Natural disasters tear across the country all year long, it seems.
There are raging wildfires out west. There are devastating tornadoes ripping across the Midwest and snow storms stalling half the country. You can be trapped at home for days or weeks as power lines fall and streets are blocked by tall, frozen drifts or debris. Don't be caught by surprise - it can be deadly to find yourself with insufficient food supplies.
Our sponsor BePrepared.com can help save lives by providing your family with two things: Nutritious food with enough protein and calories to keep you alert and give you sustained energy for days, weeks, months or even a year.
Not all food supplies are the same
You've lived through emergencies and you've seen the images of people desperately trying to buy food. They're panicking because a deadly natural event like an earthquake has hit or a hurricane is approaching.
That's the worst time to buy supplies to keep your family alive. You're not thinking clearly because you're panicking and grocery store shelves are emptying as thousands of other people are scrambling to survive, just like you.
This lack of preparation means you'll end up with low-nutrition foods like snacks, breads and canned products that will not sustain your family for more than a few days. Worse, these empty calories with very little protein will have you feeling hungry and sluggish, at the time when you need a lot of energy and to be alert.
A tip from BePrepared.com is to have an emergency food supply ready before disaster strikes. It's equally important to check your emergency food supply's nutritional content instead of its number of servings.
This food is serving a purpose, it's not just about having something to eat. Your emergency food supply must have protein to keep you alert and enough calories to give you the sustained energy you need to react to emergencies.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests you have emergency food supplies that are rich in good fats, proteins and carbohydrates. You might want to have nuts and dried meats in your supply.
Note: Don't forget to have extra water on hand to re-hydrate dried foods and spices to make it taste like your home-cooked meals.
The last thing you want to be is tired and foggy in an emergency situation. You need to be at your peak capacity to react with sustained energy and clarity of mind when you're keeping your family and you alive.
Protein helps keep you energized for long periods of time. It contains amino acids, which give you energy and which you can get only from food.
Most people need about 40 grams to 50 grams of protein per day. You can get this from dehydrated meats, rice and beans, and soy-based meat substitutes.
Be careful when buying emergency supplies for your family. There are no clear industry standards for serving size, so look for calories instead.
You'll need at least 1,800 calories from nutritious foods every day. Don't depend on sugary drinks for these calories - they might give you a quick jolt but they're not effective in giving you the sustained energy levels you'll need in an emergency.
Quality Supply Standards
Your emergency food supply needs to keep you more than fed. It needs to supply you with enough nutrition to keep you alive, active and alert.
Each QSS meal from BePrepared.com contains at least 1,800 calories per person per day from complex carbohydrates, not empty calories like you find in sugary drinks. Each emergency meal also contains at least 40 grams of protein.
These meals contain at least 2,200 calories and 50 grams of protein. This will fuel you with enough energy and mental clarity to survive through highly demanding situations.
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