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Stocking up on supplies

May 23, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Preparing emergency food supplies doesn't have to be difficult. To help, here are some basic guidelines on what to keep in mind while putting together your non-perishables. Perhaps you have a list of what should be in your hurricane food supply kit, but suppose you want to know how many days you should be stocking up for, how to keep the food fresh, or what kinds of foods are best to purchase.

These are important things to consider while compiling what will be one of the most essential components of your hurricane supply kit. To help build your food stockpile with ease, follow the key points below:

* Make sure that your emergency food supply will last every member of your family for 72 hours buy special foods for the elderly, babies and those members of your family with special dietary needs. Take into account the unique tastes of your family, especially those of children. Don't forget to purchase non-perishables for pets.

* Purchase food that is ready to eat and easy to prepare. After a hurricane or tropical storm strike, the power will probably be out for some time. You may not be able to cook, but you'll still have to eat!

* Stock up on foods that are high in calories and nutrition.

* If possible, purchase food that can be eaten in its container. Electricity is not the only modern convenience affected by a hurricane, oftentimes water supply is affected as well. Water for washing dishes may be unsafe or unavailable.

* If you must cook, you may be able to cook outside with a charcoal grill or a camp stove.

* Don't forget to place a can opener and utensils in your hurricane supplies kit.

* To ensure that your supply is fresh, do not store canned items in the garage, or any other place that the temperature can fluctuate. It is best to keep your items in a fairly cool environment:? the temperature should be above freezing, but below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

* Rotate your food supplies: place new items in the back of your storage location, and older items up front. Note the item's "use by" date with a permanent marker, and use items before they go bad, replacing them as necessary.

* If your power goes out, certain food in the refrigerator and freezer will keep longer than other food. Therefore, don't rely on refrigerated items to get you and your family through the storm.? For further information, access OneStorm's free resources regarding preparing your refrigerator and freezer for a hurricane and how to know which foods are safe following a power outage.

* If you haven't created one already, can help you personalize an emergency food supplies checklist. What better way to make sure that everyone has their food needs and tastes accounted for?



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