Amazon and Costco are selling emergency kits that can feed a family for a year -- and it reveals a disturbing new normal in America

CostcoAmazon and Costco are selling emergency survival kits for up to $US6,000.
  • Amazon and Costco are selling emergency survival kits for up to $US6,000.
  • The kits are designed to help families survive disasters that last a matter of days to as long as a year.
  • 2017 was a record year for losses to natural disasters, and experts say things could get even worse.

Americans preparing for anything from a hurricane to “an emergency of Biblical proportions” can find what they need to survive on Costco and Amazon.

The retailers are selling a variety of emergency survival kits, some of which can feed a family of four for up to a year.

Options at Costco include a $US5,999.99 kit containing 600 cans of food designed to to feed four people 12 months, based on a per-person diet of 2,000 calories a day. Costco’s cheapest kit, at $US999.99, contains 96 cans and can feed one person for a year on a diet of 1,200 calories a day.

The kits contain freeze-dried broccoli, green beans, corn, dehydrated apples, and other grains and proteins that have a shelf life of up to 30 years.

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Options on Amazon include a 30-day supply of food in a single bucket, a backpack containing everything a family of four might need for 72 hours of survival, and pouches of emergency drinking water.

There are hundreds of reviews for the products on Amazon – including more than 850 reviews for the water pouches online – indicating considerable demand for the products. In all, Amazon offers 255 products listed under its “emergency survival kit” category.

Amazon customers who reviewed some of the kits said they purchased them for anything from “an emergency of Biblical proportions” to “the inevitable zombie apocalypse” and natural disasters like hurricanes or earthquakes.

After all, 2017 was a record year for losses to natural disasters, including hurricanes Maria, Harvey, and Irma, as well as massive wildfires that ravaged California.

Seven separate outbreaks of tornadoes and severe storms earlier in the year caused upwards of $US1 billion in damage,USA Today reports.

Some experts say the record-high rates of natural disasters represent a new normal.

“Some of the catastrophic events, such as the series of three extremely damaging hurricanes, or the very severe flooding in South Asia after extraordinarily heavy monsoon rains, are giving us a foretaste of what is to come,” Torsten Jeworrek, a board member for the reinsurer Munich Re, told The New York Times in January.

“Our experts expect such extreme weather to occur more often,” he added.

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