Be Prepared: How to Use Your Emergency Food Supply

In the event of an emergency, it is important to be prepared with a food supply that will last for at least three days. Perishable foods should be used first, followed by frozen foods and then non-perishable staples. To keep the freezer temperature low, post a list of its contents on the door and cover it with blankets. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends storing one gallon of water per person per day, and creating a two-week supply if possible.

Don't forget to store additional water for pets. Bulk shopping is an affordable way to build up your emergency food supply. When selecting items for your emergency kit, choose foods that do not require refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. Military and camping supply tents are good sources of compact, well-preserved foods.

Store staple food packages in airtight containers, glass jars with screw lids, or non-rusting metal cans. When planning your emergency food supply, consider the need to refrigerate leftover canned food.

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