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When a disaster occurs you might not have access to food, water and electricity for days, and sometimes weeks. Store enough emergency food to provide for your family for at least 3 days.
  • Choose food items that are familiar rather than buying special emergency food.
  • Consider any dietary restrictions and preferences you may have.
  • Ideal foods are: Shelf-stable (no refrigeration required), low in salt, and do not require cooking (e.g. canned fruit, vegetables, peanut butter, jam, low-salt crackers, cookies, cereals, nuts, dried fruit, canned soup or meats, juices and dry milk). Include baby food and formula, and other specialized items for infants or seniors.
  • Mark a rotation date on any food container that does not already have an expiration date on the package.
  • Store the food in airtight, pest-resistant containers in a cool, dark place. Most canned foods can be stored safely for at least 18 months.
  • Low acid foods like meat products, fruits and vegetables will normally last at least 2 years.
  • Use dry products, like boxed cereal, crackers, cookies, dried milk and dried fruit, within six months.
  • After a power outage, refrigerated food will stay cold longer if you keep the door closed.
  • Food should generally be consumed within 4 hours.
  • Food in the freezer will normally remain safe for 2 days.
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