Stockpile Food and Water

How Much Food and Water Should You Stockpile?

If a disaster happens, do you have enough food, water, and other necessities to last two weeks or longer? Unfortunately, the vast majority of people give little or no thought to stockpiling enough resources to last at least two weeks.

Please don't wait until a major storm is predicted or a disaster has already happened. It may be too late. Take action now to safeguard yourself and your loved ones by creating a stockpile of food, water, and other necessities.

Recommended Items

Ensure you have access to items like:

  • Enough gallon jugs of water. The CDC recommends at least 1-gallon per person per day at a minimum (replace with new water jugs at least annually). If you are on well water, you'll need additional water storage.
  • Two can openers (in case one breaks);
  • Canned and other nonperishable food. Consider those with special dietary needs. (Note: track "Use by" dates and replace outdated items as needed);
  • Pet food and supplies (if applicable);
  • Toilet paper and paper towels;
  • Trash bags;
  • A hand cranked portable radio and flashlight;
  • Battery operated radios and flashlights;
  • Plenty of batteries (check battery type needed for each battery powered item);
  • A Coleman type camping stove (nice to have, but depending on food may not be mandatory);
  • Enough prescription and non-prescription medications;
  • Books, paper, and pens (it gets real boring real fast with no electricity); and,
  • Blankets and enough clothing.

You'll want to fill your car's gas tank ahead of a storm in the event officials order an evacuation such as occurred in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. I suggest keeping bottles of water, snacks, and blankets in your car in the event you're stuck for an extended period on a highway.

Here is a good PDF resource prepared by FEMA and the American Red Cross that will help you decide what you should stockpile and how those items should be stored and used. I suggest printing this guide out and taking action on the recommendations.


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Stay Safe, Stay Well, and Stay Blessed,

Steve Carter

Posted August 8, 2017