The world now is throwing humankind uncertainties. But don't you think it has always been the case since day one? The world has always been uncertain.
Nevertheless, it is crucial to focus on what we can control, all the more during natural calamities and unexpected catastrophic events.
You and your family could be cut off from your food supply in a world where tragedies can strike without notice.
Given this, food must be stored in the pantry that doesn't necessarily need to be cooked or refrigerated, especially for emergencies that can cut off the power supply.
Get equipped to weather the storm with a well-stocked emergency food stockpile. These foods are calorie-packed and contain nutrients and some fiber enough to get through the uninvited occasion.
What Emergency Foods to Stockpile
Since many emergency foods listed below have prolonged expiration dates, you can store them away for a long time.
Recommendations on how much food is in your stockpile depend on 3-14 days' worth of food.
List everything you have in your supply and check the expiration dates every six to a year to keep things new.
1. Bottled water
2. Jerky and other dehydrated meats
3. Peanut butter
4. Canned tuna, salmon, chicken, or turkey
5. Whole-wheat crackers
6. Nuts and trail mixes
8. Granola bars and power bars
9. Dried fruits, such as apricots and raisins
10. Canned vegetables, like green beans, carrots, and peas
11. Canned soups and chili
12. Sugar, salt, and pepper
13. Sports drinks, such as Gatorade or Powerade
14. Powdered milk
Why Using Frozen Food is Not the Answer
Food stored in refrigerators is the first to spoil during a power outage.
After a prolonged power outage, rely on something other than smell to judge whether or not food in the refrigerator can be saved.
Microbes are not destroyed but are rendered inactive by freezing. These microorganisms have an excellent probability of growing when the food is thawed.
Fruits and vegetables have a mushy/soggy feel because water expands when frozen, just like other liquids.
Things to Buy Just Before an Emergency
There is still time to hurry to the store and get fresh produce and other items with shorter shelf lives if you have received an adequate warning that a storm is approaching.
You can replace all that commercial food with most of these foods, which will last at least a week after purchase.
If your local farmers' market is open, stop by because the stuff there is fresher than you would get at a conventional supermarket, giving your fruits and veggies an extra few days of shelf life.
Citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruits
Cucumbers and summer squash
Potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams
Hard, packaged sausages, such as soppressata and pepperoni
Signs You Should Start Your Emergency Foods List
Food may need improvement despite all of your measures. These are some of the indications you should watch out for to ensure your food supplies are nutritious and safe to consume:
- Expiration date passed
- Food odors or offensive odors
- Cans with a dent
- Bulging lids
- Cans with rust
- Food with foam on top of it
- The cans are leaking juice or food
Make a list of the foods you eat, the things you can live without, and the amount of money you're willing to spend to have an emergency food guide on hand.
Purchase in bulk, especially during discounts and sales. This will not only make your purchases more reasonable for you, but it will also give you longer-term food ration consistency.
Understanding proper food and water storage techniques will help you cope with the stress and discomfort that an emergency might cause.
Always stock up on ingredients you frequently prepare. You can continue rotating items in your regular everyday life in this way.
Always adhere to the "first in, first out" (FIFO) guideline while creating an emergency food list. Always put older food items in front or on top so they are utilized first, and label your food with the dates you bought it.
Additional Food Advice for an Emergency
• How do you know what is safe to eat from the refrigerator if the electricity goes out?
• You could still be able to cook or heat your food if you don't have electricity.
• Family with special needs.
• Opt for canned goods in an area with a high risk of flooding.
Taking charge at home
You should consider several things if you and your family end up in a scenario where you have limited access or decide to remain at home during or after an emergency. This will help you manage your food supply as effectively as possible.
- Use frozen or chilled food items first if the power is out:
- After a power outage, chilled food will be safe for up to 4 hours.
- After a power outage, frozen meals will be safe for up to a day.
- Food may stay safer for longer if the refrigerator/freezer door is kept closed as much as possible, but a thermometer should be used to ensure the food's temperature has not risen over 6°C.
- For up to 4 hours after cooking, newly prepared foods kept at room temperature (not in the refrigerator) are safe.
- Before consuming long-lasting products, eat other perishable foods (such as bread and fresh fruits and vegetables).
- Aim for ready-to-eat items that don't need to be cooked when stocking your cupboard (in case the gas or electricity supply is interrupted).
- Based on how long you anticipate being restricted at home, ration your food and water supplies.