Keep enough food on hand to sustain you and your family for 3 days. Remember that you may not have access to electricity or refrigeration and that water may be scarce. Watch your salt content, as salty foods make you drink more water.


  • Foods should require very little preparation - try to avoid things that need water or cooking
  • Make sure it's food your family will eat
  • Remember to include a manual can-opener and utensils in your emergency supplies
  • Ready-to-eat canned foods: meats, fruits, vegetables, soup, juice, and milk
  • High-energy foods: peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars and trail mix
  • Small amounts of comfort foods: candy, sweetened cereals, potato chips, and cookies
  • Dried foods
  • Instant ready-to-eat meals

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