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13 Foods to Stock Up on Before a Hurricane Hits

The time to prepare for a disaster is long before the storm hits. We've rounded up a list of non-perishable, no-cook hurricane food items that you should stock in your pantry ASAP.

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Bottled Watervia

Bottled water

Access to a safe water supply is key during an emergency. Be sure to have plenty of bottled water ($20 for 35 bottles) on hand before any disaster strikes. It’s recommended that you have one gallon of water per person per day on hand. So if you have a family of four, you need at least 28 gallons for a week’s supply. Here are other ways to prep for hurricane season.

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Emergency Food Supplyvia

Emergency food supply

An emergency food supply ($149 for 104 servings) can’t be beat if you’re looking for a one-stop shopping option. Just add water and wait about 15 minutes before chow time. Wondering how much emergency food to buy? That depends on how bad the storm is. Use this guide to better understand what hurricane categories really mean, and how much you should prepare for each type of storm.

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Dry Cerealvia

Dry cereal

Dry cereal ($15 for 48 single-serve boxes) is an easy breakfast when the power is out. And individual boxes are ideal for long-term storage. Choose a variety pack to keep things interesting. Make sure to watch out for these scams in the wake of natural disasters.

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Canned Soupvia

Canned soup

Canned soup ($28 for 8 cans), which is totally safe to eat cold, provides a healthy and nutritious meal. Choose low-sodium varieties when possible. Here’s how hurricanes get their names.

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Powdered Milkvia

Powdered milk

Powdered milk ($11) is a great source of protein, calcium, and vitamin D. Shelf-stable non-dairy milk, such as almond milk is also great to have on hand. This city on the east coast has the highest hurricane risk.

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Peanut Buttervia

Peanut butter

Peanut butter ($6) is packed with protein. Choose a variety that does not need to be refrigerated after opening, or choose from ready-made and powdered varieties. This is what happens to birds during a hurricane.

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Kind granola barsvia

Granola or energy bars

Granola bars ($26 for 30 bars) are ideal for long-term storage and provide the carbohydrates and other nutrients you need to maintain your energy.

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Saltine crackersvia


Saltine crackers ($6) are a great pair with high-protein nut butter for a filling snack. Family-sized packs are typically the most budget-friendly options for stocking your pantry.

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Four different packages of dried fruitvia


Dried fruits ($18) are a healthy, shelf-stable snack to have on hand. And fruits that don’t require refrigeration, such as apples and bananas, are also a great choice. Apples are particularly long-lasting and can be stored in a cool and dry pantry for up to four weeks, or in the refrigerator for up to two months. You should stock up on fruit well before the hurricane hits. If you aren’t sure when that will be, these bizarre things that happen before a storm will indicate that the hurricane is coming.

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Trail mixvia

Trail mix

Trail mix ($18) isn’t just for the woods anymore! This energizing snack food is typically high in protein to power you up. These are the best ways to protect your devices during extreme weather.

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Canned tunavia

Canned meats

Canned tuna ($40 for 24 cans), salmon, turkey, and other meats provide a convenient source of protein. You can even buy spiced-up tuna pouches ($5) to make things a little more interesting. Check out these extraordinary weather events caught on camera.

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Canned Vegetablesvia

Canned vegetables

Canned vegetables ($29 for 12 cans) are pantry essentials for a reason. Most canned vegetables can be stored up to two years past their best-by date. Stock up with a variety of canned vegetables to maximize your flavor and nutrient options.

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Dog food in a bowlBillion Photos/Shutterstock

Pet food

Don’t forget your pets! Stock up on your furry friends’ favorite dry or canned foods, too. Or make these homemade treats ahead to give them something extra delicious while you’re all cooped up indoors. After you’ve stocked up on food, follow these simple steps to prepare your home for the hurricane.

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Susan Bronson
Susan Bronson is a writer and editor based in Northern Wisconsin.