What food should you keep in an emergency kit?

803609Hana Choi

Many East Coasters were in for a surprise after yesterday's earthquake, which got me thinking... do I even have an emergency preparedness kit? Other than water, what are some good food (canned or otherwise) to keep on hand?

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  • If there's one thing that I've learned from watching old cartoons, it's that the tools you have are just as important as the food. Make sure you have a can opener, a tool kit, and a fire extinguisher. Lots of canned food is a must. I wouldn't go with anything that needs hot water or electricity (or a phone call to your parents to learn how to make it), and you can probably stock a few semi-perishables in there as well (aka only lasts a month or two), assuming you'll eat them anyway and they won't go bad. Also stock water, because if you don't have water, eating actually makes you dehydrate faster. In the city, we probably won't be stranded for long in the worst case scenario, so you don't have to stock up for months - a week, two tops, is enough.

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    Snooth User: Kyle Graynor

    Aug 24, 2011 at 9:52am

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