No matter what type of disaster occurs, having enough emergency food on hand will give you not only increased comfort but peace of mind that you and your family can stay healthy until the trouble passes. In general, it is a good idea to keep a month or more of emergency food stored safely in your home and also some for several days stored in a backpack or other bag that you can grab quickly in case of a catastrophic weather event or forced evacuation.
Before you begin stocking up on cans tuna and jars of peanut butter as food, you should know about the different kinds that may help more.
Different Types of Emergency Food to Consider
As mentioned above, nonperishable grocery store items can work as short-term emergency food. Choose cans and jars for your home coupled with things like energy bars and calorically-dense foods like nuts and dried fruit for on the go.
Other options in emergency food exist. Military style MREs are dehydrated meals with all major food groups that taste quite fine and provide sufficient energy if reconstituted with hot water. Outdoor adventure and survival retailers also sell dehydrated food packets or buckets with everything you need to survive for a longer period of time. Water can always be heated up over a fire if necessary and simply mixed with these meals.
Choosing the right type of emergency food for any possible situation in your area can help you figure out how much you should store in your home, car, or a bag you can grab quickly if forced to leave.