Stock Your Kitchen in Case of Disaster

Be prepared for an emergency with these pantry essentials.

By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed by Charlotte Grayson Mathis, MD

Hurricane season serves as a reminder that disasters can happen when you least expect them. But if you take care to be prepared ahead of time, it can help you and your family stay safe and healthy when disaster strikes.

Stocking your kitchen with the right ingredients and equipment ensures that you'll be able to prepare healthy meals even in times of crisis. To help you prepare, WebMD sought advice from the government and food safety experts on how to be disaster-ready in your kitchen.

Stocking Your Kitchen

Stocking your pantry with a variety of canned, dried, and jarred foods will allow you to prepare healthy meals without electricity. Sheah Rarback, RD, a Miami resident who has survived numerous power outages and hurricanes, suggests thinking outside the box when choosing pantry items.

"Go to the grocery store in search of different shelf-stable foods, such as [canned or jarred] artichoke hearts, roasted bell peppers, dried fruits beyond raisins, all kinds of nuts, hummus, ramen, or Asian rice noodles so you are ready to prepare meals," she says.