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Emergency Essentials

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LAST UPDATED: October 17th, 2022

Emergency Essentials at BePrepared.com is an emergency preparedness retailer specializing in all types of supplies and gear for camping, emergency kits, long-term food and water storage, and daily-use food storage. It is headquartered in Orem, Utah and maintains storefronts in 4 Utah cities: Orem, South Jordan, Murray, and Bountiful. Emergency Essentials is an emergency preparedness consultant with the Department of Homeland Security. 

Emergency Essentials provides an inventory of high-quality food supplies that have been dehydrated, freeze-dried, and nutrition-protected while maintaining good flavor as well as non-food products that perform well. The company committed to keeping up on the science of preparedness and claims it will not mislead to make a sale or sell something that won't be useful. 

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The Good

  • Product Selection
  • Educational Resources
  • Price and Quality Guarantees
  • Deals and Promotions 

Product Selection

Emergency Essentials' online inventory consists of the following categories and sub-categories: 

  • Food: Entrees and meals, meats, fruits, vegetables, dairy, eggs, cereals, grain, pasta, beans, legumes, desserts, drinks, ingredients, and broths. Food storage items can be filtered by preparation method (freeze-dried, dehydrated, just add water, or baking and seasoning) or packaging method (large cans, pouches, buckets, or storage containers).  
  • Kits, Supplies, and Combos: Food supplies, 1-year supply, 6-month supply, 3-month supply, 1-month supply, 72 hour supply, food group combos, monthly plans, and Kim Komando 5-day kit
  • Water Storage: Barrels and tanks, portable containers, prepackaged water, and water accessories like filters and pumps 
  • MREs (Meals Ready to Eat):  MRE combos and cases, complete meals, individual entrees, drinks, desserts, and MRE heaters 
  • Emergency Gear: Tents, warmth, lighting, power, sanitation, first aid, food, water, sleeping bags, backpacks, communications, tools and navigation, garden essentials, and planning products 
  • Cooking Equipment: Cook stoves, grain mills, food processing, and kitchen items 
  • Emergency Kits: emergency and survival kits, first-aid kits and supplies, pandemic supplies, and portable food and water  

Educational Resources 

In addition to customer service representatives, Emergency Essentials employs a preparedness specialist who is on call to answer questions customers have about emergency preparation. It's refreshing to see a company that cares about consumer education and doesn't merely publish sales materials.

There are a number of self-led educational resources that can be filtered according to category, such as recipes, first aid and sanitation, budgeting, etc. Resources also emphasize the benefits of being prepared for any unexpected event (such as illness, accident, or job loss), not just emergency situations involving natural disasters. 

The Preparedness Resource Center includes:  

  • A blog with articles regarding every facet of disaster readiness 
  • Downloadable Prep 101 guide 
  • Downloadable Hurricane Survival Guide 
  • Emergency Preparedness newsletter   

Price and Quality Guarantees

Emergency Essentials offers a low price guarantee. If you find a lower price on the same item at a local store or another online retailer, the company will match the lower price within 30 days of purchase! In addition, there is a 30-day unconditional satisfaction guarantee on all items sold. 

Perhaps the company's most impressive guarantee, though, is its long shelf-life for food items. Individually sealed pouches and oxygen absorbers ensure a 25-year shelf life. 

Deals and Promotions

At any given time, Emergency Essentials is running a number of deals and promotions. If website visitors sign up for an email list that includes survival content and company deals, they receive 15% off their first order.  Each day there is a selection of flash sale items that are available in limited quantities for a limited time. Additionally, there are generally discounted items available within the closeout, overstock, and discontinued sales section. Customers can also save money by taking advantage of group specials, purchasing items in bulk for family, friends, and neighbors.

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The Bad

  • Food Storage Analyzer Discontinued 

Food Storage Analyzer Discontinued 

Until 2013 Emergency Essentials offered an online tool that assisted individuals in keeping track of food storage inventory and in accumulating adequate food storage over time. Unfortunately, this popular tool is no longer available.  

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The Bottom Line

Emergency Essentials really is a one-stop-shop for emergency prep. Its non-perishable food inventory suits a range of budgets and household sizes with options to purchase individual serving sizes or to buy in bulk. Flash sales items circulate frequently and there are always discounted products or discount promotions available. 

With over 30 years of experience and a loyal customer base, Emergency Essentials has proven to be an expert in the industry. Whether you are starting an emergency supply from scratch or just need a few items to supplement your existing storage, BePrepared.com is a good place to start.

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Life of Frog South Bend, IN

The freeze dried food is excellent, lasts easily 20-25 years (I currently have cans from them that are 22 years old and we have used some of them and the food is still good!), I only wish they would bring back all their preparedness/survival products they had. Several years back they switched to just focusing on the food, which is a shame because we enjoyed purchasing camping, survival, hunting, fishing, and other prepper goodies from them! Especially their solar ovens, reusable hand warmers, bung wrenches, and first aid kits .

1 month ago

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Thomas Hullinger Pleasant Grove, UT

They have a great selection of products that are easy to store and easy to use and prepare when needed. I like that they have everything I need, and I can buy a little at a time and then build it up over time. Good information as well.

4 years ago

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Irene Hass Edwardsville, IL

Have been purchasing from "Be Prepared"/Emergency Essentials for many years. They have the best combination of prices and shipping rates out there. It's a "10" company and only reason I gave it a "9" is they no longer carry some of the fantastic MRE's I was able to get a long time ago, but then, I have my supply so am pleased,

7 years ago

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Charlen Carignan Palatka, FL

I love Emergency Essentials. I have bought from them several times, and have recommended them on several group sites. I like that they are now making their own brand of food storage, more savings!

7 years ago

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janalee sanders Valley Center, CA

I have only used this company for 1 order but was pleased with what I received. they had most everything I was looking for and with the items that qualified for their advertised discount I feel like the prices were pretty good. the order was sent fairly quickly as well.

3 years ago

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Angela Nelson Pleasant Grove, UT

I love Emergency Essentials! I have used their stuff for 20 years and have been very happy with the quality and the value. We have built our food storage and our emergency supplies through their group specials online and also by visiting their store. The employees at the store are very helpful and even provide samples if you want to try something.

4 years ago

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Keith Glass Fairfax, VA

My only "complaint" is that they tend to run on a "just-in-time" stock model, and on occasion, they get back-ordered on popular and sale items. . .

7 years ago

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S Suguturaga Orem, UT

This company provides great products and excellent customer service any time there are questions about what works best for different situations.

3 years ago

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Deborah Hyde Springfield, MO

This company is good about supplying the latest essentials for emergency purposes. I have enjoyed getting their catalogs and seeing what is new.

4 years ago

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Amelia Gibson South Jordan, UT

I have enjoyed using this company. They have great food products that are perfect for emergencies.

4 years ago

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Trent Lehi, UT

Associates are very helpful in finding what you need and staying within your budget.

5 years ago

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AlisaD Salt Lake City, UT

Supplies are great to have. Food is not great,

10 months ago

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Suzanna Wootton Springville, UT

Love their products! I wish that they weren't as expensive as they are, though.

4 years ago

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Mitch Krull Pleasant Grove, UT

Good products, decent price. Will shop again. Hopefully I get to use one day to get my money worth.

4 years ago

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Rachel B Eagle Mountain, UT

Prices are a little high at times, but overall it’s a great value and the employees are great!

4 years ago