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Mountain House Confirms Freeze Dried Food Shortage

Posted By Mac Slavo On December 10, 2010 @ 1:06 pm In Emergency Preparedness | 68 Comments

Mountain House FoodsOregon based Mountain House [1], a division of Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc., has confirmed reports of shortages in their freeze dried food product line.

In an email to SHTFplan.com [2], Mountain House Sales Division Manager Melanie Cornutt said it is true that larger distributors and dealers are receiving limited stocks of inventory, and that Mountain House is unable to provide freeze dried foods in #10 cans to smaller distributors due to significant global demand. A number #10 can is generally purchased for larger camping groups or for emergency food storage, as it holds approximately six pounds, or 13 cups, of food with approximately 10 - 25 servings per can.

When asked what the cause for the atypical demand may be, Ms. Cornutt said, “we have nothing concrete, but we believe this is contributing to most of it - Federal reserve talking about buying $600 billion worth of treasury notes, which could de-value the USD, hence causing inflation fears. In addition, we have had many Americans call and express concerns with our current government.”

Though recent reports suggest that US emergency service agencies, law enforcement and the military have stepped up preparedness efforts [3], Ms. Cornutt rebuffed rumors that the Federal government may be responsible for acquiring much of the food for emergency services preparations saying, “the Federal Government/FEMA are not making large purchases of our Mountain House #10 cans.”

A leading online emergency products firm and distributor to agencies such as Department of Homeland Security and the TSA also put this rumor to rest, saying the government “has not purchased more than normal,” in recent months.

Nitro-Pak [4], another preparedness web site and large distributor of Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods, has alerted customers that emergency food demand is so high, their processing time for new orders is approaching one month, citing inflation fears as the main culprit. “Orders with #10 can foods or food reserve units are processing in about 28 business days due to the extremely high demand that has been caused by our nation’s current political & economic uncertainty as well as high inflation fears. We anticipate prices will soon rise as are all food prices worldwide,” reads a shipping update memo on the web site.

When asked about inflation fears, a Nitro-Pak representative said that inflation resulting from government policies seems to be the main motivating factor for their customers. The representative also cited the popularity of the preparedness trend, suggesting that recent Glenn Beck episodes [5] promoting food storage may have something to do with the interest in personal food preparedness.

Mountain House says that the production delays within their freeze dried food division should be resolved soon. “We anticipate this to continue through February/March of 2011,” according to Melanie Cornutt, “this timing may change, but as of today, this is the best estimate we have.”

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Carbon Monoxide, Winter’s Silent Killer

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Carbon Monoxide is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. If you are being accidentally poisoned, you may not know it until it is too late, possibly while you sleep.


Carbon monoxide is produced whenever a fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, or wood is burned. The amount produced depends on the quality of the burn, or combustion. A poor burn or improper ventilation will build up a high concentration in the home.
Carbon Monoxide in high concentrations, starves the oxygen from bodily tissues, which could lead to seizure, coma, and fatality. Preliminary symptoms are flu-like and include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, and weakness.
It is said that about 500 people die each year in the US from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning while thousands require emergency treatment.


Carbon Monoxide is a gas, weighs slightly less than air, and will tend to rise and accumulate more-so upstairs in a home if the heating system is malfunctioning. However, the first floor is still vulnerable under the same circumstances.
A furnace that is not completely and efficiently burning all of its fuel (poor combustion) will produce excess Carbon Monoxide. Furnaces with air intake filters can clog, causing poor fuel combustion and high Carbon Monoxide levels. Furnaces with improper venting will release high amounts of Carbon Monoxide into the living area.


Prevention is the key to survival. Preventing Carbon Monoxide poisoning is a three step process. Ensure proper venting, proper combustion, and proper detection.
Carbon Monoxide detection can only be trusted to a quality Carbon Monoxide detector. Truly, every home that has a heating system that burns oil, natural gas, kerosene, or wood, should have at least one detector. Best to have one on each level of the home.
As we head into the winter months, please consider protecting your family from the unthinkable. Just like a home smoke alarm, a Carbon Monoxide detector could save your life from winter’s silent killer.


There are quite a lot of Carbon Monoxide detectors out there to pick from. Here is a popular brand detector that has an actual readout of the present level (many do not), and is battery operated like a typical smoke alarm, and can be mounted anywhere. This is not a specific endorsement – any Carbon Monoxide detector is better than none. Browse around and find what suits you.
Front Load Battery-Operated Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Digital Display



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Stay Dry – The First Rule of Survival

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There is an old saying that has to do with hypothermia – “Stay Dry…Stay Alive.”  Hypothermia is the #1 killer of people in the outdoors and a serious concern for individuals preparing for both natural and man made disasters (TEOTWAWKI).

If you are caught out in the elements unexpectedly without proper clothes and shelter, survival-knife-survival-rifle-bug-out-bag-teotwawkihypothermia can set in within minutes to hours depending on the severity of your situation.  The risk of hypothermia can be prevented (or at least minimized) with some general planning with your Bug Out Bag and know how.
To always be prepared for the unexpected when you travel outdoors is easier said than done, I know, but try to at least plan for the most common contingencies before you walk out the door.   Ask yourself; do I have everything I need in case something unexpected happens?  Keep an emergency bag in all of your vehicles.  It should contain food, water, warm clothes, hat, winter gloves, warm socks, flashlight, boots, first aid kit, survival knife, fire starting kit and a winter type jacket & pants.

What to Wear

Have a plan, if hiking or camping always carry a personal first aid kit and wear the appropriate gear.  Always wear clothes that are warm and made of  material that continues to insulate even when wet or is quick drying, such as wool (SmartWool), or lightweight moisture wicking synthetic material, such as Polartec or polypropylene.  Always avoid wearing cotton, just remember the saying “Cotton is Rotten” as it loses all its insulating properties when wet and when it is against your skin it can quickly lower your body temperature.  There is another saying in the outdoor world, “Friends don’t let friends wear cotton”.
People make this common mistake with cotton especially with their t-shirt and underwear nuclear-winter-survivalselection, look for a synthetic t-shirt and long underwear material.  Clothing worn in loose layers provides better insulation than a heavy single-layer garment.  This also allows you to layer up and layer down depending on the temperature.  Unfortunately there is not just “One” coat that you can buy that is perfect for all weather conditions but a good outer shell jacket with a few layers of light jackets and/or shirts will keep you warm and dry in some of the worst scenarios.  It is also important to keep an extra base layer in a water proof bag to change into in case you get wet.  If your base layer is moisture wicking /quick drying and you are moving, then your body heat naturally dries out your clothing while you are moving but if you are forced to stop while wet, it’s nice to have a dry change of clothes.

Bug Out Bag & Emergency Car Kit

When planning your Bug Out Bag or Emergency Car Kit, it is good to have a solid pair of warm survival-clothes-survival-clothing-survival-knifewater-resistant boots or even better, boots that will dry quickly.  Some folks keep an extra pair of water proof Gor-tex socks as back up in case their boots do get wet.  That way even with cold wet boots, you can take off your wet socks and replace them with the Gor-tex socks (along with a dry pair of insulated socks) and your feet will stay dry for awhile.  Gore-Tex is supposed to be breathable but the bottom line is that your feet will still sweat inside of them, they are not a perfect solution. Remember to water proof all of your clothing items in your Bug Out Bag by putting them in sealed bags, there is nothing worse than needing dry clothes and finding out that all of your stuff is soaked.  The best clothing and footwear is going to be items that will wick water away, be breathable and dry quickly after they get wet.  Remember, the cotton rule applies to your feet as well “Cotton is Rotten.”  Check out socks made by Point 6, they make some good merino wool socks.  I have been reading bug out bag lists lately and a lot of people are not including a shelter in their bag.  Personally I think that is a mistake.  For a few extra pounds in your bag, you could have a shelter that can be assembled in minutes and protect you and your loved ones from snow, rain, and wind.  I have seen some people keep small shelters in their cars as well for emergencies.

Medical Conditions

Before medical experts knew much about hypothermia, being cold and wet was simply considered part of of being outside in the elements.  If you became cold and wet, you did not complain or whine, you would just keep going.  Hypothermia, however, is a physical condition where the body loses heat faster than it can be replaced.  This cycle results in the body core temperature dropping below 98.6 degrees.  Exposure to cold water, snow, rain, wind and even one’s own perspiration will accelerate the progression of the condition.  Eventually the brain, heart, lungs and other vital organs are affected. Even a mild case of hypothermia can exhaust a person’s physical and mental abilities and increase the risks of serious accidents.  If left untreated, severe hypothermia may result in unconsciousness and in some cases….death.
A person may be alert, but unaware that he or she has mild hypothermia (described as winter-survival-skills-stay-drya body core temperature drop to 97˚ F or below).  Shivering, cold hands and feet, loss of dexterity, and pain from cold are some of the symptoms. This can easily turn into a moderate case (body core temperature drops to 93˚ F or below) when the person’s shivering slows or stops.  Severe hypothermia will occur when the body temperature falls between 82˚ F and 90˚ F. Confusion, slurred speech, loss of reasoning and muscular rigidity are some of the symptoms.   A person may refuse help or deny that he or she is having a problem.  A state of semi-consciousness or even unconsciousness may set in as conditions worsen.  If a person’s body temperature drops below 82˚ F, hypothermia becomes a critical situation. The body starts to shut down and vital signs weaken.  A person may appear to be dead as muscle rigidity increases, and the skin turns cold and appears bluish-gray in color.  A victim will not live long in this condition unless immediate medical attention is received.
Recognizing the symptoms of hypothermia is paramount for treatment and preventing further heat loss.  With a mild case of hypothermia, allowing the body to re-warm itself and retain body heat will correct the situation.  This can be accomplished by replacing wet clothing with warm and dry ones, sipping on a warm non- alcoholic drink, applying a gentle heat source, or doing some light exercises to warm up.  Do not exercise to the point of perspiration, as it can limit the body’s ability to warm back up in the cold.  With severe and critical cases of hypothermia it is important to obtain medical help as soon as possible. Treat the person for shock and handle them with extreme care.  Do not give the victim any food or drink.  Apply a mild heat source to the head, neck, chest and groin to minimize further loss of body heat.  In severe conditions, try to put two people in the same sleeping bag, removing any wet clothes to re-warm the person suffering from hypothermia.

Expedient Lean-To Shelter Using Snow or Tree Branches

If you are caught out in the elements unprepared, get out of the wind, rain or snow, find shelter, wilderness-survival-bushcraftand build a fire if possible.  Look for naturally occurring shelters such as large trees, dense bushes or a rock out cropping.  Know how to build an expedient shelter using a poncho or lean-to using tree branches and other items found on the forest floor.  Also know how and when to build a snow trench or quinzee.
Hypothermia can occur in almost any environment at air temperatures below or above freezing. However, most cases tend to take place between 30 and 50 degrees, when victims underestimate the danger of exposure to the elements. Anyone can get hypothermia; it can strike even the most highly trained and experienced individuals in the outdoors.  So no matter the scenario, if you are caught out in the elements immediately seek shelter or put on protection against moisture because once you become wet and cold, hypothermia is sure to follow.

Remember “Stay Dry…Stay Alive.”

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