What to Stock up on For Emergencies?

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Stock up on emergency food supplies now that can be used after a disaster. These supplies should include a first aid kit, survival kits for home, car, and work, as well as emergency food and water. Store enough supplies for at least three days.

Find out how to keep food safely before, during, and after emergencies like floods, fires, natural disasters, or power outages.

Prepare an emergency food supply

A disaster can disrupt the food supply; so plan to have at least a 3-day supply of food.

Keep foods that:

  • Have a longer shelf life
  • Require little or no cooking, water or refrigeration, in case services are interrupted
  • Meet the needs of babies or other family members on special diets
  • Meet the needs of pets
  • They are not very salty or spicy, since these foods increase the need to drink water, which could be in short supply

How to Store an Emergency Food Supply?

When storing food, it is not necessary to buy dehydrated or other food in an emergency.

  • Check the expiration dates on packaged foods or dry mixes. Homemade packaged foods generally need to be thrown away after one year.
  • Use and replace foods before the expiration date.

Certain storage conditions can improve the shelf life of packaged or dehydrated foods. Ideally, store them in a cool, dry, and dark place. The best temperature is 40 ° to 70 ° F.

  • Keep food away from stoves or fumes from the refrigerator. Heat causes many foods to spoil more quickly.
  • Keep food away from petroleum products, such as gasoline, oil, paints, and solvents. Some foods absorb their odor.
  • Protect food from rodents and insects. Food stored in boxes or cardboard will last longer if wrapped or stored in airtight, waterproof containers.
  • Store food on secure shelves that prevent contact with water in the event of flooding.

Prepare an emergency water supply

  • Conserve at least 1 gallon of water per day for each person and pet. Note that you should save more water in hot weather, for pregnant women, or sick people.
  • Conserve at least a 3-day supply of water for each person and pet.
  • Make sure you keep your emergency water supply in a safe place in the event of a flood.
  • If bottled water has an odor, do not drink or use it. Instead, throw it away or, whenever possible, call your bottled water supplier for a replacement.
  • Check the expiration date of the water you buy at the store; replace it every 6 months.
  • Keep a bottle of odorless liquid chlorine bleach to disinfect water and to clean or disinfect surfaces in general. Try to store the bleach in a place where the average temperature is about 70 ° F (21 ° C). Since the amount of active chlorine in bleach decreases over time, consider replacing the bottle every year.

During an emergency, if you use food or beverage containers that hold substances other than food, such as gasoline, discard them after use and do not recycle them.


  • Peanut or peanut butter and jelly
  • Ready-to-eat canned soup, meat, milk, fish, canned fruits, and vegetables (3-day supplies, including pet food)
  • Bread/cookies stored in a waterproof bag or container
  • Powdered or single-serving drinks
  • Cereal/cereal bars
  • Packaged seasonings

For pets

  • Two-week supplies of dry and canned foods.
  • Water (1/2 gallon per day)
  • Litter box provisions
  • Cage for traveling

Make a workplace survival kit from the following supplies:

Good emergency survival staple kit is just foods that have a long shelf life.

  • Food (non-perishable: nutrition bars, dried fruit mix, etc.)
  • Bottled water
  • Jacket or sweatshirt
  • A pair of thick shoes
  • Flashlight with new batteries
  • Battery-powered radio with fresh batteries
  • Essential drugs
  • Blanket
  • Small first aid kit
  • Replacement glasses and/or contact lens fluid
  • Whistle or other objects to attract attention


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