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Hurricane Food Essentials

As we prepare for the impact of Hurricane Florence, it's essential to have plenty of food and water on hand. The following items are important to add to your shopping list in preparation for an emergency situation.

Bottled Water

It’s recommended to have at least a 3 day supply of water.  You should have 1 gallon of water per person, per day.

It’s also a good idea to place some bottled water in the freezer so you can keep things cold should the power go out.

Non Perishable Food

You should have at least a 3 day supply of non perishable food items.  Should you lose power for an extended period of time, it’s imperative that you have food that won’t go bad.  Great things to throw in your grocery cart include peanut butter, canned tuna or meat, and other canned foods such as vegetables and fruits.

Also, be sure to have a manual can opener.

Cereal

Cereal has a shelf life of up to one year so it’s a good idea to have it on hand.  Many provide healthy grains into your diet as well.

For milk, opt for almond milk or soy milk from the shelf which will last longer.

Meal Bars

Meal bars pack plenty of protein and nutrients so it’s a good idea to have these in the pantry and even in your hurricane kit.

Don't Forget your Pets!

If you have animals, be sure to have plenty of extra food and water on hand for them as well. You should also have a disaster kit for your pets including the following:

  • Carrier/Crates to secure your pet
  • 2 weeks supply of food and water
  • Any necessary medication
  • Vaccination History/Medical Records
  • Collars and leashes (have an ID tag and rabies tags)
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Food and water bowls