72 Hour Emergency Kit Series Week 5: First Aid and Medical Supplies – Food Storage and Survival

Welcome back to our 72 Hour Emergency Kit series! This week we’re stocking our kits with first aid supplies. Medical supplies can help everything from a blister to a broken arm, and any of you who have seen a crying child cured with a band aid know that medical supplies are an important part of your emergency kit. The great thing about putting together first aid supplies for your emergency kit is that you probably already have a lot of them on hand at your house!Eight Tips for Packing Emergency First Aid Supplies

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Try Mountain House Free!

Mountain House foods has just announced a rebate offer to let you try one of their pouches for free.

See details and link to offer below:

Now is your chance to taste for yourself why we’ve been the #1 adventure meal choice for nearly 50 years.

The taste alone will make packing Mountain House for your next adventure a no-brainer, but there are several other benefits that the meals will give you:

  • Plan Meals Easier – Just select from our dozens of adventure meals™ to simplify your planning

  • Easy to prepare – Just add hot water right to the pouch

  • Quick to cook – Meals cook directly in the pouch in under 10 minutes

  • Easy on your back – Each unprepared meal only weighs a few ounces so it won’t weigh you down


See for Yourself! We will buy your first pouch of Mountain House.

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Review: Augason Farms 30-day bucket

For years, I’ve been reading vague info about “30 day buckets”.When they first came out, they were widely bashed because they had less calories per day than a starving refugee camp diet. The outrage led to more honest labelling (Costco does listen to its customers!), and a gradual increase in the calories.Recently, both Costco and Sam’s Club had sales on their buckets, and a friend agreed to order each for me,

SEE: MREInfo.com • View topic – review: Augason Farms 30-day bucket.

18 Survival Uses For Plastic Bags |Survivopedia

They’re lightweight, they’re multi-purpose, they’re inexpensive and they don’t take up hardly any space; a plastic bag fits all of the criteria for being an ideal survival item.

Since they’re so readily available, you should have some in several different sizes just so that you can be prepared for even MORE scenarios!

Here are just a few survival uses for plastic bags – we promise not to state the obvious use of carrying things!

SEE: 18 Survival Uses For Plastic Bags | Survival skills, survival guns, survival guide.



MUST READ: Shelf Life Considerations for Preparedness Foods

Excellent article covering shelf life considerations of food storage methods:

When I consult with preparedness planners about the various food options for long term storage, the foremost question is, “What is the shelf life?” Shelf life considerations for preparedness foods is an essential factor in effective preparedness and survival provisioning.

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I need to once again alert all those reading this article to be discerning, cautious and on your guard when buying so-called long term pouched emergency foods!  I have written extensively about the deception and misinformation being delivered by businesses that call themselves emergency and/or survival food companies.  I have over 40 years in the natural foods, emergency preparedness and outdoor recreation industries – I know deceitfulness when I see it.

The #1 red flag that indicates a deceptive claim and is used by the newer and untrustworthy companies is the fabricated 20 – 25 – 30 year shelf life claim of pouched foods in plastic buckets.

Comparing Emergency Food Reserves

How do people decide which food reserve to buy? Some compare prices and just look at the number of servings. Some at the number of calories and  a sample of the nutrition information. Others just the picture of the boxes and cans!

We wanted to help people better understand the differences in emergency food reserves so we have been busy looking at ways to analyze the information available and present it to you.

Today we published our fist page looking at the calorie makeup of different types of servings in a food reserve.  We hope you find it useful.

Food Reserves Compared


Our Infrastructure’s Crucial Need: Resiliency

Although Washington remains stuck in partisan gridlock, there is one thing that Democrats and Republicans agree on: the need to reduce gridlock in the rest of the country by bringing America’s infrastructure into the 21st century.

The basis for that rare consensus is painfully clear. The nation’s infrastructure has earned a grade of D+ from the American Society of Civil Engineers, which estimates that it will cost $3.6 trillion to bring our systems to a state of good repair.

Across the nation, aging and deteriorating bridges and water treatment plants pose a real threat to public health and safety and a drain on economic growth…

SEE: Our Infrastructure’s Crucial Need: Resiliency.

Canned foods: purchasing and storing

As long as the container remains intact, canned foods have a long shelf life even at room temperature. The sealed containers prevent contamination of food by organisms that can spoil the contents or cause illness to people.

While canned foods do not change suddenly, slow changes do occur in the container and food quality may change over time. The storage life depends on a number of factors, including conditions of storage and the nature of food. As a general rule, the best shelf life will be obtained when canned foods are kept in a cool, dry place. For best results, it is recommended that your supplies of canned food are refreshed periodically.

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