FEMA recommends keeping at least three days worth of food on hand at all times, but extending that out to at least a full week is a good idea. You want a wide selection of non-perishable foods, but also make sure it’s food that won’t make you thirsty. They recommend a few cheap staples:
- Ready to eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables.
- Dry cereal and granola.
- Peanut Butter.
- Salt free crackers.
- Canned juices.
The key is to store foods that will last a long time without refrigeration and don’t require cooking. Keep the food in a dry, safe place and make sure every member of your household knows where it is. Photo by Julie & Heidi.