Because of Sandy, many people are becoming familiar with MREs. The military’s MREs have moved out of Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency warehouses and into the hands of the ordinary citizens of New York and New Jersey hurt by Superstorm Sandy’s bluster and flooding last week. The Red Cross says it has deployed more than 334,000 ready-to-eat meals to the 10 states facing the most storm damage, and FEMA’s Mary Olsen tells The Salt “more than 4.8 million liters of water and more than 2.4 million meals have been transferred to states to supplement their existing inventory.”
We’ve all been reading about the catastrophic Hurricane Sandy – thankfully emergency medical and military services are combining forces to help those who got hit the hardest. MREs have been a major part of the recovery process, with FEMA supplying them to those rendered homeless. MilitaryTimes.com showed a New York Guard giving the non-english speaking masses an MRE cooking lesson.
Momma Bear from preparedness blog “Trace My Preps” says MREs don’t deserve the bad rep they get – in fact, they are “much better tasting, have a better variety of foods, and meet a rigorous nutritional standard.” Momma Bear goes on to reveal the advantageous characteristics of MREs in emergency preparedness. She also points out the utility of the durable plastic bag most MREs come in, highlighting its use for carrying water! Read more here.
A great – and short – history of the MRE that’s easy-to-read and informative. Part three focusses on field-stripping, First Strike Rations, and the Humanitarian Daily Ration. Interesting stuff. Check it out here.