Important!An emergency can disrupt your ability to purchase food. It is wise to maintain an extra two weeks supply of food on hand. Check your supplies regularly to make sure you have enough.
Selecting Foods for Emergency Supply
- Foods that require little or no cooking or refrigeration.
- Foods that require little or no water for preparation.
- Foods that will not increase thirst (i.e. low in sodium).
- Foods that will meet the needs of family members requiring special diets.
- Choose portions that can be consumed by you or your family in one meal.
- Foods that are familiar to your family (comfort foods).
Suggested Foods to Store
- Ready-to-eat canned meats, fish, beans, fruits and vegetables
- Comfort foods, such as hard candy, sweetened cereals, candy bars and cookies
- Packaged juices, milk and soup
- Dried foods
- Peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars and trail mix
- Instant meals that don’t need cooking or water
Additional Items to Store
- Manual can opener
- Paper towels
- Utility knife
- Aluminium foil
- Bottle opener
- Charcoal grill & charcoal
- Camping stove & fuel
- Heavy duty plastic bags
- Waterproof matches
- Small Tool Kit
- Pots & pans
Storing Emergency Foods
- Keep food in covered containers, date, rotate into use 1 or 2 times a year and replace.
- Store foods in a cool, dry, dark place (i.e. a closet and package in opaque containers). High temperatures
contribute to rapid deterioration of many food types.
- Protect food from rodents and insects by storing in metal containers or large, sealable hard-plastic garbage containers on wheels.
Using Emergency Food
- FIRST, use perishable foods in your refrigerator (if not contaminated by flooding).
- SECOND, use frozen foods in your freezer.
- LASTLY, use canned foods and dry mixes.
- Thawed food usually can be eaten if it is still “refrigerator cold.” It can be re-frozen if it still contains ice crystals. But remember: “If in doubt, throw it out.”
- Discard cans that bulge at the end or are leaking.
- Do not eat or drink anything that has been in open containers near shattered glass.
Keep it Clean
- Keep cooking and eating utensils clean.
- Keep your hands clean by washing them frequently with soap and in water that has been boiled or disinfected. Or use a commercial alcohol-based sanitizer like PURELL®.
- Remember to wash hands for at least 20 seconds each time.
- Keep garbage in closed containers and dispose outside, burying garbage in plastic bags if necessary so it can be dug up and disposed of properly later.