First and foremost, on behalf of all the Spice Girls, our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. It seems like everyone knows at least one family member, friend, or co-worker who has been affected by these devastating storms.
Natural disasters can come in many different forms, such as tsunamis, blizzards, tornadoes, and more. So far in 2017, the U.S. has endured 49 different natural disasters (according to data from Munich Re, a global reinsurance firm). Regardless of where you live in the US, no region is 100% safe from a weather-related emergency. While some areas may be more susceptible to certain disasters like hurricanes or tornadoes, mother nature tends to have a mind of it’s own. Bad weather can strike anywhere, anytime.
A natural disaster can greatly impact one’s food supply in many ways. Food can become contaminated through exposure to flood waters, or spoil in refrigerators and freezers due to loss of electricity. Access to food may also be impacted; inclement weather may result in the inability to leave the house to purchase food, or cause food shortages in grocery stores.
Having an emergency food kit is an easy way to ensure you and your family have safe and substantial food in case of a natural disaster. Don’t have a kit? Follow these tips below to build your own.
Tips for Building an Emergency Food Kit
- Plan to have at least a 3-day supply of food for each member of your household.
- Include foods that have a long shelf life. Examples include canned fruits/vegetables, canned tuna, nuts, dehydrated meals, twinkies… kidding!
- Include foods that require little cooking, water, or refrigeration (in case utilities are inaccessible).
- For storing water the general rule of thumb is 1 gallon/person/day (according to the CDC). Have a mix of both water bottles and gallon jugs.
- If anyone in your family follows a special diet, make sure there is enough food to meet their nutrition needs.
- Have pets? Make sure you have food (and water) in the kit for them too!
- Keep your emergency food kit in a durable, weatherproof bin and safe location that all members of the house know where to find.
- Check your kit annually to restock and/or dispose of any expired foods.
- Your emergency kit doesn’t need to be solely for food. Having other items like flashlights, a battery powered radio, first aid kit, and even sharp cutting tools are handy in case of any emergency.
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