Have you ever survived a natural disaster where food and water supplies were low? With no electricity, and the roads closed, how will you survive? Do you know How Much Food to Store for Emergency?
It only takes a few minutes each week to make sure your family will have enough food and water during an emergency.
What Kind of Foods to Stock
You don’t have to buy anything special like freeze-dried food, but they are super easy and tasty. You can use canned foods and other pantry staples like beans and rice for your emergency food storage.
How Much Food to Store For Emergency
I’ve created a menu for two weeks worth of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), along with a list of the foods and how much you’ll need for the menu. This should be a good start to learn How Much Food to Store for Emergency.
You should store enough food to last at least two weeks, according to FEMA. It’s not likely that you’ll be without electricity for that long, but it’s better to be prepared than unprepared.
When storing food, use the table below and multiply it by the amount of people that live in your home. This amount will be approximate since everyone’s eating habits are different.
I urge you to try the recipes on the menu, tweak them to your liking but remember to use only what you would have in an emergency.
Get used to making these recipes, so you can do it in an emergency. Remember to cook over a fire, or using other means that don’t take electricity.
Food Supply List – How Much Food to Store For Emergency
|Food Item||2 Week Supply (1 Person)|
|Water – See How to Store Water||14 Gallons|
|Canned Ground Beef | Or Freeze Dried Ground Beef||1 can|
|Canned Tomato Sauce||2 can|
|Canned Diced Tomatoes||2 can|
|Peanut Butter||1 jar|
|Canned Fruits | Veggies||2 of each|
|Canned Chicken, diced||2 cans|
|Canned Cheese | Butter||2 cans each|
|Cereal | Granola||1 small box|
|Dried Fruit||2 packages|
|Coffee | Tea | Cocoa||1 can|
|Dried Beans||1 lb.|
|Rice |Quinoa||2 lbs.|
|Spices | Salt | Pepper | Other Favorites|
|Bouillon | Chicken||6-10 cubes|
|Oatmeal/grits||4 cups each|
|Spices | Salt | Pepper & Other Favorites|
|Powdered Eggs with Bacon||4 cups|
|Bread in a Can|
(Buy it or make your own)
|Canned Spam||2 cans|
|Powdered Milk||4-6 cups|
|Freeze Dried Vegetables||2 cups|
|Taco Seasoning||1/2 packet|
|Barbecue Sauce||1 cup|
|Canned Chicken, shredded||2 cans|
|Turkey Dinner Casserole||2 pouches|
|Chicken & Rice||2 pouches|
|Beef Stroganoff||2 pouches|
Day 1: Breakfast: Toast with Jelly (add butter and bread to a skillet, and fry until brown on each side for “toast”)
Lunch: Chicken (canned chicken) BBQ Sandwich (toast the bread, heat the chicken in a pan, place it on the bread, and drizzle BBQ sauce on top.) Dinner: Turkey Dinner Casserole
Day 2: Breakfast: Cereal with dried fruit. Lunch: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Dinner: Rice and Beans (add spices to taste).
Day 3: Breakfast: Oatmeal with dried fruit and honey. Lunch: Butter & Herb Pasta Dinner: Make Camp Soup
Day 4: Breakfast: Grits with canned butter. Lunch: Spam Sandwich. Dinner: Spaghetti (Make an easy red sauce with canned tomatoes and Italian spices.)
Day 5: Breakfast: Eggs & buttered toast. Lunch: Dried fruit and peanut butter. Dinner: Chicken Noodle Soup (Use canned chicken, canned veggies, pasta, and boullion.
Day 6: Breakfast: Canned Fruit & Granola. Lunch: Chicken & Rice Dinner: Taco dip (Use canned ground beef, canned cheese, and taco seasoning, use saltines to dip into the taco mix.)
Day 7: Breakfast: Grits & Eggs Lunch: Grilled Cheese Sandwich Dinner: Beef Stroganoff
For week two repeat the first week.
Snacks and Desserts
You might want to add a couple of items to the list above. If you have kids they might like some snacks like nuts, and/or pilot crackers, and popcorn (buy kernels and pop it in a pan)
You could also buy extra dried, and canned fruit to have for snacks.
Or you might want to add some kid favorites to the menu like macaroni & cheese.
Also, it wouldn’t hurt to stock some desserts, right? How about some freeze dried ice cream or as we called it when I was a kid astronaut ice cream. Check out other Mountain House freeze-dried desserts like their, apple crisps, raspberry crumble, and cheesecake bites.
Food Storage Tips | How Much Food To Store For Emergency
- Keep food in a dark, dry place.
- Place food in airtight containers, or vacuum pack them. Mylars bags are great to use for loose items such as rice, beans, powdered items and more! Use a bag sealer to close them.
- Add desiccant bags to every food container, to help cut down on the moisture.
- Use the FIFO method. First in first out. When you buy new supplies make sure they go in the back of the shelf, or the bottom of the bucket. That way the oldest food is out front and will be eaten first.
- Go through your stock often, throw away expired foods. Don’t eat canned food that is dented, swollen, rusty or leaking.
Preparing for The Lights to Go Out
- Old juice bottles filled with water, and then frozen can help keep the freezer items colder for longer. I like to keep them in the freezer all year long, especially before we bought our generator.
- Speaking of generators, it’s a really good idea to have one. It could be the difference between losing several hundred dollars worth of food, or not.
- Being able to flush the toilets can be a Godsend. We have an old burn barrel that my husband fills with water. It’s not potable (ingestible) water, but it’s great for flushing toilets!!
- For a makeshift sink, I save large detergent bottles that have a spout. I place it right next to the sink, with the spout hanging over the sink, and we can still wash out hands. Since this had detergent in it, it’s not potable water either.
- If you know a big storm is coming, don’t buy fresh, or frozen foods. Reach for the non-perishables if you need to stock up. Or better yet, use my menu!
- Have a plan of escape, just in case. Watch the news continuously, and know when to leave! Get packed and ready to go, just in case you need to leave fast!
Place all of your food in laundry baskets, so they can easily be transported. Put important papers in a plastic zipper bag.
- Make sure you have safe light sources for nighttime. LED lanterns (these have a 5-star rating!), and flashlights (these are 800 lumens and have 3 dimming settings, plus it has a strobe light function) are pretty amazing these days!
Candles and other flammables can be dangerous, so be careful if using those methods.
- If it’s going to be cold, you might want to evacuate. You can use a tent to help keep in the warmth when sleeping. Nice warm sleeping bags will help too!
- Make sure you have enough gas to run chainsaws and generators. It’s a good idea to go ahead and fill up your vehicles too, just in case you need to hit the road to evacuate.
The gas stations will be filled up if people are evacuating in your area. Not to mention after a big storm, sometimes gas is hard to come by.
- Purchase a weather radio, so you can get the latest information about the storm, and updates about road closures, and other cleanup timelines.
If/When the Electricity Goes Out
- Use up any food in the fridge that may spoil first, but try not to open the fridge and freezer much if you don’t have to.
The more food you can use from your fridge, freezer, and pantry will help stretch your food supply and lessen How Much Food to Store for Emergency.
- After multiple days, without a generator, the freezer food will start to warm up. Before it all goes bad you might be able to make a meal or two. You could cook frozen meat and vegetables.
Just make sure you do this before it thaws. To be safe keep food out of the danger zone. Otherwise, it could make you sick.
- Don’t travel on the roads, until they have been cleared. Downed lines are very dangerous. Often trees will still fall days, weeks, and even months after really bad storms, especially if you get a lot of rain after a bad storm.
- Get those board games ready, to help cut down on the boredom. Or you could play some cards or teach the kids a card trick.
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