Since Hurricane Sandy hit, there have been an abundance of MREs in low-lying towns hit hardest by the storm — Milford and Stratford among them.

MREs, or Meals Ready to Eat, have been available at Milford’s firehouses and at the Disaster Recovery Center, which is now located at Simon Lake School. In the days following the storm, police and other emergency officials carried them in their cars as they drove around town. They have been giving the meals away free to anyone in need.

Click here to read more of the Stratford Star’s take on FEMA’s MREs.

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What are you thankful for?

‘“When you’re hungry enough, you’ll eat anything and be grateful for it,” [my grandfather would] say. Being a spoiled baby boomer American I always laughed at this, but as I got a whiff of the pork patty, I finally could empathize with his comments.’

Blogger Fernandez says he’s thankful for MREs this year, in the wake of Sandy, comically adding that, “an MRE would make a hell of breakfast after a long night of drinkin.”

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MRE handoutBecause 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.”

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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.MRE Cooking Lessons

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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.

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