It's always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected. That's why having an emergency food supply is such a smart idea. If something happens and you have to evacuate your home, or if there is a natural disaster, you'll be glad you have food stored away.  If you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters, it's especially important to have an emergency food supply on hand. No one knows when a hurricane, earthquake, or tornado might strike, so it's always better to be over prepared than under prepared. Having an emergency food supply will give you peace of mind knowing that you and your family will be taken care of if the worst happens. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of having food rations in case of an emergency, and we will provide some tips on what to include in your own food supply.

Food In Case of Emergency 

In an emergency situation, food and water are two of the most important things you will need. If you have to evacuate your home, if utilities are out for an extended period of time, or if you're sheltering in place for a natural disaster, having food rations could be the biggest difference in life or death. There are many different types of food that you can store away, but it's important to choose items that will not go bad quickly, and that are high in calories and nutrition. It is also very important to have a good water supply. 

How to Get Started 

The first step is to assess how much food you will need. If you are evacuating your home, you will need enough food for each person in your family for at least three days. If you are sheltering in place, you will need enough food for at least two weeks. It is always better to overplan and have more. Once you have a general idea of the amount of food you need, you can start to think about what kind of food to buy. There are many different types of food that you can choose from, but it's important to choose non-perishable items. 

Emergency Food Supply Do's 

There are many other food and items that you can include in your emergency food supply, but these are just a few examples:   Canned goods: soups, stews, vegetables, fruits, etc. Dry goods: rice, pasta, cereal, nuts, etc. Protein: dry meats, peanut butter, beans, canned tuna, etc. Water: it's important to have at least a gallon of water per person per day. Manual can opener: you will need a way to open your canned items if they don’t have a pull top! You will also need to think about having a propane grill or some other way to be able to cook food without power. Make sure you have a way to store food that doesn't require refrigeration, like airtight containers. 

Emergency Food Supply Don'ts 

When it comes to food in case of an emergency, you'll want to make sure you have enough non-perishable food for you and your entire family. Depending on the type of emergency, it’s a good idea to always plan for longer periods of time. Here are some don’ts for your emergency food supply:   Don’t get fresh items that require refrigeration or go bad within a few days. Stay away from non-nutritional food items. Don’t forget to rotate your food supply every six months or so to keep it fresh. Don’t wait until an emergency to start thinking about creating your food supply, by then it will be too late. Don’t forget food for your pets! Don’t forget to think about food allergies or dietary restrictions. 

Get Started on Your Emergency Food Supply!

In the unfortunate event that you will need to utilize your food supply, it is extremely important to be overprepared. Having enough food and water is the main key to survival especially in cases when you have limited to no access to either. At Aviation Survival, we have food ration packs as well as emergency purified water packs. Aviation Survival rations are good for up to five years and could make a great addition to your emergency food supply. Don’t wait, get started on your emergency food supply today!