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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

National Preparedness Month - Swapping out Your Emergency Rations


The big news at our house is that we are moving! We'll be switching roles here at Shelter Care, becoming permanent house parents for two of our girls. We're only moving few miles, but it's still a move. Big job ahead! Now on to our topic of the day ...

Last year I did a whole series on National Preparedness Month, which is September. I won't bore you by reposting all those blogs, but it is time to swap out emergency food rations. I'll copy my blog on creating those rations here. To see the rest of the National Preparedness Month, see the related posts below.

Here’s what Homeland Security suggests for your food supply for your emergency kit:

"Store 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."

As I’ve said before, our designated shelter is in a closet in our basement. I’m storing my food in dishpans on shelves: easy to pull out and easy to transport, if necessary.

The food I included in my emergency kit: granola bars, cans of ready-to-eat soup, tuna, peanut butter, crackers, beef jerky (even though it’s salty), canned fruit, canned veggies, canned drinks, juice boxes, cookies, and water.

What foods do you have in your emergency kit?

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