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In the event of a natural disaster or emergency, it's important to be prepared. That means having an emergency kit packed with essential supplies, including food. But not all foods are created equal when it comes to emergencies. Some foods are better than others for keeping you healthy and energised in a crisis situation. In this article, we will discuss the best and worst foods to pack in your emergency kit!
The best emergency foods are those that are high in calories and easy to eat. They should also be non-perishable and have a long shelf life. Some of the best emergency foods include:
There are a few things to keep in mind when stocking your emergency food supply. First, you'll want to make sure that you have enough non-perishable food to last for at least three days. Based on what we're seeing around the world, in some cases it may take this length of time for relief efforts to reach you in the event of an emergency.
During an emergency, it's unlikely that you'll have time or electricity or hot water to cook up gourmet meals, so it's important to have food on hand that is quick and easy to consume, calorie dense and doesn't leave you with dishes to clean.
Next, you'll want to think about the types of food that you include in your emergency stash. You'll want to make sure that you have a variety of foods that will provide you with the energy that you need.
It's worth including a manual can opener in your emergency food supply, as well as any other utensils or tools that you might need to prepare and eat your food.
On the other hand, there are some foods that you should avoid packing in your emergency kit. These include:
If you have an emergency bag with 72 hours of supplies, it's unlikely you'll be able to fit many of the foods listed above, which is why we suggest survival food such as high-calorie bars.
Remember to rotate your emergency food supply every six-twelve months to ensure that the food is still fresh and edible.
Another thing worth considering is having an emergency backup power such as a power bank or generator so that you can have access to some power to add light and warmth in times of emergency, and maybe even make a coffee!
Don't forget to pack an emergency water supply to go along with your emergency food supply. For greatest comfort, we recommend that you pack at least 2 litres per person, per day.
If you are stranded in an area without access to clean water, which can be quite common during natural disasters, you will need to find a way to purify any water that you come across to avoid getting sick. It is a good idea to have a water filter and/or water purification tablets on hand or in your emergency bag so that you can purify any water that you may come across in an emergency.
During times of floods and storms, water is often contaminated with unsafe bacterias, which can cause illness including diarrhoea and even diseases that can cause serious medical harm. When faced with an emergency, it's vital that you look after your health and ensure that you are drinking only purified water.
So, there you have it! The best and worst foods to pack in your emergency kit. Be sure to include plenty of non-perishable, high-calorie foods in your kit so that you can stay healthy and energised in the event of an emergency!
By following these simple tips, you can be sure that you and your loved ones will be prepared in the event of an emergency.