Kitting out for Emergencies

Being well prepared to survive any kind of disaster – from power cuts to earthquakes, is something we all need to keep in mind.

MTR ready to eat packs are a great option to add to your kit – long lasting, fast and easy to prepare, they are ideal – especially if you are vegetarian or need gluten free food. They are long lasting, fast and easy to prepare simply by heating in boiling water over a gas flame, camp stove or burner.

If you are used to camping out, you’ll know how to adapt to an environment with no power or running water, at least temporarily.

Ensuring you have an emergency kit that is well supplied with the essentials really helps you get through whatever kind of disaster comes your way.

 What should be in your emergency kit?

We talked to some of the survivors of the Christchurch earthquake, including some who were without power or running water for a number of days.

Christchurch resident Nicky Eskau is a strong proponent of having at least one emergency kit, if not two (in different parts of your home) in case of disasters.

Nicky and her family survived the Christchurch earthquakes in their Mt Pleasant home, and she learned the hard way what provisions were required.

She says her current survival kits contain:

  • Bottled water (enough for a week or more)
  • A thermette (used to boil water and heat food if necessary, over a small fire)
  • Packet food that can be easily heated or eated without heating if necessary
  • Wet wipes and antibacterial cleanser (the no-water required variety)
  • Torches, especially LED head torch
  • Batteries for torches
  • Wind-up torch/radio
  • Candles with matches or lighter
  • Canned food and a can opener
  • Muesli bars and chocolate
  • Rubbish bags
  • First aid kit with bandages and painkillers
  • Blankets
  • Hurricane lamp or kerosene lamp with

Some of the Christchurch locals ended up using a full size wheelie bin as their kit, with additional water on hand and a larger supply of food, as well as clothing and other items.

Of course one of the keys to being prepared is to ensure that you periodically replace anything that is perishable in your kit.

We suggest checking your kit at least once a year, and swapping out food for fresher packages, as well as your water bottles. Check your batteries to ensure they are all good to go.

About Karen Foreman-Brown

Karen is a passionate foodie who has found herself in the kitchen (for pleasure and nutrition) much of her life. After cooking at one of Christchurch's most popular veget... View all posts by Karen Foreman-Brown

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