Food Supplies To Stock For Emergencies
Strong earthquakes have the potential to cause massive damages to house and property; sometimes even making your house unlivable. However, this is just one way earthquakes can affect you. A strong earthquake often causes massive structural damages to roads and bridges that connect cities. If you are in a place that highly depends on supplies from outside the town for food, such earthquakes or subsequent Tsunami floods can isolate your neighborhood often making it impossible to buy food. It is not just that. Sometimes property damage could get you trapped inside your house. In such instances where you may possibly go without food, it is critical that you get access to food supplies that can keep you in good health till help alive.
Here are some food items that you can store as emergency food supplies. Why do we call them that? It's simply that these food items serve three purposes : One, they can stay edible for lengthy periods of time hence coming handy when disaster strikes without warning. Two, they can be stored in small cans or bottles that can be grabbed in a jiffy while you are running for cover during an earthquake. Third and most importantly, they contain all kinds of nutrients that one will need in an emergency to stay alive and healthy.
Here is a lowdown on all the kinds of food that you should be stocking up in anticipation of an emergency like the earthquake.
Lengthy Expiry Dates : These foods can last for a long time before turning rancid, which means you only have to replace the stock once in a while. Foods that fall in this category include peanut butter, dried fruits, canned meat (salmon, tuna, chicken,etc.), canned vegetables, chilli and multivitamin tablets. Food such as canned meat can last up to two years. They are the classic case of stock it and forget.
Power Pack Food : During emergencies when you cannot have access to wholesome nutritional food, you have to find alternatives that need no cooking and can provide you with nutrients. Food items that fall in this category include granola bars, Gatorade (or alternative sport drinks), cereals, powdered milk and wheat crackers. These are definitely not going to fill your tummy but be rest assured that you will not starve till help arrives.
Besides this, always have a bottle or two of drinking water available at easy access from your rooms. Besides, store at least stock enough water that will last half a week. This will ensure that you sustain fluid intake into your body that ensures you do not dehydrate. Dehydration is a major cause for people to lose consciousness that can in turn stop you from seeking timely help. Also, water is one of the first things to get contaminated during an earthquake and it is advisable to not rely on public water during the aftermath.
It must be noted that the emergency food supplies mentioned here will not do much good if you do not have them available in sufficient quantities to survive at least three to four days. That does not mean you have to stock a barrel full because portability is an issue too. A thumb rule in this case is to stock these food items into a mini-backpack or carry bag. Not only will this give you an idea of the quantity to stock, but will also be handy if you have only enough time to grab and run.