Food Storage Makeover: Disaster Kits

We’re so excited about our Extreme Makeover: Food Storage Edition project we are working on with Grandma Lori. We decided to start with getting her Disaster Kits put together. Disaster kits consist of a 3 day supply of food, water, and emergency items). As we went through our Emergency Preparedness worksheets we realized that they might not be ideal for every situation (including Grandma Lori’s). We came up with the following 3 options to discuss with her:


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Pros
Inexpensive – if you have a lot of the first aid and emergency items on hand already and purchase food items in bulk at the grocery store
Flexibility – Freedom to choose foods for your 72 hour kits that suit your family’s needs and preferences
Cons
Time intensive – Inventorying your materials on hand can take a while, plus the added time of going to the store to purchase any items still needed
Hard to find – Some items may be hard to find if you don’t have a specialty preparedness store near your home


purchase
Pros
Convenience – No need to think or plan, everything you need is available all in one kit, including food and water and backpacks to carry it in
Cons
Expense – Buying everything new could potentially be more expensive then looking for good sales prices or using things you already have

Some good places to look for ready-made-kits are Emergency Essentials or American Family Safety.


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Pros
Personalized – Some people like the kit for emergency supplies, but still prefer to put in real food for 72 hour kits
More complete – Any items not included in a purchased kit can be added in as a supplement
Cons
Consideration – Takes a little more thought then just purchasing a pre-made kit


If you are at the stage to be putting together your Disaster Kits you may wish to consider these three options. We will be going into more details on the three options in the future as we revamp our Disaster Kits page.

Make sure to stay tuned next Monday for the next video in this series to see what Grandma Lori decided on and to see the results of the first phase of her Food Storage Makeover!


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  • I made one of your Valentine kits for my husband to take in his car for Valentines Day and he loves it! He asked me if I made one for myself?
    “Wow I didn't know he cared!”

  • I made one of your Valentine kits for my husband to take in his car for Valentines Day and he loves it! He asked me if I made one for myself?
    “Wow I didn’t know he cared!”

  • I made one of your Valentine kits for my husband to take in his car for Valentines Day and he loves it! He asked me if I made one for myself?
    “Wow I didn't know he cared!”

  • Pam, check our posts this week, we'll be answering that cause we get it a lot!

  • Pam, check our posts this week, we'll be answering that cause we get it a lot!

  • Do you have any suggestions as to where to puchase kits already put together? Something like in your picture above?

  • Do you have any suggestions as to where to puchase kits already put together? Something like in your picture above?

  • Each member of our family pack thier own backpack with clothes food and emergency needs and store these by our sleeping bags (parents, make sure you double check these). This summer give them a test run. Give your family 15 min warning and go camping for three days only with the supplies that you can grab in that 15 min. On the drive home talk with your family about what you would do if it was a real emergency, what you should have in your 72 hour kit but did not and if you packed foods that you would really eat. This is a great fun way to check your 72 hour kits.

  • Each member of our family pack thier own backpack with clothes food and emergency needs and store these by our sleeping bags (parents, make sure you double check these). This summer give them a test run. Give your family 15 min warning and go camping for three days only with the supplies that you can grab in that 15 min. On the drive home talk with your family about what you would do if it was a real emergency, what you should have in your 72 hour kit but did not and if you packed foods that you would really eat. This is a great fun way to check your 72 hour kits.

  • do you guys make house calls?

  • do you guys make house calls?

  • Man, I need you ladies to come do an extreme make-over for me too!

  • Man, I need you ladies to come do an extreme make-over for me too!

  • I packed my "car kit" in an insulated lunch box. plus a steel water bottle. A backpack just takes up too much room– the lunch box and bottle fit under the front seat. I have a blanket in the car at all time, plus plastic bags most of the time.

  • I packed my "car kit" in an insulated lunch box. plus a steel water bottle. A backpack just takes up too much room– the lunch box and bottle fit under the front seat. I have a blanket in the car at all time, plus plastic bags most of the time.