12 September, 2011

Emergency Food Supply

Almost everyone knows they are supposed to keep an emergency food supply. Emergency situations can happen anytime. Having an emergency  supply of food and water is one important part of the preparation process. But what should you stockpile?

Select foods that are good to eat and reasonably good for you. Plan to rotate supplies every three months. By this, you won't have to worry if your food is stale when you need to eat it.

Date everything using a waterproof pen.
Keep at least 7-14 days worth of food per person. But of course, the more you can manage, the better.
Store these foods in an accessible, cool and dry place.

Here are some list that may help you decide what to stockpile.

Canned Foods:
  • Fruits in very light syrup. (peaches, pears, apricots)
  • Tuna, sardines, oysters (mix it up)
  • soup
  • Rice or soy milk
  • Beans or other vegetable
  • Broth (such as chicken or vegetable)
  • Jar of peanut butter
  • Jar of jelly or jam

Dried and Ready to Eat Food
  • Crackers
  • Dried fruits. Ginger candy is good for upset tummies.
  • Box of whole-grain cereal
  • Nuts and trail mixes
  • Whole-grain energy or granola bars

Food that Requires Water
  • Cup of noodles or ramen
  • Packets of Tea
  • Coffee
  • Instant rice
  • Pasta
  • Dried beans, lentils, peas

Beverages
  • Canned 100% juice or juice boxes
  • Sport drinks (such as Gatorade)
  • Lots of water.

Other
  • Manual can opener
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sugar
  • Vitamins
  • Water purification system
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Paper towels, plastic zipper-type bags for storing opened foods
  • Eating utensils and a bowl for each person, knives and a pair of scissors

Most food listed above will keep at least a few months to a year, but again, it's best to keep the rotation going.

Sometimes, on emergencies, it might be necessary to evacuate and gives you a little time to get out of your house. For this, it's important to take emergency essentials with you. A couple of large plastic containers should contain your supplies so you can pick them up and head out the door without running around wasting valuable time.

Discuss disaster scenarios with your family to arrange who is responsible for what. If you have a plan, you and the family members may be able to respond immediately. Read Emergency Checklist.

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