In week 3 of National Preparedness Month, the focus is on practicing and building out your plans for an emergency. If you’re still working on your emergency kit, CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) has a handy list of types of foods that can last for six months (e.g., dried fruit, powdered milk, crackers, etc.), one year (e.g., canned foods like soup, canned fruit juice, peanut butter and jelly, dry cereal, etc.), or many years (e.g., rice, pasta, instant coffee, seasoning packets, etc.). Of course, any food you keep in your emergency kit can be rotated out and replaced.
Keep in mind, though, that while CDC recommends maintaining at least a 3-day supply, here in Hawaii the recommendation is that your emergency kit have enough water, food, medication, etc., for at least 14 days. (Our isolation thousands of miles from the Mainland means that relief supplies might take a while, and utilities like water, electricity, and gas may take days or weeks to come on line again.