Emergency kits and food

Emergency Preparedness Specialist Cari Butler shares advice on how to prepare emergency kits and food for your family in an emergency
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If you’re thinking about putting food in an emergency kit, you can go two ways – you can either go to the market and buy stuff that your family is comfortable with – peanut butter, tuna, that kind of thing. In the event that you do that though, you have to be very careful, because there are expiration dates on that. So peanut butter, for example, last a year and 18 months. So you have to remember to make sure to replace it. The other thing about buying food from the market is I want to make sure that you don’t buy things you’re not comfortable with. Like don’t go and buy a 5 pound jar of beef jerky if you guys don’t eat beef. It’s just going to go to waste. And then the other thing you have to be concerned about is where you store it and how you store it, because you want it to be in a pretty much of controlled climate. You don’t want to keep it outside where it gets really hot and really cold. Inside your pantry is a great place for that kind of food. But the other alternative is just to go and get food that’s actually made for an emergency situation or dehydrated food. And those foods have a 3 to 5 year shelf life. You can get the emergency food at any type of army/navy surplus store, camping stores have it. There’s tons of places online that you can also buy emergency food.

Emergency Preparedness Specialist Cari Butler shares advice on how to prepare emergency kits and food for your family in an emergency

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Cari Butler

Emergency Preparedness Specialist

Cari Butler is a Westside Los Angeles mom and native Californian whose interest in Emergency Preparedness began when her daughter started school and was required to have a personal emergency kit. That raised the question: "Why shouldn't everyone have an emergency kit?" Her concern led her to thoroughly research the subject and then create her own business. She now provides consultation services for families and businesses, as well as offering the Emergency Café line of kits.

Cari’s mission is to get everyone prepared, and she has been on that mission since 2005.  She has been a guest speaker at several conferences and schools. She was asked to participate in the 100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference in San Francisco. Her client list is a virtual who’s who in Hollywood.  

Cari’s website, emergencycafe.com was just awarded the 2009 Best Safety Site by Nickelodeon Parent Choice Awards.  Emergency Café backpacks were the “IT” gift this season in the Dancing with the Stars television show gifting suite.  She is also a contributing writer and blogger on many mommy sites including Hot Moms Club, Gurumommy, Twittermoms, City Mommy and Mommy Track’d. In addition she has been featured on several TV shows and has done numerous radio spots as well.  

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