Be Prepared: 6 Tips for Emergency Food Storage

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. The USDA provides 100% USDA food and administrative funds grown in the United States to states to operate the TEFAP. In the event of a disaster or emergency, it can be difficult to prepare food due to damage to your home and loss of electricity, gas and water. Bacteria in food can grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and if you consume these foods, you can get seriously ill.

It is important to plan ahead and have a food supply on hand for at least 3 days in case of an emergency. Ready Wise provides all the long-term food storage and freeze dried food needed for any situation. Here are six tips to help you prepare your emergency portable supply:

1.Choose Non-Perishable Foods

Choose foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking, such as canned goods, dry cereal, peanut butter, crackers, nuts, granola bars, and dried fruit. These items will last longer and are easy to store.

2.Store Water

It is important to store enough water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning.

The American Red Cross recommends storing one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days. You can also purchase bottled water or fill up containers with tap water.

3.Pack a Manual Can Opener

Make sure you have a manual can opener in your emergency kit so you can open canned goods without electricity.

4.Rotate Your Food Supply

Rotate your food supply every six months to ensure that it is fresh and safe to eat. This means replacing older items with new ones.

5.Keep Foods Cool

Keep your food supply in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. This will help keep the food from spoiling.

6.Have a Plan

It is important to have a plan in place in case of an emergency.

Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do and where to go if an emergency occurs. Being prepared for an emergency is essential for everyone's safety and well-being. By following these tips, you can ensure that you have a safe and reliable food supply in case of an emergency.