Disaster Week - Food Safety

By: Weather Email
By: Weather Email

When a disaster hits... you may not be able to pick up more supplies. Whether it's a tornado, ice storm, terrorist attack or any other extreme situation... the provisions you have on hand... may be all you have. In some cases... you may need to get by for an extended time.

That means that NOW... is the time to prepare. Disasters do not tend to happen at times that are convenient to our schedules, so making a plan and a trip to the store now... may save your life. At a minimum, it means that when the worst case happens... you will not have to look at your family and say, "what are we going to do about food".

According to Ready.Gov, You need to have the following items on hand.

Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
-One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation.
-Children, nursing mothers, and sick people may need more water.
-If you live in a warm weather climate more water may be necessary.
-Store water tightly in clean plastic containers such as soft drink bottles.

Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
-Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water.
-Pack a manual can opener and eating utensils.
-Avoid salty foods, as they will make you thirsty.
-Choose foods your family will eat.
-Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
-Protein or fruit bars
-Dry cereal or granola
-Peanut butter
-Dried fruit
-Nuts
-Crackers
-Canned juices
-Non-perishable pasteurized milk
-High energy foods
-Vitamins
-Food for infants
-Comfort/stress foods

Can opener for food

Infant formula and diapers

Pet food and extra water for your pet

Cash or traveler's checks and change

Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper

– When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.

Matches in a waterproof container

Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels

More Information From Emergency Management

Shawnee County Emergency Management

Information From Department of Homeland Security


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