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Provision of Food in Disasters

  • By: O. Shawn Cupp
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

One of the most notable but sometimes least-planned factors in disaster response and preparation is food provision. Although food and potable water are two of the most basic of necessities for life, they are often overlooked and not adequately planned for, especially in regard to citizens helping themselves before a disaster.

Public information about disaster preparation is the first planning awareness tool for citizens, and is a helping hand before they need assistance during a real crisis. Most people should have an emergency supply of water and food on hand in their dwelling, whether it is a home, trailer, or apartment. This will provide the easiest way to endure loss of power or ability to store perishable foodstuffs. Recommended are packaged foods, food that requires little ...

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