Fact Sheet - Food Supplies

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At a glance..

Many people have asked the Red Cross for information and suggestions about food supplies in case of disaster. The following information is provided to address those questions.

The details..

In the event of a disaster, having access to food and water is crucial for survival. The American Red Cross has created a fact sheet that outlines recommendations for storing non-perishable foods and water in case there is no time to gather items from the kitchen when disaster strikes. It's important to select foods that require little or no preparation or cooking, are compact and lightweight, high in calories and nutrition.

Familiar comfort foods like canned meats, fruits & vegetables along with ready-to-eat meals are recommended as they don't require special preparation or cooking equipment. High energy snacks such as granola bars, trail mix & peanut butter provide essential nutrients while keeping you full longer without requiring much space for storage. Instant coffee/tea bags also make good additions if you need caffeine during stressful times.

It's best to avoid salty/sugary/fatty foods since they promote thirst which could lead to dehydration if clean drinking water isn't available immediately after an emergency situation occurs. Foods with expiration dates should be replaced every six months but some households prefer rotating their regular meal products into their emergency supply kit so everything stays fresh at all times.

Red Cross recommends families keep enough supplies (food/water/emergency gear) on hand for several days up-to-a week depending upon personal preference/circumstances/location etc., although some may choose more extended periods too based on individual needs.

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