The threats of a nuclear war have increased ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened the use of nuclear weapons following his invasion of Ukraine. This has led to the United States also reconsidering its stance and altering its plans in the case of a nuclear war.
If you are also reevaluating your plans and trying to create a new emergency plan in case of a smaller nuclear attack, then the following foods are going to become staples in your home. These products were suggested by Irwin Redlener, founding director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) at Columbia University, who argued that apart from water, everyone should have foods in their stockpile that are high in calories, carbohydrates, and protein.
1. Canned or pre-packaged food
Nonperishable foods that don’t require a lot of cooking are always the ideal way to go regardless of the emergency you are in. Dried foods are often less heavy than canned goods, which is why they might be a better option if you are going to be adding them to an emergency pack. Dried chicken or parmesan cheese can be excellent options as they only need a little bit of water to rehydrate.
2. A comfort item
In cases of an emergency having a simple comfort food item can be a great idea as it will help you feel better. A bag of chips, Doritos, or any other non-perishable snack you enjoy can be a better option.
3. Family-specific items
Every family has its own specific needs that it will need to cover. These could include someone on a low-sodium diet, a baby, or someone with allergies that they should accommodate. All of these should be taken into account and the necessary food items should be packed for these individuals. Baby formula, dried foods instead of canned foods to lower sodium consumption, and foods without allergens should always be included in your pack if they are necessary for your family.