We often worry more about the threats of a rough winter when it comes to emergency preparation and storing long term food, but this summer has proven to be a nasty one with concerns for everyone across the country. Wildfires, flooding, tropical storms, hurricane force winds, and power outages. There’s a lot to be worried about, and summer has only just begun.

The U.S. has been experiencing an intense and country-wide heatwave this summer that has led to a lot of damage, such as seemingly unstoppable wildfires and heavy thunderstorms that blow out power lines. In states like Colorado and Utah, many families have been forced to evacuate their homes and simply hope they still have one left when the fire goes out. Meanwhile, citizens in Ohio, Maryland and Virginia refer to their loss of power as ‘catastrophic’ and crews are rushing to mend the massive power grid damage.

So, consider this. You’ve lost power, along with all your modern amenities like fridges and air conditioning, and the temperature outside is in the triple digits. It’s a good thing you have a long term food supply… you do have one, right? It’s easy to assume these kinds of things won’t happen to us, but the truth is – in more cases than not – we can’t avoid a disaster or predict it.

So, whether you’re worried about fires, hurricanes, floods or power outages, preparing ahead of time with long term emergency food and water is your best bet to make it through tough times. So if you haven’t already, get prepping!