NORMAN — In the absence of an expiration date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates high-acid canned items such as tomatoes; grapefruit and pineapple can be stored for a year to 18 months. Meanwhile, foods with less acid such as canned meats, poultry, fish and most vegetables can last 2 to 5 years if properly stored.
Replenish the water stored in the kit as well. Experts recommend changing the water supply in an emergency kit every six months.
In addition, make sure the clothing in your kit is appropriate for colder temperatures in the fall and winter, and do not forget to replace any provisions you used or borrowed. Test the flashlights, as well, and ensure the extra batteries are regular, and not rechargeable. Rechargeable batteries can lose their charge when left for long periods of time.
Finally, review your emergency contact list and update it if necessary, and review with your family your emergency escape plan in case of a fire.