You have health insurance, car insurance, home insurance, all of those things as IN CASE something should happen. Even if you live in an apartment in the middle of a huge city and never cook, having dry goods stored so that you can still eat during a crisis, whether caused by storms, terrorism or simply a loss of income, moves you from possible victim to probable survivor.
From mother nature network, a gathering of pantry staples that will last indefinitely when stored correctly. To this list I would add dried beans, and you would be set if you were snowed in for a month. Just be sure you have some water stored as well, or a secondary source that is always available to you, even in a power outage.
By the way, water will go stale after having been stored a long time. If that happens, just pour the water back and forth several times between two containers...that will put oxygen back into the water. :)
"Could those foods you're getting ready to toss, still be good? Janice
Revell, co-founder of StillTasty.com, says "Look in your pantry and
your cabinets and check whether the items really do need to go. You'll be
shocked by what you really don't need to throw away."
So before you throw out that years-old sugar or replace that bottle of
vanilla that's been gathering dust, consult our list of "forever foods." You may
be surprised how many of your kitchen staples have a shelf life of decades —
even after they've been opened."
See the list here...http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/photos/forever-foods-10-cooking-staples-that-can-outlast-you/sugar