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MREs

MREs

When planning for an emergency, you want to have enough food to last you several months. Look to Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) for your medium-term food storage needs. Disasters are unpredictable; although the primary cause of a disaster can be gone within minutes or hours, like a flash flood or a landslide, the consequences can last for weeks. Some services may not be available for weeks after a disaster strikes; for example, electricity could go down, severing your access to microwavable foods or your electric oven. Be ready with enough emergency food supplies to last you longer than the disaster.

 



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When planning your supply of emergency food, consider your family size and appetite. Plan for at least five meals a day and keep the portions “normal” – even in case of emergency you don’t need to be rationing military style!

While preparing survival food, stock up on everyday essentials and store them in a way that will enable them to last one to five years. Don’t let that scare you, one to five years of emergency food is a perfectly reasonable amount of groceries you should have at your house at any given time. Sugar, flour, salt, rice, beans, grains, pasta – this and more can be bought in bulk and saved in your pantry for everyday use. Stock up on dehydrated fruit and vegetables, which can be used for your lunches and dinners. Food packets are great for camping or long road trips. All emergency food should be food that your family is already uses and likes.

In case of emergency and planning your survival food rationing think about all additional people you may offer help in case of need. Consider friends and family that may seek shelter at your place or your older neighbors that may need help. Would you have enough food to share with them?