It was a sigh of relief to find that the swine flu was longer given the front page news. But in the second page of the newspaper, I was amazed to read about desperate people are paying up to $150 for the fake Tamiflu, the drug used to treat swine flu victims, because they are frightened pharmacies will run out of supplies if a pandemic occurs. It is sad if it is not funny, that spam emails for the fake drugs, which are being sold on the internet, have become more popular than those for erectile dysfunction and preyed on people who did not realised that Tamiflu would be distributed free if a pandemic was declared. Although the flu scare has triggered this rash of fake drugs, I hope that people are not gullible enough to fall victims of such scams. There are reports from the papers that the virus was less virulent than originally believed. That’s definitely good news for everyone to hear.
We have received an email from a couple who is living in the city of Sydney, stating that they lived in an apartment that is so tiny and could barely hold a week groceries in the cupboards, thus it is almost impossible to stock up food. The other reason is that they are renting and regularly moving; thereby impede their ability to do it. Storage is always a problem at home, isn’t it? You will need to purchase a stackable 30 litres plastic container which can easily hold a week supply of food. Besides, they keep out insects, rodents and moisture. If you are building your stockpile from scratch, start with the basic like rice, pasta, beans, salt and sugar. It is best you build a small supply of food that is part of your normal diet. One way to do this is to purchase a few extra items when you go shopping to build a one week supply of food. Then you can gradually increase your supply until it is sufficient in an emergency. These items should be used and rotated to avoid spoilage.
Here is a recipe from Coles Supermarket's flyer that you can easily cook from scratch by using the food stored in your stockpile.
1 425g can tuna
1 550g Pasta sauce
100g Tasty Cheese, grated
Salt and Pepper
Cook pasta according to instructions on pack. Strain and place in the oven-proof dish. Simply add sauce and tuna to dish. Top with a layer of grated cheese. Bake in moderate oven at 180 C for 20 minutes. Serve with crusty bread.