When it comes to emergency rations, it's important to have the right supplies on hand. Whether you're preparing for a natural disaster or just want to be prepared for any situation, having the right emergency food can make all the difference. After testing a variety of emergency rations, our evaluator's family of four ranked the Mountain House — Just in Case 3-Day Non-Perishable Kit as the best option. This kit offers excellent convenience and flavor, and has a shelf life of 30 years.
For more space-saving rations, check out the Datrex three-day supply — DX2400F. Our researcher and evaluator of this project is familiar with the basic concepts of emergency food needs and priorities in a survival situation. We also checked the U. S.
Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross guidelines to see what is recommended for civil emergency situations in urban environments. If you need your food to be ready to eat quickly, but don't want to have to deal with the rotation of foods that expire every two years, the Mountain House Emergency Food Supply Kit — Just in Case is our best option. Freeze-dried products are easy to use and this kit is guaranteed to taste great for at least 30 years of storage. For those who want an emergency meal that can be stored in a bag and eaten anywhere, Meal, Ready to Eat (MRE) bags from vendors such as Western Frontier and Ozark Outdoorz are a great option.
These bags contain an average of 1250 calories each, so two bags per person per day will be more than enough food if you're waiting for a storm to pass. The lifespan of an MRE is good, but you should still eat them and replace them every five years to avoid the risk of something going wrong, and every three years if it's hot where you keep them. If you want the most compact and energy-rich food possible, ration bars are a simple answer. Datex — DX2400F multi-purpose ration bars last for five years (or more) and are very easy to store in a car, boat or cabin.
They are the easiest ration bars for young children to chew, a little powdery but otherwise like shortbread cookies. You don't want to survive on this for more than those three days, but rations are only designed to give you the energy you need to find shelter, then water and a more sustainable food supply. For those who want to put together their own kit, you can include a personalized selection of plates, but you probably won't save money unless you actually use simple grains and generic macaroni and cheese boxes. Like most grocery store options, these bags can't be resealed, so you should plan to eat your supplies one bag at a time or find a way to close the bags with a clip and keep all moisture out of the bucket.
The Survival Tabs Emergency Ration — ST-96T is one more option for easy-to-store emergency food supplies. These servings come together in a large piece that must be separated with a knife. You should definitely pack them inside a resealable bag so they don't get dirty once the foil lined bag is opened. The servings are more like shortbread cookies than Datex powdered servings, and they taste like cinnamon or coconut.
This food isn't yet as tasty or as easy to prepare as Mountain House's offerings, but it's good to have a middle ground that you can use to supplement other emergency supplies.