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How to Build Your Emergency Food and Water Storage

by Christopher Steffen

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Assembling your own emergency food and water storage is a simple precaution to take when preparing for unexpected events. FEMA suggests that you consider trying to store 14 days' worth of supplies, but most professionals think a three-day supply can suffice for an immediate response kit. With a little bit of foresight and periodic maintenance, you can easily build and maintain a basic disaster supplies kit. Learn which foods to choose and how best to store them.

Storing Food and Water:

  1. Choose high-calorie foods that provide nutrition and do not require refrigeration. Dry foods like pasta, white rice and beans have a long shelf life and supply many calories. For variety, dried fruits and nuts or food bars make a great choice.

  2. Store at least a gallon of water per person for each day. It can be advantageous to keep a water filter for convenient water cleaning. Two less convenient methods for cleaning the micro-organisms out of found water include boiling the water or adding 16 drops of regular household bleach per gallon to found water (avoid scented or color-safe bleaches). Commercially bottled water (kept sealed) is the best option. If you decide or need to reuse storage containers, choose 2-liter plastic soft drink bottles. Avoid reusing containers that stored milk or juice because residual bacteria can ferment in these containers.

  3. Store your food and water in a cool, dry place that is dark. You will want to make sure all food items are sealed in airtight containers. Empty any loose packages of sugar, dried fruit or nuts into airtight, sealable jars to protect the food from pests.

  4. Periodically check your storage for any items that are past expiration dates or cans that have become swollen. Follow the first-in, first-out method when choosing items to consume. This will help preserve those foodstuffs that last the longest.

Emergency Preparation Tip:

  1. In addition to your 72-hour kit, make sure you have the right home insurance to help you deal with damage from natural disasters. If you are looking for home insurance or just want to get quotes on coverage, call 1-877-273-2111 and speak with an experienced agent who can help you get the coverage you are looking for.

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