Food & Water Supplies

Choosing Food Supplies

  • Canned or boxed juices, milk, soup, and powdered milk
  • Canned foods
  • Crackers, granola bars, cereals, trail mix
  • Instant coffee and tea
  • Manual can opener
  • Peanut butter is a good source of protein
  • Sugar, salt, pepper, other spices
  • Pack foods in watertight bags or sturdy plastic containers
  • Ready-to-eat meats, fruits, and vegetables
  • Replace items every six months
  • Use a permanent marker to date foods

Drinking Water Supply

  • A minimum of one gallon of water per person per day.
  • Buy bottled water or store tap water in washed plastic, fiberglass or enamel-lined metal containers.
  • If your tap water is commercially treated, you can use it as-is.
  • If you're on a private well in an area prone to electrical outages, you might want to store larger amounts of water to flush stools and for general cleanup.
  • Seal the water containers tightly and label them with the date.
  • Cat litter and other products come in suitable 2-3 gallon covered buckets. Look around to see what you can find.
  • For well water or untreated public water, follow treatment instructions provided by your public health service.
  • Refresh your water supply every six months.
  • Sanitize containers with a solution of one part bleach to ten parts water before using.
  • Store in a cool, dark place.
  • The bakery departments of grocery stores receive pre-made frosting in covered buckets and will often give you those buckets free.