With the onset of a blizzard or large snowstorm, panic can cause people to rush to the store for food or supplies, causing shortages. Those who plan ahead, though, are in a better position to protect their families, friends and loved ones.
Fulton, NY (PRWEB) February 11, 2011
As the Midwest and Northeast United States came under siege from yet another massive snowstorm, CampingSurvival.com announced that they have purchased additional stock so that customers can order enough emergency supplies to keep their car and home stocked in a snow emergency.
"The Midwest snowstorm was very large and covered a huge area of the country," said Tom Sciacca, President of CampingSurvival.com. "The latest Northeast snowstorm, although not nearly as severe as expected, compounded an already difficult situation in areas such as Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, DC, and Boston. We want our customers to know that we have ample supplies of MRE (meals ready to eat), water and first aid kits."
"With the onset of a blizzard or large snowstorm, panic can cause people to rush to the store for food or supplies, causing shortages. Those who plan ahead, though, are in a better position to protect their families, friends and loved ones."
CampingSurvival.com recommends the following supplies for every household:
- An ample supply of non-perishable food and water (up to 3 gallons per person, per day)
- Extra clothing, along with pillows and blankets
- Flashlight, emergency radio and batteries
- Emergency kit
In addition, Sciacca advises all drivers to keep adequate supplies in their cars, such as one or two blankets in the trunk, a three-day supply of MRE (meals ready to eat), water and a first aid kit. During a winter snowstorm, it's not uncommon for a stranded motorist to have to fend for themselves for a day or more, even in well-populated areas, due to the strain on emergency personnel to get to every citizen who needs help.
Sciacca noted the popularity of Brigford Foods ready-to-eat sandwiches for convenience and mobility, as well as Sopakco MRE (meals ready to eat) for at home. These meals have longer shelf life and are easier to prepare than most food kept in the pantry. Sciacca, a Gulf War veteran, explained that they are the same type of MRE used by the US military.
"If you keep your MRE in a dry, cool, constant temperature such as a closet or a dry basement, up off the ground the government says they can last for ten years or more," Sciacca noted. "If you keep the MRE in your car, camper or attic it will reduce the shelf life, but they can still last for many years even in those conditions."
"Many people who live in major cities assume that emergency supplies are more the concern of people in outlying and rural areas," noted Sciacca. "But during a winter storm, you can be stuck in your car for a day or two before rescue personnel can get to you. Having food on hand that can be non-perishable but ready to eat like an MRE is absolutely indispensable in a situation like that."
The severe winter weather is forecast to continue for the coming days, with numerous flights canceled and disrupted travel for tens of thousands. Sciacca said that he is troubled by stories of people stranded in their cars or homes without adequate supplies.
"In just about any part of the United States, with the exception of Hawaii, it’s possible to find yourself caught in a snowstorm," he said. "Keeping a first aid kit, spare blankets, water and some MRE in your car is just plain sensible. Why put your life at risk for lack of emergency supplies? Everyone should stay prepared."
CampingSurvival.com, an online authority on camping and wilderness survival gear, has also become a leader in disaster preparedness, helping to educate consumers on the best ways to protect themselves from unforeseen circumstance. Better education has led many families to take common sense measure to prepare themselves for the worst. This has created an increased demand for emergency kits, MRE (meals ready to eat), first aid kits and other supplies critical for household safety.
Contact: Tom Sciacca
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