Emergency Food Supplies:What you will need to have

rosabella By rosabella, 31st Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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No one ever wants to think of the worst case scenario, but just in case it happens, we should, indeed, all be prepared.

In Case of Emergency: Food Supplies

We have all seen the movies or television shows with a doomsday scenario; once the perimeter is secured, there is the fervent search for anything edible. Predictably, there is always one member of the group, with a personal stash of candy bars or saltine crackers, who quietly, selfishly eats, so as not to alert the others. Such scenes cause laughter, but in our real world, should disaster strike, would you be prepared?

This is a comprehensive compilation of the best emergency foods to store in case of emergency. It should be noted that there may be variations, based of course, on family members who have special needs, (disabled, babies, the elderly), and should be adjusted accordingly. Consideration should be made for pet provisions, when applicable.

One of the most important things to store, is the obvious; water,water,water. Bottled water , according to the EPA, can be stored indefinitely. It must be kept in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight, and stored away from chemicals, cleaners, and gasoline. Fresh water can be mixed with dry, powdered mixes of all kinds, and to dilute soups and other canned goods that require mixing. Powdered milk, and baby formula, should be included. As with every item purchased, try to buy according to the expiration date; those that have at least a year or more.

High energy foods, such as peanut butter, granola bars, and trail mix, are great for a quick meal or snack. The cereals, which include these ingredients, can be eaten from the box. Crackers will be very necessary, as there will be no way to keep bread fresh for long periods of time. Canned goods of every kind, are a necessity for emergency food planning, and can be eaten directly from the can, having been prepared prior to canning. The variety of canned meats has greatly increased, and in addition to tuna and chicken, you can find beef and even canned lobster from Maine. Vegetables, fruits, nuts and soups, (no rhyme intended), are ways to insure a proper balance in nutrition. Evaporated milk may be used, however, any leftover portion should be discarded. Orange Juice and other fruit varieties, are exceptional for the vitamin content, so shake the cans well before using. Pay special attention to bulging or severely dented cans, and discard if found.

Don't forget to include foods such as cookies, coffee, tea, even hard candies. Just being able to enjoy these simple pleasures, will bring comfort to an otherwise stressful situation. If you know grandma loves her butter cookies in the tin, make sure there are at least two stored away, just for her.

Remember to include a can opener, scissors, and a knife, for opening cans, pouches and packages. Paper plates, disposable cups and utensils will be needed, and should be a forethought.

No one ever wants to think of the worst case scenario, but just in case it happens, we should, indeed, all be prepared.

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author avatar drelayaraja
1st Aug 2010 (#)

Great share friend.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
1st Aug 2010 (#)

Fresh water is most important to have stored for emergencies.

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author avatar rosabella
1st Aug 2010 (#)

Yes, we have to have water, above all else.

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author avatar Retired
3rd Aug 2010 (#)

Rosabella, I'm going to twitter this article for you. this article is important and can save lives. Thanks for sharing, a very good article:)

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author avatar rosabella
3rd Aug 2010 (#)

Thanks Petra. I hope that it can be a help.

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