Because you don’t know when an emergency will strike, you have to be ready for one at all times.
This means you have to have everything your family will need during an emergency already stored in a duffle bag and ready to be tossed into the car.
Take a look at these five tips that will help you prepare your emergency food kits.
1. Pack the Right Food
Water and canned foods should be the base of your emergency food kits. We’re talking things like canned meats, canned veggies, and canned fruits. These can last years before going bad and are a great source of protein and nutrition.
After your canned foods, you’ll want to focus on high energy foods. Pick things that don’t need to be cooked and are easy to store, like protein bars and peanut butter. Dry cereals, crackers, and trail mixes are also good things to have around during an emergency situation.
Avoid foods that will make you thirsty. You may have a limited amount of water.
2. Personalize Your Emergency Food Kits
As your preparing your kits, think about any personal family needs.
Do you have any pets that will require extra supplies? Do you have a newborn who’ll need baby formula? Does anyone in your family take prescription medication?
If you have several pets, you may want to create a separate kit for them. You can store it in the same place you keep your family food kit so you can grab them both during an emergency.
3. Know What Else to Pack
Your food kits should last you and your family at least 72 hours. If you have a small family, you may be able to pack more supplies and make it last even longer.
But food isn’t the only thing you should pack in your emergency food kit.
Make sure you have at least one can opener. Cans are a large part of your kit, and if you don’t have a can opener, you’ll have to find another way to get into them.
You can also use a candle warmer as a way to heat your food. Though you may not have access to electricity during an emergency, it is small and easy to throw in the pack just in case.
You should also have flashlights and first aid kits on hand during emergency situations.
4. Find a Place to Keep It
The most important place to have an emergency food kit is inside your house, but ideally, you should have at least three.
Home Kit: This is the kit you keep at home. Make sure everyone in the family knows where to find it so it is easy to grab during an emergency.
Car Kit: You may not be at home when an emergency strikes, and you may not be able to get home. It’s also good to have around in case you get stranded somewhere remote.
Work: This kit should last you at least a day in case you get stuck in the office. Include comfortable shoes if you work in high-heels or other inconvenient shoes.
5. Sustain Your Kit
You need to replace food in your kit, as it expires at least once a year. You should also reevaluate your family’s needs and adjust your supplies accordingly.
A food kit that worked for your family two years ago may not support them now. You may have a new addition to the family (child or pet), someone may have developed an allergy, or you may have a new medical prescription.
Keep Your Food Kits Prepared
You can buy food supplies from the grocery store or prepare them yourself, but your kits should always be fully stocked and ready to go. Don’t forget to add supplies unique to your family’s needs.
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