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A food “lifeboat”: food and nutrition considerations in the event of a pandemic or other catastrophe

Craig B Dalton, Michelle A Cretikos and David N Durrheim
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (11): 679.
Published online: 2 June 2008

To the Editor: The article by Haug and colleagues on household food stockpiling is a useful contribution to a neglected aspect of disaster planning.1 However, rather than providing a guide to what foods should be stockpiled, it may be more valuable to encourage families to increase the amount and rotation of the non-perishables they currently purchase. The authors seek to promote a balanced nutritional diet, but encouraging a family to continue their usual purchasing patterns when stockpiling for a pandemic or other disaster is a simpler, more sustainable, and possibly more effective way to promote household food stockpiling. We must assume that the family currently survives, for better or worse, on their current food purchase pattern.

  • Craig B Dalton1
  • Michelle A Cretikos1,2
  • David N Durrheim1

  • 1 Hunter New England Population Health, Hunter New England Area Health Service, Newcastle, NSW.
  • 2 NSW Public Health Officer Training Program, NSW Department of Health, Sydney, NSW.


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