Worry About Yourself: Food and Water Basic Needs


“I can do it all by myself!”  If you’ve ever had a 3 yr old you’ve heard these words.  What happened to us? At 3 we want to do it all by ourselves, as grown-ups we want someone else to do it for us.  Whether it’s relying on the grocery store to keep shelves full, or the city to swoop in and take care of us after a storm, or earthquake.  We have got to take care of ourselves.

If you’ve ever thought that FEMA was set up to swoop in and save people, you’re wrong. They’ve set up a website basically saying that you need to be able to take care of yourself for at least 3 days.  They can’t get to everyone in a split second, so here are a few tips strait from their website www.ready.gov :


Close up of canned food items and manual can opener

Consider the following things when putting together your emergency food supplies:

  • Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Choose foods your family will eat.
  • Remember any special dietary needs.
  • Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.
  • Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.

Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils.

Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)


Close up of commercial water containers

Water is an essential element to survival and a necessary item in an emergency supplies kit. Following a disaster, clean drinking water may not be available. Your regular water source could be cut-off or compromised through contamination. Prepare yourself by building a supply of water that will meet your family’s needs during an emergency. View the recommended emergency supplies list (PDF).  View a chart showing how much water each household needs by clicking here.

It’s time to be a 3 year old and DO IT ALL BY OURSELVES.  After all, you can’t help anyone else unless you help yourself first!

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