Food storage is one of the most important parts of you and your family's survival.  The size of your food cache, like everything else, depends on what plan you and your group or family have come up with.  Here are some things to keep in mind while you are deciding on the amount and types of food you should store according to www.ready.gov :

  • Store at least a three day supply of non-perishable foods
  • Choose foods your family will eat
  • Remember any special dietary needs
  • Avoid foods that will make you thirsty
  • Choose salt-free crackers and canned goods with high liquid content

Following a disaster there may be power outages that could last for several days.  Stock canned foods,dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation.  Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils.

The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies.  You may already have many of these on hand:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • Protein or fruit bars
  • Dry cereal or granola
  • Peanut butter
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Crackers
  • Canned juices
  • Non-perishable pasteurized milk
  • High energy foods
  • Vitamins
  • Food for infants
  • Comfort or stress foods

Remember this is just what the government recommends suggest that you keep in your food stores at all times.  Also remember that after Hurricane Katrina it took 5 days to get water to the survivors in the Superdome, where the public was sent for shelter.

Food Storage