Atlanta Winter Weather: Another Way to Stock Up

Another round of winter weather is set to shut down Gwinnett County and metro Atlanta in 2014. So here’s a reminder that there’s another way to be prepared besides storming the nearest grocery store or big-box home improvement store.

Online retailer Amazon.com sells an item familiar to military types — Meals Ready to Eat (MRE). There is a genuine U.S. military surplus product, as well as some apparently commercial varieties. And the military surplus variety costs less than the others listed, as of this writing.

The MRE features (per the posting):

  • Flameless heater in every meal
  • 1250 calories each, with protein/fat/carb mix of 13/36/51%
  • Easy to pack and transport, great for emergencies
  • Assorted Flavor (randomly picked)

These MREs have a shelf life of about three years at room temperature, according to the Q&A on the posting.

Customer reviews on Amazon are favorable:

Ordered 4 MRE’s for a backpacking trip and these are good products. They are the actual military MREs and at a good price. Shipping was fast. Only complaint was I got two vegetarian meals and Beef Stew (I hate potatoes). Probably why they are a little cheaper is because you can’t pick your meals. Real deal stuff though

— How did you prepare for this latest winter storm in Atlanta? Tell us in the comments below.

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About Steve Burns

I live in the Atlanta area. I also lived for many years in Southern California. I'm into mainstream media, social media, sports, business and politics. I worked for AOL's Patch, but this is my personal blog. I'm on Twitter (@bsteve76), Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest. See ya 'round!
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