The Emergency Food Can

The following article was sent to me by my friend Ed Harris.  This is his suggestion for a one week supply for one person.


Emergency Food Can  – The following all packs into a one M2A1 waterproof steel ammunition  can as an emergency 1 man/week food supply for your boat, vehicle or aircraft.  1 gallon per day of potable water, minimum, is still needed for drinking, washing and cooking.

  • 3 lbs. dry rice
  • 2 lbs. dry beans
  • 2 cans SPAM
  • 6 ozs. dried onion flakes
  • 2.5 oz. Chipotle seasoning
  • 2.75 oz. Cajun seasoning
  • 7 teabags
  • 64 wooden strike anywhere matches,
  • 12 trioxane fuel bars
  • 12 petroleum jelly infused cotton balls
  • Ferro rod
  • Fire starting tool NSN 4240-01-160-5618
  • Hand twist-type pencil sharpener to produce wood shavings from sticks as tinder
  • Mil-K-818 or Swiss Army Spartan pocket knife
  • Razor, folding, utility
  • Saw, folding, utility
  • Canteen cup and warming stand
  • Mess kit fork and spoon
  • 1/3 c. measure; 2/3c. rice to 1/3c. beans, soak overnight in 2c. water before cooking.
  • Personal illuminator and four extra AA batteries
  • Land Survival Pamphlet FAA-P-8740-59, AFS-803 (1999)
  • 100 rds.  .22 LR hollowpoint ammunition (substitute water filter if no firearm is in survival kit).
  • 50 ft. light duty nylon utility cord, for taglines
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2 Responses to The Emergency Food Can

  1. Jon says:

    Looks like a pretty good idea to me. I would add at least 1 roll of TP to this kit. (you can crush it down pretty good with or without the cardboard tube.)

  2. Common Sense says:

    I would suggest one or two garbage bags (can be used for human waste in enclosed spaces, or as a quick sack to carry foraged or picked food or supplies a short distance)
    I also think adding some vitamins is a decent idea- as the availability of fresh produce can be limited on the move or in an emergency- and it can be surprising how much some vitamins can pick you up and improve overall well being.

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