Winter is just weeks away and with the season comes storms that can cause traffic delays, power outages and more in which emergency supplies become critical. Traina Foods offers some tips for storing food and supplies — whether for a weather emergency or simply a hunger “attack.”
When putting together an emergency supply kit for the home, the Department of Homeland Security advises keeping at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water — one gallon of water per person for drinking as well as sanitation per day for three days. Non-perishable food items include canned food stored in a cool, dry place, and boxed food stored in tightly closed plastic or metal containers. Traina Foods sun dried fruits can be stored for long periods of time without refrigeration and can serve to fuel the body for long periods of time in emergency situations.
Keep an eye on expiration dates of all food items and replace as needed. An emergency kit should be kept in a designated area of the home and updated once a year. Other important items include can opener, “mess kits” as well as disposable cups, plates, paper towels and utensils, matches in a waterproof container, fire extinguisher, blankets, change of clothes, extra pair of sturdy shoes and important family documents. A complete list of items can be found on the Department of Homeland Security’s www.ready.gov website.
In the Car
For on-the-go emergency kits, the Department of Homeland Security advises drivers to include non-perishable food and water as noted above, as well as a flashlight, first aid kit, extra batteries, jumper cables, flares or a reflective triangle, an ice scraper, car cell phone charger and cat litter or sand for tire traction. The site also suggest drivers keep a full tank of gas whenever possible, have tires checked, install good winter tires in areas that require such, as well as chains or studs, and avoid flooded areas and downed power lines.
At the Office
Supplies for a 24-hour period are advised to keep at work, including food, water, necessities such as prescription medications, and sturdy comfortable shoes. Store these items in a “grab and go” bag in an easily accessible place in the office.
When it comes to everyday hunger “emergencies,” Traina Foods one-ounce portioned packs of dried fruit blends are perfect to toss into a purse, backpack, sports bag, car console or briefcase in the event of a long meeting, late appointment or overtime game prevents on schedule mealtime.