Preppers surely already know about Costco and use the super-mega store to stock up on essentials they may need to survive the next disaster. Diehard preppers probably already have their food plans in place whether it’s hoarding seeds to plant or ammo for hunting. But for those of us with day jobs who would like to be cautiously prepared for the next hurricane or whatnot, Costco offers an easy, albeit pricey, solution.
If you’re like most people, you try to have at least some essentials stocked up in case of emergency. It sounds so simple. Have some extra food and water put aside, just in case. But inevitably the food expires, the water leaks and time goes by and the stuff is garbage. Then you question the necessity of spending the money to replenish your supply, because really, what are the chances? So you procrastinate and you never really get around to it. Or maybe that’s just me. It’s just so much work and I’ve got better things to do.
However, Costco seems to have done the work for you. They have put together what appears to be a nutritionally sound, well rounded and well thought out food kit. The best part is that the food lasts 25 years. No rotating. No spoiling. I like that it serves as an insurance policy that you can buy once, set aside and hopefully never think about again.
H/T Fox News
“Costco is helping out both doomsday preppers, and those just interested in stocking up in case of a disaster.
The major wholesale retailer has rolled out three emergency kits – costing $1,000, $3,999.99 and $5,999.99.The cheapest option has a one-year supply of food and is made up of nearly 100 1-gallon cans of wheat, rice, granola, apples, bananas, peaches, strawberries, potatoes, carrots, beans, onions, corn, beef, chicken, milk, sugar and salt. The cans have 6,200 servings of food and will last up to 25 years.
The more expensive kits provide food for larger families for one-year – for groups of four and more.
The company gave little details about the popularity of the kit, but said in an e-mail to the Free Press, “The idea came about making a great starter kit for a family who wanted to prepare for any kind of disaster. This is a great value with shipping included.”
Retail expert Ken Dalto explained that after a series of hurricanes that devastated United States’ southern region, and increased fear around North Korea, more people may be looking to stock up on nonperishable items.
“You have hurricanes [Harvey, Irma and Maria]. You saw what that did,” Dalto told the Free Press. “You add to that climate change, and terrorism, and the idea of nuclear war, which is very much in the news with North Korea, and they can develop a missile that might be able to hit California — even Seattle.”
Other retailers — including Walmart.com — have started to offer emergency kits, but for much shorter durations like one day to a week, and typically offer more portability. Wise Food’s five-day kit comes packed in a bag for easy transport.
Concrete numbers of how many people are purchasing these kits are not known yet, but with more stores offering this service it seems like the demand is increasing.
The emergency food and supplies are all available Costco members on the company’s website.”
Unfortunately, we have seen what unpreparedness for a disaster can do to communities. And while we can’t possibly prepare for every type of disaster that may hit, having essentials like food and water ready is a huge part of the battle when facing the aftermath of any disaster.
Not everyone can afford to drop a grand on emergency supplies. Still, you can’t put a price on peace of mind. Of course you hope you will never need your Costco food kit, but if you ever do, it’ll be the smartest purchase you ever made.
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