It’s one thing to know what you need to be prepared, but figuring out how much you need is completely different. That’s where our calculators come in. Enter some basic information and our system will give you an estimate of how much food and/or water you’ll want to store in your emergency kit.
After your results are shown some options for how to achieve the specified calorie count or amount of water storage/purification/filtration are listed below for your convenience.
Water Storage Calculator
The water calculator uses the recommended minimum for water consumption from the Canadian Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, 4 litres per person each day. This includes water for drinking, hygiene, cooking, and first aid. If you are expecting to be very active, or are preparing for pregnant or lactating women store extra water to account for that. As an example, we often double the usual figures for first responders as they will be working hard in the event of a disaster.
Food Storage Calculator
The food calculator assumes that individuals will need 2000 calories per day. For reference:
- A coma patient requires about 1100 calories.
- 1200 Calories is the lowest acceptable calorie count per day but we recommend planning for more.
- 2000 Calories is the average requirement for a sedentary lifestyle (an office job for example)
- An active adult male can burn over 3000 calories per day, while active females are closer to 2400.
Remember, for optimal performance in an emergency 20-30% of your calories should be protein based.