Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Myth: Preparing a safe food supply for emergencies is too complicated.

Canned foods
Answer: BUSTED!

At this time of year the news is full of stories about tornadoes, floods and storms which can cause power outages. Take time NOW to ensure that you and your family are prepared. Put together an emergency supply of food and have the whole family participate. These tips will get you started:

  • Gather a 3-day emergency supply of food. Ask your children to find canned foods in your cupboard that could be used in this emergency supply such as ready-to-eat meat and fish, canned fruits in light juice, canned juices, canned veggies or bean salads. Other foods that can be included are peanut butter, crackers, jelly, trail mix and granola bars. Keep the items in a cool place. Store in a container that has a snug lid to keep pests out.
  • Date foods in your emergency supply. Change every 6 months. Throw out any cans that are corroded, dented or swollen.
  • Update your emergency supply every year depending on family members.

For more information and tips, see Be prepared for emergencies: Creating a 3-day food/water supply

Contributor: Ellen Schuster, M.S., R.D., Associate State Specialist, University of Missouri Extension,, 573-882-1933

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