As some of you may know, previous articles have talked about emergency management experts recommending that you have a three day supply of emergency essentials on hand in the event of a disaster. The recommendation comes from emergency managers at the local, state, and federal levels. We here believe that the recommendation of three days of essentials is outdated, in my opinion it needs to be raised to a more realistic level.
When someone that supposedly is an expert recommends only a three day supply, then some may assume the crisis or any crisis will be over in three days.
A three day supply is ample if a transformer blows up or if someone strikes a pole and the power is out for 24 or 48 hours, for example, but recent and not so recent events have proven that power disruptions can last for days if not weeks in some cases. We have recommended in the past that you have at least a one week supply on hand and that two weeks is ideal.
Mountain House Has Made It Simple
This is not to say that you should not have a three day supply on hand. If the power is out for a week you will be hungry for only four days instead of the entire seven, so any preparedness you do is a step in the right direction, and any supplies on hand is considered a plus.
One of the problems some face is how to determine how much and what type of emergency foods you need, and even where to buy the food, where and how to store the food, and will it last and be fresh and edible during an emergency.
There is a remedy offered by Mountain House that takes the guess work out of what to buy and how much, how to store and shelf life.
Customized meal planning, could not be any simpler, you can now purchase 2, 3, 4, and 5 day kits. This allows you to budget and build your emergency food stockpile without breaking the bank. If you buy the combination of kits at one time you have a 14 day supply, it doesn’t get any easier than that.
You do not have to buy all at once however. Pick up a 3 day kit every two weeks, or one a month, for example, and soon enough you will have your stockpile built up.
Each kit offered has an assortment of breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals. It is recommended however, that you purchase some sample packs to make sure everyone in the family finds something they enjoy.
Buying emergency foods that no one likes to eat is an added burden you don’t need during a crisis, so know what the food tastes like before stocking up.
Here is what Mountain House Has To Say:
- Every pouch in these kits has a Taste Guarantee of 12+ years, freeing you from the hassle of constant food rotation.
- Compact size! By combining all 4 kits you can easily fit 2 weeks of food in a space less than 2 feet high by 2 feet wide and 8 inches deep.
- Delicious flavor with recipes even the kids will love! Our meals are widely regarded as the best tasting emergency food meals on the market.
- Popular breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees for one person, or to be shared
- The stackable 14-day boxed kit contains a variety of popular breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrees for one person.
Note how much space is required for two weeks of food, using simple math, you could easily determine how much space you would need to store 2, 6 and 12 months of food and the food is shelf stable for 12 plus years, so no guessing whether the food is edible during an emergency.
If you have to evacuate, take the food with you. Just make sure you have the means in your kits or car to prepare the meals. You can of course break down the contents to carry in packs for hiking, camping or to have in your vehicle’s emergency kit or in your bug-out-bags.
Now you can budget and work toward your ultimate food stockpile goal. Whether it is a months’ supply, 3 months or a years’ supply, you can pace yourself by purchasing the kits as your budget allows until you reach your emergency food storage goal.
The food tastes great, and I always have a few meals in my go-bags, and several in the car, and of course, some in the pantry. I am working on building a bigger supply for the home right now. Now it is easier to store and to keep the food organized by purchasing the kits.
I had been buying individual meals here and there at various camping stores and other retail outlets and then I realized I was buying pretty much the same meals. I wasn’t keeping track, and they were scatted here and there. Now I know I can get better organized and of course you can too.