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Anybody else hear of FEMA putting out RFP's for mass quantities of dehydrated food?  I have been reading these
guys for a while; while it is true they are always trying to sell something, it is also true that they have been on the front
side of a number of curves.  Anyhow, looks like things might be getting close...

It really is a small world ... especially in the preparedness and survival industries. With a community
that prides itself on staying informed, you can't really keep things secret for long. So it's no surprise
that we were among the first to get wind of some very unsettling news. In fact, it was so disturbing that
we felt it was only right to share with you what we've learned.

One of the nation's largest suppliers of dehydrated food has cut loose 99% of their dealers and
distributors. And it's not because of the poor economy. It's because this particular industry leader can
no longer supply their regular distribution channels. Why not? Because they're using every bit of
manufacturing capacity they have to fulfill massive new government contracts. Look, the government
has always been a customer of the industry to some extent. But according to our sources, this latest
development doesn't represent simply a change of vendor on the government's part. It's a whole new
magnitude of business.

And that's not all.

Apparently, even though they've cut off their regular consumer markets, the industry leader I've just
mentioned still can't produce enough survival food to meet the government's vast requirements. How
do we know? Earlier this month, FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) put out a
Request for Proposal, or RFP, for even more dehydrated food. The RFP called for a 10-day supply
of meals - for 14 million people. That's 420 million meals. Typically, FEMA maintains a stockpile of
about 6 million meals. Why the sudden need to increase the stockpile by 420 million more? (And
that's in addition to whatever our aforementioned industry leader is supplying.) It almost seems like
they're trying to stock a modern day "Noah's Ark," doesn't it?

By the way, just days after the RFP went online, it suddenly went "poof" ... vanished. Could it be that
some high level official suddenly realized he was letting the cat out of the bag? That people aren't
stupid, and would recognize the implications of 420 million emergency meals? Has the government
removed the RFP from the public process and approached potential suppliers privately instead? We
may never know.

But here's what we do know. This kind of spending by a minor government agency in this economy
just doesn't make sense ... unless there are extraordinary circumstances behind it, circumstances we
aren't privy to. Because Congress has failed to pass a budget, the government is now operating
under what's called a continuing resolution. The practical effect of this continuing resolution is that
the government stays in business, but all extras are curtailed. Agencies spend far less on travel and
training expenses, for instance. And they certainly don't start stockpiling supplies.

In this economic climate, you would expect FEMA also to be minimizing expenses. But clearly, they're
not. If you do the math, the approximate tab for 420 million meals comes to about a billion dollars.

What is so urgent that FEMA is spending a billion dollars on survival food?

Could officials be worried about extensive power grid damage from solar flares? (A big one hit last
week and took out communications in China.) Are they worried about riots and demonstrations
causing gridlock in communities? (The demonstrations in Wisconsin and Ohio have been peaceful so
far ... but look what happened in Egypt.) Are they worried about terrorist attacks? (Some reports say
that there's been more "chatter" lately on terrorist communication networks.)
But here's the most important question. No matter what it is - are you ready for it?

Are the cans of soup and the extra jar of peanut butter in your pantry going to be enough? How long
will it last you? Because let's face it, in a true emergency, forget about finding what you need at the
store. You know what it's like when there's even a moderate snowstorm in the forecast - no bottled
water, no toilet paper, no bread to be found anywhere. The shelves are stripped bare in hours. Most
people simply don't realize how fragile the food distribution system is in this country. In order to
squeeze out every penny of profits, most stores now use just-in-time inventory systems, which leave
no margin for error. Any kind of natural or manmade catastrophe would cut supply lines to the stores
and leave millions of people with no way of getting food. And it could be anything. Power outages.
Riots. A terrorist attack. Flooding. Blizzards. Hurricanes.

If you've never gotten around to buying an emergency food supply,
now is the time.

If you've been putting off this decision, perhaps it's because there's a lot to consider. Things like
shelf life, nutritional value, cost, storage space, portability, and even the packaging. The ideal
storage food is shelf stable for long periods of time, nutritious, great tasting, easy to prepare, and
easy to store. So where can you find the best emergency food supply for your money?

The 72 Hour Emergency Meal Kit from Solutions From Science fits the bill on all counts. It's shelf
stable for up to 25 years, compact, delicious, convenient, and nutritious. We recommend you get at
least one Kit per family member. Each Kit provides 12 meal servings for one person for 3 days. Plus,
you won't have to worry about eating the same thing meal after meal. The 72 Hour Emergency Meal
Kit gives you six pouches with two jumbo servings in each pouch. It comes in four delicious varieties:
Lasagna, Chicken Ala King, Creamy Chicken Pasta, and Stroganoff. No other emergency meal kits
give you a better value, and here's why:

Filling and delicious - today, tomorrow, or 25 years from now
The food in our 72 Hour Emergency Meal Kit is designed to last up to 25 years in optimal storage
conditions. How is that possible? First, we use no animal proteins, which can make food rancid. Next,
we remove excess oxygen by flushing the package interior with nitrogen to prevent food spoilage.
Each package is sealed to protect against moisture, sunlight, and critters. The compact packaging
makes it easy to grab and go, too, if you need to get to a safer location. You can even keep store
some in the trunk of your car, just in case.

Flavorful enough to eat even when there's no emergency
Every one of our recipes is developed by expert chefs who understand that survival food is only as
good as it tastes. When you're in an emergency situation, enjoying a tasty meal helps to keep stress
down and morale up. Some people even use our emergency meal pouches as Plan B when they
don't have time to get a home-cooked meal on the table. It's that good! It's also ideal to take along
when you go camping, backpacking, fishing, or hunting. The secret is in the careful preservation of
the ingredients. Some companies cut corners by either freeze-drying all ingredients, or by
dehydrating all ingredients. We don't; we use the right preservation technique for each food. This
ensures that flavor, texture, color, and nutrients are all preserved optimally.

"Stick a fork in it!"
Our unique cook-in-the-pouch technology means you don't have to worry about finding or washing a
cooking pot. To prepare a meal, you simply open the meal pouch, add boiling water, reseal, and wait
12 minutes. Then dive in with a fork or spoon and enjoy. It's that easy! What if you don't have a way
to heat the water in an emergency? Use cold water instead. It just takes a few minutes more.

Who's got the real "value meal?"
If you take advantage of our special sale, you'll pay just $3.25 per serving. It's a value that can't be
beat. That cost is easily in line with what you'd normally spend per person for lunch or dinner. You
can't even buy a fast food "value meal" for $3.25. And "value meals" don't stay shelf stable for long
periods of time.

Wouldn't you sleep better at night knowing you and your family will have food on the table (or in the
pouch), no matter what may happen? I urge you not to delay; order your supply of emergency food

The first 72 hours in any emergency are critical. Having a plan in place to ensure everyone has food
is one of the top priorities. That's why we recommend you get at least one Kit per family member. But
if your budget allows, we urge you to stock up and get even more. We've developed a very special
offer for you - but it won't last long, so hurry! The Meal Kit normally costs $59, but for the next 72
hours, you can buy it for just $39.97 (plus $15 shipping and handling). This special sale ends Friday,
February 25, at 11:59pm Central Time. We won't be able to offer prices this low again. To take
advantage of this special sale, order online at and be
sure to use coupon code 72hour.

Be well,

Bill Heid
President, Solutions From Science

P.S. We have ironclad agreements with our supplier so that our supplies will not be interrupted by
government contracts. But we expect demand to be high, so I urge you to order your 72 Hour
Emergency Meal Kit without delay.
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Disclaimer: This is posted for information purposes only. Colin Andrews has no connection or
associations with this company. Colin Andrews – Feb 22, 2011
Posted February 22, 2011