Emergency Food Supply Kit....do you have one and what's in it?
- Beach Chick Jul 11, 2010 03:29 PM
I see that Costco has a 'bucket' for 275 servings for $89.99..
Has anyone bought one of those buckets?
Hey, if the world is ending in 2012, I want to eat and drink well to the final days..LOL
I do have several cases of water, cans of beans, boxes of wine, 12 pks of beer, energy bars..
What kind of food and drink do you have in case of a natural disaster or a man made one?
We've been having some pretty good earthquakes here in SD and the 'bucket' seems like a great thing to have on hand...just in case!
Even though I am chick, I like to adhere the Boy Scout Motto..Be Prepared.
All Meals 100% Vegetarian and Vitamin Fortified
Sealed in convenient Weather-Proof bucket for easy transport
25 Servings - Potato Soup
30 Servings - Corn Chowder
25 Servings - Cacciatore
25 Servings - Western Stew
30 Servings - Country Noodle
25 Servings - Rice Lentil
45 Servings - Whey Milk
40 Servings - Blueberry Pancake
30 Servings - Barley Vegetable
Being a drummer, I could use the bucket for my percussion!
I have water, foi gras, canned chili, canned beef stew, canned Chef Boyardee lasagne and ravioli, crackers, chocolate, canned club soda, canned green beans and corn, various condiments and spices. (I live in Florida and hurricanes are a constant danger.)
In looking at Costco's bucket, I am struck by this question: suppose the bucket were filled with rice. Would there be 275 servings there? It seems to me that the sellers of the bucket may be a tad optimistic about how far the food will go, even if dehydrated. After all, adding water does not add any calories to the meal.
I'm also intrigued by the statements on the description that the food will keep 20 years at 60 degrees Farenheit and 10 years at 70 degrees Farenheit. I'd say the temperature in a typical Florida home, where I live, varies from 85 degrees (when you turn off the air conditioning and leave) to about 78 degrees (when you return home and crank up the air conditioning). Humidity is also ever present here. I wonder how long it would last under these conditions? Not long, I would bet. Thanks for posing an intriguing question, Beach Chick.
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Several years ago an extended family got stuck in an RV in snow in the coastal mountains of southern Oregon. They were there for about two weeks before two hiked out and got help. They spent the time watching TV and eating survival rations left over from the Y2K scare.
re: Beach Chick
Don't know about the dehydrated food thing because it assumes that in the event of disaster, we will have potable water or the ability to make it potable, and that may not be the case. I do think that in terms of strict survival, the 1 gallon purified water per person per day for one week, plus pet water allowance, is critical. Although beer may lessen the sting of the end times, it will also dehydrate ya and provide zero nutrition; better you should take up that pantry space with #1:A CAN OPENER! canned tuna, canned dried nuts, canned dried fruits, that water I mentioned, and canned fruit and veggies. Nothing requires the addition of anything or necessitates any cooking, and these things will keep ya alive. Also, re: 2012: although the Mayans were great astronomers, the facts are that they got as many prophecies wrong as were gotten right - and no Mayan scholars of note find any reason to believe that the 2012 prophecies have merit. The ending of a calendar does not constitute a leap to the end of the world, necessarily.
My pantry is the size of my walk-in closest and have lots of room for the cases of water but with all the intense earthquakes that are 60 miles away from me at the epicenter, I want to be prepared as well as I can be.
Reading those quatrains from Nostradamus on his spot on predictions are getting the best of me..lol
re: Beach Chick
I took some geology in college and I would be very prepared if I lived in California. I live along the Texas coast, and we have our hurricanes, at least you can prep for these. All I really need is ice and gasoline, plus cash. Beach Chick, I'd stash a grand of money away, the atm's will not work after the big one, maybe weeks or months. I live on a hospital power grid, and during Hurricane Ike, we lost power for thirty seven hours, while those across the street were without for three weeks. Consider moving next to a hospital.
We keep a year's worth of Mountain House #10 cans on hand. They last up to 30 years and each can has 10+ servings. http://www.mountainhouse.com/emgcy_fd...
Additionally, we keep several 6 gallon buckets full of rice, beans and lentils heat sealed in mylar food storage bags.
We have four 55 gallon drums of water as well. Now I just need to find a source for 55 gallon drums of beer and wine and I will be all set.