Why Is It Important To Stock Up On Food, Water And Supplies?

Why Is It Important To Stock Up On Food, Water And Supplies?

  • Raphael V.Rogers

The Department Of Homeland Security recommends that families have at least a two-week supply of water and food to prepare for a pandemic. Supplies for a month or more are even better. Typically, you’ll need one gallon of water per person, per day, for drinking and hygiene.

Building a long term pantry means you won’t have to put yourself at risk of infection by going to the store, and you’ll be insulated from the food shortages that could very well occur during the panic of a pandemic.

So, what should you stock up on? Focus on shelf-stable foods that your family already eats and enjoys. This might include:

  • Rice
  • Dried beans, lentils, or peas
  • Protein bars, granola bars, or fruit bars
  • Canned soups, fruit, and vegetables
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate
  • Powdered drink mixes
  • Nuts and dried fruits
  • Beef jerky
  • Pasta
  • Instant soup mixes
  • Flour
  • Baking essentials (such as baking soda, salt, and yeast)
  • Sugar
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Dried milk
  • Evaporated or condensed milk
  • Trail mix
  • Applesauce
  • Comfort food (such as cookies, candy bars, and chocolate)
  • Oils (such as olive oil, vegetable oil, and coconut oil)
  • Crackers
  • Oats
  • Pancake mix
  • Cereal (including hot cereals like Cream of Wheat)
  • Chicken, beef, and vegetable bouillon cubes
  • Liquid seasonings (such as soy sauce, vinegar, and Sriracha)
  • Liquid sweeteners (such as honey, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, and agave syrup)
  • Spices (such as salt, onion flakes, cinnamon, and ginger)
  • Packaged foods (including macaroni and cheese and instant potatoes)
  • Canned meats (such as tuna, sardines, oysters, chicken, turkey, pork, sausage, and Spam)
  • Formula or baby food (for very young children)

You should also stock up on the supplies you’ll need to stay healthy at home. These items include:

  • Hand soap and sanitizer
  • Bleach or other surface cleaners
  • Toilet paper
  • Kleenex
  • Prescription medication
  • Fluids with electrolytes (like Gatorade and Pedialyte)
  • Garbage bags (for medical waste disposal)
  • Plastic gloves
  • Diapers (for very small children)

 

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