How to Store Emergency Food For Flood, Tsunami, Tornado, Hurricane Survival Tabs

How to Store Emergency Food For Flood, Tsunami, Tornado, Hurricane Survival Tabs

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Survival Tabs Guide for Emergency Food During a Flood

After a hurricane and/or flooding, people need to assess all food and food preparation areas and equipment to decide what to keep or throw away. Hurricanes, especially if accompanied by a tidal surge or flooding, can contaminate the public water supply. Water in the hurricane-affected area may not be safe to drink. Local announcements should provide updated information on the safety of the water supply.

Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water. If in doubt, throw it out.


Do not eat food packed in plastic, paper, cardboard, cloth, and similar containers that have been water damaged.


Discard food and beverage containers with screw-caps, snap lids, crimped caps (soda bottles), twist caps, flip tops, and home canned foods, if they have come in contact with flood water. These containers cannot be disinfected.


Undamaged, commercially-prepared foods in all-metal cans or retort pouches can be saved if you remove the labels, thoroughly wash the cans, rinse them, and then disinfect them with a sanitizing solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of bleach per gallon of potable water. Finally, re-label containers that had the labels removed, including the expiration date, with a marker.

Have a reliable food source that can be stored and does not require heating, hydration or tools to open. Example: Survival Tabs