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Reserve Storage and Transport

Storage of supplies and food is key to disaster relief efforts. In order to respond quickly to disasters and the needs of disaster-afflicted victims, supplies must already exist and be ready to be shipped. If not for the surpluses of the modern world, supplies would have to be made to order. Even the advances of early civilizations were enabled by their ability to store food. The granary, developed in the ancient world, was a way to store grain—up to seven years in an adequately dry climate, but at least several seasons even in humid regions—while smoking and salting meat, pickling vegetables, and brewing grains into beer were all ways of turning perishable ingredients into edible forms that would last months or years. Being able to ...

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