To make emphasizing the need for home emergency preparedness more fun, the Arizona Emergency Information Network has announced the “Emergency Kit Cook-off.”
A typical emergency kit includes three days worth of water (one gallon per person, per day for drinking and hygiene) and non-perishable foods — canned proteins, fruits and vegetables; cereal, granola and trail mixes; peanut butter; dried fruits and nuts; canned juices; and comfort foods like cookies or crackers.
The public’s help is needed in deciding which emergency kit foods become ingredients in this year’s Emergency Kit Cook-off “black box.” Starting today, the public can vote on the ingredients put before Le Cordon Bleu Chef Jon-Paul Hutchins — he’s tackling the black box on live television. Visit www.AzEIN.gov to vote and get more Cook-off details.
“A black box contest is a test of culinary imagination,” said Chef Hutchins. “The Emergency Kit Cook-off is based on the idea that ‘necessity is the mother of all invention.’ We set the constraints, and the cooks are left to create a delicious, original dish.”
Through September, news from the Kit Cook-off, including the announcement of the black box ingredients, will be posted to the Emergency Kit Cook-off webpage and tweeted by AzEIN (www.twitter.com/AzEIN) using the #KitCookoff hashtag.
In addition to the Emergency Kit Cook-off, AzEIN is again co-sponsoring the annual Just in Case arizona Poster Contest with the Arizona Department of Health Services. Open to first- through sixth-graders, the contest is meant to engage children’s creative talents and highlight the simple steps it takes to be prepared. Visit www.AzEIN.govfor information on the 2011 Poster Contest.
Arizona educators are also invited to use materials from the Educators’ Toolbox. Toolbox resources are free for download and include coloring pages, posters, worksheets and handouts. A link to the Educators’ Toolbox can be found on www.AzEIN.gov.