Emergency Foods to Stock Up On
Bonny Shah

Bonny Shah
11 June 2020

This article is authored by Bonny Shah. Bonny is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator.

Disasters such as floods, storms or even pandemics can strike with little to no warning. It pays to be prepared for times such as these. The first and most important thing to account for is your diet. You’ll require proper nourishment to ensure your health will carry you through these difficult times. Here we’ve put together a list of survival foods to stock up on in case of an emergency.

Grains, Cereals and Crackers

Eat Breakfast

Carbohydrates are an excellent source of energy and make 45-60% of our main meals. Our brains need energy in the form of glucose which is provided by carbohydrates. So consuming carbohydrates in the right quantity is essential. Rice and other grains, cereals, grain flours all have long shelf lives when packaged and stored properly. Crackers keep well for months and make a good substitute for bread.


Pulses and Soya Chunks

Don’t forget the protein when you stock up for an emergency. Our body uses protein to build and repair tissues. We also use protein to make enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. Pulses, legumes and dals are rich in protein and other essential nutrients and keep well for months. Moong dal, toor dal, masoor dal, Kabuli chana and besan are some of the many options that can help you meet your daily protein requirements. Soya chunks are another excellent source of protein with a long shelf life.

Fruits and Nuts

If you have time to stock up on fresh produce, be sure not to purchase more than your family can consume, and remember fresh produce has a short shelf life. Citrus fruits are a great source of vitamin C which aids immunity. Dried fruit and nuts last long and will supply you with the essential energy, micronutrients and fibre you’ll need. Nuts are essential as they provide us with healthy fats and fibre. Power bars, dried fruit and nut mixes and chikki are great ways to include these foods into your emergency stash.



Vegetables supply us with essential vitamins, minerals and fibre, but fresh vegetables won’t last too long under regular conditions. Thus, it’s smart to try and get your hands on some frozen or canned vegetables. Be sure not to forget the can opener!


Ready Nutri-Mixes and Snacks

Ready mixes might prove to be a real life-saver when everyday ingredients are unavailable or when you’re trying to cut down on cooking time. From khichdi to chillas, Tata Sampann has a range of ready-to-cook ingredients to choose from. Packaged snacks such as glucose biscuits can also come in handy in an emergency.



When shopping for survival foods to stock up on, don’t forget the basics. Sugar, salt and masala powders will be as necessary in an emergency as they are for your daily cooking. Make sure you stock up on spices as they add taste, help us boost our immunity and provide us small amounts of micronutrients.



In times of extreme crises, it’s possible that we might be faced with shortages of food supplies, electricity and even water. When you stock up for an emergency, it is a good measure to store enough water to last you and your family at least three days.

When looking for emergency foods to stock up on, don’t forget other essentials like flashlights, batteries, medicines, first aid supplies, all-weather wear, cash money and evacuation kits.

Stay prepared, stay safe.


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