SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers are stocking up on food and other emergency supplies due to concerns about a potential Ebola outbreak in the United States. In the last three weeks, Legacy Food Storage has seen a 300 percent increase in demand over the same three-week period last year – and the company isn't alone.
"The demand for food, water, fuel and other supplies needed in case individuals or families are required to stay in their homes has simply exploded since the first mention of an Ebola patient in the United States," said Phil Cox, CEO, Legacy Food Storage. "Not only have we experienced it here at Legacy, but one of the largest wholesale warehouses tells us they are seeing that same significant increase. Fortunately, more and more realize they need to be prepared now instead of waiting until it's almost too late to storm the grocery stores for the last gallon of water or loaf of bread."
According to Cox, those who haven't prepared their homes for an inevitable emergency – such as a health scare or hurricane, earthquake or even a job loss - often cite a lack of knowledge about how exactly to get started.
Stocking up on food by buying whatever you can when foods go on sale, or putting your money toward a bigger purchase of emergency foods with a long shelf life. Store a variety of tasty food you regularly eat, preferably freeze-dried meals that only require boiled water (and a heat source to boil it, of course).
Store water, at least one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days but preferably much more. Store in sanitized, food-grade containers away from heat and light, and rotate self-bottled water out every six months and store-bottled water every 12 months. Also store water purification tools.
Put away fuel, such as quick-lighting fuel discs or fuel cans to use along with camping stoves. It's needed for heating, cooking meals and powering tools, generators and household appliances.
Gather emergency kits, with practical items such as batteries, flashlights, first aid supplies and other emergency essentials. Have kits for the home as well as ones stored in the car, in case you need to evacuate for any reason.
Make a family emergency plan so you know how to contact each other if you are not together as well as determine which criteria would require your family to stay home or evacuate.
About Legacy Food Storage Legacy's pre-packaged emergency food storage meals and products provide consumers with good tasting, high-quality food that is convenient and provides peace-of-mind knowing good food will be available during times of emergency or need. For more information, visit http://www.legacyfoodstorage.com