Be Prepared: Store Food for an Emergency
Do1Thing is a resource that provides one manageable task per month to help you prepare for an emergency or disaster.
The goal for April: Prepare an emergency food supply — enough for 3 days.
Buy food ahead of time, and replace it right away when it runs out or expires. Store food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated in a large duffel bag or in a plastic tub with a lid.
What food items should you include in your emergency supply? Do1Thing recommends following the BUS guidelines:
1. Balance: Make sure your supply includes a variety of foods from each of the basic food groups. Also include non-perishable high-energy foods and comfort foods. If anyone in your family has special dietary needs, take those into account.
2. Usability: Choose items that don’t need to be cooled or heated and that don’t require a lot of water. Examples include canned or dried meat, dry cereal, and canned vegetables. Make sure you have a manual can opener if you plan to use canned goods.
3. Shelf Life: Look at the expiration date listed on the food item. Use and replace foods before the expiration date.
Also, keep a thermometer in your refrigerator, and know when food would become unsafe to eat. If the temperature remains above 41 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 4 hours, perishable foods might be unsafe to eat. Learn more about keeping refrigerated food safe.
This post is adapted from Do1Thing. Read about April’s task here.
The time to prepare is not after an emergency strikes.