Food Types to have around the House in Case of an Emergency.
Disasters vary. Either those that occur naturally or those that are induced by man. In either of the cases, there is always an issue of preparedness. If any emergency should occur, one should always be ready to meet the nutritional need of the normal human body as required. As such, the concept of emergency foods should never be taken lightly. Ideally, most suitable foods for any emergency scenario are non-perishable long-lasting foods that remain viable for the better part of the disaster. Why is that? When any disaster hits, no one is sure when it will end. It could be days, weeks, months or even years.
Below we’ll explore a list of the most essential food types to have around the house as a precaution in the event of a disaster occurring.
Dried Foods: Fruits, Vegetables and Dried Cereals
- Dried fruits– Dried foods act as an excellent substitute when fresh fruits are not available. They offer potassium and dietary fiber with significant amounts of nutrients and calories. Dried organic mango, papaya, pineapple, coconut, and banana are just a few examples of some of the dried fruits you can find in Kenya.
- Dried powdered milk– Remember all dairy products require refrigeration to lengthen their shelf life. So to go around this, you could use dried pasteurized milk which offer the essential supply of vitamin D and calcium when fresh milk is not an option.
- Dried seasonings and sweeteners– If cooking is possible during a disaster, you may want to buy seasonings and sweeteners which help add flavor to your food. Common examples include, dried garlic, dried ground black pepper and dried parsley.
- Dry cereals and grains– You can choose a variety of grains to have for when of an emergency happens. These grains should be properly and individually packaged in small portions to make sure that not the entire stockpile goes bad after opening one for consumption. Nuts can also be made available for such emergencies. You can choose from a wide variety of green grams (ndengu), dried beans and dried porridge flour (wimbi).
Ready to Eat Canned Foods
Canned foods have an excellent record of lasting up to years, without going bad. A wide variety of canned foods now in retails shops around. You can find canned vegetables, canned soup, canned chili, to canned fruits and canned meat. When buying canned foods, it is always good to remember to buy a can opener to go with the canned foods. Another great alternative to canned foods are vacuum packed foods. Unfortunately, these have a shorter shelf life than canned foods often lasting up to six weeks.
Protein or Fruit Bars
Power bars are used as occasional snacks. They are healthy and can give instant energy when it is necessary. Having them around the house can provide excellent sources of energy when an emergency occurs. They can last up to six months without going bad. Good examples of a protein bars are mars and bounty protein bars.
Soft and Energy Drinks
The same could be said for soft drinks such as carbonated sodas as well as energy drinks that are supercharged to offer energy when it is needed. They are full of electrolytes and carbohydrates that re-hydrate the body and replenish body fluids when water tends to be scarce.
Clean Bottled Water
And when water becomes scarce, during emergencies, it is always important to be prepared with an extra supply to keep you going during the time of disaster. When stock piling water, it is important to take account of the number of persons who will consume it. Do your math right to make sure the supply lasts for the longest possible period.
Supplements and Dietary Supplements
Vitamins and dietary supplements help to add extra nutrients to the diet and helps replace those consumed by the body and not normally found in the foods stock piled.
Foods for Special Groups in the Family
It helps to take consideration for people in your family with special dietary needs. In case you have infants, diabetics and even others with allergies to certain food products, always remember to factor them in, and stockpile foods that meet their food nutritional requirements during a disaster. For examples, foods such as apples, Asparagus, Avocados, and beans are considerate of diabetics.
This isn’t a food per say. However, stock piling seeds is an ingenious idea. Who knows when a disaster will end? So, it is a bright idea to have seeds around in case your entire stockpile runs out, you have a source of more food. The only tricky part to this is that, for those not into farming, necessity has a rough way of getting you involved into the act.
By: Ignatius Weru
Digital Marketer: Indepth Research Services