When people start thinking about being prepared for an emergency, the first two things they think of are usually food and water. This almost instinctive reaction is based upon our biggest survival needs. While we can survive some time without food and water, that time is limited. Not only that, but our bodies and our energy levels will suffer from not eating.
Our top survival priorities are:
- Maintaining our body temperature
- Clean water
- Nutritious food
Of those three, having food to get through an emergency requires more preparation, as you have to stockpile the food you are going to eat. Some people say to stockpile the food you would typically eat, but that’s a big mistake. Most of us don’t eat nutritious food, and the foods that we eat won’t last.
Most of the food that the average family eats is refrigerated and frozen food. Yet, the first thing that goes out in most disasters is electrical power. While we’re all used to that happening once in a while, we're also used to the power being back on in a matter of hours. In a disaster, that could be weeks. There were parts of New Orleans that didn’t have power six weeks after Hurricane Katrina.
The other food we eat falls into the category of junk food, high in carbohydrates and sugars, but not containing much else. These foods don’t last long on the shelf and aren’t packaged for long-term storage. Besides, all they’re going to provide your family with is empty calories, not the nutrition they need.
Many people are expecting the government to be there to step in and help them out. But as any number of recent disasters has demonstrated, FEMA can’t complete their mission effectively, especially in providing the basic needs of food and water to people who are suffering through the disaster.
When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, FEMA didn’t even issue RFQs (requests for quote) on food and water until the day after the storm hit, even though they knew it was coming and they would have that need. With that kind of performance, we are all better off trusting our own preparations, than counting on the government to bail us out.
For surviving an emergency, you need nutritious food that will keep and last for 30 years. That way, it will still be there, nutritious and tasty, when you need it, even if that’s years down the road. Prepared survival foods, like our emergency food kits, are made up of dehydrated and freeze-dried foods, which will last for years, without losing their flavor. We only carry Mountain House emergency foods, which are considered to be the best there is.
An emergency food kit will provide all the nutrition a person needs for several days, depending on the size of the kit. It offers three meals a day of a varied diet, which is scientifically prepared to be nutritious, tasty and provide for a balanced diet.
These emergency food kits are made of dehydrated and freeze-dried foods. As such, they are lightweight and pack into a small area, reducing the amount of storage required. But they are also highly portable, making them perfect for taking with you, if you are forced to evacuate your home, due to a disaster. Most can be prepared in a single pan, as they are designed for use in emergency situations, where a kitchen is not readily available.
This makes these emergency food kits a much better option for feeding your family in an emergency, than it is packing your own food or trying to create your own version of military MREs. Wherever you are in a crisis, you’ll have good food that you can be assured is going to be tasty and nutritious, even after 30 years!