Health checklist: What to buy before a natural disaster

medicinelineIf you or a loved one is warned about a hurricane, snowstorm, or another major weather event, it is advisable to stock up on nonperishable groceries. But you may be unsure about what supplies are best. According to The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) you should stock up supplies for at least three days. Here is a checklist of items that will keep you healthy and safe in an emergency.

Water – You may lose access to water or your water may be contaminated after a natural disaster. You should stock at least 1 gallon of drinking water per person for each day. You should also fill your bathtub, just in case your water is shut off.

Apples – Apples can last for at least 2 weeks if stored in a cool dark place. Apart from being a good source of potassium, fiber, and vitamin C, apples have a water content of 84%, which will help you stay hydrated.

Dried and canned fruits – Choose dried and canned fruits with less added sugar.

Ready-to-eat canned vegetables – Choose canned soups that are low in sodium, to reduce salts dehydrating effects. Look for soups that can be easily opened without a can opener.

Canned tuna, salmon, and sardines – Choose canned fish packed in water as they hold more nutrition. Look for cans that can be easily opened without a can opener.

Nut butter – Look for peanut, almond or cashew nut butter. Nut butter are great in an emergency as they are easy to eat and are filling.