How To Start An Emergency Food Storage Supply

Nobody plans to be in a situation where they run out of food, but when a disaster strikes and we’re left without fresh water and electricity, will you be prepared?

Learn how to store food in an emergency, and which types of foods can be stored, cooked and preserved properly.

This infographic will help you be prepared for any situation with a 3-12 month food storage plan.

Prepping for Disasters Infographic

1. Food Storage Rules To Live By

When you’re planning to build your emergency food supply, you’ll need to calculate how much food and water is needed for each family member.

This will help you know how much food and water storage to purchase for your family, including servings per meal, per person, per day.

Next, plan ahead by creating a food calendar.

Make a calendar that outlines a meal plan for your family, and remember to stick to it!

Your food needs to last, so conserve and only eat what is essential for survival.

Create “the perfect pyramid” by purchasing food that hits every food group.

You can also list your family’s likes and dislikes, and store food that keeps these preferences in mind.

Be aware of everyone’s allergies, and only have food in your emergency food storage that everyone can eat.

Remember to pack the essentials in your food storage plan.

For example, the elderly should eat soft foods like corn, peas and applesauce, and should have extra medication available should an emergency situation arise.

Babies should have extra formula and baby food.


2. Components Of Ideal Foods For Emergencies

There are 3 components to the best food storage:

• Long shelf life

• Requires little to no cooking, and

• Meets special dietary needs


3. Emergency Food Storage Items To Live By

Here’s a look at the basic items to build your emergency food plan:

Ready-To-Eat Canned Food

• Fruits

• Vegetables

• Pastas

• Beans

• Soups

Freeze-Dried & Dehydrated Food

• Dried Meals

• Grains, Rice or Beans

• Meats

• Fruits

• Grab & Go “Just Add Water” Meals

• Dairy

• Vegetables



• Sugar

• Salt/Pepper

• Powdered Eggs


• Beef Jerky

• Cereals

• Nuts

• Peanut Butter

• Granola Bars


• Bricks/Barrels Of Water

• Canned/Powdered Juices

• Canned/Powdered Milk

Equipment & Supplies

• Oxygen Absorbers

• Water Filtration System

• Water Bricks

• First Aid Kit

• QuickStove Kit

• Utensils


Chapter 1 How to start an emergency food storage supply

Chapter 2 Bugging out

Chapter 3 How to boost mental and physical awareness

Chapter 4 How to create and hide a cache

Chapter 5 How to plan an escape route



Chapter 6 How to escape the city

Chapter 7 How to prepare for a disaster while traveling

Chapter 8 How to prepare for an emergency on the road

Chapter 9 How to safely navigate during a disaster

Chapter 10 List of emergency resources in Utah