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Keep enough food on hand to sustain you and your family for a minimum of 3 days. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and use little or no water. Watch your salt content, as salty foods make you drink more water. Foods should require very little preparation— try to avoid things that need water or cooking. Make sure it’s food your family will eat.


  • Ready-to-eat canned foods: meats, fruits, vegetables, soup, juice, and non-perishable pasteurized milk
  • High-energy foods: peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars and trail mix
  • Small amounts of comfort foods: candy, sweetened cereals, potato chips, and cookies
  • Dried foods
  • Instant ready-to-eat meals
  • Vitamins
  • Food for infants

Remember to include a manual can-opener and paper plates and plastic utensils in your emergency supplies.

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Polk County Emergency Management
1907 Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 286-2107

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