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Food and supplies for long term emergencies

Page history last edited by Dave Raftery 15 years, 2 months ago



If stores are still at all stocked, and safe to go to, try to buy as many of the following items as possible... IMMEDIATELY! There are no quantities listed here on the food items below as family size varies and because, as the emergency and panic widens, many items will become quickly sold-out or quantities restricted and you'll need to try to get more of what does remain on the shelves. At a minimum you should be looking at two weeks of provisions, but much better to be aiming for two months or more. The reality is, if/when we are attacked, it will be a very long time before anything is ever 'normal' again, especially at any grocery stores. Hurricane victims can attest to the prolonged misery and disruptions from even a localized disaster, even with the rest of the country still able to help out. Nobody can begin to imagine how bad the suffering will be, and for how long, if nuclear weapons have gone off... and in multiple locations! 


The half-dozen top listed and UNDERLINED food items below are primarily for use while in the shelter. They are mostly ready-to-eat that requires no cooking or preparation, just a can opener at the most. (The iodine solution is included here because of its importance for its thyroid-blocking topical use detailed above, but it's NEVER to be ingested or swallowed.) The other foods listed below there are better cost/nutrition staples for later use during the extended recovery period. Then follows general non-food supplies, tools and equipment. 


Go Acquire It All Now QUICKLY! 


It's much better to risk being a little early when securing your families essential food and supplies, rather than a few hours too late... 


Canned goods (pasta, soups, chili, vegetables, fruit, tuna, meats, beans, peanut butter, etc.)

Ready-to-eat foods (pop-tarts, raisins, cheese, granola/energy/protein bars, snack-paks, etc.)

Some perishable foods (breads and fruits like bananas, apples, oranges, grapes, etc.)

Assorted drink mix flavorings (with no cold drinks, just plain water, kids will appreciate it!)

Plenty of potent Multi-Vitamins, Vit C, etc.

Iodine solution, like Betadine (16 ounces)- NOT TO BE INGESTED OR SWALLOWED! 


Multiple big boxes of dried milk (Could include/use some inside shelter, too.)

Multiple big boxes of pancake and biscuit mix & syrup

Largest bags of rice

Largest bags of beans

Largest bags of flour

Largest bags of potatoes

Largest bags quick oats and other grains

Largest bags of macaroni

Large bag of sugar

Large jar of honey

Large 2 gallons or more of cooking oil

Baking powder & baking soda & spice assortment pack

Bottled water (especially if home supplies not secured yet) 


Paper or plastic plates/bowls/cups/utensils

Quality manual can opener, 2 if you don't already have one at home

Kitchen matches and disposable lighters

New garbage cans and lots of liner bags (water storage & waste storage)

5 gallon bucket and smaller garbage bags sized for it (toilet)

Toilet seat for the bucket (or use one from inside the house)

Toilet paper and, if needed, sanitary napkins, diapers

Baby wipes (saves water for personal hygiene use)

Flashlights (ideally LED) and more than one portable radio

Plenty more batteries, at least three sets, for each of the above

Bleach (5.25%, without fragrance or soap additives)

Alcohol and Hydrogen Peroxide

Aspirin/Tylenol/Motrin, Pepto Bismol, etc.

Prescription drugs filled, and as much extra as possible

First aid kits

Fire extinguishers

Plenty of inexpensive dust mask filter protectors

Cheap plastic hooded rain ponchos for everyone

Water filters and all other camping type supplies, such as Coleman cook

stove and fuel, ammo, etc., if any sporting goods stocks still available.

And, of course, rolls of plastic sheeting, duct tape, staple guns, staples, etc.


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