With all the natural disasters going on, it’s not surprise that emergency food kits are all the rage. Costco has one that will feed you for a year (about 1,200 calories a day) made up of 1-gallon cans of non-perishables like grains, granola, potatoes, beans, corn, a few proteins (beef, chicken, milk) and freeze-dried and dehydrated fruits and vegetables.
The kits costs $1,000 and, as of press time, are out of stock.
According to Today, these food kits aren’t new — they’ve been around for at least a couple of years — but recently reemerged after the Detroit Free Press ran their story about surviving a disaster in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
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Ken Dalto, a retail expert with Kenneth J. Dalto in Bingham Farms told the DFP that customers are “working people who fear for their lives.” And talked about the destruction the hurricanes caused, saying, “You add to that climate change, and terrorism, and the idea of nuclear war, which is very much in the news with North Korea, and they can develop a missile that might be able to hit California — even Seattle.”
Costco, which is based just outside of Seattle in Issaquah, won’t give numbers on how many people are buying these kits, but did tell the DFP that “The idea came about making a great starter kit for a family who wanted to prepare for any kind of disaster. This is a great value with shipping included.”
If you want to live through the apocalypse with others (perhaps ones with can openers and/or bottles of wine), you can also buy larger kits for $4,000 and $6,000.
Walmart is also getting into the emergency food supply game with a series of kits that retail for as low as $25.88.