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Jenny’s 1500/2000/2500 Calorie 72 hour Kit Menus

I’ve grown increasingly concerned about the menus frequently created at Enrichment meetings for 72 hour kits consisting of oatmeal, chewing gum, and beef sticks. Read my rant. These low calorie menus fail to meet the dietary needs of individuals in a crisis. I created these menus to meet caloric, protein, and carbohydrate needs for adults and children, male and female, while keeping sodium to a minimum.

I’ve included a price breakdown for each menu and the weight for 1 day’s food for packing purposes. Each menu is for one day’s caloric needs.

I’ve also included pouch only (sort of like a homemade MRE kit, just cheaper) and mixed packaging menus. The mixed packaging menus are usually more balanced than the pouch menus, but can be heavy. The pouch menus are lighter weight but can be lower in carbohydrates, your body’s preferred source of energy. It would probably be wise to create 2 pouch only days and 1 mixed packaging day for your kit.

The items on the menus do not require any cooking or hot water.

I asked my friend, a doctor, to look over the menus (especially the Poor Man’s Menu) and he said they were safe.

Instant grits come in a pouch that’s coated on the inside, so all you have to do is pour water in the pouch and let them sit to prepare them. Water temperature doesn’t matter. Same for oatmeal, but grits taste a lot better than oatmeal when cold. For the mashed potatoes, just add water to the pouch.

If you substitute menu items be sure to compare with the full chart to ensure you’re getting similar amounts of calories, sodium, protein and carbs.

You’ll also need to store 64 ounces (4 lbs) of water per day per person. 64 ounces equals 1/2 gallon or about 2 Liters.

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S.A.F.E. Emergency Preparedness Plan

S.A.F.E. – Simplified And easy Format for Emergencies

This document was shared during a regional welfare training in Virginia, and LaRene O. gave me a copy: “It is to be saved to your hard drive so changes can be made with ease. Once it is filled out, copy it and place inside a water proof bag or laminate and keep in you 72 hour kit, in your wallet, with your important papers, [etc.]”

This document helps you make a plan quickly and update it easily. Includes sections on communications, sheltering in place, transportation, and funds that you might not have considered in your emergency planning.

Completing the document would make a great Family Home Evening activity.

1 page, color, 8.5 x 11 inches.

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LDS Emergency Preparedness Manual

This document is one I found online. It was originally created by the Magna Utah Stake in 1997 and contains a variety of useful preparedness information.

Among the more interesting items are a list of individual, ward, stake, and district responsiblities in an emergency. It also has a map with a possible use of a standard church building in an emergency.

It’s targeted at the Magna Stake, but much of the information is universal, including the information on preparing for earthquakes and winter storms.

This manual is extensively referenced, with a table of contents and index. It’s a very long document — some 84 pages and will take some time to download.

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LDS Emergency Preparedness Manual – 2

This document is one I received from our Stake Emergency Preparedness Specialist who got it from a neighboring unit. It is based on one originally created by the Bonneville First Ward in Salt Lake City. This version was created for a West Jordan Utah Stake.

It is extremely detailed and has lots of practical information and lists. It even includes a basic first aid guide.

110 pages. Available in PDF or .doc, so that you can edit it yourself to suit your unit’s needs.

***NOTE*** – Download the PDF to view if you’re just looking, because the .doc file is VERY large (22 MB).

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