thu posted: Thu 2018-03-08 06:56:15 tags: n/a
Ran a dishwasher load; checked out Deja Vu thrift and the comic book shop on Buck. Jones Rd.; State Farmer's Mkt for ginger root, eggs and a bison jim; emptied vac canister; vacuumed the whole place.

Basic Emergency Supply Kit
FEMA publishes a handy checklist of basic disaster-preparedness kit. The single most complicated consideration is "at least 3 days' supply of nonperishable food". Prepper blogs often discuss MREs in this context. There's at least one very good reason to take these prepper-targeted articles cum grano salis: Try to find a prepper blog entry that makes specific MRE product recommendations, that isn't simply SEO fodder for a retailer website, doesn't affiliate-link to a vendor (e.g. Amazon), and doesn't carry third-party advertising. In short, there's a profit motive for promoting, normalizing, and catering to prepper paranoia.

Military grade MREs are designed to support the calorie needs of a temporary field operation or training exercise where supply logistics make fresh food impractical. As such, they are designed primarily for satiety - not variety, palatability, balanced nutrition, economy, or environmentally friendly packaging. They are produced to be stored for months, maybe a year at most, in controlled conditions, and used within a planned timeframe - not warehoused long-term in poorly-controlled conditions against a low-probability emergency.

By contrast, for economy's sake the civilian 3-day emergency food supply needs to be more palatable, because unless you like throwing money away, you'll have to actually eat the oldest stuff periodically to make room for fresher supplies. If you're not rotating emergency rations like peanut butter and canned tuna (or salmon, deviled ham, herring or whatever) at least every 3-6 months, then you need to think carefully about what you actually LIKE to eat, and/or adjust your meal planning to cycle emergency-appropriate supplies through the pipeline.

From personal experience (Hurricane Wilma, Oct 2005), the two biggest problems in a post-disaster emergency scenario are vehicular fuel scarcity, and perishable food storage. I know I could pretty easily live on shelf-stable food for 3 days. Peanut butter, canned tuna, crackers. Protein/energy bars and granola bars. Canned chickpeas and red wine vinegar. But being able to heat anything to boiling is a dramatic game-changer: hot water for instant soup, hot cereal, drinks (think instant coffee, or even french-press coffee and tea). Canned soup, chili, corned beef hash, baked beans. Pasta with jarred or canned sauce. If you have canned evaporated milk or powdered milk, powdered eggs, vegetable oil and biscuit mix, you're set to make a variety of satisfying pan breads - pancakes, biscuits, cornbread etc. So if you're in an area where you realistically may need to plan for electrical outages longer than 3 days - hurricane alleys, blizzard-prone backwoods, etc. - then your emergency plan should involve at least a small propane stove and/or charcoal and a grill, then you can heat water and canned heat-and-eat meals.

Food for the bug-out bag or car emergency kit
Art of Manliness: the GHB (Get Home Bag)
Survivalist Boards: food for the GHB

Spirulina and other algae for human consumption
Business Insider (2014): Algae is the superfood of the future
...But mass production is limited by algae's own opacity, vs. expense of flat-panel farms.