How prepared is your family for an emergency? The most important thing you can do for yourself and your family is start, no matter how small, just start.
“There is a portent of stormy weather ahead to which we had better give heed…No one knows when emergencies will strike…Set your houses in order. If you have paid your debts, if you have a reserve, even though it be small, then should storms howl about your head, you will have shelter for your wife and children and peace in your hearts. That’s all I have to say about it, but I wish to say it with all the emphasis of which I am capable” Gordon B. Hinckley
72 Hour Personal Hygiene Kit (one item per kit, adjust according to the age of your house hold members):
2) baby wipes (in small container)
So far you should have the following items in your 72 Hour Personal Hygiene Kit:
1. tooth brush
2. small tube of tooth paste
3. comb and/or brush
4. small bar of soap or liquid soap
5. small bottle of shampoo and rinse, or non-water type
6. small bottle of hand lotion
7. hand sanitizer
8. heavy work gloves
10. baby wipes
Earthquake preparedness (October is Earthquake Emergency Preparedness Month):
This week continue to correct and secure things in your home to make it earthquake safe. Make sure all hazardous liquids are secure and will not fall and break open, causing danger to your family and the possibility of fires. See the "Before, During and After an Earthquake" posting for ideas.
Make sure everyone in your family has a contact number for out of state or the area. Put in wallets, purses, backpacks, at work, school, home and in your car. Instruct each family member when there is an emergency situation to call that contact number to report how they are and where they are. Also have this number in your children's school records.
3 Month Food Supply:
Continue to add items to your 3 Month Food Supply, even if it is just 1-2 cans of vegetables/fruit, a bag of rice or pasta. If you have not done the monthly chart to determine what your family eats in one month check out the 3 Month Food Supply posting to see how to do this.
Emergency Preparedness food and items:
I found a great company, Emergency Essentials at BePrepared.com, I really like. I have ordered #10 cans of dehydrated foods that keep for 25 years if stored properly and other emergency preparedness items. They have great sales items. Order their catalogue or go to their website. I find their prices are usually better than other companies and their shipping prices are low. Their shipping prices are either $6, $9 or $12, depending on how much you order. I order some things that came in 3 large boxes the total shipping was $12. Here are some great sales I found for the month of October:
Respirator Mask (box of 10)--$11.99 (regularly $12.95) (you need these for your 3 Hour Personal Hygiene Kits)
or, they have Particulate Respirator Mask (box of 20)--$14.95 (regularly $29.99)
Tote-able Toilet with 2 Enzyme Packets--$14.95 (regularly $19.99)
Emergency Gas Wrench (to turn off gas at your main meter)--$4.95 (regularly $10)
High Uinta Gear Multifunction Tool--$4.95 (regularly $9.99)
5-in-1 Survival Whistle--$1.50 (regularly $2.95) I bought several of these or our 72 Hour Kit, the Stressor Kit, I love them. Has a whistle, compass, flint fire starter, waterproof matches, and signal mirror.
Mylar Emergency Blanket--$1.25 (regularly $1.95) They also have other types. You need these for your 72 Hour Kits
Emergency Rain Poncho--$0.75 (regularly $0.99) You need these for your 72 Hour Kits.
Many varieties of dehydrated #10 cans of vegetables, fruit, milk, grains, meats, etc on sale. Check out their website.
Remember: Post your name at the end of this posting for our Monthly Free Giveaway Drawing that will be held at our Ward Halloween Party on Thursday, October 28th. The item for the drawing this month is something everyone will need in an emergency situation.