For those who are interested, in the blog poll last week that asked what people have stored, the numbers worked out as follows:
Staple items (wheat, bean, rice, etc.) 92%
Canned items 92%
Frozen items 53%
Items especially made for storage (MREs, etc.) 69%
A garden that provides produce 92%
Now I just wish that whoever marked "other" would have left a comment--about the only thing that I can think of is livestock, or hens that supply eggs, etc.--live storage is also a good thing. At any rate, that's how it worked out, and though I don't get a large number of people responding, this was by far the poll that has had the most respondents to date. (Thanks to those who participated!) I was impressed by the level of preparedness that is evident by these numbers. I certainly hope that "other" didn't indicate a total lack of storage, but if so, that can be changed. :)
Perhaps the reason that "other" brings to mind livestock or hens, etc., is because I read this article today about people wanting to raise chickens in Utah. I personally have no knowledge about how to raise or care for hens, but I may have to find out what the policies are in my own state and see if it is a feasible project. It's certainly something to think about. You would have to provide storage for the animals themselves in the form of feed, but wouldn't fresh eggs and fresh chicken be a great addition to food storage?