Emergency Food Supplies

How to Plan for Home Emergencies

Do You Have Emergency Food Supplies?

Arguably the second most important thing to have next to water, are emergency food supplies in times of a disaster or calamity. With freak weather disturbances and other catastrophes popping up left and right in this day and age, one can never be too prepared for anything. Having reliable water and emergency food supplies that can support the whole family for a few days can make all the difference in the world between waiting out or suffering through a really nasty spell.

Thankfully, there are already established recommendations on packing emergency food supplies from disaster agencies like FEMA. By following these recommendations to the letter, it is not difficult to have adequate emergency food supplies that can power you through any disaster.

There are four important considerations for picking the right foods to include in an emergency food kit. These are:

1. Nutritious foods packed with calories, vitamins and minerals.
2. Foods that do not require special processing in order to be eaten.
3. Foods that do not spoil easily and can be stored in a variety of conditions for weeks and months.
4. Foods that your family would enjoy while trying to get through an otherwise bad situation.

These four considerations need little explanation. Nutritious foods are important in times of calamity when we are under a bit of stress. We easily lose water, burn calories and require an excess of vitamins and minerals to fight trough illnesses when we are pressured so it helps to have nutritious foods on hand to provide the needed energy. Likewise, emergency food supplies should also consider efficiency in food selection; there is nothing more efficient that food sources that require little processing prior to be being consumed.

The same can be said of food sources that can be stored for extended periods so they do not spoil. You can be confident that your stores are useful anytime, even when you’ve packed them months before. There is nothing worse than preparing emergency food supplies only to realize that they are no longer useful right at the time when you need them the most.

Finally, good, tasty food can go a long way in comforting family members in stressful situations. By feeding them with food they like, it alleviates the situation at the very least and provides a morale boost if not a certain level of assurance despite the tough times.

Common examples of foods that should find its way into your emergency food supplies are boxed powdered milk, biscuits and crackers, dried fruit, oatmeal and wheat, soybeans, instant coffee, tea, cocoa, white rice in a vacuum-sealed packaging, canned goods most notably sardines and tuna, sachet-packaged cereals, peanut butter, candies and many more. Disaster-relief agencies recommend keeping them stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and secure from potentially flooded areas. Emergency food supplies should also be housed in containers that can withstand basic mechanical stresses. Packing them in resealable containers will also ensure that they are given the best chance of prolonged availability.

Do not underestimate the value of good emergency food supplies. They can make all the difference between survival and disaster. Keep your emergency food supplies always on the ready for that inopportune moment when you know it will keep you well fed through any trying situation they may occur.