How To Stock on Food For an Emergency

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It is good to be prepared with a 2 week food supply list for any emergency situation. Rainy days happen. For example: job loss, natural emergencies, medical hardship, financial hardships, economic downturn, etc.  

Stockpile supplies for those rainy days to provide a buffer for you and your family through these hard times.

Gathering emergency supplies don’t have to be costly.

It can be done on a budget.

I will share with you below a list of guidelines that can help you stash supplies using little to no money.

2 Week Food Supply List Basics

1. Stick to the Basics 

Create a list of the basic emergency supplies you need and want.

Prioritize your needs and wants.  

Check-off the items as you gather them.

Stick to your needs first!  Stay away from unnecessary items until all your needs are checked off.

2. Organize 

Dedicate an area for your emergency supplies stash.

It can be a pantry, a closet, the garage, space in a corner.

But keep the area organized.  

Take inventory of what you already have.

Go through your home and organize every room, closet, cupboard, and drawer.  

You’ll be amazed at how much stuff you already have.

3. Shop Around

Never pay full price.

Do a little research first.

There are several ways to save money.

  • Couponing
  • Bulk shopping
  • Second-hand stores
  • Dollar store

If you are getting ready for an emergency, stocking up on food should be your first priority.

When an emergency happens, stores run out of supplies in a blink of an eye.

We’ve seen it happen over and over.

The big crowds, the long lines, and unfortunately the empty shelves.

Don’t be that person that waited too long.

Are you ready to be stuck at home for days, weeks maybe months?

Keep reading and see how can you prepare and what type of foods you should buy and keep in your pantry to be prepared for emergencies.

How to stock on food for an emergency

How Much Food Do You Need To Stock For a 2 Week Food Supply List For an Emergency?

It all depends on the nature of the event you are anticipating.

For example, if you are preparing for a weather event like severe weather, hurricane or tornado.

A three to four day supply should do.

How To Stock Emergency Foods

In the case of an emergency, it requires a bigger supply of food.

You would need to pay attention to your local authorities and prepare for the amount of time they are suggesting.

Some emergencies may be longer food supplies.

The best practice here is to avoid crowds and unnecessary contact with others.

This will limit your grocery store visits.

Reducing unnecessary contact with other people is the best thing you can do during an emergency.

What Are Non-Perishable Foods

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Non-perishable foods are staple foods that can be stored for a very long time without the need to be refrigerated.

They do not spoil. You can put then in your pantry, cabinet, basement, or garage.

These are the perfect foods to stock up on when you are preparing for an emergency.

Don’t think that because these are considered non-perishable food staples they are subpar.

On the contrary, most of these foods are healthy foods.

They do not contain preservatives nor any other unhealthy ingredient.

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Why Do I Need Perishable Foods

Perishable food doesn’t last long.

They spoil faster.

If you are getting ready for a long emergency, perishable food would not last for too long.

It is always good to have basic staples in your pantry.

Most staples are known as non-perishable foods.

Easy perishable food meals to prepare like this quick and easy pasta

List Of Non-Perishable Foods To Stock For Emergencies

Below is a list of foods with a long self live that will keep you and your family well-fed during emergencies.

Also below is a list of fresh foods you can freeze and reheat.

2 Week Emergency Food Supply List

Canned or Bottled Non-Perishable Foods

Canned Vegetables
  • Vegetables (carrots, peas, corn, green beans, etc)
  • Tuna
  • Sardines
  • Condense milk
  • Pasta sauce
  • Tomatoes
  • Soups
  • Fruits
  • Sausages
  • Peanut butter
  • Olive oil
  • Apple sauce
  • Jam and jellies
  • Juices
  • Water

Dried Non-Perishable Foods

non-perishable foods for emergency
  • Dried fruits
  • Cereals
  • Oats
  • Nuts
  • Beef Jerky
  • Powder creamers
  • Ramen soup
  • Crackers
  • Pancake mix
  • Granola bars
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Beans
  • Herbs and spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc)
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Sugar

Perishable Foods You Can Turn Into Non-Perishable Foods

Tip:

For the meats and fruits to store, separate, and section in serving sizes for the entire family. Place in freezer bags and freeze.

Meats

  • Pork
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp
  • Bacon
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Hot dogs
  • Sausages

Fruits

  • Berries
  • Vegetables
  • Cherries
  • Mangoes
  • Melon (Cubed or sliced)
  • Peaches (halved or sliced)
  • Pineapple (chunks)

Baked

Tip:

These can be store in the freezer. When ready to eat place in a hot oven and bake for 7 minutes or until warm.

  • Bread
  • Biscuits
  • Cakes
  • Pizza
  • Pies

Don’t Forget Your Pets

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Emergency Kits For Your Pet

  • Food
  • Water
  • Litter (for cats)
  • Plastic bags (for dogs)

Stock on Medicine and First Aid Kit

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The last thing you want to do when you are sick is to head to the pharmacy.

You need to buy medicine that reduces fever such as Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen.

Also, medicines that manage a cough like sough syrups or coughing drops.

If you take medication for an existing condition, call your physician and ask for refills and get as much as your insurance permits.

This way you can have it in the house at your disposal without the need to go outside.

If you’re planning your meals right, it shouldn’t be a problem getting all the nutrients you need.

However, to be on the safe side, store multiple vitamins and minerals and have it available to supplement.

Emergency situations can be nerve-racking and stressful.

Be prepared and don’t let it get you by surprise.

Is never too late to start a 2 week emergency food supply.

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