Emergency Food Planning

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You may be isolated, or in a situation with no water or electricity for up to one week

It is recommended to have at least one gallon per person per day of water available. If you have pets, don't forget about their needs as well. Water should be stored in a cool, dry place without exposure to sunlight or excessive heat.  It also recommended that water be changed out frequently.

The following "sample menu" is based on the use of foods that require no cooking.  Be sure to always check expiration dates on your canned foods and rotate them out as needed. 


Breakfast

  • Fruit or canned juice (those that do not require refrigeration)
  • Ready-to-eat cereals or granola bars
  • Whole wheat or enriched bread or crackers with jams, jellies, peanut butter or other nut spreads
  • Milk: canned, evaporated or reconstituted powdered milk

Lunch or Supper
  • Peanut or other nut butter sandwiches
  • Canned meat, fish or poultry
  • Canned beans-baked beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, etc.
  • Raw vegetables, such as carrots, celery, etc. (if fresh and clean)
  • Fruits (canned or fresh)
  • Bread or Graham crackers
  • Cookies

Snacks
  • Fruits (fresh canned, or dried)
  • Juices (those that do not require refrigeration)
  • Cereals (ready-to-eat)
  • Nuts, seeds, raisins
  • Crackers
  • Cookies
  • Raw vegetables (if fresh and clean)
  • Granola bars

Staples
  • Canned protein food: Salmon, tuna, sardines, lunch meat, ham, beef, chicken
  • Canned vegetables: green beans, beets, corn, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, spinach, turnip greens, peas
  • Canned fruits: apple sauce, apricots, peaches, pears, pineapple, plums, fruit cocktail, etc.
  • Dried Fruits, nuts and seeds: raisons, prunes, peanuts, assorted nuts, etc.
  • Non-fat or low-fat milk; evaporated milk if used within on day after opening and kept at cool room temperature
  • Oatmeal cookies or crackers
  • Peanut or other nut butter
  • Ready to eat cereals
  • Jelly, jams, preserves, honey
  • Bread wrapped in its original wrapping
  • Salt pepper, sugar, catsup, prepared mustard