Compiled by Dick Oakes
- If activity is reduced, healthy people can survive on half their usual food intake for an extended period of time.
- Unlike water, food can be rationed, except to children and pregnant women.
- Remember to store food your family will eat.
- Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food in a dry place where the temperature is not above 70° fahrenheit and not below freezing.
- Store food in tightly closed cans or metal containers so the food stays as fresh as possible and animals cannot eat it.
- Select foods that require no refrigeration, preperation, cooking, and little or no water.
- If you must heat your food, use a can of Sterno or other fuel source.
- Consider the special needs of those in your household, such as infants or those on special diets, and include appropriate food items.
- Remember to label food items with content and date.
- Use stored foods before they go bad and replace them with fresh supplies.
- Rotate food storage every six months.
- Suggested food items include:
- Ready-to-eat canned meats, soups, fruit, vegetables.
- Canned juices.
- Canned milk.
- Staples such as wheat, corn, beans, sugar, salt.
- High-energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, granola bars, trail mix, crackers.
- Comfort or stress foods such as cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereal.