Disaster Myths: You Don’t Know What’s Going to Happen

Let’s pretend that a disaster just happened; an earthquake near your home that has leveled buildings and killed hundreds. Thankfully, you’ve survived, but what’s going to happen now? You probably have a good idea of what life will be like after a disaster. But you might be wrong! A lot of research has been done about the human condition during and after a disaster and the findings might surprise you. Panic One of the biggest myths about a disaster is that there will be mass panic. We’ve seen countless movies and TV shows where people forget the needs of others and adopt an “every man for himself” mentality. This self-interested survival behavior is typically referred to as panic. While we think that panic is a very common occurrence in a  …

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What is an MRE?

What comes to mind when you think of food storage? For most people, they think of grains, bulky barrels, dried good and more. Today we want to talk to you about a type of food storage that defies these stereotypes—the Meal, Ready-to-Eat, or MREs as they are more commonly known. MREs are individual rations, self-contained in lightweight packaging that can be warmed without a fire or stove, originally designed for the United States Military to consume during combat or similar field conditions without food facilities. Each meal contained in an MRE is packed with calories – 1,250 calories on average – and designed to provide whoever eats it with the proper minerals, vitamins and energy they need to cope with their surroundings. Brief History of MREs These meal packets were  …

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How to Heat an MRE

Personally, I am not the best cook; I always seem to burn everything I put my hands on.  However, with a Flameless MRE Heater even I can’t go wrong.  Each MRE heater has easy to follow step by step directions to make sure even the unsavvy cook, such as I, can get it right every time.  Your MRE’s will come out angelic every time. Typically an MRE Ultimate Full Meal will come with the following items: If you don’t order the MRE Ultimate Full Meal, make sure that you get some MRE Flameless Heaters. Directions Remove MRE from cardboard carton or locate cardboard sleeve.  Make sure to save the carton to use during the heating process.  Tear open the top of the heater sleeve at top arrow. Insert the unopened  …

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The Science Behind MREs

In the late 1990s, the military had a wide variety of ready-to-eat meals (MREs) at their disposal. They had created a line of foods that were served up in pouches and ready to eat anywhere in the battlefield. They could be dropped from 100 feet and be ripped open immediately for consumption. However, there were a few meals that the military men and women still wanted. – Military Meals Throughout History -  “All of our meals are warfighter tested and warfighter approved,” said Gerry Darsch, Director of the Department of Defenses’ Combat Feeding Program, in an exclusive interview with The Ready Nation. “In the early ‘90s, we started getting feedback that they wanted a pocket sandwich in the battlefield. Something like you’d find in the freezer section, like Hot Pockets™.”  …

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How to Make Your Own MREs

MREs have been feeding our military for decades and there is a lot of science and testing that goes into these Meals-Ready-to-Eat. In fact, the military has a whole department that is in charge of development of these unique meals. These meals are scientifically designed and crafted to have a 5 year shelf life and be immediately edible at any time. The metalized bags are also a high enough quality that you can throw them on a heat source and it won’t melt the bag or leak onto the food. So, while creating your own MREs, there are some limitations. While a typical MRE has prepared, wet food inside. These homemade MREs will contain freeze-dried food and include a packet of water. Most Mylar bags are able to handle hot  …

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What’s a ReadyQuick List?

In order to help you be prepared more quickly, we’ve released a new tool that makes preparedness fast and easy! The ReadyQuick List is an option on any of our category pages that allows you to quickly view and purchase all in the same location. Instead of searching around the site, you’ll be able to navigate all the products in one location and place your order more efficiently and quickly. Here’s how it works: You can find the ReadyQuick List by navigating to any of the subjects in the menu up above (Food Storage, MRE Meals, Water Storage, etc.) You can also find the ReadyQuick List by simply hovering over any of the menus above and clicking on ReadyQuick List. Once you are on the subject page, you can see  …

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Military Meals Throughout History

Throughout our nation’s history, our troops have had many different kinds of meals. From the large bulky rations during the civil war to the new Meals Ready to Eat (MRE), the food has evolved. To honor our veterans, we take a look back at the foods that our troops have eaten to keep themselves ready to protect our freedom. Civil War Food and rations during the Civil War varied by location, quality and quantity. A typical ration would include: • 20 oz. of Salted Pork or Beef • 12 oz of Hardtack (bread) • 1 oz. of a compressed cube of mixed vegetables Every 100 rations a soldier would receive: • 8 qts of Beans or Peas • 10 lbs of Rice • 10 lbs of Coffee Beans • 10  …

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Alternative Uses for MRE Heaters

MRE heaters are water-activated food heater that are included in Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) by the military and other emergency relief organizations. They allow you to heat up your food without having to make a fire. MRE heaters work through a chemical reaction called a oxidation-reduction reaction. Mg + 2H20 → Mg(OH)2 + H2 + heat These flameless heaters are great for heating up food but they can also be used for other things. Check out some of these ideas below: Hot Drinks Imagine you’re out camping but don’t want to make a fire. You can still make some hot coffee or cocoa. Simply mix up the instant coffee or cocoa, pour it into a plastic bottle and place the lid on top. Place the bottle inside the MRE  …

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8 Creative Ways to Heat an MRE

MREs – Meals Ready to Eat – are durable pouches of food first created by the military. These metalized pouches can withstand a lot of wear and tear. They’ve also come a long way in taste. The great thing about MREs is that you can eat them cold or hot! However, I would probably recommend eating them hot – no one feels fully satisfied with a cold MRE. Our newest MRE meals come with water-reactive self-heaters. However, if you get an MRE that doesn’t come with a heater, how can you heat them up? Check out some creative ideas on how you can heat up an MRE. Boiling Before opening up the MRE throw the metalized bag into a pot of boiling water and allow the contents to heat up.  …

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Westcoast Wildland Firefighters use The Ready Store!

While many of us are excited for the hot weather of summer, others are worried about another type of heat: Wildfires! Groups like the Westcoast Wildland Strike Teams, based in Portland, Ore., spend weeks on end camping out fighting wildfires across the coast. And while fighting fires to protect our communities, who do the Westcoast Wildland Strike Teams depend on? The Ready Store! We were so excited to receive this letter last week from Kevin Hawke, Engine Boss and Emergency Medical Technician for the WWST. “Dear The Ready Store, On behalf of Westcoast Wildland Strike Teams from Portland, Oregon, I would like to extend a big “thank you!” for providing us with such great products for our busy fire seasons. While out fighting forest fires all summer my engine crew  …

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