Emergency Food Kit

If a man-made disaster or a natural disaster were to occur in your community, would you have an emergency food kit on hand to take care of yourself and your family for at least 3 days and up to 2 weeks? That is the amount of time it could likely take for enough of a clean-up to take place so that you could evacuate and seek shelter elsewhere or load up on more supplies. Remember that it is always better to have more than you need than not enough.

If you have more, you may come across someone who needs help, and you could be the one person who has enough food to offer assistance.

Emergency Food Kits come in a variety of styles and sizes. Many stores sell them. You can keep your kit in the package it came in or you can pack it in a Go-Bag or (what I suggest) an Urban Survival Bug Out Bag. Make sure your bag can withstand moisture and insects as well as be easy to transport. You may have to carry this bag for long distances, so make sure it fits well and has plenty of padding. Place your Go-Bag near an exit so that you always have it ready to pick up in the event disaster strikes.

If You Shelter In Place

There will be times in an emergency situation when you will have to shelter-in-place. If there is also a power outage, your emergency food kit will need to contain foods that do not need refrigeration and are easy to prepare.

Almost all kits are designed this way, but be sure to read everything carefully before you make your purchase. Take into account your family's unique food tastes and needs, such as those who might be on a gluten-free diet or a low-cholesterol diet. The key is to select foods that are nutritious and that your family will enjoy.

If you are sheltering-in-place and at home, eat the foods in your refrigerator first then eat the items in your freezer next. The items in your freezer can last for up to two days if you don't open and close the freezer a lot. Then, use the items in your pantry. Save your emergency food supply for last.

If you have canned goods, make sure you have a Made in USA Manual Can Openerder and disposable utensils. If you have pets, be sure to have plenty of food and water on hand for them, too. There are pet emergency food supply kits that you can purchase, too.

If You Evacuate

In an emergency situation when you have to evacuate, your Go-Bag is going to be packed with these emergency supplies. Always consider packing multi-vitamins, too, so you are sure to get all the nutrition you need.

When you are preparing your food, keep it out of the sun and in dry conditions - as much as possible. Germs are your enemy. Keep everything wrapped with plastic wrap or sealed in food-safe containers - plastic or metal. When you open food containers, do so carefully so that you can close them tightly after each use. Inspect all food for signs of spoilage before you use anything, especially meat. Place new items at the back of your emergency food supply area and older items in front. Clean your hands before preparing food.

Emergency Survival Food: If You Pack These

Replace these stored foods on a regular basis:

In less than six months, use

  • Powdered milk
  • Dried fruit
  • Boxed potatoes
  • Crackers

In less than one year, use

  • Any kind of meat that has been canned
  • Vegetable soups and canned vegetables
  • Canned fruits or canned juices
  • Ready-to-eat cereals and uncooked instant cereals
  • Plastic jars of peanut butter
  • Glass or Plastic jars of Jams and Jelly
  • Any kind of candy and any kind of nuts
  • Vitamin C

If you can't purchase a kit, prepare your emergency food supplies a little at a time. Don't worry if you can't do it all at one time. Not everyone can. It can cost a lot. Just get started. Even buying a little each week, you will be surprised how quickly your stash will add up. Remember that this is all about reducing risk. If something happens, you are better prepared to handle the situation if you at least have some emergency food supplies on hand.

Emergency Survival Foods

Here are some top-rated Disaster Survival Foods you can purchase, put in your bug-out bag and not have to worry about for a long time.

Harmony House Foods Soup Mix, Dried Vegetable, 12 Ounce Quart Size Jar. This is pure vegetables and herbs with no MSG.

Mountain House #10 Can Beef Stroganoff with Noodles (10 -1 cup servings). As far as preparedness foods go, in the flavor department, Mountain House is the absolute best.

Wise Outdoor Meals 72 Hour Emergency Kit-Pack of 6. This is also one of the better-known brands. It does contain preservatives, though the flavor is supposed to be pretty good.