Welcome to Week 2 of my 7 week Creating an Emergency Station series. Today is all about the food I will be placing in each person’s backpack. Plus, several items that will be placed in the cabinet for the entire family. But, first, if you missed last week’s introduction post about our storage supplies, click the link below:
Before purchasing or gathering anything for this project, I did my research. I looked at several Websites that explained emergency kits and pieced them together to form my own. The People’s Power site had a pdf that explained 72-hour (another term used when dealing with emergency kits) emergency kits and their contents. They recommend:
- 3 gallons of water per person
- 6 canned goods per person
- 2 pounds of dry goods per person
- 8 oz. powdered drink mixes per person
- 1 can opener
- 1 set of cooking and eating utensils per person
I tweaked this list and created one that fit my family. Remember, we have two small children that have a backpack, so I felt 6 cans of food would be too heavy for them. I will gradually add more items to our list, so it will match the recommended amount.
And, here is the food for our emergency station.
Notice my helper’s hand? He was itching to get a hold of the pot and utensils.
- can opener
- 2 packages of water
- set of silverware (fork, knife, spoon)
- water bottle
- 1 can of tuna
- 1 can fruit cocktail
- 2 packages of raisins (mom & dad) or 1 package of raisins (little ones)
- 1 package Ramen noodle soup
- 4 granola bars (mom & dad) or 2 granola bars (little ones) – come 2 in pack
- 2 packages beef & cheese (mom & dad) or 1 package beef & cheese (little ones)
- 1 box (10 pouches) drink mixes
Little Ones’ Supplies
We used gallon freezer bags to keep everything contained for the entire project.
Mom & Dad’s Supplies
Now, you might be wondering where we purchased all of the supplies. I plan on sharing all of that with you. When I started this project, I was trying to spend the least amount of money possible. So, I have been to several dollar stores and retail locations checking out prices.
Purchase Locations List
- can opener – Dollar Tree
- pot – old
- spatula – old
- spoon – old
- 2 packages of water – Wal-Mart & Kroger (caught them when they were on sale)
- bowl – Dollar General
- plate – Dollar General
- set of silverware (fork, knife, spoon) – Dollar Tree
- water bottle – Dollar Tree
- tuna – Wal-Mart
- fruit cocktail – Wal-Mart
- raisins – Wal-Mart
- Ramen noodle soup – Wal-Mart
- granola bars – Wal-Mart
- beef & cheese – Wal-Mart
- 1 box (10 pouches) drink mixes – Dollar Tree
And, the last order of business was creating a printable for the edible goods. All of them had expiration dates, so I created a printable to fill out with the item name and expiration date for each. Then, I placed the filled out sheet in the personal section of my emergency binder.
(download pdf here)
Stay tuned next week when we create our First Aid kit.