The Federal Emergency Management Agency advises keeping on hand a three-day supply of nonperishable food -- items that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water. It recommends choosing foods that are compact and lightweight and avoiding ones that will make you thirsty. Here are examples, adapted from FEMA:
Ready-to-eat canned or packaged meats, fruits and vegetables.
Packaged juices, milk and soup.
High-energy foods -- e.g., nuts, peanut butter, crackers, granola bars, trail mix.
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Comfort/stress foods -- cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, instant coffee, tea bags.
Foods for infants, elderly people and others in your household with special dietary need.
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For more on assembling a ''disaster supplies kit,'' go to www.fema.gov and click ''Plan Ahead'' at the top of the page.