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This page describes the food you should have stored for use in case of emergencies if you live or work in Porirua.

Store enough food for three days

Aim to have enough food in your cupboards that you can feed you and your family/household for at least three days, in addition to your normal supplies. Ideally you should be able to feed everyone from the cupboards without having to go to the shops for two weeks.

Store extra long-life or non-perishable food (tinned or dry food), and avoid foods that have to be cooked unless you have a portable cooker or barbeque.

In a major disaster, electricity may not be working. Ensure that you have alternative cooking equipment, as you may not be able to use your stove or microwave.

A camping stove or barbeque (gas or charcoal) is useful to boil water and cook food. Gas barbecues are a relatively inefficient use of fuel, but they will do if you haven't got anything better. Team up with your neighbours to make things more efficient.

Remember, if you have any special dietary needs, make sure you stock up.

If the packaging doesn't have a clear "best before" or "use by" date, write the purchase date on the package with a permanent marker. Things like tinned food, dried fruit & rice have a shelf life of about 2 years. Remember to use old stock first, and replace expired items.

Pantry check list

Ready to eat canned/bottled food

  • Meat - corned beef etc
  • Fish - tuna, salmon
  • Fruit - tinned peaches, fruit salad etc
  • Juice
  • Vegetables
  • Baked beans, spaghetti & other meals in a can
  • Soup
  • Pasta Sauce

Dried and long life food (don't forget to store extra water for cooking these!)

  • Ready to eat meals
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Flour
  • Milk powder/UHT milk
  • Soup mix
  • Dried vegetables
  • Rice and pasta Long-life cheeses
  • Tea/coffee/drinking chocolate
  • Sugar

Snack food

  • Dried fruits
  • Nuts
  • Biscuits
  • Spreads
  • Crackers
  • Snack Bars


  • Bottled water
  • Water sterilising tablets
  • Concentrated juices/sports drinks

Baby supplies

  • Baby food/baby formula
  • Nappies and wipes

Pet food

  • Pet food (canned/dry)

Toiletries/cleaning products

  • Toilet rolls
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Rubbish bags
  • Tissues and paper towels
  • House and laundry cleaning/disinfectant products


Links to more emergency information

Porirua’s current emergency status – What’s happening now? - The WREMO website for emergency updates and preparedness information

Wellington Region Emergency Management Office Facebook page – Learn how you and your family can get ready and get through – Get the latest information on civil defence emergencies in New Zealand – Find out about recent earthquakes in New Zealand – The latest on New Zealand weather

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