When packing food into your 72 hour kit, remember to use shelf stable, non perishable foods that will last a while.
I cannot stress enough about the importance of food and water in your Emergency Survival Station. It’s amazing how fast the weight in your pack can add up, especially when adding in water and food! For those in hurricane areas: December first, remove your food that will expire in the next six months. A handful of PGE employees volunteered to bring non-perishable food items that they thought could go into an emergency kit for a sampling potluck.
Tropical Storm Erika may not be a devastating event, but it's never too early to think about what hurricane supplies you should have on hand. Comfort food: You might as well buy the Twinkies (or Pop-Tarts, doughnuts, Nutter Butters or Little Debbies). Here are some common safety questions about how to handle food and water before and after a storm. Do not eat any food in nonwaterproof containers that have touched floodwater because it carries bacteria. You'll face a refrigerator full of rotten food if you evacuate, the power goes out and you can't return home for days or weeks. Compiled with information from Times files, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and Clemson University Cooperative Extension.


When they say stock regular bleach, they mean absolutely plain bleach, without additives or scents.
Being able to add to your water supply at the last moment as the article states is a wise idea but remember that you can really ONLY count what you have physically stored.
Maybe you could put up a notice on a bulletin board in a local store to advertise your services. Water is even more necessary than food , so we tested out some water purification tablets, which are good for on-the-go kits. You may already have foods appropriate for an emergency such as bread, crackers and peanut butter.
Thawed foods that do not contain ice crystals but have been kept at 40 degrees or below for no more than one to two days may be cooked, then refrozen or canned. For canned foods, discard paper labels and note the contents with a marker directly on the can.
If it appears the power will be off more than six hours, transfer refrigerated perishable foods to a cooler filled with ice or frozen gel packs. FEMA suggests storing at least a 2 week supply. The more water you stockpile, the better off you are. We already are in process of stock piling our pantry (dp closet) for supplies, but we are still in the early stages as this can get costly even when purchasing wisely.
Pack only what is essential for surviving the storm and its aftermath.Don't forget to hurricane-proof your digital information.


Backing up to a portable hard drive leaves you open to the same storm-related dangers your computer faces. For instance, diabetics and people allergic to wheat will need special considerations since so many shelf-stable foods are carb- and grain-laden.
So you need to know how much to store and how to purify it if you run out of “clean” water. You also need to store at least 3 days worth of “easy to prepare” food (with a long shelf life). Potlucks are fun, they keep cost low, and if it’s preparedness themed, everyone takes away critical knowledge for potential emergency situations. In general, don't buy food that your family won't eat regularly - it'll still be in the cupboard for hurricane season 2010.
There are many websites that teach about using coupons, and list deals that are at your store using coupons.
We’ve also put together a Twitter list of emergency resources in Oregon in case of a major storm or other emergency. Food, water, medication (if applicable) and first aid items are useful for your pet-ready kit.



Sample emergency plan for office
Us department of homeland security
Emergency bag
Natural disasters tsunami information


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