You and each member of your family should be prepared with enough emergency food and water to last a minimum of three days. General rule of thumb is one gallon of water, per person, per day. Remember to include water for your pets while planning.
You can store tap water in food-grade plastic containers. Tap water needs to be replaced at least every six-months.
Commercially bottled water should be kept in its original container and replaced once a year.
Canned goods and food that do not require refrigeration are the best kinds of food to keep for an emergency. Some examples include: cereals, dried fruit, juices, canned fruit, peanut butter and jelly, bread, and trail mix or nuts.
Make sure the expiration date on your emergency food is still okay.
Include formula and baby food in your emergency food supply if you have an infant.
Food should be stored in sealed containers in a dark, cool location.
Canned foods last between 18 and 24 months; dry foods, like cereal and crackers, last approximately six months.
Any refrigerated food should be consumed within four hours of a power outage or spoilage may occur. Any food in the freezer should stay for 48 hours, if the freezer door is kept shut.