I know this has been covered before, but currently I am taking online classes and working so I don't have the time to search for all of the information. I went and bought some 5 gallon food grade buckets with lids and want to know if the oats from the feed store are the same as the oats in oatmeal. If so I want to store some of that and some grits and rice. I want to complete this task this weekend so all replies are helpful and will be appreciated. I personally don't reasonably have the storage space to hoard large amounts of food away for the future SHTF scenario but I do have enough space to put away 3 5 gallon buckets and some water away for my family. I am hoping to suppliment this with trapping and hunting. I have not found an effective and efficient way to store water yet as I have a lack of space. When we get notice of Hurricanes and the such I usually fill all empty milk jugs. The bathtub and I have two 5 gallon water storage containers that I fill to the top and place in the closet. Needing some helpful tips as to better prepare myself to meet the food need of my family in case of disaster.