Build an emergency food supply by placing nutritious, calorie-dense, non-perishable foods in a covered container. Choose foods that you can eat without cooking. Stockpile enough bottled water for at least three days.
A minimum three-day supply of food and water is the recommendation from Ready.gov. The best food options are items your family likes to eat that also have a long shelf life. Canned foods often last for several years. Avoid foods that cause thirst such as overly salty foods.
Non-perishable foods high in protein such as nuts, nut butters and canned meats supply energy necessary in an emergency situation. Other canned food options to add to the stockpile include vegetables, fruits, beans and soups. Dry goods to add include granola bars, dried fruit, crackers and cereal.
Staying hydrated is a priority during emergency situations. Include at least 1 gallon of water per person per day in your emergency stockpile. This allows for washing and water needed in food. Sports drinks also work well in an emergency supply since they provide electrolytes and carbohydrates. Powdered milk provides a shelf-safe dairy option.
If the electricity goes out, food stays cold for about four hours if the door is closed. Discard any perishable foods stored above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than two hours.