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10 Essentials for Your Emergency Food Supply

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 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: offers 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. Store them away for when needed -- freeze dried foods can last up to 25 years when stored in good conditions. Companies such as Wise Foods, Guardian Survival, 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. Vitamins and Minerals: 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. Be sure to rotate your water storage at least every six months.
  8. Emergency Water: Guardian Survival 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 is unavailable during a disaster.
  9. Water Containers: In the event that you must capture rain water or other source, you must have clean, marked water containers for proper storage. Options range from 1.6 gallon bricks to 55 gallon barrels.
  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 kills microscopic life that is responsible for diseases, such as typhoid and dysentery, while preventing mold and fungus growth.