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Why Incorporate Wise Food Storage Into Your Emergency Preparedness Plan?

June 02, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 210

Emergencies vary in type, scope, and outcome. During the storm, you may find yourself leaving the area and staying away for a few days, or in the aftermath, you may be holed up inside your home without light, power, or water. Which types of natural disasters or potential emergencies have greater potential to occur in your area? Depending upon whether you're in an earthquake zone or have a greater likelihood of experiencing a winter blizzard, make sure your emergency preparedness supplies, including food and water, are suited for the disaster.

If you are expected to leave the area, what can you do about food? In general, freeze-dried foods come in two forms: cans and pouches. The latter typically involves airtight mylar pouches packaged in easy-to-grab containers. In the event of an emergency requiring evacuation, one or more of these containers, along with a portable water source, can be grabbed and taken.

When it comes to building up food storage, portability is not the only factor. Instead, nutrition and daily caloric requirements are equally important. Food kits, by brands Mountain House, Alpineaire, Provident Pantry, and Wise Food Storage, among others, supply a combination of freeze-dried and dehydrated meals and offer recommended serving sizes, which range from roughly 1,000 to 2,000 calories per day. Meals, as well, change with brand, with some providing already-prepared meals and others offering individual fruits, vegetables, and proteins that can easily be rehydrated. With the right amount of water added, a serving is ready to eat in minutes.

But, what's the difference between brands? Mountain House and Alpineaire, for instance, offer meal kits with items kept in #10 or #2 ½ cans. While such items have a lifespan of up to 30 years, a full #10 can cannot be consumed at once - and nor should it be. Instead, #10 cans involve a long-term storage solution to preserve the leftovers for later use. The #10 can can be resealed with a commercial re-sealer, the food can be frozen, or an airtight storage container can be used instead.

#10 cans, however, can be difficult to transport. A brand like Wise Food Storage, on the other hand, provides emergency food with transport in mind. Wise's meals are all packaged in mylar pouches. Because only up to four servings are inside, just water needs to be added. After the food is ready and consumed, the package can be discarded. But, instead of offering individual pouches, Wise Food Storage packages them inside larger containers with handles. In a home's storage space, these containers can simply be stacked on top of each other and do not require rotation. If an emergency arises, a container with roughly a month's worth of food can be grabbed with a water source and other disaster necessities.

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