From earthquakes (here in Utah) to Covid19 outbreaks, a well-stocked pantry is vital to help you stay healthy and fueled if you get stuck inside. And yup we are now stuck inside! What are the must-have items for an emergency food pantry? You just might want to add them to your next shopping list.
As much as we like to be in control, things like the weather, natural disasters and unexpected illness are out of our control. But you can always take steps to be prepared. Starting with the food you have on hand.
Two important details to remember when considering what to stock in a pantry to be prepared for 14 days at home:
1.Choose foods your family will eat. In other words, skip anything on this emergency pantry list you wouldn’t eat normally.
2.take note of any special dietary needs or food allergies, (my oldest in allergic to eggs) and adjust your list accordingly. Also, don’t forget your pets, I don’t have a puppy anymore but we did have emergency food for her.
3. Refill any prescriptions your family needs, don’t forget over the counter medications, and vitamins that might be needed during that same two-week span.
Aim to keep a balance of foods that provide essential nutrition if you won’t be able to get to the store for many days.
In the event of a non-power event, like the Covid19 you can also utilize refrigerator and freezer staples, including:
Just in case tap water isn’t safe or clean to drink, like after a large earthquake, add one gallon per water per day to your stocking the pantry list. Yup that’s a lot of water for a family of 5. we have a huge 50 gallon water tank in our storage room, but they are expensive I found these 5 gallon water jugs on Amazon that might be a better way to go. A two-week supply should keep you covered (that’s 56 gallons for a family of four), and snag an extra water filter or pitcher filter to store in the back of your emergency food pantry.
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