Being Prepared for an Earthquake! We’ve talked about being prepared for the actual event but we should probably talk a little about supplies that we should begin to gather in case we’re stranded at home for a time.
Storing food for an earthquake emergency is a simple task because it’s something that we can do a little at a time whenever we go to the market. Try to store enough for between three and five days for each family member. Enough water for the same amount of time for each family member is a must!! Buy foods that have a long storage life and that require little or no cooking. They also should not require refrigeration or water. Items that you open for just one or two servings to eliminate the chance for spoilage should be considered. This is all just in case our utilities are shut off.
It’s important to know that canned foods and many dry foods or mixes can be stored for about 2 years. As you begin to buy your emergency supply, plan on a cool dry dark space for storing these items. This will help to expand the life of your emergency food items. The best temperature is between 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. There are some foods that should be kept away from petroleum products such as gasoline, oil, paints and solvents as they can easily absorb their smell.
As you begin to build your emergency food and water bank it’s a good idea to date the items so that you can rotate and replace them as needed. When I first started to do this it was a real surprise when I one day decided to review my stash and found that some of the items had long expired. Ooops!
Remember that you will be able to use some of the items in your refrigerator and freezer first before digging into your emergency “stash”. It’s important to discard cooked unrefrigerated foods after 2 hours at room temperature. The last thing you need at this or any time is food poisoning.
Since this is going to be a family project ask each member of your family what they would like to have in the emergency food storage space. Do a little research into which canned food items and which dry food items will have a sustainable shelf life and won’t need to be rotated too often. Everyone should have a say. Not everyone may like canned tuna fish!
Water should be an important part of this project but you might also consider some other drinks that will add a little variety. Just make certain that they don’t need to be refrigerated and can be enjoyed at room temperature. Also you’ll want them to be a one serving size.
Please don’t forget your pets! They’re part of the family and you’ll need to store a few days worth of their favorite foods in your new special emergency storage space. Don’t forget the treats!!!!
This is just one more small step to being prepared for an earthquake and we’ll be talking about more steps to get you and your family prepared.