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5 Criteria for Perfect Survival Food

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Survival food is available is a wide variety of forms. For one person it may simply be stockpiling extra groceries. For another it may be buying cases of freeze dried food. But what happens if you are stranded in your vehicle or get lost hiking? What happens if you are out in your boat and can’t get back in? Those stockpiles of food won’t help you much.

What makes the ideal survival food?

A perfect survival food should meet these 5 criteria:

1. It should provide plenty of calories – The average adult needs around 2000 calories per day, give or take depending on age, gender and activity level. However, according to the U.S. Army Survival Handbook, 600 to 1000 calories per day are enough to survive with a minimal activity level. This level of calories will force your body to use its stores to keep you alive, which may not be a bad thing if you have a little extra around the middle.

2. It should provide maximum nutrition – Even if you have plenty of calories, 2000 calories of candy isn’t going to help you as much as 2000 calories of nutritious food. Your body needs certain nutrients to function properly. Deprive it of what it needs and you could have real problems.

3. It should be compact, easy to carry and ready to eat – If you are going backpacking or boating, you aren’t going to want to carry around cans or pouches of food, water to hydrate it and a way to cook it. You want something you can just throw in your gear bag and have it when you need it.

4. It should have a long shelf life – Ideally, you will want to keep emergency survival food in your car, on your boat or in your backpack. You don’t want to check it every couple of weeks to make sure it hasn’t spoiled.

5. It should taste good – Seriously, if your life depends on it, you may be willing to eat anything you have to in order to survive. But wouldn’t you prefer to have something you actually like?

This may seem like a tall order, but really it isn’t. ER Bars are the perfect survival food because each pouch gives you a 3-day ration of food that gives you enough calories to survive. It is easy to carry anywhere and is good for 5 years, even if stored in extreme temperatures (like in your car), so you don’t have to keep replacing it every few months.

ER Bars are nutrient dense so your body will get what it needs while you ride out the emergency. They actually taste good and it won’t make you thirsty. (Of course, you should also have some emergency water on hand – you can’t live without water.) And they are affordable, so it is easy to get a supply to keep everywhere – car, backpack, home, office, etc.

ER Bars are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard, so you can feel confident with your purchase.

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Water Storage

Water is a vital survival resource. Without water, you cannot live. Period.

Here are a few interesting facts about water:

  • The human body is about 70% water.
  • The average person in the US uses 80 to 100 gallons of water a day, much of which is used to flush toilets.
  • About 85% of US residents get their water from public water facilities; 15% supply their own water.
  • By the time you feel thirsty, you have already lost more than 1% of the total water in your body.
  • A healthy person can drink about 3 gallons of water per day.

You can see how vital water truly is for human life. This is why it is important to make sure you have an adequate water supply for you and your family during a disaster. Making sure each person has a three-day supply in their emergency bag is only a start. To be truly prepared, you should make sure you have plenty of water stored for the long-term.

One way to do this is to stock up on jugs of water from the grocery store. This water, however, has a limited shelf life. You will need to constantly keep it rotated because bottled water typically only has a shelf life of 6 months or so, depending on how it is stored.

A better option is to prepare water to be stored for long-term storage. Ideally, you will use 55-gallon barrels, but make sure these barrels are safe to store water in. Often you can find free barrels, but they have probably been used to store chemicals. Even if you wash them out, they are not safe for water storage.

Instead, get barrels designed specifically for water storage. These barrels are designed to block UV rays to prevent algae growth.

Before you seal your filled water barrel for storage, make sure the water is treated with Water Preserver. When added to your barrel of water, Water Preserver is guaranteed to keep your water storage ready to use for five years, and kills bacteria, viruses, fungus, and mold.

Make sure you have these important water storage tools for your preparedness plan.

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Water Purification Tablets

Imagine you have just experienced a hurricane. The power is out. Gas lines are broken. The water supply is shut down. You have enough water to last a couple of days, but it will take far longer for the grid to be functional again.

The area is flooded and that flood water is a soup of filth, contaminated with oil, sewage, various chemicals and industrial waste, insect larvae and decaying matter.

A person in good condition can survive about a week without water. A person injured in a natural disaster may not have quite as long. Add in excessive heat, and your odds decrease even more.

What do you do when you are surrounded by water that you cannot drink? You purify it

First, filter out the large debris by pouring water through a cloth. Then purify it with water purification tablets.

Water purification tablets work by releasing diatomic iodine and HIO into contaminated water and disinfecting it. About 30 minutes after dissolving two tablets into a quart of water, it is safe to drink.

Water purification tablets are affordable and portable. They are a must have item for every disaster and emergency kit. Stored in a cool, dry location, tablets are good for as long as four years. Once opened, the bottle should be used within a year.

If you aren’t sure about the safety or effectiveness of water purification tablets, consider this: they were developed by the U.S. Military during WWII and they are still in use today. If the military feels confident enough to use them, you should feel safe about using them, too.

It is a good idea to filter contaminated water first, before using the tablets. They are effective against bacteria, viruses, and many cysts such as giardia lamblia, but not effective against cryptosporidium cysts. Cryptosporidium can be removed through other filtration tools.

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