When you go to a convention, lots of the information you accumulate happens through serendipity.
I was truly fortunate to sit next to Sue Eliot on the bus out to Circle R ranch for the barbeque dinner on Thursday during the National Gluten Intolerance Group convention in Dallas.
One topic we covered was the need to let people know about creating a personal emergency food kit.
What would happen to you if you had to be evacuated from your home during an emergency?
Out where Sue lives, the big concern is a tsunami but in my area it would more likely be flooding or an earthquake.
Is your family ready?If you couldn’t get to the store, could you still feed yourselves?
Could you and your family be OK eating at the Red Cross?
Mine most certainly would not, and I am betting that most of the people reading this blog are in the same boat.
Sue’s group actually put together emergency kits during one of their support group meetings.
Ideally, you would have 3 days worth of food and water per person.
So I started to figure out what I would want and how to carry it.
Sue’s group found Barbie makeup kits that had levels that opened out, kind of like a fishing tackle box.
I like the image of a gluten-free person finding a friend in a shelter by opening up her Barbie case and sharing a Glutino with a fellow gluten-free’r.
Since I have a family of four as well as pets, my box is a bit larger.
I ended up using a Rubbermaid tote since it is sturdy, has handles and stacks on my garage shelves really well.I chose an orange one since it is distinctly not the color of the rest of my totes.If I have to grab this one fast, I don’t want to have to remember where it is in the garage.
I started out with the pet food, a couple of cans for each animal and a box of dry for each as well.
Then I just started to think of what would be able to be stored for a while and nutritious as well.I added in a small backpacking stove so if I have to cook for us I can without depending on someone else.
Here is the rest of the contents of my box:
·cans of tuna fish and salmon, and a can opener to get inside them.
·Squeeze bottles of mayo, mustard and relish to create tuna/salmon salad.
·Trader Joes mini rice crackers- to scoop the salad up
·Almonds and walnuts (about a pound of each) since we eat about this amount weekly in my house.
·Cans of refried beans
·Fritos to scoop up the beans.
·Tinned dolmas- grape leaves wrapped around rice in a lemon and olive oil sauce- my kids LOVE these and they are edible straight out of the easy open can.
·Almond milk in cartons
·Natures Path Gorilla Munch cereal- we eat this as a sweet snack not for breakfast.
·Canned fruits- pineapple and apricots in juice
·Dried fruits-dates, raisins, cherries and mangos
·Pancake mix that doesn’t need eggs (I mix up my own) as well as some real maple syrup in a tiny bottle.
·Cans of green beans and garbonzos since my daughters will eat these out of the can happily.
·A BIG bag of peanut M&MS-the dark chocolate ones since we will all need a bit of sweet
·Bora Bora bars- I get these at Costco. They are a nice blend of nuts and fruits, sweet but very handy.
·Brik pack soups from Pacific Foods- Butternut squash and tomato.
I also added in plates, silverware and cups so that if we need to keep our serving utensils separate, we can.
And of course water. The amount of water you need is 3 gallons per person per day, and more for your pets.For my family that worked out to be 16 gallons!
I have to admit that if we had to evacuate, I would be hard pressed to pack all of this in my minivan with the kids, dog, 3 cats and the bunny but I hope I will never need to do it for real.
I also realize that I would grab a chunk of cheddar cheese from my fridge if I had a chance.
What would be in your emergency kit?