Food & Water
- Store at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food.
- Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight.
- Pack a manual can opener, basic eating utensils and basic kitchen accessories needed for cooking, eating and storage.
- Rotate your stored food every 6 months for freshness.
- Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
- Comfort/stress foods such as:
- Hard candy
- Hot cocoa
- Instant coffee
- Sweetened cereals
- Tea bags
- Dry cereal or granola
- food for infants, elderly persons or persons on special diets.
- High energy foods such as:
- Dried fruit
- Granola bars
- Peanut butter
- Trail mix
- Non-perishable pasteurized milk
- Protein or fruit bars
- Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables.
- Aluminum foil
- Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
- Non-electric can opener, utility knife
- Plastic storage containers
- Keep at least a 3-day supply of water for each person in your household.
- Store 3 gallons of water per person per day, for drinking, food preparation and sanitation.
- Store water tightly in clean plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles.
- Be sure to change your stored water supply every 6 months so it stays fresh.
Children, nursing mothers, and sick people may need more water. If you live in a warm weather climate more water may be necessary.