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Food and Water Safety
How to Plan for an Emergency

By Marcy Fenton, M.S., R.D.

December 2001

Food and Water Safety

Planning for disaster is best done during calm times. An earthquake, a power blackout or some other calamity can happen at any time.

Storing enough food and water to get through difficult times is essential for everyone.

Different situations might occur. Power may be available but not water, no water but power, both power and water but no access to food. Whatever happens, stay calm and think.

The following are some ideas about food and water for you to consider:

Food Items to Have on Hand

Food and Water Safety

Other Essentials to Include

For emergency food and shelter, call Info Line of Los Angeles at (800) 339-6993.

For more information, consult the Los Angeles City Fire Department's "The Earthquake Preparedness Handbook," It includes information about safe drinking water, emergency food supplies and cooking and many other practical considerations.

To evaluate the nutritional quality of foods to store or which you are eating, consult the Interactive Health Eating Index, USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion at

L.A. County Quick Guide to Nutrition Programs and Services:

For AIDS Project Los Angeles' Nutrition & HIV Program's "Food and Water Safety" fact sheet, general information or to sign up for nutrition classes, call Janelle L'Heureux, M.S., R.D. at (213) 201-1556 or Marcy Fenton, M.S., R.D. at (213) 201-1611.

Marcy Fenton, M.S., R.D.   Marcy Fenton, M.S., R.D., is a nutritionist at AIDS Project Los Angeles and can be reached at (213) 201-1611 or

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