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.