Emergency Preparedness

Three Day Emergency Food Supply

An emergency food supply can be helpful when transportation, weather, health or other problems prevent you from getting your usual supply of groceries or meals. An emergency food supply should be stored in a separate part of your cupboard from your regular groceries. Choose foods that store well from each of the food groups to provide the nutrients you need.

Store foods in a cool place away from any direct source of heat. Date the foods as you buy them. Check the use date on packages to determine the recommended shelf life for the foods. Generally, crackers and cereals should be used within three months. Dried fruit, peanut butter, dry milk, instant coffee, and cocoa mix should be used within six months. Canned foods may keep indefinitely, but it is a good idea to use and replace them within a year.

The following is a suggested list of foods that might be stored for an emergency supply. Add others to replace the foods you prefer. If there is no electricity or gas, be prepared with small cans of fruit, fruit juice boxes, cans of tuna, and other canned meat, pudding cups, peanut butter, cereals, crackers, and nonfat dry milk.

Suggested Grocery List:

  • 1 pkg. dry cereal
  • 1 pkg. crackers
  • 1 loaf Bread
  • 1 small bag rice
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned juice 6-packs
  • 1 Can of pork and beans
  • 3 Cans of variety vegetables
  • 3 Cans of variety fruit
  • 1 Can of tuna
  • Processed cheese spread jar or box
  • 1 Can of beef stew
  • 1 Can of chili
  • 1 Can of tomato or other soup
  • Pudding cups
  • Dried prunes
  • Peanuts
  • Box of nonfat dried milk
3 gallons of water / 1 gallon a day



Meg McAlpine
Contributing Editor