If a disaster occurs, there is a chance your supermarkets might not be open. This could last for days or even weeks. Make sure to store enough food supplies for each member of your family to last for 3 days. (Don’t forget your pets). When planning your food storage there are a few things to take into account.
- Long term shelf life food storage is great to have in an emergency, but don’t forget to buy familiar items, as this will help with proper rotation.
- Keep in mind any dietary restrictions or food allergies, you or your family has. Plan accordingly.
- Ideal foods include: shelf-stable canned products, items low in salt, foods that don’t require cooking or water needed for use, dry milk, dried fruit, and food that has a high calorie content with long shelf life, such as peanut butter.
- Make sure to note expiration dates, if the container doesn’t have on listed, right it on the container.
- Most canned food can be safely stored for up to 18 months. Remember to rotate your stock accordingly
- Store food in air tight, pest-resistant containers, away from light and moisture, in a cool dark place.
- After a power outage, food in the refrigerator should be consumed within 4-6 hours, as long as the fridge stays shut most of the time.
- When in doubt don’t eat it.