Is your family prepared for an emergency? During a natural disaster, just about anything can happen. It is likely that you will lose power and gas, and depending on the severity, you could lose your home. Roads may be blocked, flooded or closed. If these conditions arise, how will you and your family survive? With the right basic survival tools, you can be prepared to survive just about any emergency situation.
Stocking Your Pantry For Emergency Survival
Be prepared for emergency survival by stocking your pantry with foods with a long shelf-life. Below are some of the basic food items that you can stock for a healthy food storage. Foods to Store
– Canned meats such as tuna, sardines and canned beef or ham are good sources to replace meats that need to be frozen or refrigerated.
– Canned juices are a good source of nutrients in time of emergency survival. Boxed juices can generally be kept at room temperature for long periods of time.
– Dehydrated or freeze-dried herbs and spices generally last several years, and can add flavor to your foods.
– Oil, coffee, hot cocoa, tea and sugar are all basic items that you may need in an emergency.
– Stored water is essential. You want to have a large supply of clean water in bottles or barrels. You should plan enough for at least seven days for each person in your household. This includes drinking water and water to bathe in. Most experts recommend at least 1-gallon per person per day.
– Canned and bagged soups are convenient, economical and easy-to-make, even without power or gas.
– Items in jars like mayonnaise, honey, pastas, rice and powdered or canned milk will be needed.
– Dried foods such as beef jerky, sausages, peanuts and popcorn make great snacks that do not require cooking.
Emergency Survival Tools
The following are items you should have on-hand in case of an emergency:
– Needed medication and vitamin supplements
– Sleeping bags or blankets, and pillows
– Toilet paper, moist wipes, shampoo and soap to bathe
– Flashlights, extra batteries and candles
– Gas camping stove or small outside grill, quickstoves are a great option
– Paper and plastic utensils such as paper plates and cups and plastic spoons and forks
– Can opener and a cutting knife
– At least three days’ worth of clothing
– First-aid survival kit
Be Prepared to Survive an Emergency
All of the above items can be stored in a pantry, closets, under beds, in the basement or the garage. You can place loose items in plastic bags and store everything in large plastic storage containers. Keep your food storage separate from other essential items and be sure to check expiration dates on your foods regularly.