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Emergency: Food and Water

Emergencies happen in a blink of an eye. Well, that’s why they are called emergencies in the first place. But the point is, it is best to plan ahead, to prepare ourselves and our belongings when these things happen. Preparing our belongings or our disaster kit ahead will not just save us from getting hungry or from losing important documents, it could also mean saving what’s important and sentimental or saving our life. We might think that evacuations rarely happen and yes it is true. But if an emergency occurs and we only have a very limited time to choose what to bring, or in some extreme cases, no time to pack at all, having an emergency/survival kit all set and ready for a quick grab could mean life or death.

There are available survival kits in the market but having our own, knowing that it suits our family’s needs is better. We all have different priorities and different things that we consider important but food and water are our common denominator. We all don’t like to get hungry or to feel intense thirst so it is better to create and put together our own kit ahead of time, especially if the disaster won’t permit us to pack the things we need. Here are the two most important things to consider when these situation strikes, for us to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours:

Water. Clean drinking water might not be readily available after a disaster because of contamination or it could be cut-off entirely. The recommended allocation per person is at least one gallon per person per day. It is also important to keep in mind the different water needs of each member, the climate and the diet. It is advisable to include water purification tablets when packing for you to have safe, clean water if your supply runs out. Also, small bottles are as important as the big ones. Small bottles are much easier to carry when the situation requires you to move from one place to another.

Food. The market offers a wide range of pre-packaged food perfect for when emergency strikes. If you want to put your own together, it is a good idea to make them (the pre-packaged) as reference when packing. Also, consider the different needs of each family member, like members with allergies, elderly, lactating mothers and infants and those with special diets.

Pack foods that won’t spoil like ready-to-eat canned goods, fruits and vegetables. Avoid foods that will make you thirsty like those with chilly and salt. Also, do not forget to bring a can opener. Remember to check your food and water’s expiration date so as not to waste the supply and to make sure that when disaster comes, you have perfectly safe water and food tucked in your house.

The following foods are suggested when packing for emergencies:

  • Protein or fruit bars
  • Dry cereal or granola
  • Peanut butter
  • Dried fruit
  • Crackers
  • Non-perishable pasteurized milk
  • High energy foods
  • Vitamins
  • Food for infants
  • Comfort/stress foods

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