With the hurricane season creeping into our lives, I noticed this Black Scout Survival video on YouTube and think it’s a great educational piece.

During boot camp at Fort Sill, Okla., I had to eat the hurricane rations multiple times. Eventually, your mouth starts to water when you see the real-deal military MREs (Meal Read to Eat). And the chow hall meals seem like gifts from heaven.

Any combat veteran who has spent time at the most austere and remote bases in Iraq or Afghanistan can tell you how little they looked forward to eating military MREs after about a month straight of eating them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


The FEMA MREs as shown in this video are way less enticing than those brown bag meals.

“This is basically a good reason why to be prepared: You don’t want to have to be given these at FEMA camp,” said Jack Richland, the host of the YouTube channel.

As he shows, the FEMA food doesn’t have a heating element, so every meal would be cold. Whereas every military MRE has a small one-use heater.

I think the moral of the story is that if you fail to prepare, then you’re preparing to fail. And that doesn’t taste so good.

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