SURVIVAL RULES OF 3
Are you familiar with the Survival Rules of 3? The emergency preparedness and food-storage experts explain it like this:
In an extreme situation you cannot survive for more than:
- 3 minutes without air
- 3 hours without shelter
- 3 days without water
- 3 weeks without food
Our Newsletter this month focuses on the third and fourth Survival Rules—Food and Water.
READY TIP: Be Prepared with Plenty of Food and Water
To be adequately prepared for any emergency or disaster, health agencies recommend you store 1 gallon of water per person per day. For a 72-hour emergency kit, you need 3 gallons of water per person. For each gallon of water, plan on drinking 2 quarts and using 2 quarts for personal hygiene each day. It might be difficult to store a year’s supply of water, but it is such a necessity, it would be a good idea to try and store 14 gallons of water per person, to last about 2 weeks.
When storing water in clear plastic containers, it is important to store them in areas with low light and heat and keep the containers off the floor. Pallets, bricks or shelving should be used to store your water supply. Commercially packaged water comes with a best-by date and should be rotated or replaced about every 4 years. If you must use older stored water, the taste can be improved by pouring the water back and forth between two containers.
Adults typically need 2200 to 2800 calories per day in an emergency situation; children typically need less–about 1400 calories per day. When planning your emergency food storage, consider how much each person in your family typically eats in a day and match the caloric value of long-term food storage products. Most people start their emergency food storage by preparing a 72-hour kit for each family member. Over time, it is good to increase your amount of long-term food and supplies. Long-term food storage buckets and bulk food storage should typically include enough supplies for three months. Purchasing pre-packaged emergency food kits are helpful, because they take up less space and take out a lot of the guesswork.
A Note About “Shelter”: Don’t forget that Maceys and Augason Farms can definitely assist on the “Shelter” front with our National Geographic product line. From emergency tarps and blankets, to fire starters, to flashlight radios, we’ve got you covered.
BIG SAVINGS: Free Water with Purchase
Maceys and Augason Farms has come together to offer a FREE CASE of Western Family Water with the purchase of any 3 AUGASON FARMS Entrées and Soups. Mix and match these favorites any way you like!
- Beef Stroganoff
- Pasta Alfredo
- Chili Mac
- Creamy Potato Soup
- Cheesy Broccoli Soup
- Hearty Vegetable Chicken
- Hearty Vegetable Beef