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 […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Eating an Elephant

Around this time every year many of us get invited to a White Elephant holiday party. At these parties everyone brings a fairly inexpensive gift, and all of the wrapped gifts are piled on a table and everyone takes a turn picking a gift from the pile. When it’s your turn you can pick a new gift or “steal” one from someone who’s already opened his or hers.
There is an art to this, you see – this is very […]

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What You Need to Know About Emergency Food Preparation

 
If you are putting together an emergency-preparedness kit, it is important to remember that you need to have more than just freeze-dried food and other food items packed away in storage. After all, the food won’t do you much good if you have no way to prepare it and you won’t survive for long if you do not have water available.
Therefore, it is essential to include water as well as some sort of heating source in your kit. Still, […]

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