Emergency Food Supplies

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
  • Utensils

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.


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