Preparing for the Unexpected: Emergency Food Checklist

No one expects a disaster to hit them. But it’s not unheard of. Everyone seems to assume that they have all the time left in the world until that natural disaster or financial hardship hits. In these times, it’s more important than ever to be prepared.

According to Honeyville, emergency supplies can have a long shelf life. It never hurts to keep extra food on hand, either for that potential disaster or an unexpected necessary ingredient. When you do start emergency planning, take in to consideration the food people like, avoiding allergens, and ensuring that all types of food are covered. Keeping meats, vegetables, fats, and carbohydrates are important to ensuring that nutritionally everyone is covered.

It helps to calculate the calories of everyone in your home. You can use this information to project how many calories they need for a week or few months. Then you can store a proper amount of food for each person. Don’t forget the necessities like medication.

Canned foods work very well for emergencies. As do dried vegetables, meats, and carbohydrates. Cereal and granola bars have a long shelf life, especially when individually packaged. Keeping bricks of water and canned or powdered juices and milk is also a great idea.

There’s equipment to think about too. See in the infographic below.