Friday, August 16, 2013

Weely Assignment, Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness Ideas (Week of August 18th)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,

So much to share this week, great finds! See below...

It's not how you fall down, but how you get up!

What does that statement mean to you? To me it means many things. But, since this blog is all about food storage and emergency preparedness I will  address it in that way.

When I speak to people about food storage and emergency preparedness they become overwhelmed with the whole process. They have tried and tried but for some reason never feel they are successful.

The important thing is that you keep trying. No matter how many times you feel like you are falling behind and cannot keep up with your emergency preparedness goals and plan get up and try again. Never, never, never give up. Hang on and keep trying. Something good will come of it, I promise you!

If you just add a few cans or packages of items you buy each time you go grocery shopping, before you know it, you will have 1, 2, 3 months of food storage. If you put your change from your pocket for the day in an emergency preparedness savings jar, before you know it you will have enough money to purchase a tent for the family, or some other type of equipment.

If you read and follow this blog you will be successful. Success does not come instantly, it takes time. Food storage and emergency preparedness is a life time process. Food needs rotated before it spoils or expires. You will be continually adding to your food storage and emergency supplies. We have been doing food storage for forty years and we are still working at it, rotating and replacing what we use. Emergency supplies are continually being added to. I still am looking forward to the day we can purchase a solar oven. We have purchased small items to help us cook, but our ultimate goal is to have a solar oven too.

Do you remember an old song called "High Hopes" sung by Frank Sinatra? Here are some of the words...

"Next time your found, with your chin on the ground
There a lot to be learned, so look around

Just what makes that little ole ant
Think he'll move that rubber tree plant?
Anyone knows an ant can't
Move a rubber tree plant

But he's got hi-i-igh hopes, he's got hi-i-igh hopes
He's got high apple So, any time you're gettin' low, 'stead of lettin' go, just remember that ant
Oops, there goes another rubber tree plant"

You can do it! If you fall down, get back up and try again. Never, never, never give up!

Good Advice...Below is a video from the 1950's that has some great advice. It is old and may seem a little "cheesy" to some of you, but we can learn a great deal from it regarding how to shop for food and how to save money. The money that you save will give you extra money to purchase extra cans or packages of food for your food storage or emergency supplies.


Weekly Assignment: 72 Hour Individual Emergency Stressor Kit

This week add the following: 


1) Small travel size board game (with multiple games) or playing cards (age appropriate, different one for each family member's kit so you have different ones to play). You can purchase the playing card games, like "Old Maid", "Fish", etc., from discount stores like The 99 Cent Store, The Dollar General. Uno is a good one too which you can purchase at department stores. You can purchase the multi-travel size board games at Target and other stores. 

Note: Only three more items to add to our Stressor Kits.

Mason Canning Jar Boxes

If you do vegetable, fruit or other canning I have discovered a great product that protects your canned food jars from breaking while storing them. They are called Jar Boxes. Check out the link and learn more about this great product. They have boxes that will store pint and quarter Mason jars.

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

I have discovered two awesome ideas on how to use two everyday items in an emergency situation. It might be a good idea to print these out and keep in your 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Backpacks. Check them out below...

10 Emergency Preparedness Uses Of a Tampon

Check out this great link on 10 ways to use a tampon for emergency uses. You need to add a few of these to your 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Personal Hygiene Kits. Every family member should have these in their kit. These ideas are fabulous!

Emergency Uses of a Cell Phone

"Whether in a boat, on a plane, traveling through Africa, taking a road trip, or backpacking the Rockies, our cell phone has become a regular piece of Every Day Carry (EDC).  I think it’s pretty safe to say that we will probably have our cell phone with us if ever faced with a tragic survival situation. It’s also not hard to imagine that it might not be working.  Regardless of the reason, a broken or busted cell phone is STILL an amazing collection of pieces and parts that, with a little insight and creativity, can be used to help meet a surprising number of basic survival needs.  How do I know this?  I busted open a handful of cell phones to find out." (The Art of Manliness) 

Click on this link to learn interesting ways to use your cell phone in an emergency situation.

Comments: All your comments, ideas, suggestions and experiences are welcome! We all learn from each other. Thank you for your comments. 

1 comment:

  1. I love that 1950's video on shopping. I have done my share of impulse buying and spent too much too! Thanks for all the great info. I know I've got so much to get but I won't stop trying. Thanks for the encouragement.