In August the Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN) asked the public to help determine the ingredients for its inaugural Family Emergency Kit Cook-off, a new National Preparedness Month activity, in cooperation with the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, and inspired by the 72-hour emergency kit.

The public has until Oct. 7 to submit an original recipe using some or all of the "black box" ingredients. Home cooks are also free to use some basic pantry items, include a manual can opener, select seasonings, condiments and a gallon of water.

Visit for a list of approved pantry items and submission guidelines.

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