A popular survivalist blogger recently noted: “This isn’t about the zombie apocalypse anymore—natural disasters are the new normal.” More Americans, Canadians and people globally are finding more and more reasons to store freeze-dried, long-lasting emergency rations. Following are ten reasons people are (reluctantly) thinking ahead and getting prepared for emergencies, large and small.
----- FEMA needed to supply millions of meals to the 2017 victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Families who have their own emergency rations would alleviate the pressure to feed so many, have instant access instead of potentially waiting in line for hours, and would have food security for potential worst case scenarios where many would not get fed.
----- More than 50% of American homes are stocked with first-aid kits, fire extinguishers and flashlights. Many are now adding freeze-dried food as another vital emergency item.
----- Research and development on the texture, nutritional value and taste of freeze-dried food has progressed so much in recent years that in many cases they are hard to tell from fresh food. This quality is expected to be maintained for 15 to 25 years, depending on the product and company.
----- The products have proved so popular they are now found in most Walmart, Target, Home Depot and Bed, Bath & Beyond stores. The Home Shopping Network is a major distributor. However, industry analysts report only about 2% of Americans have purchased “survival” food.
----- According to a United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, worldwide agriculture will decrease by 2% every ten years. Steady increases in population and food prices could mean too few resources for too many people.
----- North Korea.
---- Prices are reasonable because the meals are bought in bulk. Most companies offer a 72-hour “survival kit” for $19.99. A one-year supply for a family of four costs about $8,000 US, depending on the supplier. The average serving contains about 300 calories.
----- Airtight, light-resistant packaging efficiently preserves the food. One of the industry leaders, Wise Food Storage, uses a common formula:
“Fresh ingredients are rapidly blast-frozen at temperatures as low as –112F to prevent the formation of ice crystals that could affect food texture and nutrition. The food is then placed in a heated vacuum chamber that causes the ice to sublimate, changing directly from a solid to a gas without passing through a liquid phase. When the foods are rehydrated, pores left from the vanished ice quickly reabsorb water. The process takes almost double the energy used for canning, but can retain more than 90 percent of the food’s nutrients and preserve it for far longer.”
----- Not all emergencies need to be cataclysmic. Many customers find themselves in minor predicaments: “If you’re a mother or father of a couple kids and you’re trying to put together a meal before soccer practice—that’s an emergency in its own right. They’re running short on time, low on groceries, so they grab a pouch of lasagna, add water, and have a rib-sticking dinner for four in minutes.”
----- A high percentage of customers not only buy the food for long-term storage but find them convenient and useful for camping and hiking.
Business Is Booming for America’s Survival Food King https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-11-22/business-is-booming-for-america-s-survival-food-king
State by state severe weather risks http://www.flash.org/perils.php?
How to Prepare for Emergencies http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies#About
Preparing Your Home for a Disaster https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/realestate/preparing-for-disaster.html
Costco's $1,000 emergency food kit will keep you fed for a year https://www.today.com/food/costco-emergency-food-kit-t117011
Know Your Plan™ Mobile App from the Insurance Information Institute:
Know Your Plan™ is the award-winning app that helps you, your family, and even your pets prepare to safely get out of harm’s way before trouble starts. Use preloaded checklists to discover key mitigation and preparation steps, or create your own lists from scratch. Either method lets you set due dates, chart progress, and include notes, contact lists and other information—and share your checklists with family and friends. https://www.iii.org/resource-center/apps
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