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Best of State Winner for 2016

Nitro-Pak VOTED the Best Preparedness Food

And Supply Company AGAIN for 2016!

HEBER CITY, UT– On April 10th, 2016, the “Utah Best of State Committee” announced this year’s Best of State Award Winners in over 200 different business categories. This year’s winner for the Preparedness Food and Supplies category, Nitro-Pak Preparedness Center Inc., was once again voted #1 again for the fifth time to receive this coveted award.

To be honored even once for this prestigious award is a high honor. To win it now for the fifth time, four times more than any other competitor says volume’s about Nitro-Pak. Their Founder and President Harry R Weyandt responded saying “Wow! I can’t believe that out of all preparedness companies we have here in Utah, that Nitro-Pak would once again be voted to receive this highly prestigious award. Our employees deserve all the credit for making this happen. I couldn’t be prouder of them!”

When one considers how many other emergency preparedness supply, food storage sellers and food storage canning & bucket food manufactures that are based here in Utah (it is estimated Utah has somewhere over 100 different companies in this industry) it is quite remarkable that since the Best of State organization first introduced the Preparedness Food & Supply category in 2011, Nitro-Pak was won this coveted award four straight years in a row!

Award winners will be recognized at the “Best of State Award’s Black-Tie Gala” banquet. It is humbling to be rubbing shoulders among the very best businesses in Utah. Some are mega billion dollar “Fortune 500” companies who were selected winners alongside many small businesses winners like Nitro-Pak. Each is recognized equally the same as exemplar examples as leaders in their respect fields.

When asked about receiving this award again for the fifth time, four times in a row, Mr. Weyandt enthusiastically responded, “After being in business now for over 30 years, I’m still excited to be in business! Every day I get to live the America Dream. Yes, “the dream” is still alive in America and my wonderful wife Vickie and I are living proof of that, but we did not get here alone. We recognize that no business ever rises to the top without exceptional and caring employees. These are our front line warrior’s. Our employees are the real winners of this award and we sincerely thank each of them.

In addition, we thank our loyal customers that have allowed us the opportunity to serve them and provide products that bring a little more peace-of-mind and security in their lives.
Lastly, but most importantly for Vickie and I, is to humbly thank and express our thanks to our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ for our chance to be here on earth to experience all we have. He has blessed us with five wonderful children that we are so very proud of along with their spouses and for our ten grandchildren whom we love and adore. These are our real treasures in this life.”

It is easy to see why this exceptional company continues to lead the field and chosen number one again.

About Nitro-Pak Preparedness Center

Nitro-Pak was established in 1985 and has helped over 10 million Americans with their emergency food and preparedness needs. Customer service is their passion. They offer a wide range of freeze-dried meals and food storage packages as well as a whole host of emergency survival kits and other related preparedness gear. To learn more, please visit their website at

What Are the Best Foods for Long-Term Storage?

What Are the Best Foods for Long-Term Storage?

What Are the Best Foods for Long-Term Storage?

Food storage is the foundation of any preparedness plan. For a lot of people, it can be overwhelming. Where do you start? What do you need? Where are you going to put it all?

Fortunately, it’s a lot easier than it sounds. Like any large task, an effective food storage plan is best tackled one step at a time. Your first step, of course, is to decide what food to store. You want to choose food that is cost-effective, nutritious, has a long shelf-life, and that you enjoy eating.

Here are eight types of food that meet those criteria:


If you want a cheap food that will last almost forever, it’s hard to beat rice. You can pick up a 20 pound bag at any grocery store for around $10, and it has a shelf-life of over 20 years when properly stored. Opt for white rice instead of brown because brown only has a shelf-life of about 6 months.


Nearly as inexpensive as rice and offering just as long of a shelf-life, beans pack plenty of protein, which would otherwise be tough to find during a crisis. Unlike most other plant-based protein, beans contain provide a source of all nine essential amino acids.


You can only store wheat long-term in its original form, which means you also need a grinder to turn it into flour. This isn’t a problem; it just adds one extra step. Proper storage will give you a shelf-life of 20 years or more. You’ll probably have to order it online, but I recommend only buying non-GMO wheat.


Although it looks like a grain, quinoa is actually a seed, and like beans, it provides a complete protein. It has a shorter shelf-life than some of the other foods we’ve covered at about 3 years, but that should be plenty if you practice proper food rotation.


Scientists have found honey in the ancient pyramids that was still just as tasty and completely safe for consumption as the day the tomb was sealed thousands of years ago. Honey is a rich source of calories and a versatile sweetener with an unlimited shelf-life.


Like honey, sugar has an unlimited shelf-life, plus it’s cheap and easy to store.

Freeze-Dried Food

The biggest benefit of freeze-dried food is the convenience. Each case contains a variety of meals, and nowadays, you can easily find products that meet almost any dietary restriction, such as vegetarian, gluten-free, or paleo. Preparation is as simple as adding hot water, and the shelf-life is around 25 years.

Canned Food

Canned food is another great option because as long as the seal is not damaged, it will remain safe to eat indefinitely. It’s relatively inexpensive and very convenient—all you need is a can opener to enjoy a meal. The only thing you need to look out for is BPA-lined cans.


A cool, dry location is best for storage, which means your garage is out of the question. You’re probably thinking that doesn’t leave you with much space, but here are a few places you can store food in almost any home:

• under beds
• behind bookshelves
• behind entertainment centers
• inside the cold air return
• in a basement
• under the stairs
• inside an ottoman
• inside closets
• utility rooms

No matter where you store your food, it’s important to rotate it as it’s eaten so that you always have a fresh supply on hand.

Ideally, you should seal your food in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers, and if possible, seal those bags in food-grade 5-gallon buckets. This will ensure the maximum shelf-life of your food.

About the Author

Jeremy Knauff is a Marine Corps infantry veteran and the founder of How To Survive It, where he shares survival, prepping, and self-defense tips.

Home Preparedness Checklist

Home preparedness Checklist


Emergency Preparedness Checklist

What to Include in a ‘Bug-Out’ Kit

The checklist below is intended to be a starting point for building your own 72hr ‘Bug-Out’ kit and is not intended to be all-inclusive. You may think of additional items you want to include. We offer a separate Home Emergency Preparedness Checklist for supplies to have-on-hand at home that you can to download to assist you.
Be sure to keep your kit as light as possible, preferably under 25 lbs. Can be built for 1 or 2 persons (adjust supplies accordingly).

Be careful. Weight adds quickly here.
☐ Lifeboat water pouches–5yr SL
Recommend 4 per day (12 p/p)
☐ *Personal water filtering bottle
☐ *Chlorine dioxide purifying tablets
☐ *Extra water (to carry)
We recommend only non-thirst provoking food
rations that are not affected by heat or freezing.
☐ 3600 calorie Mainstay, Datrex or
Millennium food bars p/p
☐ *Granola bars, jerky, trail mix, etc.
☐ *Freeze-dried meals
☐ *Cereals, powdered soups,
powdered drink mix
(extra water req’d to eat/digest)
☐ *Plastic plate, cup & utensils
☐ Knucklemender™ first aid kit with
first aid manual
☐ N95 Surgical/dust masks
☐ Chap lip stick
☐ *Sun, insect repellant wipes
☐ Emergency space blanket
☐ Lightweight bivy sleeping bag
☐ Emergency poncho
☐ Hand & body warmers (6)
☐ Water/wind proof matches
☐ Disposable butane lighter
☐ Tube tent shelter
☐ *Folding lightweight stove & fuel
☐ *Baseball/knit cap
☐ $20-$100 cash in small bills. Checks
& Credit cards may be useless.
☐ Playing cards, small games
☐ Chewing gum
☐ Hard candy drops
☐ Lightweight jacket
☐ Personal protection device(s)
☐ *Sturdy comfy shoes
☐ *Extra underwear set

☐ 36hr candle
☐ LED flashlight & spare batteries
☐ Instant 12hr lightsticks (2-3)
☐ *LED Headlamp
☐ Solar/crank/battery am/fm/noaa
weather radio
☐ Camping whistle w/lanyard
☐ Pen, pencil, paper, notepad
☐ Spare batteries (all devices)
☐ Important phone # in/out of town
☐ *Solar/crank cell phone charger
☐ Alcohol hand sanitizer/wipes (12)
☐ Roll of toilet tissue
☐ Compact facial tissue (2)
☐ Nitrile exam gloves (2pr)
☐ Sanitation toilet bag liner
☐ *Small wash towel
☐ *Toothbrush, paste, comb, razor
☐ *Feminine hygiene supplies
☐ *Compact baby wipes
☐ *Concentrated camp soap (sm)
☐ *Contact lens solution
☐ Multi-function tool w/can opener
☐ Mini sew kit
☐ 50’-100’ nylon paracord/rope
☐ Duct tape (mini roll)
☐ Leather palm gloves
☐ 3mil garbage bag
☐ Plastic shovel/trowel
☐ *Compass/local map of area
☐ *Safety goggles/sun glasses
☐ Personal medications needed
☐ Copy of doctor prescriptions
☐ *Baby formula, cereal, diapers,
baby wipes
☐ Quality backpack for your gear
☐ Spare car/home keys
☐ Copy of passport & driver’s license
☐ Stress reliever games/cards

Nitro-Pak® Preparedness Center, Inc  “America’s Foremost Emergency Food & Gear Company”™
1.800.866.4876 
Permission granted to copy this checklist for non-commercial use with credits included. ©2014 Nitro-Pak®