Emergency Food Supply: What You Need to Know

In an emergency situation, it's important to keep an eye on what you're consuming. That's why we recommend the Survive2Thrive certified organic emergency food supply. This exclusive food supply offers a wide variety of individually vacuum-sealed foods that combine to provide 40-day food. Instead of pre-prepared meals, the Survive2Thrive supply has individual, highly nutritious ingredients, such as beans, oats, quinoa, rice, and pancake mix.

The container weighs 36 pounds, which is a little more than others, but it is a necessary sacrifice to have healthy and organic food. If you're celiac or gluten-free by choice, there's no need to interrupt your diet in an emergency situation. The Gluten-Free Essential Bucket from Mountain House includes four varieties of foods, such as rice and chicken, and scrambled eggs with bacon, all made without wheat, barley or rye ingredients. You get a total of 22 servings, which is approximately enough to feed a person (wholeheartedly) for four days.

Like all Mountain House survival food supplies, the gluten-free bucket has a guaranteed shelf life of 30 years. Rations are a great utilitarian choice. The package contains nine fortified food bars for a total of 3,600 calories. They do not require any preparation and provide energy that is quick and easy to transport.

Ideal bars for hiking, supplementing a larger emergency food supply, or storing in your car or boat. The service life is five years, but, unlike previous options, that rating is for “weather conditions”. This means that the bars will survive for five years in adverse weather conditions and possibly a little longer under ideal storage conditions.When choosing an emergency food supply kit, there are several important considerations. How long you would like it to last (how many servings), how many calories you need per day, and the variety of meals it includes are all important factors.

But perhaps the most important thing is taste. You're not going to get energy from a food kit that you can't bear to eat.Valley Food Storage offers simple meals with no GMOs or artificial ingredients and an impressive 25-year shelf life. Their meal kits come in waterproof and resealable buckets and range from 175 servings to 4,200 servings worthy of apocalypse. Because Valley Food Storage uses clean, real ingredients, you won't find anything on their labels that you can't pronounce.

They offer soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian options that don't contain sugar or sodium. Their 175-serving kit contains 23,600 calories, which would last about two weeks if you consumed approximately 2,000 calories a day.ReadyWise food kits also come in a resealable bucket and are ready just by adding hot water. They have a 25-year lifespan and are made in the USA. UU.

The best thing about ReadyWise is the variety of meals included in its kit. Your emergency foot kit contains 13 different types of meals, including lasagna with cheese, beans and rice from the Southwest and hearty tortilla soup. They also offer fruit and vegetable cubes to make sure you get enough vitamins, minerals and fiber in your diet.If you've never had an MRD (Meal Ready to Eat), you should buy this package just to check it out. I had them for the first time as a child in the Boy Scouts.

What struck me then was how much you had in each package - you get a main course, a starch, a snack and a dessert. You also receive their accessory package that includes salt and pepper, instant coffee, a wet napkin, red pepper flakes and a toothpick.These meals are also cooked in a special bag that heats up when water is added - meaning you can eat hot meals on the go without having to use a stovetop. The downside to this is that there is more packaging and an additional cost. However, they are worth trying at least once - they have the highest calories per meal of any of the kits on the list.If you're looking for the best cost-per-pound ratio check out Legacy Food Storage.

Like other kits on our list they are made in the USA with a 25-year shelf life; they are GMO-free; and offer options for those with dietary restrictions. They also have a wide variety of meals perfect for someone receiving a long-term kit - plus they are well-reviewed when it comes to flavor.Augason Farms is another meal kit with a resealable bucket that delivers a decent amount of calories and protein per day - plus they have a variety of meal options and a long shelf life where they score well is in price - falling far short of some of the other options. That said - you get what you pay for - and the taste of this kit is lower than the others - making it ideal for college students or those on a budget.Once you've calculated the amount of food and water you'd like to put in your emergency survival kit - check out the wholesale survival kits at Sam's Club. If you're providing an emergency supply for a large family (or just want to be more prepared) check out this bucket from ReadyWise - meaning no researching individual items; better tasting emergency foods; and less work if you need to prepare something during an emergency.The official list which is available on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website includes one gallon of water per person for at least three days; plus three days' worth of non-perishable food.