After a devastating catastrophic event takes place our world most likely will be turned upside down, sending us into a confusing series of events. One way to reduce the confusion is to have a plan that has been developed beforehand. Included in that plan should be a nourishment supply that has been assembled with the intent of consuming in these adverse conditions. The supply should be assembled with the assumption of loss of electrical power, loss of established water supplies and possible contamination from flood or fire.
Suggested food items to include in your supply may include: Canned, powdered, crystallized or liquid juices in protected containers.
Powdered or canned milk.
Powdered baby formula, refrigeration for liquid formula should not be relied on.
Dried meats, instant cereals, pre-packaged dehydrated meals, jerky and energy bars.
Pet supplies and treats.
One gallon of potable water per day per person, an equal supply for pets.
Many people find it handy to have on hand in an easily accessible spot a commercially prepared evacuation backpack or bucket with several days food supply. Some purchase an extended supply of prepared freeze dried foods in sealed containers with several years shelf life.
Include a one weeks supply of prescription medications if applicable.
Due to lack of access many times into the house, utensils are unavailable. Plan to have on hand a large pot to boil water, a manual can opener, a small portable stove, Bar B Que or camp stove, sanitation needs, knives, forks and drinking vessels should be included. A first aid kit, unscented bleach, paint filters (for straining water prior to boiling), flashlights, a watch, whistle, matches, a hammer and multi-tool. A battery powered, solar or dynamo radio, extra batteries, fire extinguisher and blankets would seem like luxuries after several days. Some keep on hand a tent, sleeping bags and a sanitation system consisting of a dedicated tent and porta-potty.
What to avoid:
Some things to avoid, to prevent serious injury or illness and should be added as a note in your supply, include but are not limited to:
Flood water, never under any conditions should flood water be consumed or used for sanitary needs.
Stores contaminated by fire, many chemicals are created in the process of fire some will make you ill.
Earthquake, prepare for after shocks, do not re-enter collapsed or otherwise compromised structures.
Well water, most important during and after a flood or wild fire, do not consume suspected contaminated sources.
Loss of electrical service, turn all control switches off. Heat should be supplied indoors only with approved vented heaters, do not use a propane or charcoal grill for heat indoors.
In the event a person is in a confined space, and is unconscious, do not enter if the atmosphere can not be tested for toxics. A confined space is any space enclosed except for one point of entry/exit, do not attempt to rescue someone, it may be deadly for you. Tanks, ditches, basements, cellars, service vaults and sheds may be confined spaces.
Downed power lines, do not touch or approach, some have extremely high electrical charges. Assume every line is "hot".
Do not drink any less water than 1/2 gallon per day per person, do not become dehydrated.
Everyone's needs are different, assemble your survival supply customized to your requirements.