Are You Ready For The Real-Life Hunger Games?
Hunger is not a pretty thing.
Hunger robs people of health, vitality, and eventually, their life. The very old and the very young are among the first to die without food—sometimes, within just a few days. Next to fall are those who are ill. Then pregnant women and nursing mothers. If hunger is prolonged, only the strongest survive.
When food supplies are cut off, irritability sets in within half a day. Within 24 hours, your ability to make good decisions can become compromised. You can become irrational, and violence can break out. After several days, most people experience almost unbearable gnawing stomach pain that comes and goes. Within a week, you’re probably too weak to stand. Your vision becomes blurry. If starvation continues, your face, limbs, and fingers will begin to swell. That’s because your body has used up all its muscle and fat tissue to stay alive, and your body fills up with water to compensate.
Hunger also decimates the land. When food is in scarce supply, there are unmistakable telltale signs. Surrounding woods are stripped of forage. Edible plants, wild roots, nuts, and berries disappear very quickly. The wild game, large and small, completely vanishes as the area quickly becomes over-hunted. (Rest assured, you won’t be the first person to have the brilliant idea to trap squirrels and possum.) Waters become over-fished, and other marine life, like turtles, also disappear. Trees are soon stripped of bark. (Even though it’s not really edible, it can stave off hunger pangs for a little while.)
But perhaps worst of all, hunger robs you of your humanity. In Leningrad over the winter of 1941-1942, the Germans surrounded the city. The siege lasted for 3 years. Here’s what starvation compelled the people of Leningrad to do:
- First, they killed animals in the zoo and ate them.
- Next, they ate their household pets.
- When they realized that the glue holding up wallpaper was edible, they stripped the walls, scraped off the glue, and boiled it into soup.
- They boiled leather to a gelatinous goo and ate it. It wasn’t nutritious, but it did hold back horrendous hunger pangs for a few short hours.
- By 1943, the starving people of Leningrad had begun to eat human corpses. The corpses were mostly the very old and very ill, and not very satisfying. So they soon turned elsewhere for their food supply.
- That’s when young children began disappearing. Bones and remains were found that indicated they’d been eaten.
- By 1944, there were reports of people sawing off their own body parts and eating them.
If you think hunger is something that happens to other people, I respectfully suggest that you open your eyes and get a clue. Not long ago, according to British economist Andrew Simms, England was just …
9 Meals From Anarchy
In 2000, fuel protests broke out across England. British oil refineries were blockaded by the protestors and the resupply of fuel came to a standstill. Trucking and distribution was crippled. Supermarket owners warned government officials that there were just three days of food left. The nation was, it was said, nine meals away from anarchy. It should have been a wake-up call for all western nations. That wake-up call was ignored.
Since then, nothing has changed, especially in the United States. We, too, are just nine meals away from the breakdown of society. Our economic system is based on squeezing out every bit of profit, and that leaves us with almost no margin in the food supply. And in a just-in-time economy like ours, which leaves no room for error, what happens when there’s a crisis?
We can’t depend on our government, that’s for sure. Exhibit A: Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Despite warnings about the levees in New Orleans—and despite a hurricane drill the previous year—the city and state governments were completely unprepared to deal with the consequences of Katrina. The response by the federal government was equally appalling. People were stranded for days on rooftops with no food before help arrived. Some of them died before help ever got there. Others stole food in order to survive.
So that leaves the question, where will Americans get food if there’s another major crisis? Think it can’t happen? Think again. There are all kinds of crises that could cut off access to food, but here’s one that’s frighteningly likely—and for which most people aren’t prepared. According to seismologists, a 6.0 earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone (which stretches from Illinois to Arkansas) has a 40% chance of occurring at any time now. Its impact zone is ten times larger than the area affected by California’s more famous San Andreas Fault. In February 2008 FEMA warned that a quake in the New Madrid zone could cause “the highest economic losses due to a natural disaster in the United States,” with widespread, catastrophic damage.
With buckled roads, unstable overpasses, and collapsed bridges in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas, getting food to the population would be time-consuming and perilous. People would go hungry. Many would die.
For Once, FEMA Has Some Good Advice
FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, urges all Americans to have, at the very least, a 3-day supply of food and water in case of emergency. Most Americans have failed to heed this sensible advice. Some, as in Hurricane Katrina, have died because of it.
The ideal scenario, of course, would be to have about a one-year supply of emergency food storage for your whole family. That would protect you from major disasters, grid collapse, job loss, and more. But in today’s economy, it can be a stretch to buy a year’s worth of emergency food storage. But that doesn’t mean you should throw up your hands and do nothing.
Start small. Protecting your family with a modest investment in the 84-Serving Emergency Food Supply is a great start. (If you’re able to buy multiple packages, of course, you should.)
If you’ve never purchased or used emergency food storage before, the phrase may conjure up images of tasteless, cardboard-textured food. But forget every preconceived notion you ever had. Most emergency food manufacturers use either freeze-drying or dehydrating to preserve their food. But the problem is, some foods taste far better made with one technique versus the other.
Solutions From Science emergency meals are made differently. Professional chefs test recipe after recipe to come up with the tastiest meals possible. Then our supplier combines both freeze-dried and dehydrated ingredients together to ensure optimal taste, texture and nutritional value. The meals are packaged in airtight, nitrogen-flushed Mylar pouches and packed into a sturdy, space-saving grab-n-go bucket. They have a shelf life of 25 years. (But once you taste them you won’t hesitate to use them even when it’s not an emergency.) All you do is add hot water. The cook-in-the-pouch technology does the rest.
The 84-Serving Emergency Food Storage package comes packed into a space-saving four-gallon bucket. With its convenient grab-n-go handle, the bucket can easily be tossed into a car if you need to evacuate quickly. You’ll get 56 entrees (7 different varieties) and 28 breakfasts (3 different varieties) in your 84-serving bucket. That’s 3 servings a day for one adult for 4 weeks. Or, used differently it could comfortably feed 4 adults for one week. If you have a large family, you’ll probably want to get more than one bucket. Here’s what you get in each 84-serving bucket:
- Savory Stroganoff (8 servings)
- Chili Macaroni (8 servings)
- Pasta Alfredo (8 servings)
- Creamy Pasta and Vegetable Rotini (8 servings)
- Teriyaki and Rice (8 servings)
- Cheesy Lasagna (8 servings)
- Hearty Tortilla Soup (8 servings)
- Apple Cinnamon Cereal (8 servings)
- Brown Sugar and Maple Multi-Grain Cereal (12 servings)
- Crunchy Granola (8 servings)
When you consider the fact that the 84-serving Emergency Food Storage package has a shelf life of 25 years or more, and that current food prices are just going up, up, up, investing in a supply today is a no-brainer. On a per-meal basis, it’s less than you’d pay for fast food. The price per meal is on par with the cost of cooking a good meal from scratch. Whether it’s a power outage, a natural disaster, a job loss, or just about any kind of emergency you could imagine, you’ll want to have your 84-Serving Emergency Food Storage on hand. Hunger is painful, and it can bring out the worst in us. Protect your family. Click here to order yours today.