Costco has heard, and responded to, the demand for high-end, high-quality, and long-lasting survival supplies- and it’s no surprise as to why. Recent political events have shown more people than ever that governments can turn on their people on a dime, and recent natural disasters have given us direct evidence that it is possible for people to be on their own without available help from emergency services while power is down and roving bands of looters stalk the streets.
The major wholesale chain store has come up with an entire line of super long lasting emergency food supply products. They have released three specialty emergency kits that cost $1000, $3,999.99, and $5,999.99. These are price ranges that we have rarely ever seen before in the world of food and survival prepping. But never before have we seen preparation items with such a long operational range.
The first, and least expensive, item contains a supply of food which lasts one year. It contains 100 one gallon cans of rice, wheat, granola, apples, peaches, bananas, strawberries, potatoes, carrots, onions, beans, beef, milk, chicken, salt, and sugar. The cans contain a total of 6,200 servings and the manufacturer claims the food will remain edible for up to 25 years. That amount of food would feed one person for more than five years, two people for two and a half years, and a family of two adults and two small children for about one year by a rough estimate.
The larger kits are meant to supply food to even larger families for periods of up to and beyond one year.
Retail experts have said that these products have been released largely in response to fears related to the militant communist regime in North Korea which has been making threats of nuclear attacks for years and has recently ramped up both its weapons programs and its violent rhetoric. Furthermore, with the perception that seasonal storms are going to be increasing in intensity into the foreseeable future, it has become abundantly apparent that not everyone is going to be able to count on government-provided rescue services in the event of another Irma, Katrina, or other high category storms.
While products that offer consolidation and preservation for provisions for survival lasting many years are nothing new, products purported to have the ability to feed so many people for such long periods of time is new. In recent memory, Walmart has offered a number of survival food products ranging in price between $25 and $1,200 and a number of options in between.
It is worth mentioning that such an enormous supply of long-lasting, nonperishable food has both its benefits and its limitations when it comes to aiding the survival of a family in a major disaster. For one thing, these large multi-thousand dollar products are best suited to survival situations where you do not expect to leave the immediate area. This would mean having a bomb shelter in the event of a nuclear war, or property on high ground in a major flood.
In any survival situation where the party concerned is required to relocate, most of the food will have to be left behind. Most of the best survival prepping equipment and techniques revolve around the movement of the surviving party from a dangerous location to a safe location. Plans for such a scenario revolve around being able to find food with picture charts for edible plants, tools for fishing, hunting, purifying water and the like. Also, one must consider things like warm clothing, fire starting tools, insulated blankets and weapons for defense against animals and other less conscientious survivors.
So, while these are exciting products- and very well worth considering as part of an insurance policy against a major disaster, it is important to keep in mind that they do not cover every conceivable scenario and that additional provisions should be researched and acquired.
Finally, for those who purchase these high ticket item survival kits, it is important to be mentally prepared to abandon a large portion of their supply in the event that they must leave their home and travel to another safer location.
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