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Top 10 Emergency Food Supplies

Our modern society provides us with resources provided by a maintained infrastructure. But what would you do if a disaster interrupted your ability to refrigerate, or draw running, treated water from a tap?

Emergency food and water supplies are necessary to for you and your family's survival in a disaster. The following is a list of ten recommended food and water supplies:

1.            Survival food packs: Survival goods suppliers offer a variety of life-sustaining, ready-made, non-perishable foods that can be ordered by component or in kit form. These are specified by servings, or by people-per-day. Companies such as Wise Foods and Mayday Industries produce packaged food and survival bars to see a person or family through any crisis during a disaster.

2.           Canned Goods: These foods include canned meat, vegetables, and fruit that are preserved in sturdy aluminum containers that have the proteins and vitamins needed to sustain your energy and health in the event of disaster. Ensure that you keep a manually operated opening tool on hand and that you are familiar with its operation.

3.           Comfort foods: Hard candy and chocolate bars are helpful in sustaining energy through the burning of sugar, and taste good. This is helpful in keeping positive morale with the small children in your group. Ensure that this serves as a supplement to your more important food sources.

4.           Multi-Vitamin and Mineral supplements: Over-the counter multi-vitamins and mineral supplements will replace and sustain elements in your body that may become depleted during a disaster.

5.           Drink mixes and coffee: Energy-sustaining drinks such as Gatorade help with the replenishment of electrolytes, which aid in balancing water retention in the human body, preventing dehydration. Coffee, though not needed to survive, is important if you regularly drink coffee for stimulation. Both also help with maintaining a good level of morale.

6.           Food Seasoning: Should the duration of a disaster outlast the food supplies on hand, it may be necessary to become "creative" in supplying food for yourself and your family from the local environment. Maintain a varied assortment of food seasoning to help make your food palatable.

7.           Bottled Water: Bottled water from the supermarket in single serving or jugs is good to keep on hand in the event of a disaster. This water should be kept out of sunlight to prevent any microbial life forms from contaminating the water at higher temperatures.

8.          Emergency Water Pouches: Mayday Industries produces US Coast Guard Approved survival water pouches that can be carried on your person without any concerns about water temperatures. This is good to keep with you when travelling between your home and any destination where drinking water us unavailable during a disaster.

9.           Clean Water Containers: In the event that you must capture rain water or other source, you must have clean, marked water containers for the proper storage. Five gallon collapsible water containers are available through which store easily and folded out for use in storing and transporting drinking water.

10.       Water Preserver: This is a concentrated product that can treat up to fifty-five gallons of drinking water, allowing fresh water to be stored up to five years at a time. This product is available through, and kills microscopic life that is responsible for diseases, such as typhoid and dysentery, while preventing mold and fungus growth.

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