I have been thinking a lot lately about my own personal preparations and it really helped me realize that I am just one person with my own personal bias towards all the things I prepare for.
The world is full of billions of other that have their own opinions of how things should be done and I want to explore what other people think.
I decided to create a contest to show just how different our opinions are on things as simple as an emergency meal plan.
And what contest is complete without the chance to win prizes.
Read below for details and see what you could win!
The first three days of any emergency crisis are always the most critical. It’s not that problems can’t or won’t occur after the initial event, but psychologically, people are dealing with the trauma of the moment and it can be difficult to think about something as simple as preparing a meal.
Especially if faced with a grid down situation… no electricity, no gas, no water.
Lets take a moment to set up the scenario:
A natural disaster has hit your area and you are in a totally unprepared grid down situation.
No gas, No electricity, no running water.
Most of the town’s infrastructure has been destroyed and mass casualties have traumatized the citizens.
The roads are all blocked and help is a long way off.
Luckily, you are healthy and your home is safe and secure.
Three days: That’s the bare minimum amount of supplies that the recommended for all citizens to have stocked.
Having three days worth of meals stocked and ready seems like a good idea right?
So here is my challenge to YOU:
- Create a 3-day meal plan that requires no preparation other than opening the package.
- It would need to be healthy and nutritious and require very little water consumption to process it.
-This means that high calorie carbohydrates like pasta are out of the question.
- You would ideally want to get as near to 2000 calories per day as possible.
– Remember again that this needs to be balanced, no empty calories from candy bars, although if you can add a few candy bars to the whole kit, if you have calories and budget left over. These can be more of a moral booster than nutrition.
- These need to be “normal foods” that are available at any supermarket.
– No MRE’s or freeze dried food allowed.
- Every item requires a minimum of a one-year shelf life.
- These need to be full meals, not just an entrée.
- Here is the real kicker. Your budget is set to $54.00 for 3 days worth of meals for one person.This gives you $6.00 per meal to budget
Here’s an example of just one lunch or dinner idea using chicken:
• canned chicken
• small jar of mayo
• small jar of pickle relish
• jar or bag of spices for chicken
• canned fruit
• a box of crackers
• cans of V-8 or similar vegetable drink
• trail mix packets or no sugar added dried cranberries (craisins)
Each meal would be packaged separately, labeled with what the meal is, and a consume by date.
Store it in a cool dry place in your pantry and be sure to keep it off the floor for both freshness and security from infestation.
Not having to focus on feeding yourself or your family allows you plenty of time to regroup and get back on your feet.
Take the Challenge & Win!
I am leaving this challenge active until Monday February 11th at midnight.
In order to be eligible to win you need to be sure and use a valid email address and Leave your plan in the comments below.
If you are having trouble coming up with ideas for what you would put in the kit be sure to check out what other people are listing.
Remember, this is an entire meal not just an entree!
Now I couldn’t quite run a contest without offering a prize could I?
After the contest closes at midnight on Monday February 11th I will begin sorting through all of your submissions to pick the top 3 that I feel best represent the spirit of the challenge.
I will contact the winners directly through the comments on survivallife.com and the prizes will be as follows:
1st Place: Lifetime Digital Access to The Lamplighter Society Newsletter and free access to When the Food Runs Out
2nd Place: Access to When the Food Runs Out
3rd Place: A free copy of my report: How to Cook and Store Food Outside
• BONUS POINTS: Be sure to mention if your meal plan falls into a specialized diet.
Creating a meal plan for a specialized diet (allergies, vegetarian, gluten free etc.) while still meeting all of the requirements will receive special consideration.
Here’s a few tips to help you get started:
• include all ingredients needed to make the meal
• Recipes for anything that needs additional preparation
• Try to include protein of some kind
• Careful on the sodium content! Water will be scarce and while you do need to replenish your sodium, don’t go overboard on it; otherwise you will end up dehydrated.
• Be sure to add a fruit or vegetable of some kind.
• If the meal does require water to prepare, be sure to included it the box, but remember the food must be safe to eat out of the package, no cooking required.
• Mix it up a little, no one wants to eat the same thing over and over again.
• Don’t be afraid to get creative, not ever item needs to be bought, be sure to think of all the convenient “freebies” that are available.
• Don’t forget to check out the dollar stores to maximize your food budget.
• If you are using canned food, don’t forget to include multiple can openers!
I look forward to reading all of the brilliant ideas that you come up with and seeing just how far out of the box we can get!