How to Get Started
Three Easy Steps to Emergency Preparedness
So you want to be prepared for the unexpected but don't know where to begin. There are lots of things to consider when getting started, but it doesn't need to be complicated, and you don't need to be an expert.
Here's a general Rule of Thumb: Plan long-term, buy short-term. In other words, the best thing to do is to start small and then build as your budget and knowledge grow.
We recommend you start by preparing for short-term emergencies such as those caused by man-made or natural disasters. Short-term is defined as a 72-hour up to 30-day period immediately following an emergency.
Below is a simple and affordable emergency preparedness plan that will get you on your way.
Purchase a 72-Hour 1-Person Emergency Food Kit for yourself and
each person in your household. Every person in your family needs
enough nutrition and energy to comfortably survive in an
This kit contains food with a shelf life of up to 20 years, and comes in
a convenient four-gallon pail that is portable, waterproof and takes
up very little room. Each kit includes:
- 5 meal varieties for one person for three days
- 37 total servings
- 2,190 calories per day
- 2-quart aluminum kettle
- Fire source for cooking
- Water filtration bottle
- 6 additional survival items (see complete list).
The American Red Cross recommends storing enough food and water to cover at least two weeks or more. By
purchasing our most popular kit, a 1-person 30-Day Emergency All-in-One Kit, you can be all that more
prepared. Again, purchase additional kits for every person in your household (or share a kit with another person
for a two-week, two person solution.)
Each kit contains food with a shelf life of up to 20 years, and comes in a convenient six-gallon pail that is portable, waterproof and takes up very little room.
All-in-One Kit includes:
- 8 meal varieties for one person for thirty days
- 300 total servings
- 1,857 calories per day
- 30 Day Meal Planner
- Advanced water filtration bottle
- Fire disk for cooking
Now that you have the basics covered for 72-hours or 30 days, it's time to supplement your kits with three or four meal favorites, snacks or drinks. Emergencies are unpredictable so having a little "extra" on hand for your family, friends or neighbors is always a good idea. Below are several kid- and adult-friendly suggestions:
Taking these easy and affordable steps will help ensure that you and your family are protected during a
Ready to take on more long-term food storage solutions for three months, six months, or one year? Get started with our Food
Storage Calculator and Record, Rotate & Replenish Form.