Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (September 2017)



First . . . Our hearts go out to the people in Texas and Louisiana who are currently facing the many difficulties of  Hurricane Harvey. Our prayers and support are with you all. May Heavenly Father watch over you, your loved ones and your homes. May you find peace and comfort at this very difficult time. Thank you to all the first responders and volunteers who are risking their lives to rescue and save the lives of others. You are our heroes!

Lots to say this month . . .


 
Your Own First Responder . . .


About ago week the Spirit said to me, "You will be your own first responder in a disaster situation". I have been pondering on this message for several days. Little did I know at the time that the hurricane in Houston, Texas and Louisiana would prove this message. As I have watched the hurricane events unfold on the TV news stations I can see how this message is true. It may take hours, days, weeks before first responsers or help can arrive, especially if roads are blocked.

One story I listened to was a man, not a first responder as we think of, out in his boat, as many have been doing, to see who he could help. He saw a woman on her front porch with the water up to the porch. He asked if she needed rescued. Her response, "I have called 911 and am waiting for them". His responded back to her, "They are not coming, I am it. Do you want to come with me?"

In disaster situations like this we will be "our own first responders" and our neighbors. We will probably be alone and need to handle things ourselves and help our neighbors the best we can. There will be no first responders, no firemen, no police officers and no medical help. We will most likely be on our own. How well will you be able to take care of yourself, your family and help your neighbors? How prepared are you? 

In another report I heard the news caster say there is no electricity, very little communication, no sanitation, no drinking water, no food, no shelter for many and no one on the way to help. You are on your own!

We individually need to be prepared for what every disaster or emergency situation may come our way. We need to be prepared to be our own first responders.   

Helping children cope with disasters . . .

As parents we try to protect our children from witnessing terrible things. I love how the beloved Mr. Rogers' mother helped him. Such a good idea  . . .


New School Year . . . New Beginning 


Each new school year for our children and grandchildren is a new beginning. A new time to prepared and learn. We are like these children, it is a time for us to prepare and learn. We need to be prepared for all the types of disasters that can effect us where we live. We need to store food, drinking water, emergency electricity in the way of flashlights and lanterns, etc., a way for sanitation, some type of shelter to protect us from the elements. This is a new school year, a new beginning. This is a new beginning for us, a time to prepare. Why not start now?

Come, Come Ye Saints 


The Mormon Pioneers sang this beloved hymn as they where forced from their homes and crossed the plains to Utah. Our world is in turmoil. I find great comfort and peace in these words . . .

Come, come ye Saints, no toil nor labor fear;
But with joy wend your way.
Though hard to you this journey may appear,
Grace shall be as your day.
"Tis better far for us to strive
Our useless cares from us to drive:
Do  this, and joy your heart's will swell--
All is well! All is well!

Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard?
"Tis not so; all is right.
Why should we think to earn a great reward
If we now shun the fight?
Gird up your loins: fresh courage take.
Our God will never us forsake;
And soon we'll have this tale to tell--
All is well! All is well!

We'll find the place which God for us prepared,
Far away in the West,
Where none shall come to hurt or make afraid,
There the Saints will be blessed.
We'll make the air with music ring,
Shout praises to our God and King;
Above the rest these words we'll tell--
All is well! All is well!

And should we die before our journey's through,
Happy day! All is well!
We then are free from toil and sorrow, too,
With the just we shall dwell!
But if our lives are spared again
To see the Saints their rest to obtain,
Oh, how we'll make this chorus swell--
All is well! All is well!

Text by William Clayton

September Monthly Assignments

Emergency Preparedness . . .
72 Hour Individual Emergency 
          Preparedness Backpack . . . 
                                    The Stressor Kit  

Updates . . .  
  
Backpacks: Several people have asked me where I got my backpack from. I found that the ones from emergencyessentials.com are really good. They have 3 different size, small, medium and large. I purchased the medium size one. It is great and has enough room for your 3 kits (food kit, hygiene kit and stressor kit), extra clothing and other needed items I will list after we complete the 3 kits. There backpacks are now black. Click here to see them. 

What is a Stressor Kit?

The Stressor Kit contains items that will help you and your household family member better handle the stressful situation of a disaster or emergency situation. For the next few weeks will be adding 4 items, one each week for 4 weeks. You can purchase most of these items at the 99 Cent Store, The Dollar Tree, The Dollar General, Big Lots or other discount stores. A few items may need to be purchased at a regular store like Target or WalMart. Some you may have around your house. There are only 10 items in this kit. The complete list is below for those who want to complete this kit faster. 

Remember: You will need one Stressor Kit per household member. Place each item as we add them into a large zip lock plastic bag, write each family members name on their Stressor Kit and put it into  their 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack.
  
Let's get started . . . 
         This month add the following . . .

 
1st Week: Copies of all your insurances (health, auto, homeowners, etc.) and ID's (driver's license, state ID, social security card, etc.) (shrink the insurance down so everything can fit on one page or write down the policy numbers and name of insurance)




2nd Week: A list of family name and phone numbers in each Stressor Kit.





 
3rd Week: Favorite reading book (soft cover, age appropriate, not the scriptures, adding them later)


 


4th Week: Small travel size board game or playing cards (different one for each family member's kit so you have a variety to play) 







Emergency Preparedness Ideas 

Important Warnings . . .

When ever there is a disaster I listen to the news reports on CNN and Fox News for information that might help me help you when and if a disaster hits you. It may be a different type of disaster like an earthquake, tsunami, flooding, hurricane, tornado, etc.. But the warnings are basically the same.

1) Evacuate: When officials, be it local or federal, say "EVACUATE", EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY! When you do not you are likely to put yourself, your family and the rescuers in harms way. Be smart! No material things are worth your life or the life of others. It is important to have 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Backpacks for each family house hold member ready at all times. Also to keep important papers and documents together. It is a good idea to make copies of all insurance and important papers/documents you might need and put them in your 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Backpacks. Also, have a map, or maps of your local street areas. You many need to find alternate routes to be to a safe place.

2) Standing Water: When you see standing water, DO NOT CROSS IT! You do not know the depth of the water, the condition under neath the water, if there are live electrical wires somewhere electrocuting the water, or other dangers. Water is powerful and can have strong under currents you cannot see. Stay safe and keep others safe. Do not take the risk!

3) Lighting: Every house hold should have good working flashlights with extra batteries at all times. You never know when you might need them. I heard many people in the Texas Hurricane Harvey say they had no flashlights, they could not see the rising water and the dangers they were in during the night.

4) Insurance Coverage: Know what your homeowners, renters and auto insurance cover. Homeowners and renters do not cover flooding, a separate policy. Earthquake is also a separate insurance policy.

5) Food and Drinking Water: Good to keep extra cans and packaged food items on hand. A friend of mine's son is trapped on the second floor of his apartment in Louisiana with no food. You also may need a way to cook it or eat it cold.

6) The Holy Ghost: Pay attention to the promptings of the Holy Ghost and follow them immediately. It could save your life and others.

7) Car Gas Tank: Always keep your car gas tanks at least half full. It will probably give you enough gas to evacuate to a safe place. 

8) Cars after flooded: Never, never, never drive a car that has been under water. It damages the electrically system and could cause a fire if you started it or tried to drive it. 

Be Smart, Be Safe, Be Prepared Ahead of Time, Do Not Take Risks, 
Listen to the Promptings of the Spirit!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assigment (August 2017)



Physical Preparedness . . .

Most of us cringe when we think about physical preparedness. I know I did until about 4 months ago. I always had excuses for not being in shape physically and eating healthier. Being physically prepared is just as important as all the other areas we need to be prepared in, food and water storage, emergency supplies, etc..  After many months, years of giving excuses, I finally set some goals and am striving to accomplish them. I want to loose weight and be physically strong. When we are physically prepared we will be able to survive a disaster situation better.

Let me share my journey of striving to becoming better 
                                                                           physically prepared . . . 
  • First, I had to realize that no one else can do this but me. My body is a temple, a gift from Heavenly Father. It is my responsibility to take good care of it so my Spirit can reside there. 
  • Then I had to sat into motion a plan, just like setting up a food storage goal and plan. Find a buddy or family member to do this with. Our family, mostly my daughters and granddaughters, have sat up a team where we help and encourage each other. Since we all live far apart, we sat up a family Facebook page where we all weight in weekly, only our family members can see it. It is working great and great to have support from others.
  • Then I sat small goals to accomplish the big one. 
  • I figured out how much I needed to loose, then sat small goals to accomplish it.
  • I found a diet plan I could work with, it was Weight Watchers. (I love the online app on my phone.) Not some crazy fad diet. Reasonable and practical. Eating more fruits and vegetables and staying away from all the junk foods, but allowing me from time to time to have a piece of birthday cake if I desire.
  • I sat up an exercised program. I started out small, at first I could barely walk around my block. I kept increasing it until I could do 10 blocks. It hurt at first. I had problems with my sciatic nerve and arthritis in my knee, making walking painful at first. I kept pushing and increasing the distance. After awhile with losing some weight and exercising I noticed no more pain.
  • Then after losing a certain amount of weight, 10-15 pounds, I decided to start doing aerobics.  I do an hour a day, except Sundays. At first, it was difficult. I thought I was going to pass out. I had to start small and increase as my strength and ability increased. Now I can get through the whole program, tried at the end, but I can do it. I always feel so much better after I am done.
The results--So far, I have lost 30+ pounds since April, no longer in pain, and am in much better shape physically. I have realized this is for a lifetime. Not just for a few months or a year.

Why did I want to do this? Of course, to look better and feel better, but also, because if a disaster or emergency situation comes, I will be healthier and stronger. I may need to walk some distance to safety. I may need to carry my 72 Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack for some distance. I will have a higher chance of surviving an injury, which could turn into a serious infection.

Important: Always check with your doctor before starting a diet or exercise program.


May we each strive to be healthier by eating healthier and getting some type of exercise, no matter how small it may be. I know some of you physically cannot exercise as others. Talk to your doctor about an exercise program that will work for you.

August Monthly Assignments

Emergency Preparedness . . .
72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness
         Backpack . . . The Stressor Kit  

Updates . . .  
  
Backpacks: Several people have asked me where I got my backpack from. I found that the ones from emergencyessentials.com are really good. They have 3 different size, small, medium and large. I purchased the medium size one. It is great and has enough room for your 3 kits (food kit, hygiene kit and stressor kit), extra clothing and other needed items I will list after we complete the 3 kits. There backpacks are now black. Click here to see them. 

What is a Stressor Kit?  

The Stressor Kit contains items that will help you and your household family member better handle the stressful situation of a disaster or emergency situation. For the next few weeks will be adding 4 items, one each week for 4 weeks. You can purchase most of these items at the 99 Cent Store, The Dollar Tree, The Dollar General, Big Lots or other discount stores. A few items may need to be purchased at a regular store like Target or WalMart. Some you may have around your house. There are only 10 items in this kit. The complete list is below for those who want to complete this kit faster.

Remember: You will need one Stressor Kit per household member. Place each item as we add them into a large zip lock plastic bag, write each family members name on their Stressor Kit and put it into  their 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack.  

Let's get started . . . 
         This month add the following . . . 

 
1st Week: Paper Pad and Pen and/or Pencil . The paper pad should be about 5x7 inches. If you have a pencil you will need a pencil sharpener.










2nd Week: A 5-in-1 Survival Whistle. You can purchase these at emergencyessentials.com for about $2.00.





3rd Week: Family Photo.  This helps the family member, especially children, to look at their family and know that there are loved ones who care about them, and if separated, praying for their safety.




4th Week: Activity Book. It can be a crossword book, a word search book or an activity book for children. Coloring books with a small box of crayons is a;so good for children. Something to keep their minds off the situation they are might be in.



72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Stressor Kit List:

Some of you like the whole list so you can purchase all the items at once. Here it is . . .

1. paper pad and pen
2. 5-in-1 survival whistle
3. copies of insurance
4. family photo(s)
5. activity book
6. list of family contact names and phone numbers
7. favorite reading book (soft cover for adult books)
8. small travel size board game or playing cards (different one for each family member kit so you have different ones to play)
9. Book of Mormon (soft cover, about $4 on church catalog website)
Added this week:
10. $3-$5 in coin change in small zip lock bag
11. Rain pouncho
12. Space blanket 

Emergency Preparedness Ideas  

Four great tips . . .

Don't assume it can't happen to you!
Be prepared!
Follow the Spirit!
Have Faith! 

Do not forget to check
out the "Postings" on the right for ideas and information on being better prepared. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (July 2017)

Spiritual Preparedness . . . 

"I know, in the strength of the Lord 
                     thou canst do all things."
                                               Alma 20:4, Book of Mormon 

 
I would like to change this a little to "I know, in the strength of the Lord I canst do all things".  I strongly believe and know from experiences Heavenly Father has a plan for each one of us. If we stray off that path he will do all that he can to bring us back to it. I know that through prayer and faith we can receive the strength we need to overcome whatever obstacle passes our path. As I listen to news report interviews of people who are going through or have been through a disaster, I can spot the ones who have faith and hope in their Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ. I know those who have prepared the best they can know Heavenly Father will bless them with their needs. 

It is our responsibility to prepare both spiritually and temporally. We will find peace when we do. When we procrastinate in our spiritual and temporal preparation it is no ones fault but our own.  We will feel turmoil and unsettling in knowing we are not prepared. 

Many think it is so hard to prepare. They cannot do it. But I say, "Yes you can!". It takes baby steps, one at a time. The best thing any of us can do is to just start now. No more procrastination, no more excuses. Set small goals. 

For spiritual goals, decide to read one verse, or one chapter, in the scriptures daily, thank Heavenly Father daily and ask for guidance in prayer, go to church, for LDS members, attend the temple regularly.

For temporal goals, decide you will start a food storage goal by adding commercially canned and packaged foods your family will eat each time you go grocery shopping, just 2-5 extra ones a week. Before you know it you will have a 3-Month Food Storage supply. 

It is not hard if you take baby steps, small goals help us accomplish the main goal. You can do it!

“Believe in yourself [and] in your capacity to do great and good things. Believe that no mountain is so high that you cannot climb it. Believe that no storm is so great that you cannot weather it. Believe that you can do whatever it is that you set your heart on. [As you do this,] opportunities will unfold and open before you [and] the skies will clear when they have been dark. [Remember that] you are not destined to [fail]. You are a child of God, of infinite capacity.” –Gordon B. Hinckley

              July Monthly Assignments


Emergency Preparedness . . .
  72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness
         Backpack . . . The Hygiene Kit  

Updates . . .  
  
Backpacks: Several people have asked me where I got my backpack from. I found that the ones from emergencyessentials.com are really good. They have 3 different size, small, medium and large. I purchased the medium size one. It is great and has enough room for your 3 kits (food kit, hygiene kit and stressor kit), extra clothing and other needed items I will list after we complete the 3 kits. There backpacks are now black. Click here to see them. 

Food kits: When you purchase the food items make sure they have a least a year before they expire. Be careful in purchasing any of the food items from a discount store like the 99 Cent Store or Dollar General. Many times the expiration dates are in just a few days, weeks or months. If you store your backpack in your car the food needs to be rotated every 6 months due to the heat.  In your home or at work in your office, every year. 

The Hygiene Kit . . . 

The past 3 months we have been working on the Food Kit. If you have not started or missed any of the assignments go back to January 2017 and follow through to March.  Now we will start the Hygiene Kits. You will need to adjust some of the items according to age and needs. This is just a suggestion. 

Why a Hygiene Kit? When you are in an emergency or disaster situation it is good to have things that will help you feel better, like being able to wash your hair, hand lotion for your dry hands and skin, etc. 
 
Each month I will give you a weekly assignment until we have finished the hygiene kit, just like the food kit.  You can purchase most of these items at a discount store like the 99 Cent Store or Dollar General or on the discount shelves in stores like Target and pharmacies like CVS, etc. 

Instructions: You will need one item for each house hold member's hygiene kit. Remember to adjust according to ages. Place all these items in a large zip lock bag, write Hygiene Kit and their name on the bag. Place in their 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack. Each time you purchase an item for the hygiene kit add it to the zip lock plastic bag.


For July add the following . . .

 

1) Medical surgical gloves (several pairs, medium and large sizes): Keep in a small plastic zip lock bag.




 
2) Prescription medications and/or vitamins: You should keep the prescription meds in the prescription bottle. Save old bottles to keep a 3 day supply. You might want to put the vitamins into a weekly pill box. 

 

3) Sun screen: Purchase the correct ones for different ages.





 4) Feminine hygiene items or diapers/pull ups for the baby: Put in enough for 3 days. You may also want to consider older folks who wear adult diapers (Depends).
 













Congratulations, you have just completed your 72 Hour Individual Personal Hygiene Kits for each family member. You want to include the following optional items below. 
 
 
Optional:

1) 2-3 disposable shavers, for men: Not really necessary, but the men in your family may want to look good too, even in a disaster situation. 





 
2) Basic makeup, for women, good to feel pretty even in a disaster situation: When you foundation, powder and other makeups get low save them and put them into your Hygiene Kit. No need to purchase new items to add to it. 



Note: In August we start on the last kit for your 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks, the Stressor Kit.  

Emergency Preparedness Ideas  

Why should you always keep at least a half of tank of gas in your vehicles?


1)  You never know when you might need to evacuate immediately and you have no time to get gas. A half of a tank will usually get you pretty far to safety.

2) What if there is no electricity? The gas pumps will not work.

3) What if you are stuck on the freeway or highway for several hours? You may run out of gas if you are running your vehicle. Many times we have heard in news reports of vehicles running out of gas in bad weather situations or accidents where it takes hours to clear the roads.

Note: It is good, when and were possible, to keep a couple of 5 gallon gas cans full of gas for emergency situations. Make sure your rotate the gas every few months and you keep in away from your house or other structures and out of the sun. You can keep it in your garage, but away from any connecting walls to your house. Only store gas in regulated gas cans.

Emergency Essentials Blog: Some great ideas . . .
 
Tips for helping children cope with emergency disasters

Five types of floods you should prepared for

7 things you should do following a flood


I never thought to store that

7 things every prepper should know

Preparing children with special needs for emergencies

Emergency shelter 

Nest posting August July 30th.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (June 2017)

"If you do what you have always done, 
      you will get what you have always gotten!"


The other day I heard this old saying. I love old sayings, they are so true!  I started this blog July 1, 2010, 7 years ago, to help others become better prepared and to teach them the easiest way I know how, step by step. We are told in Isaiah 28:10 (KJV), "For precept, must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little and there a little:" What great advise from our Heavenly Father. There is no need to feel overwhelmed with starting your food storage and emergency preparedness. Just start, one thing at a time, 1 can or package of food at a time.

If you started following the monthly assignments on this blog in January you would have started your 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks for each family member in your house hold. You would have already completed the Food Kit for each family member and now be working on the Hygiene Kit. Each week I have given you an assignment to add to the Food Kits and currently the Hygiene Kit. If you have not started then start now. "If you do what you have always done (procrastinate), you will get what you always gotten (not being prepared)". "Do not cry over split milk", but start today. Change how you do things so you can get better things, like being prepared for whatever may come your way. Having peace of mind knowing you are prepared and are striving. Heavenly Father will bless you.

Did you know it is a commandment from God to be prepared and our responsibility to take care of our own families? In 1 Timothy 5:8 (KJV) we read, "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel (unfaithful, unbeliever in the gospel of Jesus Christ)." It is no one else responsibility, not our church, not our local or federal government, no one else but ours.

We all need change, we all need to be better prepared!

  June Monthly Assignments

Emergency Preparedness . . .
  72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness
         Backpack . . . The Hygiene Kit  

Updates . . .  
  
Backpacks: Several people have asked me where I got my backpack from. I found that the ones from emergencyessentials.com are really good. They have 3 different size, small, medium and large. I purchased the medium size one. It is great and has enough room for your 3 kits (food kit, hygiene kit and stressor kit), extra clothing and other needed items I will list after we complete the 3 kits. There backpacks are now black. Click here to see them. 

Food kits: When you purchase the food items make sure they have a least a year before they expire. Be careful in purchasing any of the food items from a discount store like the 99 Cent Store or Dollar General. Many times the expiration dates are in just a few days, weeks or months. If you store your backpack in your car the food needs to be rotated every 6 months due to the heat.  In your home or at work in your office, every year. 

The Hygiene Kit . . . 


The past 3 months we have been working on the Food Kit. If you have not started or missed any of the assignments go back to January 2017 and follow through to March.  Now we will start the Hygiene Kits. You will need to adjust some of the items according to age and needs. This is just a suggestion. 

Why a Hygiene Kit? When you are in an emergency or disaster situation it is good to have things that will help you feel better, like being able to wash your hair, hand lotion for your dry hands and skin, etc. 
Each month I will give you a weekly assignment until we have finished the hygiene kit, just like the food kit.  You can purchase most of these items at a discount store like the 99 Cent Store or Dollar General or on the discount shelves in stores like Target and pharmacies like CVS, etc. 

Instructions: You will need one item for each house hold member's hygiene kit. Remember to adjust according to ages. Place all these items in a large zip lock bag, write Hygiene Kit and their name on the bag. Place in their 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack. Each time you purchase an item for the hygiene kit add it to the zip lock plastic bag.


For June add the following . . .




1) Deodorant (only for those who need it)


2) Baby wipes (small container, found at 99 Cent and Discount Stores)







3) Respirator masks (3):I found these at Walmart for about $12.99, 20 in a pack.






4) Roll of toilet paper







Emergency Preparedness Ideas
 


Family Emergency Notebook . . .

Every family should have a Home and Food Emergency Preparedness Notebook. In it will be dividers for Food Storage, Emergency Supplies, Recipes (ways to use your food storage, especially your long term), etc. You create and add what is relevant to your family.

Food Storage Inventory Chart . . .

Click on the link below and you will see a long term and short term food storage chart I created. It will help you keep track of what you have and what you need, how much you have of each item listed and when it will expire. You can also add in where it is stored in your house. Print out the document, inventory your food storage and keep it in your Home and Family notebook. It is best to inventory your food storage every 3 months, to see what needs to be used soon, what needs to be replaced and where you need to add items. You can add items you use that are not on the chart.

You will be amazed at how much your have, where you need to improve and a reminder of what you need. 

It is good to keep track and have a chart of your emergency supplies too.

Long Term and Short Term Food Storage Chart

Great time to purchase camping equipment . . .

This is the time of year you can find great sale prices on camping equipment, like tents, sleeping bags, stoves, lanterns, etc. Big 5 in our area has some great sales. The end of the summer season is a great time too. Watch for sales in your area, check out the sporting goods stores and big box stores. In an emergency situation you might need shelter, why not prepare for that now!

 
Next posting, July 2nd.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (May 2017)

Power in Preparedness!


This month I am going to take a quote from Emergency Essentials . . .

"Disasters come in all shapes and sizes. Likewise, so should your emergency preparations. You see, the more options you have available, the more power you have over disasters and emergencies. There is power that comes with preparedness, . . .

"Think about it. What do you do everyday? If you're like most people, these activities include: (I have added a few others.)

  • Eating/food
  • Drinking water
  • Cooking
  • Turning on lights
  • Bathing
  • Washing your hair
  • Sanitation
  • Sleeping safely and warm
  • Heating
  • Medical emergencies
  • Using your cell phone
  • And so much more!
Other things that can happen . . .
  • Evacuations
  • Sheltering in place
"During disasters and emergencies, each of the generic, every day things you do can be taken from you in an instant. That is, if you're not prepared. Counter life's unexpected twists and turns by preparing ahead. Food, storage, water barrels, power sources, alternative cooking methods, food storage, 73 Hour Emergency Preparedness Backpacks (items added) and options for shelter are just some of the ways you can prepare for the future.

"You can't always choose the outcome of life's unexpected events, but you can choose how you'll fare during the aftermath. Power up today for the events of tomorrow."

(Emergency Essentials Catalog, May 2017 issue)

May Monthly Assignments

Emergency Preparedness . . .
  72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness
         Backpack . . . The Hygiene Kit  

Updates . . .  
  
Backpacks: Several people have asked me where I got my backpack from. I found that the ones from emergencyessentials.com are really good. They have 3 different size, small, medium and large. I purchased the medium size one. It is great and has enough room for your 3 kits (food kit, hygiene kit and stressor kit), extra clothing and other needed items I will list after we complete the 3 kits. There backpacks are now black. Click here to see them. 

Food kits: When you purchase the food items make sure they have a least a year before they expire. Be careful in purchasing any of the food items from a discount store like the 99 Cent Store or Dollar General. Many times the expiration dates are in just a few days, weeks or months. If you store your backpack in your car the food needs to be rotated every 6 months due to the heat.  In your home or at work in your office, every year. 


The Hygiene Kit . . . 


The past 3 months we have been working on the Food Kit. If you have not started or missed any of the assignments go back to January 2017 and follow through to March.  Now we will start the Hygiene Kits. You will need to adjust some of the items according to age and needs. This is just a suggestion. 

Why a Hygiene Kit? When you are in an emergency or disaster situation it is good to have things that will help you feel better, like being able to wash your hair, hand lotion for your dry hands and skin, etc. 
Each month I will give you a weekly assignment until we have finished the hygiene kit, just like the food kit.  You can purchase most of these items at a discount store like the 99 Cent Store or Dollar General or on the discount shelves in stores like Target and pharmacies like CVS, etc. 

Instructions: You will need one item for each house hold member's hygiene kit. Remember to adjust according to ages. Place all these items in a large zip lock bag, write Hygiene Kit and their name on the bag. Place in their 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack. Each time you purchase an item for the hygiene kit add it to the zip lock plastic bag.

For May add the following . . .
 
1. Small bar of soap or bottle of liquid soup: Place in a small zip lock baggie with a small wash cloth. 








2. Small bottle of hand lotion 



 




3. Small bottle of hand sanitizer





4. Heavy work gloves: You will need these to protect your hands while working or moving objects. I found these at the 99 Cent store. 





Note: You can purchase all these items at a discount store like The 99 Cent Store, the Dollar Tree, Dollar General, etc.  

Food Storage . . .


 
Some basic rules of food storage :  

  • Only purchase what your family will eat
  • Try to purchase items while on sale, that way you can purchase more
  • Start with a 3-Month supply of commercially canned and packaged foods first, only what you will eat.
  • After you have your 3-Month supply start purchasing long term food storage.
  • When purchasing long term food storage (freeze-dried or dehydrated #10 cans or buckets) do not purchase them in a group of items (a 6 month or year supply). You will find you probably do not eat some of the items in the group offers. Check out what is in them before purchasing them. Sometimes they are called Basic Year Supply or Deluxe Year Supply.
  • Purchase only single long term items. Usually you can purchase 6 #10 cans of the same product for less money or as a group (12 #10 cans). Go in with a friend or two to purchase the group offer. It will save you money. Emergency Essentials offers these.
  • Watch the expiration dates on the long term food storage. Most are 20-25 years if stored properly. Some are 10 years depending on the type of food. Ask so you know. Write the expiration year on the cans and buckets. 
  • Watch the expiration dates on commercially canned and packaged items too. They are usually good for 2-3 years. You can eat them after the expiration date only if the can is not bubbled or dented, but the nutritional value goes down after the expiration date. 
  • Store all food, whether commercially canned or packaged or long term storage in a cool, dry, dark place, below 70 degrees if possible. The better the storage conditions the longer it will last. Never store in your garage or attic, it is too hot. 
  • Do not purchase long term sugar. Purchase in your normal grocery store package. Sugar last indefinitely. It will harden but you can break it up. I keep 2 5# bags in an extra large zip lock bag to keep water or moisture from it. 
  • Only store honey in bottles, not cans. They can rust and damage the honey. Turn the honey upside down every 6 months. If it crystallizes you can heat it up to liquefy it again. Place the bottle in a pot with boil water until liquefies. Costco has a great price on 5 pounds of honey in plastic bottles.
  • Rotation, Rotation, Rotation! The secret to any successful food storage plan. Continually rotate your commercially canned, packaged, frozen and long term food storage as needed. Replace the item as soon as it used. 
  • Keep a log of what you have, where it is kept and when it will expire. Review the log every 2-3 months. Use and/or replace as needed.  
  • Be creative in finding places throughout your house to store your food storage. 
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