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    FOOD STORAGE CAUTION: 5 Things to Watch Out for When Considering Food Storage

    FOOD STORAGE CAUTION: 5 Things to Watch Out for When Considering Food Storage

    It’s a no brainer that having food storage is essential when preparing for a disaster. What’s difficult is knowing what you need and trusting who you’re buying from. Unfortunately scams still happen in the preparedness industry, so to help, we put together a list of 5 things to watch out for when choosing where to buy your food storage.

    1.     Cheap Fillers like “Bonus Sauces” and “Drink Mixes”

    Companies will often add “Sauces” or “Drink Mixes” to their packages to build an illusion of prosperity. They advertise “more” servings and “more” calories, when in fact you are getting less wholesome food. A package titled 120 serving fruit and sauces can be as much as 40% sauce. That leaves as little as 70 servings of actual fruit. Same goes for drink mixes, a package labeled 600 serving sounds appealing, but take into account that ¼ of those servings could be drink mix or pudding mix. Try surviving two weeks on “Grape Drink” and half a bowl of diced apples. No Thanks. Caution! We do not provide cheap fillers!

    1.     Misleading Serving Size

    Make sure that the serving size is a reasonable amount. Some of these “food storage experts” out there are more like “deception experts”. They label the packaging in a way that is almost incomprehensible, or they offer servings that are grossly small. Our servings are fit for a king. (Average serving size- 3.5oz before preparation)

    1.     Calories per serving

    On average our competition offers roughly 257.5 calories per serving. Our average is 370 calories per serving with some products soaring upwards of 470 calories per serving. In this industry, a difference of 100+ calories is revolutionary.

    1.     Package weight

    Obviously more weight equals more food. In an emergency situation you will be grateful for every ounce. Our 30 pound Entrée bucket trumps all of the competition by as much as 10lbs. On long term packages that weight will add up quick.

    -in a direct comparison of Wise and My Food Storage on the “4320 serving” year supply package, My Food Storage dominated Wise by an astonishing 312lbs.

    1.     Shipping time

    Unfortunately not all companies can operate at our production speed. Back orders and shipping delays can hold your order up for weeks, causing unnecessary stress in this already time consuming process. Our product will ship within 48 hours of the ordering.

    TOP TEN THINGS TO HAVE: WINTER EMERGENCY

    TOP TEN THINGS TO HAVE: WINTER EMERGENCY

    Winter is a dangerous season, often with unpredictable turns in weather and unreliable forecasts. We’ve chosen 10 top things to have on hand in case of a winter emergency, such as a blizzard or ice storm, or windy power-outage. With the ten things we’ve chosen, you may feel safe from the threats of this winter.

    1. Food Storage & Emergency Stove: It is important to have good, reliable food storage on hand that is imperishable and can be prepared without power, given the chance of a power outage. Freeze dried and dehydrated food is ideal, which can be prepared by just adding water. Purchasing an emergency stove will heat the food and cause it to cook faster. It can also be used as a source of warmth.
    2. Power Alternative Heater: During a winter storm, temperatures drop below freezing, and if the power goes out you will need a power alternative heater. If you have a fireplace, make sure to have a lot of dry wood on hand.
    3. Water Supply: With temperatures below freezing, you may have to turn off your main water source to keep your pipes from freezing and bursting. This kind of damage can really cost you, so it is best to turn off the water and use an alternative clean water supply during a storm.
    4. First Aid Kit: If the weather is bad and you are stuck inside, you will need a first aid kit for any injuries that may occur. Risking the intense weather conditions can be more harmful than helpful.
    5. Candles and Flashlights: Make sure you have an alternative light source as well. Keep both candles and flashlights on hand, and if the flashlights are battery operated, make sure you have a good supply of batteries.
    6. Medicine: Make sure you have some medicine stocked up, and check the expiration dates.
    7. Powerless Radio: Keep a power alternative radio, battery or hand powered. It is vital to stay in touch with what is happening outside, so you know the threats and what the community is doing to help.
    8. Communication: Keep your cell phones charged. Don’t lose communication with the outside world. Investing in a generator is a good idea, because it is impossible to know for sure how long a storm or power outage will last.
    9. Snow Shovels: Obviously, there’s a chance you will have to dig your way out of your home once the storm passes. Keep a good sturdy shovel or two to help clear away damage.
    10. Matches & Pocket Knife: These emergency essentials are a must-have.

    With these items on hand, you can rest easy. And remember, the most important thing is to keep calm and stay inside. Winter storms pass in time.

    FOOD SUPPLY AND DISASTER PREP ON A BUDGET

    FOOD SUPPLY AND DISASTER PREP ON A BUDGET

    Preparing for a disaster can be stressful, not to mention costly, and many people find it difficult to spend money on food storage and survival gear they may or may not ever use. What’s important to remember, however, is that these items give more than just peace of mind, they are an investment in your future and well being, and might just keep you alive someday. You can do some disaster preparation of your own that can give you what you need while fitting your budget.

    The first thing to consider is prioritizing and deciding what to spend your money on. Once you start looking at survival gear it’s easy to get sucked into buying a whole lot of emergency supplies you probably won’t need. Take a look at this list of the important things you really need, so you can survive with the basics, staying within your budget.

    1. Food – Food storage is a must-have. While a lot of disaster prep gear can be done cheaply, it’s a smart idea to spend money on good food storage worth your while. We would recommend at least a 3-6 month supply. Food storage doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult, our food storage subscription plans start at $61 and have the option to cancel anytime. Now you can start building your supply at a price that fits any budget.

    Also, filler foods like our freeze-dried fruit and vegetables are perfect to keep you energized through the day. The quality of your meals is always important, especially during stressful disasters. Long term food storage is something you are going to need and that you will not regret purchasing wisely.

    1. Water – Don’t depend on sinks or refrigerators. Invest in an alternate clean water source. Buying water in bulk can get pricey, especially if there are shipping costs, so look for a local seller. Other options are water treatment drops and filters. Some people even dig wells in their yards and buy water filters and bottles to keep costs down. If you need stackable containers check these out from WaterBrick.
    2. Heat – You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a non-electric heater if you are on a budget. Just invest in a good amount of firewood and store it somewhere dry. You can find cheap blankets just about anywhere to layer up and keep warm. Blankets are also useful for stuffing around doors and windows to keep the cold outside.
    3. First Aid – First aid kits aren’t very expensive if found in the right place. You can even put one together on your own, there are many websites available online to walk you through it. Make sure to have bandages, medicines, antibiotic ointments, latex gloves, and sterilized gauze. First Aid kits can be easy to put together and can save you money.
    4. Light – There are many cheaper substitutes for big expensive lanterns. The obvious choice is candles, which you can buy cheaply in bulk. If you’re looking to be a little more creative, however, head down to a hardware store and pick up solar powered garden lights. These won’t put off as much light as expensive LED lanterns, and are not designed for disaster prep, but with enough of them around your house, you can see just enough without the danger of an open flame. You can buy these for as little as $1.00 each and you don’t have to waste money on batteries.

    Preparing for a disaster can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Following these guidelines should make it easier for you to prepare without stretching your budget. Prioritizing with the basics and knowing where to invest your money gets you what you need, and gives you the opportunity to survive a disaster, and keep some money in your pocket.

    THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE? PREPARE WITH EMERGENCY FOOD, IT'S REALLY NOT THAT WEIRD.

    THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE? PREPARE WITH EMERGENCY FOOD, IT'S REALLY NOT THAT WEIRD.

    Often, when I tell people I work in the food storage and prepping business, somewhere in the conversation that then tails this information, the so-called 'zombie apocalypse' is brought up. You'd be surprised by how many people actually consider this their number one motivation for prepping, or at least wanting to prep.

    So, what's this whole zombie apocalypse thing really about? Let me try to explain. We've all heard of the media inspired walking dead with a cannibalistic taste for human flesh, and the domino effect of the infected. It's definitely been blown up in the cinematic spotlight reaching audiences all around the world who truly find this concept a worst case scenario/nightmare.

    And really, the general idea of a zombie apocalypse is not that outlandish. It's about an infectious disease that spreads faster than a cure can be created and proven safe. This has happened a lot in history. It's about humans who lose their grasp of reality and start to eat each other (okay, not so common of an issue, but still, relevant to rabies and other such illnesses). The outbreak causes mass-panic and civilization erupts with anarchy; this has happened before.

    Preparing for a zombie pandemic is like preparing for most crises: prepare so that you can hide out until it passes and trust only yourselves with the rations and supplies you've smartly collected independently of the government, since - let's face it - there's way too many people and not enough life boats. It's sort of like a societal fallout, when humans no longer behave like humans, and you can't risk being infected or killed.

    According to the Zombie Response Team, bug-out bags are one popular and easy way to prepare for a pandemic of sorts (Keep an eye out for our new bags coming in 2019. We are partnering with some of the best tactical companies in the industry to bring you the best gear to keep you surviving.). Mylar pouches are the best containers and cans are the worst thing to have. Don't get slowed down by heavy cans of food, our freeze dried MREs are perfect for fleeing the panic and grab-n-go buckets make it easy to evacuate fast. Our Emergency Food Kits are perfect for short term needs. If you want to hide out longer, check out our Long Term Food Storage with a 25 year shelf life. All our meals are prepared by simply adding water.

    Whether you're worried about zombies or not, preparing for chaos is always the best way to safeguard your role in the uncertain future. Please, don't eat people; eat My Food Storage meals!

    SURVIVE THE OUTBREAK: THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR NEXT PANDEMIC

    SURVIVE THE OUTBREAK: THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR NEXT PANDEMIC

    The threat of a pandemic seems strangely outdated to many people. People who are convinced modern science will always prevail over nature's adapting spread of diseases. It is the belief of others that in a world as out of balance as our own, strange viruses are apt to appear and spread faster than we can configure treatment.

    Sickness is not any less common today than it was a couple hundred years ago, in fact, it might by even more common. Not as concerning as they once were, symptoms similar to a cold or the flu rarely keep anyone home these days, making illness all the more contagious. If a new virus was to surface today, it could spread at a frighteningly high rate and take a lot of lives before being controlled.

    When considering a future pandemic, scientists look at Ebola as the perfect example of destructive and fatal disease that is highly complex and difficult to control. Ebola hemorrhagic fever has claimed thousands of lives in Africa, and to this day has no cure, only treatment that may or may not suffice to save a life. This bleeding disease has a 90% death rate, and is a cross-species disease infected initially by primates. When a disease affects human and non-human subjects it is difficult to contain, and can spread quickly as it is difficult to treat and track the infected animals.

    Disease spillovers, or in other words an illness that jumps from species to species, is what most believe will cause our next big pandemic. Aside from Ebola, diseases like SARS, HIV and hantavirus have been contracted similarly, and caused severe outbreaks amongst various populations. These diseases weren't even all limited to primates, but other distinctly different wild animals.

    According to many scientists, the reason for diseases spilling over from one species to another has something to do with our unstable environment. Our planet is constantly changing, and so are the populations introduced and dwindling in specific areas of the world. Some diseases unknown to us are carried by animals that then spread a disease they never appeared to have, mutating when contracted by a new host, which can cause severe damage to the human body. This sort of disease could become increasingly difficult to break.

    The truth is, no one can pin point a day or a year when the next big pandemic might surface, only to descend after bringing a big piece of humanity with it.

    Diseases like these are easier to prevent than cure:

    1. Store at least a month's worth of survival food and water.
    2. Stay inside, do not risk exposure, this is why you have emergency storage.
    3. Keep a supply of first aid kits, medical masks, and rotate medicines and vitamins so you have a continuous supply. Wash your hands frequently.
    4. Make a plan with your family on how to avoid infection and what to do if anyone is infected.
    5. Don't panic, getting inside your head can cause you to feel sick even if you're not. Remaining calm will keep your body stronger and your mind sharper.

    Remember, being independent allows you to safely isolate yourself from the dangers of a pandemic by limiting the need to leave your home. It is important to understand the dangers and prepare for them wisely, but don't let yourself panic. Pandemic's throughout history have always been resolved through modern medicine, and humanity survives. Survive with your emergency supplies and live to talk about it.