Woman shopping for food before a hurricane or disaster hits

This article will help you select the kinds of foods for a hurricane, perishable, and non-perishable your family wants and likes.

The kind of food you can store for, periods of time like non-perishable goods for instance.  If your household has more children, you should keep foodstuff that you and your children will enjoy. The type of food you’ll need to save will depend on your family structure. In contrast, if you have only yourself to worry about, store foods that you can quickly eat.

Importance of Nutrition amid Natural Disasters

Proper nutrition plays an important role when it comes to surviving a natural disaster. People often have to leave their homes and live in shelters in case of severe weather conditions.

Various types of foods carry different nutritional values. The foods you store for such a situation should contain proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. These are the three essential nutrients that keep your body up and running. If you want to figure out what kind of meals carry the most nutritional value, you can consult a dietitian or a nutritionist.

Concerning nutrition, hydration is also something one cannot ignore. Small water bottles or bottles you can conveniently carry should always be kept in your food kit. Without proper hydration, one can feel dizzy and nauseous. Drinking water can help in preventing diseases that are prone to happen during such emergencies.

Water also helps in the digestion of food. The ingestion of food often takes up quite a lot of time. Consuming water from time to time helps in speeding up that process.

As mentioned above, diseases are quite likely to happen during hurricanes and storms, especially when you have to live in unhygienic conditions. The consumption of unhealthy foods can often lead to such chronic diseases. Oily foods like pizzas, burgers, and chips take a lot of time to digest, and the excess oil in them can cause stomach aches. Therefore, it’s always advisable to carry food that is high in nutritional value.

What Kind Of Healthy Foodstuff Can You Prepare During Hurricanes?

Preparing freshly cooked foods during hurricanes is quite possible if you have the right equipment. A mini stove, some cooking oil, and raw food products are all that you’ll need. Ideally, it’s best to carry pre-cooked foods because you never know when another cyclone might hit. You’ll need to stay ready to evacuate a shelter or building when the situation calls for it. However, if you have a little time to spare, here are some of the foods you can cook in just ten minutes:

  1. Fried eggs: Probably one of the most straightforward food items one can cook. Fried eggs can quickly be prepared with a portable stove and some cooking oil. You’ll also need a spatula, although it won’t be any extra weight on your shoulders.
  2. Fried chicken: Cooking fried chicken is very similar to cooking a fried egg. An average-sized chest piece or leg piece will take about five to ten minutes of cooking. However, cooking time will depend on how cooked you like it. Chicken is a healthy protein source that can keep you energized and boosted.
  3. Vegetables: Vegetables are a great source of healthy fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Some can be eaten raw, and some can be cooked as well. Cooking them adds a little extra flavor, making them easier to digest.

Perishable And Non-Perishable Goods You Should Keep As Reserve.

The next time you go grocery shopping, try to get food items that you’ll need during a natural calamity. God forbid that day comes; however, it’s better to be safe rather than sorry.

It’s best to get perishable as well as non-perishable food items.

Perishable food items are foods that are best kept in the refrigerator, as they will become unsafe to eat, if not kept refrigerated at 40 F or frozen at 0 degrees F. To make the process easier for you to understand, here are a few of the best non-perishable and perishable food items that will help you survive such disasters.

Perishable Foods


A refrigerator full of food

These are foods that kept in the refrigerator, as they will become unsafe to eat, if not kept refrigerated at 40 F or frozen at 0 degrees F.

Examples of perishable foods include dairy products, fish, poultry, and leftover dinners.

  1. Meats: Pre-cooked meat is an ideal perishable food item to carry. One should try to consume this food item well within a day; otherwise, it gradually loses its texture and taste. Meat can approximately last two to three days in the fridge before it starts to expire.
  2. Leftover dinners: You can easily pack up leftover dinners if you experience a sudden typhoon or hurricane. With leftover dinners, you won’t have to worry about eating bland food.
  3. Fish: Fish is a very healthy macronutrient that is filled with nutritious oils and proteins. Fish products contain Omega 3 which is a fatty acid that helps in reducing blood pressure and lower your chances of getting a heart attack. Fish is served best when it has been cooked within two days. After two to three days, it will start to lose its texture.

You’ll want to eat these types of foods first as they cause illness, smell, and taste bad if not refrigerated.

Spoilage comes 10-12 hours if these foods are not kept cold, and in a hurricane, a power failure can arrive at any time.

The food you store in a closed refrigerator remains cold and safe for up to 24 hours. That is why you eat these foods first.

Fruits also have a shelf life, however, some like apples and oranges can last 2-4 weeks in cabinets and 1-2 months when refrigerated.

When you think of perishable foods, it’s any food that has a short shelf life like:

  1. Dairy products
  2. Fish
  3. Poultry
  4. Meat
  5. Leftover dinners that you have cooked
  6. Vegetables


Non-Perishable Foods


Canned food

Those foods have a long shelf life.

These foods are good for up to a year and don’t require refrigeration. Foods like:

1 Canned goods: This includes meats such as chicken, tuna, and beef. All types of vegetables like beans, peas, carrots, and mixed vegetables. Fruits packed in their own juices. All can be used as a meal, a snack, or a portion for a meal.

2. Dry Foods: Nuts, oatmeal, grits, cereals, rice, boxed potatoes, and soups. All can make a good meal without much preparation.

3. Dehydrated Foods: These are “Ready to Eat Meals,” which are called MRE’S. You cook them. They’re fully prepared and ready to eat. You rehydrate them with boiling water. Campers and hikers use these meals, and they are exceptional items to add to your emergency kit.

4. Other Non-perishable foods include Bottled water. You’ll need at least 1 gallon of water per person each day. A 3-7 day minimum is recommended, as you never know when your power will be restored. Peanut butter is a food with a long shelf life, doesn’t require refrigeration, and is an excellent protein source. Condiments also have a long shelf life and add some variety to the taste of your foods. Who doesn’t like better tasting food and condiments like ketchup, mustard, salsa, and soy sauce add to the flavor?

5. Baby food: Don’t forget as you’ll need food for the baby as they can’t eat the food you eat.

6. Pet Food: Pick up a bag of dried dog food or canned dog food.

7. Other items you may need if the power goes out.

  • Paper plates
  • paper bowls
  • cups
  • Plastic spoons, forks, and knives
  • baby wipes for cleaning

Special Dietary Needs

Food Allergies: With limited access to medical facilities, you may need an EpiPen if you have an allergic reaction. Make sure the foods you eat don’t contain any ingredients you’re allergic too.

High blood pressure: Get foods low in sodium to help you maintain your blood pressure.

When and How Should You Consume Perishable and Non-Perishable Food Items

Knowing when you should eat perishable and non-perishable foods can be quite daunting. Storing perishables especially can be quite a nuisance. However, with proper planning, you can plan a few logistics based on your eating habits.

For instance, many of you might face a power outage during a hurricane or storm, so you will need to eat the most perishable food items first. After prolonged periods, eating them can cause food poisoning and taste bad when they are not refrigerated at the proper temperature. Given below is a four-step guide that will help you in deciding when you should consume perishables and non-perishables during an emergency.

  1. Eat perishable foods stored in the refrigerator and pantry first as they will go bad very quickly. 
  2. Consume foods that are in the freezer as you never know when you might face a power outage.
  3. Eat your stock of non-perishable items. These products can last for days without expiring. Try to make rations based on how many people you have to feed. This method saves quite a lot of food which can be used for another time.
  4. Make sure you buy your food well in advance, as utility stores often run out of food products because of limited supply.

Which Food Items Can You Store For Children And Babies?

Children, and especially babies, require foods that are appropriate for their age. Parents should keep foods that are suitable for their children, which are high in nutritional value.

During emergencies like hurricanes and storms, it is essential for your children to stay in tip-top shape. Ten to twelve-year-olds should be able to survive on the same foods their parents eat. However, for very young babies, soft foods are ideal. These foods include cereals and puddings.

It’s best to pack the ones that your toddler enjoys because if your baby throws a fit, feeding them will be a big problem. Especially during emergencies like hurricanes, the last thing you want is for your baby to throw a tantrum. 

Grocery Items You Should Purchase For Extreme Weather Conditions


Woman shopping for food before a hurricane

Food that we typically eat on a normal day can also be used during severe weather conditions. It’s not necessary that you only have to pack bland and basic foods. People pack essential foods only when they have to stay sheltered for a few hours. However, weather conditions can sometimes get so severe that you have to stay sheltered for at least a couple of days. Therefore, surviving on basic food for more extended periods will not be ideal. Given below are some food items that you should add to your grocery list.

     1.Breakfast cereal: Breakfast cereal is an ideal meal that you can eat at any time. It’s easy to prepare and requires minimal effort. Children, as well as adults, can enjoy this product. Try to collect a few boxes of breakfast cereal in case they run out quickly.

    2. Oatmeal: Oatmeal, also known as porridge, is enjoyed by many. Oatmeal is considered to be a very healthy meal that is rich in antioxidants. 

   3.Dry fruits: Dry fruits are an extremely robust food item to snack on. Dry fruits like nuts, cashews, and walnuts are tasty and contain essential vitamins to keep your immunity boosted.


Conclusively speaking, pre-planning for extreme weather is very important. Knowing which food items to store when you can eat them and what quantities you should keep should be thought of beforehand. Surviving a hurricane or typhoon is a difficult task. However, with proper planning, life can be much more comfortable. Incorporating a few tips and tricks mentioned above can help in planning your survival logistics. 

If you ever need a hand or have a question, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,


  1. that is all great and informative advice. Also, MRE’s are also a non-perishable and Did you know honey will never spoil as well? That is of course you are open to opinions. I Like how you neatly configured your post in general. Very easy to understand. Keep it up.

  2. Hi Bob,

    This makes the most sense. Planning and selecting perishable foods first will ensure that they are not unintentionally lost should they turn bad if left for later. Indeed, non-perishables can be pushed to the last as they have long shelf lives. And if they contain “undesirable” preservatives, you effectively defer the need to take them. And help may arrive before its time for you to have to take them.

  3. Hi Bob,

    Who knew that there would be another “disaster” where food would become harder to find. The world has become a crazy place right now and your suggestions are very appropriate for the current situation.
    I did not see any supplements (superfoods) listed in your supplies – I suppose that is because they are not actually necessities in time of need. Dried fruits are also a good choice, though we need to take care that they are not dried with sugar added – an invitation to ants.
    There are several newer manufacturing processes (I wish I knew exactly what they were) that allow for over a year shelf life for dried fruit and nut combinations. They are surprisingly good.

  4. I found this very interesting and so glad that in the part of the world I live that I do not have to worry about hurricanes etc.
    However, when reading your article the Covid-19 pandemic is the first thing that came to mind, as you can certainly draw similarities. Remember the times when we could not find anything on the shelves due to panic buying? It was similar foods to what you have on the list that was not available for purchase.

    • Yes, you’re right that foods sought after & bought during COVID-19 are the same ones bought during emergencies. Since many individuals and families stock up on them once are told about the hurricane that will hit their area, they then buy up the supplies needed. You may want to consider buying your supplies and stocking them in a go bag for when such a cris occurs before the disaster hits. Good observation and thanks for reading my article.

  5. This is an interesting article. Planning for difficult times have become an essential part of our day to day living following recent global disasters. I think storing foods which contain proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in a hurricane is a very good idea.

  6. Thanks for this article. Planning my groceries is something that I struggle with. I tend to buy a lot, but at the end it spoils. Now I know how to better plan my shopping. Thank you.

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