Store at least three days of non-perishable food in your emergency supply kit.

  • Select foods that require no refrigeration, no electricity to store or prepare, and little or no water.
  • Avoid salty foods, as they will make you thirsty.
  • Choose foods your family will eat.
  • Examples:
    • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables.
    • Protein or fruit bars.
    • Dry cereal or granola.
    • Peanut butter.
    • Dried fruit.
    • Nuts.
    • Crackers.
    • Canned juices.
    • Non-perishable pasteurized milk.
    • High-energy foods.
    • Vitamins.
    • Food for infants.
    • Food for pets.

Food safety

  • Food stored in refrigerators and freezers during a power outage can become unsafe. Bacteria in food grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 and 140 F, and if you eat these foods, you can become very sick.
  • Discard any food that has been at room temperature for two hours or more.
  • Learn more food safety tips.

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