Tips for Emergency Food Storage and Eating

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Please see Section 5 of the Emergency Resources Guide Volume 1 for updates and other related info.


☐ Plan to eat at least one nutritious, well-balanced meal each day.

☐ Drink enough liquid to enable your body to function properly (two quarts a day).

☐ Eat enough food to keep your strength and energy up.

☐ Take vitamin and mineral supplements to ensure adequate nutrition.

☐ Choose foods your family likes.

☐ Use the perishable food in the refrigerator and freezer first.


☐ Buy foods that can be eaten with little or no cooking.

☐ Keep food in a cool, dry place - a dark area if possible.

☐ Close food boxes and cans tightly after use.

☐ Wrap bread, cookies, or crackers in plastic bags or keep them in tightly closed containers.

☐ Use plastic containers when storing food, and buy emergency food in cans.

☐ Transfer opened packages of sugar, dried fruits and nuts into screw-top jars or airtight cans to protect them from pests.

☐ Inspect all food for signs of spoilage before using.

☐ Keep clean plastic containers on hand to store ½ gallon of water for each person per day.

☐ Have a special section of the food cupboard set aside for emergency food, so that it is easier to manage, and can be packed quickly if there is a need to evacuate.

☐ Rotate food every 6 months. When replacing them, date them with an ink marker. Place new items at the back of the storage area and older ones in front, so that the older items will be used first.