City Desk

It’s National Preparedness Month. Do You Know Where Your Emergency Rations Are?

The Metropolitan Police Department just re-upped its emergency supply kit recommendations this morning in honor of September: Did you know it’s National Preparedness Month?

I occasionally think it might be a good idea to create a kit and come up with a plan since we live in a place terrorists most likely dream about bombing, burning, crashing into, or … well, I think you get the picture. And, now with Swine Flu poised for a comeback, there seems even more reason to stockpile the canned food and water, though I don’t know where one is supposed to put all those rations in the average D.C. apartment. You’d need a separate storage unit. And, wouldn't that defeat the purpose? But some provisions seem appropriate.

Anyone know where I can get one of those face masks?

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  • Bruce Hopkins

    Our customers have come up with some creative ways to "hide their stored food in plain sight." One used the cases as a base for his dining room table. He put a 4x8 sheet of plywood on top and put a tablecloth over it.

    Another stacked the cases under a window sill, and his cat uses the platform to look out the window.

    One other item, twice in our history, canned foods over 100 years old have been found, and found to be edible. You can read about it at