Author - Brian Neville

How Much Do I Need to Store?

Trying to figure out how much emergency food you need? We’ve got an easy online food storage calculator to share with you, but you’ll need to think through your food insurance plan a bit first.

How many people over 10 years old will you be feeding?
How many children under 10?
How many servings of freeze dried food per day do you want to plan for? Some families plan for 2 meals per day for reduced costs and storage space and some […]

Flood Preparation and Safety Tips

Floods cause more damage in the United States than any other weather-related event and can happen anywhere in any of the states or territories in any season. Floods happen fast; winter storms and snowmelts can cause mild to extreme flooding. Here are some tips for staying safe in a flood and getting prepared for a reduction or halt of normal services due to a flood emergency:
Assemble an emergency kit – the Red Cross recommends an emergency kit with these […]

College Food Alternatives

If you didn’t eat Ramen noodles in college we’re happy for you. Unfortunately, some of us did. Also unfortunately, we’ve learned that Ramen noodles and fast food are still staples of dorm room living. In fact, forty-four percent of college students eat fast food at least once a week, despite growing evidence that it’s a habit we all really need to break.
Still, fast food is cheap, it tastes good, it’s accessible and, well… it’s fast. With these perks, it […]

Time to Retire the Rice Cakes?

In 2006 a USA Today poll caused a stir when it revealed that the average lunch “hour” was not an hour at all but 42 minutes. In 2008, it was down to 35 minutes. In 2010, it was down to 29 minutes. A recent poll revealed that 76% of workers now say they take no break at all. Many said that lunch takes a backseat to meetings; some said they prefer to “graze” throughout the day instead of interrupting […]

Stuck, Stranded, Safe

If your part of the world endures winter storms, or you have to travel through winter storms this season, a little preparation can go a long way toward keeping you and your family safe. In addition to carrying a bag of sand, rock salt or non-­clumping kitty litter to combat ice should you get stuck, the Red Cross recommends that your car is always stocked with warm coats, gloves, hats, boots, extra blankets, and warm clothing for all household […]

Outdoor Nutrition:How Many Calories Do I Need?

Whether its emergency food to sustain you and your family during a disaster, or freeze-dried food to lighten the load while backpacking, it’s critical to know how many calories you need under various conditions. Fortunately, with the right information, it’s easy to figure out how much you need.
Begin by calculating your “BMR” or Basal Metabolic Rate:
For Women: BMR = 655 + (4.35 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x age in years)
For Men: […]

Resolve to Be Prepared

‘Tis the season to make resolutions; recent polls show that Americans are making a surprising resolution – they are vowing to save more money and be more prepared. It seems we’ve learned the hard way that it’s worth the effort.
FEMA is also encouraging Americans to make individual disaster preparedness plans part of their New Year resolutions. To help, they’ve launched a comprehensive website, Are You Ready?, that provides guidance for making an emergency plan and putting together an emergency […]

Preparing for Winter Storms

Winter storms have a thousand ways of interrupting dinner. Power outages are common as ice builds up on power lines, car slide-offs regularly take out transformers, deep snow and ice can either keep you or supply trucks from getting to the store and hazardous conditions and dangerously low temperatures make it a bad idea to even try.
Forty-nine US states experience winter storms. That means, wherever you are, at some point you can count trying to figure out what to […]

Stocking (and Stomach) Stuffers

We love giving our Wise freeze dried food Sampler Kits as stocking stuffers. There are four different dehydrated entrees in each kit and if the stocking is of generous size, the individual packets fit nicely in a stocking toe, making a delightfully mysterious bulge. Inevitably, long after the chocolate is gone and the Pez dispensers are empty, everyone wants to see what gourmet freeze-dried meals taste like. Sharing and comparing ensues and if only we were there, we would […]

What Are Ideal Food Storage Conditions?

Ideal conditions are 50-55 degrees (brief periods of 60 degrees is okay) and no more than 15% humidity. Most dry basements are perfect, but if your zone goes through a period of high heat or humidity you might want to temperature / humidity control your storage space.
Also, it’s a good idea to keep storage containers out of direct contact with floors, walls and direct light. Simple shelving, a discarded wood pallet, or a small row of cinder blocks makes […]