A crisis or emergency is a high stress time for everyone. It is especially important to have emergency food available during these times. If we plan ahead, we can have meals that are not only high in energy, but also nutritious. Family food storage recommend that you store the food you and your family normally eat, and eat what you store. When you encounter an emergency situation, you will not have to eat food you are unfamiliar with if you have planned in advance by storing food you already know that you enjoy.
There is also a positive psychological benefit of doing things the way you did before a disaster. Eating three meals a day of food you and your family actually like will help make the stressful time seem easier to handle. Whenever possible, stick to simple tastes that you are used to for your storage.
Instant soups, meals, and powdered milk are a great way to have foods on hand that you also use in your regular diet. They are lightweight and easy to pack if you need to leave home. Snack foods are an essential part of your diet and help reduce stress. If you eat snacks during normal times, you will want snacks during emergencies too. Plus, snacks are a good way to help relieve the stress of emergency situations.
If you have a nursing baby, you should pack formula in case you aren’t able to nurse because of shock or stress. Include both powdered formula and liquid formula in case water is not available to mix the powdered formula. Include baby food for an older baby or toddler. Instant cereal, fruits, and vegetables are a good choice. Remember to store extra water to reconstitute these items.