Whether it is a natural disaster or a neighbourhood emergency, our food supply could be disrupted. In any situation, it is up to each of us to take care of our needs and those of our families.
We buy insurance for our home, our car and our lives, but something as essential as adequate supplies of food, water and critical items are often overlooked. Please consider building an essential pantry and emergency kit for your household.
Emergencies can happen anywhere and any time, and can have a significant impact on people’s lives.
Being prepared for an emergency can ensure that you and your family can manage if affected by an emergency such as:
Emergency incidents like those listed above can affect the supply of essential utilities, including electricity, gas and water, and disrupt the supply of food, groceries and critical items.
This brochure provides you with important information on how to stock your pantry to ensure your household has an adequate supply of food, water and emergency items to cope with a prolonged emergency situation. It also contains a ‘pantry list’ of suggested supplies.
Most households purchase groceries on a weekly basis, and may also do additional top up shops during the week. But think of what would happen if an emergency incident occurred that prevented access to the shops, for example where injury, illness or road closures may keep you confined at home. Most households would very quickly run out of food, especially if electricity and water supplies were affected.
While many emergencies will only extend over a few days, planning for a 14-day stay at home (possibly without water and electricity) by building and rotating items in your pantry, ensures you are prepared for a wide range of circumstances.
The Pantry list is grouped into the types of food and other essential items that may be required during an extended stay at home. These include:
Naturally all households differ, and you should customise the list to suit the needs of your household.
You should also give special consideration to any family members with special needs, such as babies, young children, pregnant women, the elderly, ill or infirmed.
You can start to build your supplies over time, adding more each time you shop. Regularly check the expiry date/s of your emergency supplies, and consume or replace any items as required.
In addition to ensuring you have an adequate supply of food, water and emergency provisions, there are some other simple steps you can take to prepare for an emergency situation:
Maintain a high level of hygiene. The last thing you would want if you were confined at home, is for yourself or a family member to become ill.
If you would like information on other actions you can take to prepare for an emergency, you may find the following websites helpful:
pet food (canned/dry)
If you do find yourself and your family in a situation where you are confined, or choose to be confined at home during or following an emergency, there are several things you should consider to ensure you manage your supply of food in the best possible way.