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ER Emergency Ration 1B 3600 Calorie Food Bar for Survival Kits and Disaster Preparedness, Single Bar
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- Certified by the U.S. Coast Guard to remain fresh for up to 5-years.
- Each packet contains nine individual, ready-to-eat 410 calorie rations; requires no preparation
- Durable, zip-close re-sealable packaging; withstands extreme conditions and temperatures (-22F to 149F)
- No trans fats, cholesterol, coconut, or nuts
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|Item Dimensions||1.4 x 5 x 6 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.01 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1.85 pounds|
|Size||3600 calorie - Single Pack|
The 3,600 calorie ER Bar is a 72-hour emergency ration formulated specifically for disaster victims. Each packet contains nine individual 410 calorie rations that are ready-to-eat with no preparation. The ER bar is formulated with an optimum balance of salt, carbohydrates, protein, fat and enriched with the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals. One 3,600 calorie ER Bar can minimally sustain an average person up to three days if necessary, but it’s advisable to evaluate the needs of your family and prepare accordingly. Following a disaster, food supplies may become disrupted, stores closed and power outages could last for days. Survival experts recommend storing a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person to prepare for emergencies. Store ER Bars in multiple locations for easy access to essential nutrition in an emergency. The special re-sealable package is vacuum sealed and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard to maintain freshness for up to 5 years. ER bars contain no coconut or nuts which may cause dangerous allergic reactions when no medical aid is available. Non thirst provoking formula.
From the Manufacturer
ER - Emergency Ready Brand, by Quake Kare: Quake Kare, Inc. is the industry-leading manufacturer and supplier of emergency preparedness kits in the U.S. After moving to ""earthquake country"" in 1982, Sherry Heitz, founder and chairman, recognized the lack of available comprehensive, prepackaged emergency kits in America's earthquake capital. She was disturbed by how many trips she had to make put everything together. She had to find food and water that would store safely and survive extreme temperature changes, shelter, first aid, lights, radios, sanitation, and search/rescue supplies. As a concerned mother put in charge of her children's schools' disaster preparedness, she spoke to other parents who shared similar frustrations. ""Why isn't there one place to go to buy all the emergency supplies you need to prepare for a disaster?""
Using her business background and Community Emergency Preparedness Training (CERT), Sherry set out to fulfill that need and started Quake Kare and pioneered the ""earthquake kit."" Today, this woman-owned company has proudly served thousands of International/Federal/ State Agencies, School Districts Nation-Wide, Fortune 500 Companies and Non-Profit Organizations and partnered with organizations worldwide to minimize the impact of disasters. Quake Kare's staff of CERT trained survival experts remains dedicated to Sherry's principle of providing quality, comprehensive emergency preparedness supplies for all disasters and locations at affordable prices in order to make our communities safer. Being an industry leading manufacturing and wholesaling company, Quake Kare is able to offer the most reliable products and competitive prices.
Top Customer Reviews
As per description, each brick has indentations for dividing it into 9 portions. Due to the dense and dry nature of the food (essentially enriched flour, sugar and fat, no leavening), it has a tendency to crumble and did not break into even pieces, but as the indentations are merely portion guides, this is hardly an issue. Each mylar/foil package is zip lock resealable, which is a convenience not found in other emergency bar packages.
Taste is a mild lemon/vanilla flavor, not overpowering yet not flour and sugar bland either. It tastes a bit like a shortbread cookie with a much denser texture. Texture is somewhat crumbly, even powder-like when bitten or ground off a block/serving.
Like most foods, eating nothing but ER Bars for even three days would be taxing, but in a true emergency situation, you are eating to replace and replenish the basic substances your body needs to continue to function properly. On the other hand, I did not personally find anything wrong with the taste of the rations and while I wouldn't necessarily be eagerly looking forward to eating these three times a day, they are still palatable. And while some may argue differently, I generally agree with the manufacturer's claim that they are for the most part non-thirst provoking. No dry mouth.
As an Army veteran who has happily lived off of MREs in the field for weeks at a time, it should be clarified that emergency food rations are not substitutes for these in any way shape or form so much as emergency rations to be cached in the event of a true emergency or added to emergency car kits, marine kits, go-bags, etc. for emergency use only. The extremely dense and compact (and durable) nature of the packages make them ideal for these applications.
At 27 oz (little more than 1.5 lbs) for 3 days worth of calories, it would be tough to find a more efficient shelf stable food source that contained the same nutritional balance. By comparison, a single 1200 cal MRE weighs about the same with about 2-3 times the bulk unless pre-field stripped (which reduces MRE storage/shelf life). Given the choice between a single MRE or three squares of ER Bars for a reduced 1200 cal/day emergency ration, the MRE would win; no comparison. But when it comes to caching, a case of 20 ER Bars (2 month supply) occupies less storage space than a box of 12 MREs (12 meals total). If space is a consideration, 5 boxes of MREs would be the caloric/nutritional equivalent of a single 20 package box of ER Bars. ER Bars are extremely easy to store/cache and transport.
Health concerns could include the high saturated fat content (used to bind the flour/sugar mixture into bricks as well as provide slower burn energy) at 9g per serving (45% USRDA) as well as the 50% USRDA niacin for those who are niacin sensitive. Low fiber along with the high fat content will likely slow gut motility in the average healthy individual (fewer bowel movements) which is generally beneficial in an emergency survival situation. Lastly, the sodium and potassium content (no added salt/extremely low sodium content) is almost non-existent, making electrolyte replacement a potential issue in high heat environments. The bars do contain potassium iodide.
Are these health concerns really an issue if no other food sources are available? Barring individual with special health needs, probably not.
ER Bars are priced lower than Datrex and Mainstay with slightly larger portions (3600 calorie brick is actually 9*410 kcal bars at 3 oz. @).
I ordered a case direct from QuakeKare and the lot received were manufactured this month (Jun 2011) so old stock should not be an issue.
This is generally not a product to be cycled on a regular basis so much as emergency supplies that are better to have and not need than need and not have (and preferably never need). I have no intention of eating another package myself unless I decide to do a 3 day emergency simulation eating nothing but the recommended 3 square allotment per day.