You want your emergency kit to contain food that your family is familiar with and will actually want to eat. There are plenty of items that make great emergency kit additions.
Consider the following items:
- Beef Jerky
- Saltine Crackers
- Soup for one
- Trail mix
- Cheese & Crackers
- Fruit Cups
- Applesauce cups
- Snack Pack Cereal
- Fruit Snacks
- Granola Bars
- Juice Boxes
- Hard Candy
- Hot Cocoa Mix (foil pouches)
TIP: If you include items that must be heated you would need to include fuel and a method of cooking. I would stick with things that only require water.
Before you say, “I have plenty of these items around the kitchen, I’ll just grab it if I need it,” consider this–If there is an emergency and you can stay home, you may have enough around the home to get by for 72 hours.
What if there is a major fire and you have to leave NOW? What happens if you are at work or on the way home?
That is the purpose of a 72 hour kit. Do it today.
Finally, if the thought of purchasing and putting all these items together seems overwhelming there are several resources to check out:
- www.72hours.org informative site sponsored by the City and County of San Francisco – easy to navigate for more details.
- www.redcrossstore.org has a listing of basic 72 hour kits. Nothing that cannot be done on your own. Not wild about “food bars”
- https://www.ready.gov/ includes basic plans and a more descriptive list of contents for a 72-hour kit
- www.amazon.com has several basic 72-hour kits ranging from a 2 person kit at $45 and up from there. Could be a wonderful Christmas gift for your family. There is a more extensive kit for less than $100.
- www.costco.com has a 72 hour kit for $90 that included 10 yards of duct tape – so it was well thought out. May need to supplement a better radio? Also have Mountain House food as another selection.
With so many options and so much information there is no reason to NOT be prepared! Get started today!