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  1. Buy and stock foods that are easy to prepare; foods that require no refridgeration or cooking are best. Use refridgerated food first, frozen food second, then canned.
  2. Keep in mind the special needs and tastes of your family members.
  3. Minimize salty foods because they make you thirsty. Food, unlike water, may be rationed. Except for pregnant women and children, a healthy human can function on half their usual food intake if activity is reduced.
  4. Keep food in a cool, dry spot, covered at all times.
  5. Many canned fruits, vegetables, juices, and soups are also high in liquid content.
  6. Make sure you keep a can opener nearby and disposable utensils.
  7. If there are family members with food allergies or special needs, such as babies, toddlers, or elderly people, diabetics, and pregnant and nursing mothers, store appropriate food.
    1. Children need food high in calories and nutrition, like whole grain cereals.
    2. Dietetic foods are good for the elderly and ill.
    3. Nursing mothers may need liquid formula; they may be unable to lactate.

Don’t forget your pets!

  1. Store pet food in a water proof container.
  2. If your pets require medication, know where it is in case you have to evacuate.
  3. Include some special treats and toys.
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