7 Must Have Foods for your Emergency Stockpile


It’s critical to be prepared for a short or long term emergency year round with enough supplies to last between 7-10 days. Storms and other emergencies can leave your family stuck at home, roads impassable and other stores closed.

So, it’s important to keep an ongoing stockpile of those necessities that you could need for anything from a tornado, hurricane, strong rain or snow storm. 

It’s also a good idea to keep your stockpile separate from your everyday foods to avoid confusion. So where should you store these important items? Maybe a closet or unused cabinet?

Or how about in your durable Cook shed that is built to the highest construction standards. Then all those vital items are safe, secure and easily accessible, if and when you need them.

These 7 things are the most useful food items to keep on hand during a weather related emergency.

Bottled Water

Of course, water is important for life. But having enough bottled waters during a power outage is key to staying safe. Make sure you have at least one gallon, per person, per day.

Canned Food

Anyone who has camped understands the importance of having items with a long shelf life and short cook time on hand. What you choose to stock depends on your family’s preferences but some good ideas include canned vegetables, beans, spaghetti sauce, hearty soups, poultry and other canned meats.

Canned juices and powdered milk are beneficial because they don’t need to be refrigerated. Just remember everything you choose to stock has to be non-perishable.


Grains and other foods high in carbohydrates store well and are filling. Get pastas, whole grain rice (not the quick cooking variety) and healthy breakfast cereals.

Pantry Staples

Think about those things you use on a daily basis and make sure they are also in your food stockpile. Things like instant coffee, tea bags, seasonings like salt, pepper, bullion and other spices.

You will also need those baking essentials like sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cooking oil (vegetable or olive oil) and vegetable shortening.

High Energy Foods

Grab foods that pack a punch of energy without taking up too much space like granola, trail mix, energy bars, peanut butter, nuts, dried fruit and beef jerky. Chocolate and hard candies provide a boost of energy and there is nothing like a sweet treat to help elevate everyone’s mood!

Pet Food

Don’t forget your furry friends; they need to stay well fed during emergencies as well. Make sure you have water, enough dry food and treats for all your pets.

Specialty Foods

Consider if any family members have special dietary or nutritional needs that your stockpile has to accommodate. Examples include things like vitamins for senior citizens or formula for babies.

Now that you have the stuff you need to withstand any emergency, you need the place to keep it dry, safe and ready to go! A Cook Portable Warehouse is the perfect addition to your home and the perfect place for your survival stockpile.

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