Food Supply

Will store up to 6 months:

  • Boxed potatoes
  • Dried fruit
  • Dry, crisp crackers
  • Powdered milk
Will store up to one year:
  • Canned, condensed meat and vegetable soups
  • Canned fruits, fruit juices and vegetables
  • Hard candy and canned nuts
  • Jelly
  • Peanut butter
  • Ready-to-eat cereals and uncooked instant cereals
  • Vitamins

In proper containers and conditions, the following can be stored indefinitely:

  • Baking powder
  • Bouillon products
  • Dried corn
  • Dry pasta
  • Instant coffee, tea and cocoa
  • Soft drinks
  • Vegetable oils
  • Salt
  • Soybeans
  • Wheat (for bread making)
  • White rice







During and after a disaster, it's important that you and members of your household (including your pets) eat enough to maintain your strength.

Tips on food storage:

  • Store foods that you eat regularly and that require no refrigeration and little preparation and cooking. Don't eat fatty, high-protein or salty foods when your water supply is low.
  • Store enough food for at least three days, preferable up to two weeks.
  • Make sure you have a manual can opener and disposable utensils.
  • Keep food in a dry, cool spot—out of the sun, if possible.
  • Wrap perishable foods, such as cookies and crackers, in plastic bags and keep them in sealed containers.
  • Empty opened packages of sugar, dried fruits and nuts into screw-top jars or airtight cans to keep them fresh and unspoiled.
  • Get rid of canned goods that have become swollen, dented or corroded.
  • Eat salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content if your water supplies are low.
  • If there's a power outage, eat food in the refrigerator first, the freezer next, and finally from your stored supplies. In a well-filled, well-insulated freezer, foods will usually still have ice crystals in their centers (meaning foods are safe to eat) for at least two days.
  • Check your food storage supplies every 6 months. Use the foods that are close to expiration and replace them with fresh supplies.


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Food and Water in Emergencies

Information courtesy of American Red Cross
and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.