The frequency of climate-related natural disasters has been steadily increasing since the 1970s. Climate-related disasters are hydrologically and/or meteorologically driven and include floods, storm surge, tropical cyclones, heat/cold waves, drought and wildfires. Think back to the last four years in the United States-we’ve experienced each of these types of disasters at least once with a new and alarming severity.
The New England Journal of Medicine reports, “there were three times as many natural disasters between 2000 to 2009 compared to the amount between 1980 and 1989. A vast majority (80 percent) of this growth is due to climate-related events.”
We are facing a new breed of natural disasters that last longer, happen more frequently, and are more intense. You’ve got to up your game too. And there’s really no reason to be unprepared when it’s as easy as purchasing a case of MREs.
Keeping food on hand means you won’t have to rely on emergency services or stand in long food lineups. Standing around for a meal is the last thing you’ll want to do in an emergency.
“Week one” of an emergency or disaster should be spent getting your family back on its feet (or bunkering down at home), not worrying where your next meal is going to come from.
You have five minutes to evacuate...
Evacuations are classified as “emergencies” for a reason: they often don’t give you a lot of notice. Let’s say you’ve been given five minutes to evacuate your entire family. What kind of food are you going to bring? Snacks and canned food will only get you so far, especially with the gridlocked traffic associated with evacuations.
People use their cars in 75 percent of evacuations (CSEPP, 2006), making MREs a smart addition to your car emergency kit. This way, you can worry about what matters: your family’s safety.
How much emergency food should you have?
We recommend the consumption of one or two MREs per person per day, which works out to between 1,200 and 2,500 calories (a child might be at the lower end of this).
One case of 12 three-course MREs will provide a full six day food supply for one person. Alternatively, one case of 12 will feed four people well for two days. Tack one six-pack of two-course MREs onto this and you’ve got yourself (and three other people) a 72-hour food supply, which is recommended by FEMA (who refers to MREs as 19FD-01-IRAT, or Rations, Initial Deployment).