also save up hundreds even thousands a year by buying in bulk. Here’s how to maintain a solid food supply.

3. Grow Your Own Garden

This is a long-term goal. Just in case the food supply is still unable to keep up with the population’s consumption, it is best you learn to grow your own food garden for survival. If you live in an apartment building, you can learn how to do vertical gardening using plastic bottles.


This will help you stretch your food supply. Here's a how-to tutorial on a DIY indoor vertical garden and an indoor survival garden.

4. Know When Relief Aid Comes

The government or private organizations will be giving food supply aid to those affected. Knowing when and where this will happen is important.

Emergency aid will also be given to those who need medical care.

5. Stock up on Water

Water may also be scarce. If there is water, it may be contaminated depending on the calamity which has caused the famine.


You can use water gallons to collect rainwater for future use. Here are five emergency water storage tips you can work on.

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6. Arm Yourself

It’s a wonder how the shortage of food and water can change even the most decent people, especially for those who were unprepared. Be prepared to defend yourself and your family from those who want to take what you have.


Know the laws of your state on owning a gun and defending your property. Here are five of the best home defense guns you can choose from.

7. Be Discreet

Once the community feels the fangs of the famine, they will be starting to look elsewhere. Be discreet with what you have and keep it in a close circle of trusted friends and relatives.

If you keep blabbing about how prepared you are, those who aren’t would want to take it from you just to have another bite or drink.

8. Knowledge Is Power

Keep yourself updated with the news. This will help you anticipate your food and water supply consumption.

It is important to know what's going around you and be aware.

9. Bugging in and Bugging Out

If the famine becomes worse and your food supply might run out, it is best to have a bug-out location.

Of course, you just can’t come up with this place and supplies overnight! You also have to prepare for it.

Watch this video on Drought and Famine: Crash Course World History #208 posted by CrashCourse: 

Regardless of the cause and the intensity of the famine, it never hurts to put things in order in case the SHTF. If it does not hit then well and good, but it feels good to know what to do in times of famine and other disasters!

Presently, these famine survival tips will actually help you save up on your food supply instead of running to the store every time you run out. In the end, you might just make it out alive.

Have you got any famine survival tips or tips for securing a long-lasting food supply? Tell us all about it in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 21, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

6 Responses to :
9 Famine Survival Tips: How To Survive Food Shortage

  1. Bud Montgomery says:

    Choice of weapons?

  2. Bud Montgomery says:

    My preference is .22 cal. Good for100 yards and ammols is easy to aquire and light.

  3. y8tljn says:

    me gusta las naturalesa pero no me da la confiansa

  4. Pk says:

    Well I guess I die. My mom’s home is not equipped for farming of any kind. It’s Florida so storms will knock out whatever I have. It’s all I think for a lot of ppl quite unrealistic. No one I know has a home with land. Most of us at least are paycheck to paycheck. I work online and rent rooms so I’m a roommate. My mom’s house is also no land. She’s on a very fixed income and if stock plummet then that’s it. So for the majority that aren’t country folk this is bull shit**

    1. C Bell says:

      Most people are not stockpiling food and water, and sanitary items. If you can do that one thing, you will be doing very well. Start out with just buying a few extra cans/bag of flour, etc. each week. I am a big time prepper myself and have a year of food storage for my family of seven. The biggest tip I can give you is to start out with getting together a two week supply of food. Then work up to a month, then three months, then six months, then one year. Get your 2 weeks of water first before food needs. 1 gallon/day per person is very basic. You will be well hydrated, but may not have enough for sanitation needs at that quantity. But, start small, you’ll do just fine.

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