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    How to Survive the Imaginable

    How to Survive the Imaginable

    Disasters come in many shapes and sizes, and each has its own set of hazards hiding beneath the surface, waiting to catch you by surprise. So how can we prepare for whatever the future holds, and secure our survival when disaster strikes?

    - Identify all threats. Understand the hazards specific to your area, natural and man-made, and stay informed. Determine all your risks and prepare for the worst.

    - Make a plan. Your survival is highly dependent on your ability to react well in a crisis. Planning ahead will help you keep a clear head when trouble hits home, and you will know what to do in the case of a disaster. Discuss plans with your family and friends in case of an evacuation, or if you’ll be holding up indoors and waiting for the storm to pass.

    - Stock up on the Necessities. Long-term food and water are vital, regardless of what sort of disaster you face. Our cans have a 25 year shelf life to keep you covered for the future. Also, keep survival supplies and first aid kits, alternative heat, light and power sources. Don’t make the mistake of relying on modern amenities to carry you through.

    - Eat good food. Keeping your energy up and comfort level high will help your body and mind survive more easily in a crisis. Don’t forget to invest in food that you actually like and will be happy to eat in the midst of a disaster. Never underestimate the power of a good, hot meal.

    - Don’t panic. You do not want to lose your head in a crisis; you’re going to need it. Focus on the positive and make sure to stay well-fed and hydrated. Allowing yourself to panic can blur your focus and performance in an emergency, don’t let fear and anxiety get the best of you.

    - Conserve energy and get some rest. Without enough sleep your body will start shutting down, beginning with your brain. This dampers your ability to rationalize and think straight, dwindling your chance for survival. In addition, conserve all energy you can. Stay inside and rely on easy-to-prepare food that won’t be a hassle to make. Our food is ready-to-eat after simply adding water.

    - Don’t get bored. This might seem hard to avoid, but it is important to at least have some source of entertainment in a crisis. Keep some games and books in your survival supply so your brain is occupied in an emergency.

    - Don’t take risks. If you’re bored and concerned about what is going on outside, you may find yourself tempted to go out and do something. The best thing you can do is stay inside and wait it out, don’t risk injury a midst the many hazards and dangers of a disaster.

    Keeping all of these things in mind, your survival can be secured in an emergency. Taking the steps to prepare, stock up and plan ahead empowers you to take your survival into your own hands, and minimize damage. Don’t sacrifice the daily necessities and comforts you need, invest in your survival and the gold standard in food storage with Mountain Foods.

    How to Budget for Food Storage

    How to Budget for Food Storage

    How much you should set aside for prepping is a common question of new or returning preppers. Being smart with your money and getting the best deal is important, but to determine the right amount for you, consider these guidelines that may help you answer that question for your family.

    1. Prioritize: You can do a lot of prepping with very little cost. Make emergency plans, educate yourself, research tips and tricks and stay in touch with current events or possible hazards. You can put together inexpensive first aid and survival kits at home and even garden. Choose food storage for the bulk of your budget, because when it comes to your survival, you will want high quality and great tasting food to last 25 years. A lot of costs can be cut, but don’t sacrifice the importance of a good meal in hard times.

    2. Understand Why: Determine your own personal reasons for prepping, whether it’s for short term or long term, and the kind of scenarios you want to be ready for. Your needs will be different when preparing for a nuclear fallout versus a winter storm. Some choose to store just enough food to get through bad weather, while others fear survival scenarios like war, nuclear threats, and a bad economy.

    Many choose the safer route, and aim to prepare for anything, with enough long-term food to outlast all possible disasters. No matter what your reasons are, we do encourage the security of always having more than you think you’ll need.

    3. Set Goals: Not everyone has the budget to spend all the money upfront for a big supply. Set goals and either buy some each month or save money to work up to the supply you want and need. There are plenty of places to cut costs that can help you save up money that can go toward protecting your future. It is an investment in your survival, and a great way to get what you need without any buyer’s remorse. Only save and spend what you’re comfortable with, and set goals for the ideal food supply you want to work up to.

    4. Save Money in the Long-Run: Food prices are constantly rising and the economy is far from stable. Buying short-term groceries to store may seem cheaper at first, but after yearly rotations and increased costs, you will end up losing tons of money. Purchasing food you know will last 25 years is like buying a year supply of food for the price you would have paid in1988. It is foolproof at saving you money in the long-run, and keeps you covered for years to come.

    5. Worth Your Penny: Spending money on high quality freeze-dried food that tastes great and has a 25 year shelf life pays for itself. Mountain House foods are the gold standard in food storage, from a reliable and well-loved company that’s been freeze-drying for 50 years. Investing in a safeguard for your future is not one you will regret. At some point in the next 25 years, you will need it, and you’ll be happy to have it.

    Stay smart with your money and follow these guidelines when budgeting for your long-term food supply.

    How to Choose the Right Food Storage

    How to Choose the Right Food Storage

    When choosing your food storage there is plenty to keep in mind in order to ensure that you are getting what is right for you. Consider why you want to prepare, and what you’re preparing for to better understand what you’ll need. We would recommend at least a 3 month supply to get started, and with our 25 year shelf life you know it’s worth the money.

    1. Shelf Life: There are many benefits of investing in food with a long shelf life, not only will it last years to come, but it will save you money in the long-run. A lot of short-term food may seem cost effective at first, but with increasing food prices and rotation, it ends up costing you more. Look for food with a 25 year shelf life, like our #10 cans, and keep your family safe for over 20 years to come without the hassle of rotations. Longer shelf life foods are also ideal for disaster preparation, as there is no way to predict when exactly a crisis will hit home.

    2. Easy Storage: Make sure your food supply does not have a lot of restrictions for storage. Our freeze dried foods do not need to be refrigerated and can last 25 years stored in a relatively cool, dark place like a basement or closet. Cans are compact and easy to store or grab in an emergency.

    3. Taste: Keep in mind that you are choosing food you will have to survive off of, and enjoying the taste is just as important as getting the best price. Mountain House foods are well-known for their delicious, kid-approved taste. Freeze-dried to perfection, these foods are rich in flavor and nutrients.

    4. Easy Preparation: In the midst of a disaster, grinding wheat and baking bread can be tedious and time-consuming. It is important to preserve all the energy you can in an emergency, which is why food that requires only simple preparation is ideal. Our freeze-dried foods are prepared in minutes by just adding water.

    5. High Quality: Mountain House has been freeze drying food for over 50 years and is considered the gold standard in food storage, consistently America’s #1 choice. You can trust that the food you are buying is well-worth your penny, and appreciate the years of hard work put into getting you the best product available.

    6. Reasons for Prepping: We all have our own reasons for stocking up with long-term food, and these reasons can determine how much or what kind of food we need. If you are simply looking to put together a basic supply, our canned entrees and breakfasts are the ways to go. If you want to be more thorough and ready for the long-haul, we offer the widest variety of foods with bundles and offers to choose from. Even if you only want a short-term single person supply, we have ala carte can or pouch options to help you fulfill your supply.

    There are tons of options out there to choose from, and it can be easy to become overwhelmed. With all the new food companies out there, we urge you to stick with what America likes best: Mountain House. After 50 years the company has perfected food storage while other competitors can’t stack up. Rely on this delicious, high quality and long-term American home-grown food and invest in the gold standard of food storage.

    How to Prepare for Emergencies at Home

    How to Prepare for Emergencies at Home

    Preparing for an emergency might seem frightening or overwhelming from a distance, but it is the best way to ensure your survival when a disaster strikes, and can be easier than it looks. Follow these steps to preparing for emergencies, and secure your well-being when trouble hits home.

    1. Store Long-Term Food and Water: Whatever emergency situations you may face, food and water are vital to your survival. Mountain House foods are the gold standard in food storage, and as America’s #1 choice in freeze-dried food you can trust what you’re getting is the best. Our cans have a 25 year shelf life and are easy to store and prepare in a crisis, just add water.

    2. Make an Emergency Plan: The element of surprise can be your worst enemy in a crisis. Make sure to discuss all the hazards and disaster possibilities with your family to better prepare. Make a plan for surviving any emergency situation- from evacuations to holding up at home when the power goes out. Also complete a checklist. Planning ahead will ease your mind about the future and help you react efficiently in an emergency.

    3. Utilize Modern Tools: FEMA features a new preparedness tool geared toward awareness and survival that utilizes the technology we use daily, encouraging preparedness via smartphone.

    4. Do Your Research: It is important to know and understand all threats and hazards specific and non-specific to your area. Learn how to prepare for emergencies likely to occur nearby as a priority, but don’t forget about crises happening around the world that could catch you by surprise. Natural or man-made, there are constant hazards hiding beneath the surface that can quickly uproot lives.

    5. Build Survival and First Aid Kits: Being independent in your prepping is a great way to feel more secure and informed about survival. Get together with family and friends to put together your own survival and first aid kits, and take the edge off of preparing for an emergency. Activities like growing a medicinal herb garden, gathering board games or collecting supplies for grab-and-go scenarios can be enjoyable and informative.

    6. Get Involved: Join your community in preparing your town and local organizations for possible emergencies. Encourage your neighbors to prepare and protect your town, and direct citizens to look at ready.gov to view more information on preparing for disasters.

    Follow these steps to prepare for emergencies at home, and increase your odds of surviving trouble ahead. We can never predict exactly when or where a disaster will strike, but by understanding threats and preparing accordingly, we can safeguard our survival for years to come.