Disaster Kits … and a GIVEAWAY!

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED – RESULTS WILL BE POSTED SOON!

Our Grandma Lori Food Storage Makeover project has led to quite a few questions from readers on the different types of “ready-made” Disaster Kits that are available. We initially outlined three disaster kit options and chose our recommendations based off of Grandma Lori’s preferences. We asked our friends at Emergency Essentials to help us put together a list of all of the kits that they have available and when you might use each one. They gave us some great information for us to share with you, and also offered to do a GIVEAWAY of one of their great kits. Yay for one of our lucky readers!


To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment telling us what aspects of Emergency Preparedness you would like to learn more about. The winner will be randomly selected from all of the comments. The giveaway will run until next Sunday, February 21st at 10 pm MST and the winner will be posted Monday.


A Trekker 2 Disaster Kit from Emergency Essentials. A 3 day supply for 2 people, retail value $99.95 on sale this month for $84.99. See below for more information on what the Trekker 2 kit contains.

Bottled Emergency Kits {more info}
Bottled kits are economical and contain basic emergency supplies neatly packed into a 32 oz. water bottle for easy transport. They contains items such as hand & body warmers, ponchos, emergency blankets, matches, flashlights, whistles, basic first aid kits, and more.

Starter Emergency Kit {more info}
This can act as a basic kit or an add-on to any other emergency kit for additional people. It includes food, water, light, warmth, communication, and more.
 
 

3-Day Lite Emergency Kit {more info}
This economical kit gives you the basics you will need in an emergency. It includes food, water, warmth, light, communication, and first aid all packed in a medium backpack for easy transporting.
 


Roadwise™ Emergency Kit {more info}
This kit includes items specially selected for storage in your automobile.
 
 

3-Day Emergency Kit {more info}
Calorie food bars and aqua blox allow this kit to be stored in varied temperatures so it can also be used as an auto emergency kit. It contains basic food, water, warmth, first aid, light and communication items all packaged in a medium sized backpack. Recommended for one person for up to three days.

Trekker™ Kits
These kits are designed for either one (Trekker I™),
two (Trekker II™), and four people (Trekker IV™). The Trekker II™ Kit was rated ‘Best Value’ by the Wall Street Journal. These kits contain calorie food bars, aqua blox, and over 120 (Trekker I™), 150 (Trekker II™), and 275 (Trekker IV™) additional preparedness items. Some additional items found in our Trekker™ Kits that are not found in our 3-Day Emergency Kit are fire starters, purification tablets, more extensive first aid kits, additional hygiene items, and larger backpacks for storing the additional items.

ReadyWise™ Kits
Our ReadyWise™ line combines portability with convenience and ease. In addition to calorie food bars, these kits include MRE’s and MRE Heaters providing additional variety and nutrition. They offer a more comprehensive first aid kit when compared to our Trekker options as well as some additional items including a wool blend blanket, flashlight with the ability to charge a cell phone, and some emergency tools. ReadyWise kits are available in either 1 person or 2 person kits.

Comp™ Kits
Comp™ is short for ‘comprehensive’ which is the word that best describes this line. We have combined the convenience and ease of MRE’s and MRE Heaters with over
280 (Comp I™) and 390 (Comp II™) emergency supplies. These kits offer improved warmth, cooking, light and communication, first aid and sanitation, storage and tools supplies when compared to other kits. Some additional items that are unique to this line include an emergency toilet and water storage kit, our finest first aid kit in any of our 3 day kits, survival book, sewing kit, tri-fold shovel, and Deluxe Hiking Pack.

We hope you find this information helpful when selecting your Disaster Kits!

  • http://www.electrocomputerwarehouse.com Cheap Computers

    Really there is so much that I feel I still do not know about being prepared. I know that doing my best will be enough for God though and he will help provide the rest for me. I would like to learn more about what others found useful in an emergency situation.

  • http://mamasnuthouse.blogspot.com/ Darlene

    The same way you'd carry the children. You couldn't carry them for long. Invest in a child's wagon or two – one of the larger sized ones with sides on it. It would make a great family Christmas present. And in case of emergency, you can tow tots and supplies in it. Or invest in a small garden cart. That would also let you tow children and supplies

  • http://mamasnuthouse.blogspot.com/ Darlene

    I use the same grinder for my rice that I grind my wheat and beans with. You don't need separate grinders for the rice.

  • http://mamasnuthouse.blogspot.com/ Darlene

    The same way you'd carry the children. You couldn't carry them for long. Invest in a child's wagon or two – one of the larger sized ones with sides on it. It would make a great family Christmas present. And in case of emergency, you can tow tots and supplies in it. Or invest in a small garden cart. That would also let you tow children and supplies

  • http://mamasnuthouse.blogspot.com/ Darlene

    I use the same grinder for my rice that I grind my wheat and beans with. You don't need separate grinders for the rice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frieda-Shell-Franchina/1343244920 Frieda Shell Franchina

    I would like to know how to keep track (inventory) of my food storage. Starting was easy, rotating is easy, but tracking was goes in/out is proving to be a challenge~

  • Paige

    Once a month cooking would be awesome & water storage. Ratios of water to people. Also cooking without electricity.

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to learn more about rotating my food storage and yummy ways to use it. THANKS!
    toebishop(at)(gmail)(dot)(com)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frieda-Shell-Franchina/1343244920 Frieda Shell Franchina

    I would like to know how to keep track (inventory) of my food storage. Starting was easy, rotating is easy, but tracking was goes in/out is proving to be a challenge~

  • Paige

    Once a month cooking would be awesome & water storage. Ratios of water to people. Also cooking without electricity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LoriDees Lori Vanessa Adams Dees

    I would like to learn more about individual and family emergency preparedness kits. Also, 72 hour pet kits. I am also new to food storage and trying to learn as much about it as I can.

  • Anonymous

    I worked at a BSA camp for 7 years and the combination of learning the vailue of preparedness from camp, my house being flooded, and the teachings from the church along with the mass amounts of research I have done Has grown my passion for preparedness 10 fold. Really there is so much that I feel I still do not know about being prepared. I know that doing my best will be enough for God though and he will help provide the rest for me. I would like to learn more about what others found useful in an emergency situation. Tried tested and true emergency recipes, and pack necessities. I’m leading a class on the first of March for RS and I feel like there is so much that I need to tell the sisters that I am either forgetting or still just do not know yet.
    Thank you For this sight.

  • Tabby Marx

    I would like to learn more how to prepare my teenagers so they would be OK at school, college or work, when I might not be able to get to them. How can you get others to take things like this seriously? Teenagers think they are invincible. Tabby

  • toebishop

    I'd love to learn more about rotating my food storage and yummy ways to use it. THANKS!
    toebishop(at)(gmail)(dot)(com)

  • Anonymous

    I Posted on Facebook: Would like to know how to prepare for emergencies with a baby in tow. What substitutes for formula and what is better for emergency kit:cloth or disposable diaper, etc.

  • Emily

    I’d love to learn more about water purification.

  • Anonymous

    I’d definitely like to learn more about water storage.

  • Anonymous

    Cooking without electricity

  • Angela

    I have begun my own emergency kits using backpacks…I am a little concerned that I have forgotten something in them…I also have not been able to find the little wing tip stoves at any of my local camping stores…they have a small backpackers stove however the fuel seems to be bulkier than the wingtips pellets…I also wanted any information you have on water filtering water bottles…I have found many places to buy them but very few helpful reviews…thank you for your continued help…your site is a wealth of info and help.

  • Anonymous

    Cooking with Food Storage Please!!??!!

  • Traci Hamilton

    I would like to know more about rotating and using the storage items. I love your website!

  • Vanessa

    I want to learn how to use up and rotate my older stock better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kimberly-Merkley-Fowler/1123430477 Kimberly Merkley Fowler

    I know nothing about food storage, let alone a disaster kit. I mean zippo, zilch, nada. My family and I just moved to the middle of nowhere, aka Nebraska, last August. So, all of the extra suplies I had, I just gave away rather than move. When the earthquake hit Haiti, I realized that if that were to happen near us, my family would be in dire straights. So, I’m trying to learn. I don’t have tons of money, but I know that we should be more prepared.

  • Sarah C

    My son is a picky eater. I’d like to learn some emergency prep ideas that are fun and might encourage a picky eater to eat in case of emergency since sometime he may not be able to get the very limited foods he likes. Also some more cooking ideas when you are without electricity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Madonna-Carr-Cramer/629935018 Madonna Carr Cramer

    I would like to know how to be prepared in ways that might not be food related to preparedness, like first aid, evacuation plans, sustaining ones need without electricity. Thanks for all the great information that you do have and give.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucy-Kessler/783504843 Lucy Kessler

    Hey, I would like to know about a kit that women could carry around in their purses or diaper bags if they have infants or toddlers! Thanks,

    Lucy

  • Anonymous

    I would like to learn more about rotating food storage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LoriDees Lori Vanessa Adams Dees

    I would like to learn more about individual and family emergency preparedness kits. Also, 72 hour pet kits. I am also new to food storage and trying to learn as much about it as I can.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1642016371 Anonymous

    Those Disaster Kits look so awesome. I have actually been looking at them to purchase but if I could save some money by winning that would be great!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=550122381 Anonymous

    I need to know more items to store for extremely picky children.

  • archmaiden

    I worked at a BSA camp for 7 years and the combination of learning the vailue of preparedness from camp, my house being flooded, and the teachings from the church along with the mass amounts of research I have done Has grown my passion for preparedness 10 fold. Really there is so much that I feel I still do not know about being prepared. I know that doing my best will be enough for God though and he will help provide the rest for me. I would like to learn more about what others found useful in an emergency situation. Tried tested and true emergency recipes, and pack necessities. I'm leading a class on the first of March for RS and I feel like there is so much that I need to tell the sisters that I am either forgetting or still just do not know yet.
    Thank you For this sight.

  • Tabby Marx

    I would like to learn more how to prepare my teenagers so they would be OK at school, college or work, when I might not be able to get to them. How can you get others to take things like this seriously? Teenagers think they are invincible. Tabby

  • Anonymous

    I love your website! I’m excited to learn more about cooking with my food storage! Thanks so much for your help!

  • amandabradshaw

    I Posted on Facebook: Would like to know how to prepare for emergencies with a baby in tow. What substitutes for formula and what is better for emergency kit:cloth or disposable diaper, etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Dana Lynn Hilton

    I want it!!!

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=519349151 Bambi ஜ Pop

    I want it!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com Dana Lynn Hilton

    I want it!!!

  • Emily

    I'd love to learn more about water purification.

  • rborstad

    I'd definitely like to learn more about water storage.

  • sandeewest

    Cooking without electricity

  • Angela

    I have begun my own emergency kits using backpacks…I am a little concerned that I have forgotten something in them…I also have not been able to find the little wing tip stoves at any of my local camping stores…they have a small backpackers stove however the fuel seems to be bulkier than the wingtips pellets…I also wanted any information you have on water filtering water bottles…I have found many places to buy them but very few helpful reviews…thank you for your continued help…your site is a wealth of info and help.

  • tiffanyrichter

    Cooking with Food Storage Please!!??!!

  • Traci Hamilton

    I would like to know more about rotating and using the storage items. I love your website!

  • Vanessa

    I want to learn how to use up and rotate my older stock better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kimberly-Merkley-Fowler/1123430477 Kimberly Merkley Fowler

    I know nothing about food storage, let alone a disaster kit. I mean zippo, zilch, nada. My family and I just moved to the middle of nowhere, aka Nebraska, last August. So, all of the extra suplies I had, I just gave away rather than move. When the earthquake hit Haiti, I realized that if that were to happen near us, my family would be in dire straights. So, I'm trying to learn. I don't have tons of money, but I know that we should be more prepared.

  • Sarah C

    My son is a picky eater. I'd like to learn some emergency prep ideas that are fun and might encourage a picky eater to eat in case of emergency since sometime he may not be able to get the very limited foods he likes. Also some more cooking ideas when you are without electricity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Madonna-Carr-Cramer/629935018 Madonna Carr Cramer

    I would like to know how to be prepared in ways that might not be food related to preparedness, like first aid, evacuation plans, sustaining ones need without electricity. Thanks for all the great information that you do have and give.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucy-Kessler/783504843 Lucy Kessler

    Hey, I would like to know about a kit that women could carry around in their purses or diaper bags if they have infants or toddlers! Thanks,

    Lucy

  • dronykmama

    I would like to learn more about rotating food storage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1642016371 facebook-1642016371

    Those Disaster Kits look so awesome. I have actually been looking at them to purchase but if I could save some money by winning that would be great!!!

  • Anonymous

    My daughter is gluten intolerant. I would like to learn more about food storage and gluten free foods. We are always trying new products when we see them. I am working on gluten free food storage items that can replace wheat, so I am open to any and all suggestions.

    I want to know more about surviving in the city.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=550122381 facebook-550122381

    I need to know more items to store for extremely picky children.

  • abbeysis

    I love your website! I'm excited to learn more about cooking with my food storage! Thanks so much for your help!

  • ritamosquita

    My daughter is gluten intolerant. I would like to learn more about food storage and gluten free foods. We are always trying new products when we see them. I am working on gluten free food storage items that can replace wheat, so I am open to any and all suggestions.

    I want to know more about surviving in the city.

  • Anonymous

    I am interested in learning about cooking my long term food storage. I am a celiac and need to grind wheat as well as rice. I really don’t want to purchase two grinders. Should I just purchase one for the wheat and then not worry about my grinding for the rice? I am learning much so far and am on my way much faster and more prepared than I have ever been. I am glad that I found this website!!!!!

    • http://mamasnuthouse.blogspot.com/ Darlene

      I use the same grinder for my rice that I grind my wheat and beans with. You don’t need separate grinders for the rice.

  • Courtney

    I would like to learn more about how to cook foods when you have no electricity.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to learn some healthy food options for 72 hr kits that would still sustain you for a long time. Especially do it yourself food dehydrating recipes.

  • Fuzzyfer

    I am interested in learning about cooking my long term food storage. I am a celiac and need to grind wheat as well as rice. I really don't want to purchase two grinders. Should I just purchase one for the wheat and then not worry about my grinding for the rice? I am learning much so far and am on my way much faster and more prepared than I have ever been. I am glad that I found this website!!!!!

  • Courtney

    I would like to learn more about how to cook foods when you have no electricity.

  • Vicki

    Dear Jodi and Julie,
    I’d like to learn more dutch oven cooking, emergency first aid/vet care, and 72-hour kits for pets. Keep up the great work you two are doing…it is providing a tremendous service to the rest of us out here!

  • kslamom

    I'd like to learn some healthy food options for 72 hr kits that would still sustain you for a long time. Especially do it yourself food dehydrating recipes.

  • Vicki

    Dear Jodi and Julie,
    I'd like to learn more dutch oven cooking, emergency first aid/vet care, and 72-hour kits for pets. Keep up the great work you two are doing…it is providing a tremendous service to the rest of us out here!

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to learn more about water during an emergency. (What filters are best and where to find water to filter once our “bug out”water is gone). Also, I am interested in solar cooking. It seems Like a practical way to go since you don’t need to store fuel and can cook almost every day of the year with that method.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to learn more about getting a 72 hour kits ready for my family that consists of young children that won’t be able to carry them if we had to leave our home.

    Thanks for the great website!!

    • http://mamasnuthouse.blogspot.com/ Darlene

      The same way you’d carry the children. You couldn’t carry them for long. Invest in a child’s wagon or two – one of the larger sized ones with sides on it. It would make a great family Christmas present. And in case of emergency, you can tow tots and supplies in it. Or invest in a small garden cart. That would also let you tow children and supplies

  • Anonymous

    I would love to learn more about cooking without power. I recently came across your site and have sent the link on to friends and family members. I am so grateful for this site…I was so overwhelmed and now I feel at ease. I have my work cut-out for me, but now I know HOW to do it. Thank you!

  • SandraInes

    I'd like to learn more about water during an emergency. (What filters are best and where to find water to filter once our “bug out”water is gone). Also, I am interested in solar cooking. It seems Like a practical way to go since you don't need to store fuel and can cook almost every day of the year with that method.

  • amy720

    I would like to learn more about getting a 72 hour kits ready for my family that consists of young children that won't be able to carry them if we had to leave our home.

    Thanks for the great website!!

  • christyc

    I would love to learn more about cooking without power. I recently came across your site and have sent the link on to friends and family members. I am so grateful for this site…I was so overwhelmed and now I feel at ease. I have my work cut-out for me, but now I know HOW to do it. Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    First, thanks for all you do in sharing so much food storage info. I don’t think I would have been motivated to even start without finding your site.

    With a family of eight, I’d like to know how to keep things stocked when four teenagers plus hubby and two little ones go through things like locusts. Rotation really isn’t an issue around here. I’ve learned so much this past year following your posts that I can’t thank you enough. Keeping organized and keeping up with the outflow seems to be our most difficult problem. If I end up staying home in an emergency we’ll be fine for a while, leaving the house would still be difficult just due to the logistics and numbers.

  • quiltingmama

    First, thanks for all you do in sharing so much food storage info. I don't think I would have been motivated to even start without finding your site.

    With a family of eight, I'd like to know how to keep things stocked when four teenagers plus hubby and two little ones go through things like locusts. Rotation really isn't an issue around here. I've learned so much this past year following your posts that I can't thank you enough. Keeping organized and keeping up with the outflow seems to be our most difficult problem. If I end up staying home in an emergency we'll be fine for a while, leaving the house would still be difficult just due to the logistics and numbers.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a single lady and would like to know how other singles are prepping for emergency situations. Further I have a “government” job and will probably be “called up” in some emergency situations. What are other government types doing for their preps?

  • margaeli

    I'm a single lady and would like to know how other singles are prepping for emergency situations. Further I have a “government” job and will probably be “called up” in some emergency situations. What are other government types doing for their preps?

  • http://www.oneofakindgiftideas.blogspot.com/ Aimee White

    I would like to learn more about canning so when I have my garden in the summer I can store some of it for later.

    You guys ROCK! Thanks for all of the great information.

  • Anonymous

    Anything and everything!!
    I’m just starting to do Food Storage. A 72 hour kit would be a great way to start!!

  • Kath

  • http://www.oneofakindgiftideas.blogspot.com/ Aimee White

    I would like to learn more about canning so when I have my garden in the summer I can store some of it for later.

    You guys ROCK! Thanks for all of the great information.

  • frugalmom1

    I would like to learn more about non food items that I would need to make things safe and comfortable that are easy to carry.

  • reezy

    Anything and everything!!
    I'm just starting to do Food Storage. A 72 hour kit would be a great way to start!!

  • April

    Camping stores and Army-Navy surplus stores have water purification tablets and the like. I bought the expensive stuff: “Chlor-Floc”. Chlor means chlorine and it kills bacteria and viruses. Floc (flocculant) means it gathers up sediment to make it easy to filter out.

  • Anonymous

    I have a baby so I would like to know more about how to prepare better to accomodate her in times of emergency

  • Kath

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jill-Umbrage-Sego/1457233653 Jill Umbrage Sego

    I would like to learn more about pressure cooker canning. I have never even heard of this until I saw your post with the chicken recipe!

  • frugalmom1

    I would like to learn more about non food items that I would need to make things safe and comfortable that are easy to carry.

  • Katherine

    I’d like to learn more about how healthy food storage and how to cook with food storage if there’s no electricity. Thanks!!

  • Anonymous

    I would like to learn more about the kinds of foods I should have in my kits. Especially how I can have variety.

    I have young children ages 0, 20 months, and 4 years and would like to learn what to pack for them.

    Thank you

  • Dixieland1014

    I have a baby so I would like to know more about how to prepare better to accomodate her in times of emergency

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jill-Umbrage-Sego/1457233653 Jill Umbrage Sego

    I would like to learn more about pressure cooker canning. I have never even heard of this until I saw your post with the chicken recipe!

  • Katherine

    I'd like to learn more about how healthy food storage and how to cook with food storage if there's no electricity. Thanks!!

  • Anonymous

    I would like to learn about how to keep the storage organized in my car.

  • scrappermom

    I would like to learn more about the kinds of foods I should have in my kits. Especially how I can have variety.

    I have young children ages 0, 20 months, and 4 years and would like to learn what to pack for them.

    Thank you

  • deann1

    I would like to learn about how to keep the storage organized in my car.

  • Anonymous

    Id like to learn more about powderd milk

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to learn more about what to do if the disaster takes me away from my home.

  • Jamie McDonald

    I would like to learn more about storing items for young children and the best way to pack everything they need but still be able to carry it all.

  • jamiemcdonaldbales

    Id like to learn more about powderd milk

  • chipimunk

    I'd like to learn more about what to do if the disaster takes me away from my home.

  • Jamie McDonald

    I would like to learn more about storing items for young children and the best way to pack everything they need but still be able to carry it all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Natalie-Hill-Larsen/1496149382 Natalie Hill Larsen

    How about a fun post about disposing of waste and safe ways to stay healthy during a disaster. Also how about good ideas on how to grab and go for large families. Right now I donn’t think all my little ones could carry what we need. Unless we will be confined to home I am not sure we would last very long.

  • Anonymous

    I would love to learn about canning low-acid foods. Pressure cooker intimidates me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Natalie-Hill-Larsen/1496149382 Natalie Hill Larsen

    How about a fun post about disposing of waste and safe ways to stay healthy during a disaster. Also how about good ideas on how to grab and go for large families. Right now I donn't think all my little ones could carry what we need. Unless we will be confined to home I am not sure we would last very long.

  • juliagrant

    I would love to learn about canning low-acid foods. Pressure cooker intimidates me!

  • Melody

    I would like to learn more about sprouting grains and beans.

  • Melody

    I would like to learn more about sprouting grains and beans.

  • Stephanie

    I would like to have more recipes that use only food storage items – especially kid-friendly recipes. And I’d like to learn how to modify my recipes so that they use only food storage items. I’d also like to know how to find local sources for things like bulk wheat purchases.

    This site is great. I’m just starting to build my food storage and have found myself getting overwhelmed. Then I found your site….I LOVE the tools you’ve put together! They are really helpful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1514865246 Anonymous

    I want to learn more how to do gluten-free food storage. Not everyone in my family needs it, but it makes a difference for those who do.

    I love Sharon McAllister’s tip about the portable heater.

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzannekupiec Suzanne Kupiec

    Are people storing paper plates and plasticware? How about no-rinse bath wipes or rinse-free shampoo? I think some ideas about things that would be “nice” to have would be great!

  • corinne purnell

    Wow what a great giveaway, please random.org pick me! I would love to learn how to survive on the food in the wild, whats safe and not safe!

  • Stephanie

    I would like to have more recipes that use only food storage items – especially kid-friendly recipes. And I'd like to learn how to modify my recipes so that they use only food storage items. I'd also like to know how to find local sources for things like bulk wheat purchases.

    This site is great. I'm just starting to build my food storage and have found myself getting overwhelmed. Then I found your site….I LOVE the tools you've put together! They are really helpful.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to learn more about dehydrating (recipes, how to store, shelf life, etc) and sprouting. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1514865246 facebook-1514865246

    I want to learn more how to do gluten-free food storage. Not everyone in my family needs it, but it makes a difference for those who do.

    I love Sharon McAllister's tip about the portable heater.

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzannekupiec Suzanne Kupiec

    Are people storing paper plates and plasticware? How about no-rinse bath wipes or rinse-free shampoo? I think some ideas about things that would be “nice” to have would be great!

  • Sharon McAllister

    I would like to learn more about MRE storage life, use etc. I have some, but don’t know how to tell if they are still good without opening them. I do have a comment to share. I have made canned heat containers with an empty NEW quart size paint can, a roll of toilet paper with the cardboard core removed. Stuff the paper into the paint can, (this is the wick, so don’t unroll it, just squeeze together and stuff it in) and one bottle of rubbing alcohol, a penny and a book of matches. To store, put the toilet paper into the can. Put the small book of matches on top and close the lid. Tape penny on lid of can and use it to open the can when you wish to use it. Just store the alcohol in its original container until needed. To use, pour the alcohol over the toilet paper and fill the can. Light it. Set it on a non-burnable surface. It will provide about 8 hours of heat. It does not emit carbon monoxide and so can safely be used indoors or in a vehicle if you are stranded, though I would open the window briefly from time to time to have fresh air. When the paper starts to scorch, put the lid on to extinguish the flame and then refill with more alcohol. If you wish to cook on it, put a wire rack on top of 3 empty gallon paint cans or on some bricks or taller rocks, and then use as a portable stove. DO NOT POUR IN ALCOHOL WHEN THE WICK IS LIT. MAKE SURE FIRE IS OUT FIRST BEFORE REFILLING. I carry one in my car because I live in snow country.

  • chapita10

    I would like to learn more about dehydrating (recipes, how to store, shelf life, etc) and sprouting. Thanks!

  • Danielle

    I want to learn more about what to do for shelter away from home in a disaster. Where do we go? Where do we set up camp?

  • Anonymous

    I would like to learn about water storage, how to teach your kids without freaking them out, and where to start in emergency preparedness.

  • Sharon McAllister

    I would like to learn more about MRE storage life, use etc. I have some, but don't know how to tell if they are still good without opening them. I do have a comment to share. I have made canned heat containers with an empty NEW quart size paint can, a roll of toilet paper with the cardboard core removed. Stuff the paper into the paint can, (this is the wick, so don't unroll it, just squeeze together and stuff it in) and one bottle of rubbing alcohol, a penny and a book of matches. To store, put the toilet paper into the can. Put the small book of matches on top and close the lid. Tape penny on lid of can and use it to open the can when you wish to use it. Just store the alcohol in its original container until needed. To use, pour the alcohol over the toilet paper and fill the can. Light it. Set it on a non-burnable surface. It will provide about 8 hours of heat. It does not emit carbon monoxide and so can safely be used indoors or in a vehicle if you are stranded, though I would open the window briefly from time to time to have fresh air. When the paper starts to scorch, put the lid on to extinguish the flame and then refill with more alcohol. If you wish to cook on it, put a wire rack on top of 3 empty gallon paint cans or on some bricks or taller rocks, and then use as a portable stove. DO NOT POUR IN ALCOHOL WHEN THE WICK IS LIT. MAKE SURE FIRE IS OUT FIRST BEFORE REFILLING. I carry one in my car because I live in snow country.

  • Anonymous

    I want to know how to pack it all easily for a large family. All that stuff, there’s no way we could pack it all out of here, especially with so many little ones. Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anna-Mike-Hawkins/1411522782 Anna Mike Hawkins

    I would love to learn more about gardening, and also 72 hour kits.

  • Danielle

    I want to learn more about what to do for shelter away from home in a disaster. Where do we go? Where do we set up camp?

  • Mardi

    I need to help statisfing picky little eaters. I know we always say “if they are hungry enough, they will eat it”. But then I have to listen to the whining in an already stressful situation. I need ideas for easy foods to put in our 72 hour kit for young children, 1 – 10. Thanks.

  • lanad

    I would like to learn about water storage, how to teach your kids without freaking them out, and where to start in emergency preparedness.

  • Anonymous

    I would also love to learn more about bottling meats. I am just starting this quest of preparedness so I am very motivated and excited.

  • Clintandrachael

    I want to know how to pack it all easily for a large family. All that stuff, there's no way we could pack it all out of here, especially with so many little ones. Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anna-Mike-Hawkins/1411522782 Anna Mike Hawkins

    I would love to learn more about gardening, and also 72 hour kits.

  • Mardi

    I need to help statisfing picky little eaters. I know we always say “if they are hungry enough, they will eat it”. But then I have to listen to the whining in an already stressful situation. I need ideas for easy foods to put in our 72 hour kit for young children, 1 – 10. Thanks.

  • Shauna

    I need to improve our emergency first aid supplies. It mainly consists of bandaids and alcohal. Seeing the pictures from Haiti I know that not be sufficient.

  • crazywaffle

    I would also love to learn more about bottling meats. I am just starting this quest of preparedness so I am very motivated and excited.

  • Holly Bryant

    I would love to learn more about canning your own meat and more about how long canning lasts when you do it yourself. Thanks! Holly Bryant

  • Shauna

    I need to improve our emergency first aid supplies. It mainly consists of bandaids and alcohal. Seeing the pictures from Haiti I know that not be sufficient.

  • AnnMarie

    Having just moved to a home with a pond, a stream, and a well (electric), I’d like to learn more about using these for water during an emergency–how to get water w/o the well (and how to know how much water I can use before I run out), types of filters, how to know if my water is safe if I don’t have a filter, and who knows what else?

  • Holly Bryant

    I would love to learn more about canning your own meat and more about how long canning lasts when you do it yourself. Thanks! Holly Bryant

  • AnnMarie

    Having just moved to a home with a pond, a stream, and a well (electric), I'd like to learn more about using these for water during an emergency–how to get water w/o the well (and how to know how much water I can use before I run out), types of filters, how to know if my water is safe if I don't have a filter, and who knows what else?

  • Anonymous

    I would love to know more about first aid for storage and how you manage the meds/pain relievers for rotation.

  • jillhatch

    I would love to know more about first aid for storage and how you manage the meds/pain relievers for rotation.

  • mona

    I am interested in kits for those with disabilities and/or special circumstances. I used to be diabetic and that influences the food and needs meds to be stored too. I did have a gastric bypass and now protein is my guiding factor. My kit is full of protein. Less meds but now vitamins are a necessity.

  • mona

    I am interested in kits for those with disabilities and/or special circumstances. I used to be diabetic and that influences the food and needs meds to be stored too. I did have a gastric bypass and now protein is my guiding factor. My kit is full of protein. Less meds but now vitamins are a necessity.

  • Anonymous

    I’m always interested in learning more recipes and ways of using my food storage.

  • melissahad

    I'm always interested in learning more recipes and ways of using my food storage.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to learn more about water storage options for disasters. How do you make the water portable?

  • Anonymous

    I would like to learn more about first aide,first aid kits, and the expiration dates of the products that go in them.

  • Anonymous

    I want to learn more about how to dehydrate meat and fruits/veggies

  • April

    I am also interested in how to actually cook when there is no power. Happened with the snow storm and I was not prepared.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to learn more about healthy food storage. Like buying organic grains (where?) and Healthier choices for condiments, etc. Everything seems to have so many preservatives and chemicals.

  • marenmadsen

    I would like to learn more about water storage options for disasters. How do you make the water portable?

  • Anonymous

    I want to learn more about growing your own sprouts from beans/grains in food storage. And I want to hear from real people which things in their 72-hour kits they were glad they had or wished they had.

  • talya

    I’ve got a good start on resources/supplies in my emergency preparedness and food storage arenas, but I’m still trying to figure out ways to use them in an actual no-electricity-available emergency: what’s the best way to bake bread? beans? rice? etc. do I have to have a solar oven?!

  • http://www.platebyplate.blogspot.com/ Penny

    I’d like to learn more about cooking without gas or electricity. I recently ordered a rocket stove and will practice cooking on it once it arrives. I’d also be interested in learning more about making different types of bread (biscuits, flat bread, etc) that could be cooked on that type of stove.

  • Paula

    Like many of the others here, I am most interested in how to accumulate everything needed for an emergency, including food, while on a budget. Several others have mentioned food allergies; your various plans rely fairly heavily on grains that contain gluten, which I happen to have a problem with also…

    This is a great site and I really appreciate the time and effort you have put into gathering so much information. It is wonderful to have most everything in one place! Thanks so much.

  • lorettawininger

    I would like to learn more about first aide,first aid kits, and the expiration dates of the products that go in them.

  • mashaellsworth

    I want to learn more about how to dehydrate meat and fruits/veggies

  • Deanna

    I would really be interested in learning about water filters/water storage. Where I live there we cannot dig a well (water table is 300ft down and full of sulphur) and do not have an alternative water source. Thanks!

  • April

    I am also interested in how to actually cook when there is no power. Happened with the snow storm and I was not prepared.

  • barbarapak

    I'd like to learn more about healthy food storage. Like buying organic grains (where?) and Healthier choices for condiments, etc. Everything seems to have so many preservatives and chemicals.

  • http://leilagardunia.blogspot.com/ Leila

    I would like to learn more about alternative grain sources and where to buy them. I know you guys have posted about it – I just need to take the time and beef up on it. Thanks for all you do! I have a goal to update/rotate our 72 hour kits this month – I would LOVE to win this!

  • Josie

    I would like get some ideas of the best way to store the emergency preparedness kits, especially the water. The heating sources and how to rotate them would be great things to address also.

  • beccasaurusrex

    I want to learn more about growing your own sprouts from beans/grains in food storage. And I want to hear from real people which things in their 72-hour kits they were glad they had or wished they had.

  • talya

    I've got a good start on resources/supplies in my emergency preparedness and food storage arenas, but I'm still trying to figure out ways to use them in an actual no-electricity-available emergency: what's the best way to bake bread? beans? rice? etc. do I have to have a solar oven?!

  • http://www.platebyplate.blogspot.com/ Penny

    I'd like to learn more about cooking without gas or electricity. I recently ordered a rocket stove and will practice cooking on it once it arrives. I'd also be interested in learning more about making different types of bread (biscuits, flat bread, etc) that could be cooked on that type of stove.

  • Paula

    Like many of the others here, I am most interested in how to accumulate everything needed for an emergency, including food, while on a budget. Several others have mentioned food allergies; your various plans rely fairly heavily on grains that contain gluten, which I happen to have a problem with also…

    This is a great site and I really appreciate the time and effort you have put into gathering so much information. It is wonderful to have most everything in one place! Thanks so much.

  • http://selfrelianceadventures.blogspot.com Angela

    I’m open to about anything you gals want to tackle, there have been a lot of great suggestions already. My main emergency concerns are alternate methods of heating and cooking.

  • Anonymous

    I am definitely interested in dehydrating foods too!

  • Charlene

    I’ve been working on my preparedness efforts for a long time. That said, I always feel like I have to do more. We are getting ready to make a move to the country. As such, I’ll have a whole new set of challenges ahead. We are moving to a smaller house without a basement. Just prior to feeling inspired that it was time to move, I found myself living with my storage around me. Now it will most definately be all around me. Eventually we will build a root cellar and a basement, but for now, I’ll be surrounded. Yikes!
    One thing I would like to see more of would be specific three month storage recipes. I’ve taken a little different approach with these meals. After having a flu bug more than once this year, I’d like to have good recipes that my family can throw together at a moments notice. I’m not much on prepackaged foods, but am willing to have some in my 3 month stores for such a purpose. If my family had to make anything from my long-term storage without me, I’m sure we’d starve:)
    Thanks for your help.
    Charlene

  • Deanna

    I would really be interested in learning about water filters/water storage. Where I live there we cannot dig a well (water table is 300ft down and full of sulphur) and do not have an alternative water source. Thanks!

  • http://leilagardunia.blogspot.com/ Leila

    I would like to learn more about alternative grain sources and where to buy them. I know you guys have posted about it – I just need to take the time and beef up on it. Thanks for all you do! I have a goal to update/rotate our 72 hour kits this month – I would LOVE to win this!

  • Anonymous

    I’m new to this site but find it very, very helpful. Do you address growing and canning your own food as a means of supplimenting your stored goods?

  • Josie

    I would like get some ideas of the best way to store the emergency preparedness kits, especially the water. The heating sources and how to rotate them would be great things to address also.

  • http://selfrelianceadventures.blogspot.com Angela

    I'm open to about anything you gals want to tackle, there have been a lot of great suggestions already. My main emergency concerns are alternate methods of heating and cooking.

  • jilynnbradshaw

    I am definitely interested in dehydrating foods too!

  • Charlene

    I've been working on my preparedness efforts for a long time. That said, I always feel like I have to do more. We are getting ready to make a move to the country. As such, I'll have a whole new set of challenges ahead. We are moving to a smaller house without a basement. Just prior to feeling inspired that it was time to move, I found myself living with my storage around me. Now it will most definately be all around me. Eventually we will build a root cellar and a basement, but for now, I'll be surrounded. Yikes!
    One thing I would like to see more of would be specific three month storage recipes. I've taken a little different approach with these meals. After having a flu bug more than once this year, I'd like to have good recipes that my family can throw together at a moments notice. I'm not much on prepackaged foods, but am willing to have some in my 3 month stores for such a purpose. If my family had to make anything from my long-term storage without me, I'm sure we'd starve:)
    Thanks for your help.
    Charlene

  • jsemanie

    I'm new to this site but find it very, very helpful. Do you address growing and canning your own food as a means of supplimenting your stored goods?

  • Leanda

    I’d like to know how you can feasibly carry enough water in your 72 hour kits when you have 5 children that necessarily aren’t able to carry the suggested amount of water. It’s one thing if you have a car available, but what if you have to leave your car?

  • Anonymous

    I would really like to learn how to use a food dehydrator to make your own one-pot meals, like an MREs sort of thing that has a very long shelf life.

  • Leanda

    I'd like to know how you can feasibly carry enough water in your 72 hour kits when you have 5 children that necessarily aren't able to carry the suggested amount of water. It's one thing if you have a car available, but what if you have to leave your car?

  • Emily

    I am very new to emergency preparedness, so I have a lot to learn. I am most interested in learning about how/what to prepare when you have young children and infants.

  • http://lisascornerstone.org/ Lisa Robinson

    I am interested in Emergency preparedness kits and in being prepared for the coming upheavel. I have a stockpile of food and water, however I need to put together materials for travel and grab and go kits.
    Totally interested in what ever you can clue me in on. I have my emergency preparedness living off the land books but I really do need to put together kits.
    Thank you.

  • Mrsmcdowell

    I would really like to learn how to use a food dehydrator to make your own one-pot meals, like an MREs sort of thing that has a very long shelf life.

  • Emily

    I am very new to emergency preparedness, so I have a lot to learn. I am most interested in learning about how/what to prepare when you have young children and infants.

  • http://lisascornerstone.org/ Lisa Robinson

    I am interested in Emergency preparedness kits and in being prepared for the coming upheavel. I have a stockpile of food and water, however I need to put together materials for travel and grab and go kits.
    Totally interested in what ever you can clue me in on. I have my emergency preparedness living off the land books but I really do need to put together kits.
    Thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/agodlyhomemaker agodlyhomemaker

    heating alternatives is what i am most curious about.

  • Anonymous

    I am interested in the emergency kits – what to put in them, rotating plans for food and clothes, where to store them (seems like one in the house for each person is obvious, but should there be one in the car too since I”m not always home or is that overkill.)

    Also, emergency plans…like meeting places meeting contacts and that kind of thing. Bug out bags and plans I guess. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/agodlyhomemaker agodlyhomemaker

    heating alternatives is what i am most curious about.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to learn how to can dried beans – for example – how to take dried great northern beans (or ???) and make a jar of chili beans out of them. I’ve heard that it can be done easily… but I need to know what spices to use and the amounts. THANKS!

  • Anonymous

    I would like to know about expiration dates for canned foods. They say one date, but can it be used after that? And what about home-canned goods – how long do they last?

  • jacesmom

    I am interested in the emergency kits – what to put in them, rotating plans for food and clothes, where to store them (seems like one in the house for each person is obvious, but should there be one in the car too since I”m not always home or is that overkill.)

    Also, emergency plans…like meeting places meeting contacts and that kind of thing. Bug out bags and plans I guess. Thanks.

  • lenea

    I'd like to learn how to can dried beans – for example – how to take dried great northern beans (or ???) and make a jar of chili beans out of them. I've heard that it can be done easily… but I need to know what spices to use and the amounts. THANKS!

  • dahliab79

    I would like to know about expiration dates for canned foods. They say one date, but can it be used after that? And what about home-canned goods – how long do they last?

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to know how often emergency/disaster kits need to be replenished/replaced–like the 72-hour kits that get replaced after a year.

  • Samantha R

    I would like to learn more about MRE’s and how to store them and how long they last.

  • Katherine C.

    I would like to get ideas on how to rotate kits. I get mine stocked and then don’t remember to rotate or how often. Thanks

  • Barb

    I would like to learn more about storing rain water and additional ideas on storing #10 cans creatively.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Colleen Jepsen

    I have a hard time knowing what I'm planning for. We have 72 hour kits that are doufle bags and it seems we keep putting more stuff in it. I'd like to think we need to be mobile, but I hardly think I could carry it for too long.

  • http://www.facebook.com Colleen Jepsen

    I have a hard time knowing what I'm planning for. We have 72 hour kits that are doufle bags and it seems we keep putting more stuff in it. I'd like to think we need to be mobile, but I hardly think I could carry it for too long.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Dianna Morales

    Water storage, I have heard to not store it in the garage because bottles will absorbe chemicales etc…So where do you store it?

  • http://www.facebook.com Dianna Annette

    Water storage, I have heard to not store it in the garage because bottles will absorbe chemicales etc…So where do you store it?

  • http://www.facebook.com Dianna Morales

    Water storage, I have heard to not store it in the garage because bottles will absorbe chemicales etc…So where do you store it?

  • brittanyfarfan

    I'd like to know how often emergency/disaster kits need to be replenished/replaced–like the 72-hour kits that get replaced after a year.

  • Samantha R

    I would like to learn more about MRE's and how to store them and how long they last.

  • Katherine C.

    I would like to get ideas on how to rotate kits. I get mine stocked and then don't remember to rotate or how often. Thanks

  • Barb

    I would like to learn more about storing rain water and additional ideas on storing #10 cans creatively.

  • Suzanne

    I’d like to learn more about beans, ways to use them, flavor of different kinds of beans. For example I have several bags of black beans, but have never used them because I’ve never eaten them and don’t know what they taste like. Can they be used in place of pinto beans for chili?

  • Carol

    Hello
    I bought some wheat last year and I just put in a bucket I have been reading and now they are saying I should use Oxygen Asorbers I’m really not sure how to use them can you let me know.

  • Jeanne

    Would like to learn more about the rocket stoves as an alternative cooking source, i.e., what types of pans to use, how to use your dutch oven with this stove for baking, wood vs charcoal. Also, other fuel sources for cooking without electricity.

  • Anonymous

    I have been following your blog for a little while and love all of the tips you give. One thing I would like to learn more about is how to store water and purifying water. I have heard that you can use chlorine (like the kind that cleans pools and spas) to purify water for drinking. Is this true and is it safer than using bleach?

  • Suzanne

    I'd like to learn more about beans, ways to use them, flavor of different kinds of beans. For example I have several bags of black beans, but have never used them because I've never eaten them and don't know what they taste like. Can they be used in place of pinto beans for chili?

  • Anonymous

    I love your website and the info is great!! I’ve shared it with many of my friends and family! I have been saving each step as you’ve shared them, however my computer crashed and now I’m missing some of the steps…………..is there any way to get the ones that I’m missing?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Ann Hamilton Hayes-Yarman

    I would like to get some ideas on how to prep in unusual situations. We are a blended family of 7 and 3 of the children are with us only 1/2 the time. Do I prep for additional people if they are with the other parent? Of cousre, I don't even know if she would bring them to us.

  • http://www.facebook.com Ann Hamilton Hayes-Yarman

    I would like to get some ideas on how to prep in unusual situations. We are a blended family of 7 and 3 of the children are with us only 1/2 the time. Do I prep for additional people if they are with the other parent? Of cousre, I don't even know if she would bring them to us.

  • Anonymous

    I would also like to learn more about Oxygen Asorbers and when and how to use them correctly when you are storing in Super Pails.

  • Carol

    Hello
    I bought some wheat last year and I just put in a bucket I have been reading and now they are saying I should use Oxygen Asorbers I'm really not sure how to use them can you let me know.

  • CThomas

    I would like to know more about storing water. It is really necessary to dump it out and replace it every year? And what do you store to purify water? Is there a powdered chlorine?

    • April

      Camping stores and Army-Navy surplus stores have water purification tablets and the like. I bought the expensive stuff: “Chlor-Floc”. Chlor means chlorine and it kills bacteria and viruses. Floc (flocculant) means it gathers up sediment to make it easy to filter out.

  • Jeanne

    Would like to learn more about the rocket stoves as an alternative cooking source, i.e., what types of pans to use, how to use your dutch oven with this stove for baking, wood vs charcoal. Also, other fuel sources for cooking without electricity.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to know how often to rotate items in a 72 hour kit and when the best time to do it is so we will always remember to do it.

  • momma_emmaline

    I have been following your blog for a little while and love all of the tips you give. One thing I would like to learn more about is how to store water and purifying water. I have heard that you can use chlorine (like the kind that cleans pools and spas) to purify water for drinking. Is this true and is it safer than using bleach?

  • Mary R

    This might seem silly but, I would like to know fun ,creative ways to use up emergency kit[3-day, etc] items that have expiration dates ;since there not used unless there is an emergency. I want to be a wise stewart and not just replace these items when they expire. Maybe a once a year Use It Up Party ?

  • sherio

    I love your website and the info is great!! I've shared it with many of my friends and family! I have been saving each step as you've shared them, however my computer crashed and now I'm missing some of the steps…………..is there any way to get the ones that I'm missing?

  • lirpoakasan

    I would also like to learn more about Oxygen Asorbers and when and how to use them correctly when you are storing in Super Pails.

  • lirpoakasan

    You should really look into Honeyville Grains… their shipping is a flat rate no matter how much you purchase so get some people together and get some. We don't have a distributor in NM either, so I have split a couple of orders with friends.

  • CThomas

    I would like to know more about storing water. It is really necessary to dump it out and replace it every year? And what do you store to purify water? Is there a powdered chlorine?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Brianna Frehner

    what are the best containers for 72 hours kits? backpacks, buckets…

  • http://www.facebook.com Brianna Frehner

    what are the best containers for 72 hours kits? backpacks, buckets…

  • lisa

    I’ve watched you all right from the time you started on the web and it seems like a really long time,and you would think long enough to get my act together with my family’s emergency preparedness. I do have some things together like the food kits Jodi showed (great help) but I still feel like I’m not ready in case something were to happen.I have three teenage boys and was wondering should I plan their kits as if they were adults?

  • Anonymous

    I would like to know more about disaster first aid. From what I’ve read, US Navy corps men are the next best thing to having a doctor and complete hospital. What kind of training do they receive? What medical gear do they have?

    In a disaster, we may be without proper medical facilities for some time and find ourselves pulling teeth, having to stitch up wounds and deliver babies on our own.

  • jen0323

    I would like to know how often to rotate items in a 72 hour kit and when the best time to do it is so we will always remember to do it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Kathryn Collier

    I really need to learn about water storage. Living in an apartment I have used up all the space that I have and have no outside storage available. Whats the minimum number of aqua blox that I would need for a family of 3?

  • http://www.facebook.com Kathryn Collier

    I really need to learn about water storage. Living in an apartment I have used up all the space that I have and have no outside storage available. Whats the minimum number of aqua blox that I would need for a family of 3?

  • Mary R

    This might seem silly but, I would like to know fun ,creative ways to use up emergency kit[3-day, etc] items that have expiration dates ;since there not used unless there is an emergency. I want to be a wise stewart and not just replace these items when they expire. Maybe a once a year Use It Up Party ?

  • kristy

    I’d like to learn about how to prepare for a disaster with toddlers and babies.

  • Anonymous

    I would love to learn more about the types of containers I can use to store my long term storage in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Jay Manning

    I am trying to put together kits for myself and my brothers family. Emergerncies are nevr planned and I hope to have everything ready for when it does happen.

  • http://www.facebook.com Jay Manning

    I am trying to put together kits for myself and my brothers family. Emergerncies are nevr planned and I hope to have everything ready for when it does happen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Amanda Hagee

    water for a family of four for more than two days is proving interesting in our small apartment… I would also like to learn more about solar cooking, and "canning" beef & chicken. I want to not have to rely on the freezer if the power goes out & I know our store bought cans will only last so long.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Amanda Kay Hagee

    water for a family of four for more than two days is proving interesting in our small apartment… I would also like to learn more about solar cooking, and "canning" beef & chicken. I want to not have to rely on the freezer if the power goes out & I know our store bought cans will only last so long.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Amanda Kay Milacek Hagee

    water for a family of four for more than two days is proving interesting in our small apartment… I would also like to learn more about solar cooking, and "canning" beef & chicken. I want to not have to rely on the freezer if the power goes out & I know our store bought cans will only last so long.

  • http://www.facebook.com Amanda Hagee

    water for a family of four for more than two days is proving interesting in our small apartment… I would also like to learn more about solar cooking, and "canning" beef & chicken. I want to not have to rely on the freezer if the power goes out & I know our store bought cans will only last so long.

  • http://www.facebook.com Amanda Kay Hagee

    water for a family of four for more than two days is proving interesting in our small apartment… I would also like to learn more about solar cooking, and "canning" beef & chicken. I want to not have to rely on the freezer if the power goes out & I know our store bought cans will only last so long.

  • http://www.facebook.com Amanda Kay Milacek Hagee

    water for a family of four for more than two days is proving interesting in our small apartment… I would also like to learn more about solar cooking, and "canning" beef & chicken. I want to not have to rely on the freezer if the power goes out & I know our store bought cans will only last so long.

  • lisa

    I've watched you all right from the time you started on the web and it seems like a really long time,and you would think long enough to get my act together with my family's emergency preparedness. I do have some things together like the food kits Jodi showed (great help) but I still feel like I'm not ready in case something were to happen.I have three teenage boys and was wondering should I plan their kits as if they were adults?

  • Boeck7991

    I would like to know more about disaster first aid. From what I've read, US Navy corps men are the next best thing to having a doctor and complete hospital. What kind of training do they receive? What medical gear do they have?

    In a disaster, we may be without proper medical facilities for some time and find ourselves pulling teeth, having to stitch up wounds and deliver babies on our own.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Rachel Weber Lear

    I would love ideas for what to have in the kits to turn a disaster into a less tramatic experience for young special needs children. My 5yr old completely flips out during simple power outages. I have some special items for them, but would love more ideas. I also have a difficult time with the water storage.

  • http://www.facebook.com Rachel Weber Lear

    I would love ideas for what to have in the kits to turn a disaster into a less tramatic experience for young special needs children. My 5yr old completely flips out during simple power outages. I have some special items for them, but would love more ideas. I also have a difficult time with the water storage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Lisa Hennick Estepp

    Jocelyn Pratt Miller : Becareful with what you do buy at the dollar tree (unsure if you meant that or dollar store) BUT the dollar tree thigs come from other countries that do NOT have USA strict FDA guidance.

  • http://www.facebook.com Lisa Hennick Estepp

    Jocelyn Pratt Miller : Becareful with what you do buy at the dollar tree (unsure if you meant that or dollar store) BUT the dollar tree thigs come from other countries that do NOT have USA strict FDA guidance.

  • kristy

    I'd like to learn about how to prepare for a disaster with toddlers and babies.

  • lisafortner

    I would love to learn more about the types of containers I can use to store my long term storage in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Gina Sobolik Sondeland

    I like to learn more about cooking during an emergency, when my electric stove no longer works.

  • http://www.facebook.com Gina Sobolik Sondeland

    I like to learn more about cooking during an emergency, when my electric stove no longer works.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Sheri Albee

    I would like to learn more about alternative fuels and alternative cooking methods.Sheri

  • http://www.facebook.com Sheri Albee

    I would like to learn more about alternative fuels and alternative cooking methods.Sheri

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Shannan Whitlock Brockbank

    Water storage and organization.

  • http://www.facebook.com Shannan Whitlock Brockbank

    Water storage and organization.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Jamie Atkinson

    maybe a first aid kit list so i can build my own. Water storage. Jarring so i can do that when i get my garden going.

  • http://www.facebook.com Jamie Bown Atkinson

    maybe a first aid kit list so i can build my own. Water storage. Jarring so i can do that when i get my garden going.

  • http://www.facebook.com Jamie Atkinson

    maybe a first aid kit list so i can build my own. Water storage. Jarring so i can do that when i get my garden going.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Angela Klaas Novak

    Solar cooking and water purification.

  • http://www.facebook.com Angela Klaas Novak

    Solar cooking and water purification.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Erica Baird Evans

    Water def! I would also like to have a list…I am sure there's one out there some where….but a list of things that you can do to survive in your home if you are stuck and can't or shouldn't go anywhere. So like safety issues that you need to be aware of, how to use the gas items (fireplace, stove) in your home, best ways to stay cool, warm, do's and don'ts. Lanterns/flash lights vs. oil lamps and candles.

  • http://www.facebook.com Erica Baird Evans

    Water def! I would also like to have a list…I am sure there's one out there some where….but a list of things that you can do to survive in your home if you are stuck and can't or shouldn't go anywhere. So like safety issues that you need to be aware of, how to use the gas items (fireplace, stove) in your home, best ways to stay cool, warm, do's and don'ts. Lanterns/flash lights vs. oil lamps and candles.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to know more about 72-hour kit item rotation. I purchased 72 hour kits for myself and my children several years ago, and than them stored in a container in the garage. I have not given them much thought over the years as we have been fortunate to not have needed it. However, I know that after 7 years, I probably should look and see what has gone bad etc.

    What are the recommendations to item rotation?

    Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Trisha Drummond

    I would love to learn about canning as well. I think that's a great aspect of food storage and I don't know anything about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Katie Duncan Stowers

    I would like more info or simple recipes with canned food such as wheat and oats

  • http://www.facebook.com Trisha Drummond

    I would love to learn about canning as well. I think that's a great aspect of food storage and I don't know anything about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com Katie Duncan Stowers

    I would like more info or simple recipes with canned food such as wheat and oats

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Jaime Lynn Williams

    Organizing my food storage!

  • http://www.facebook.com Jaime Lynn Williams

    Organizing my food storage!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Stephenie Peterson Rice

    Fuel and cooking food when you have no heat source… I have started our food storage and thanks to coupons, I have not increased our food budget, but I have quadrupled my food storage. Water purification would also be good.

  • http://www.facebook.com Stephenie Peterson Rice

    Fuel and cooking food when you have no heat source… I have started our food storage and thanks to coupons, I have not increased our food budget, but I have quadrupled my food storage. Water purification would also be good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Jennifer Hansen

    I would like to learn more about pet emergency preparedness. I have 2 cats and a small dog, and I know that my little dog would need smaller amounts of water and food than my brothers 2 large dogs. but how much? They are just as much my family as my children (well almost) but I would love to know what I need for them. Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com Jennifer Hansen

    I would like to learn more about pet emergency preparedness. I have 2 cats and a small dog, and I know that my little dog would need smaller amounts of water and food than my brothers 2 large dogs. but how much? They are just as much my family as my children (well almost) but I would love to know what I need for them. Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Jaime Hupp Johnson

    I want to know more about canning as a way to add to my food storage. Also, more mental preparedness.

  • http://www.facebook.com Jaime Hupp Johnson

    I want to know more about canning as a way to add to my food storage. Also, more mental preparedness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Darlene Zimmerman Williams

    This month, our family bought a propane heater and soon were going to look for a propane generator. We bought a big outside tank and several small tanks to hold the propane and it's great to know we have them and we hope we never have to use them!

  • http://www.facebook.com Darlene Zimmerman Williams

    This month, our family bought a propane heater and soon were going to look for a propane generator. We bought a big outside tank and several small tanks to hold the propane and it's great to know we have them and we hope we never have to use them!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Kristen Wright Preston

    Fuel storage is one of my concerns. Also, using canned storage to make real meals.

  • http://www.facebook.com Kristen Wright Preston

    Fuel storage is one of my concerns. Also, using canned storage to make real meals.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Donna Marie Chapin

    I would like to learn more about heating and cooking during an emergency, long term options to do both of those things, storing with limited space (2 bed. apt with only the bedroom closets and no basement or garage), dehydrating and storing your home dehydrated foods for long term, how to survive different scenarios (nuclear attack, biological attack, good shortage, marshall law, pandemics, etc.) I know I need to learn more than that, but that's a good list to start.

  • http://www.facebook.com Donna Marie Chapin

    I would like to learn more about heating and cooking during an emergency, long term options to do both of those things, storing with limited space (2 bed. apt with only the bedroom closets and no basement or garage), dehydrating and storing your home dehydrated foods for long term, how to survive different scenarios (nuclear attack, biological attack, good shortage, marshall law, pandemics, etc.) I know I need to learn more than that, but that's a good list to start.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ June Press Visosky

    I'd like more information on water purification on the go…we have water stored here at the house, but if we have to leave, either in the car or on foot, what can I carry with me to help with water purification? Tablets, iodine, know-how? A pot for boiling? Filtration system? What is small enought and practical for packing in our 72 hour kits?

  • http://www.facebook.com June Press Visosky

    I'd like more information on water purification on the go…we have water stored here at the house, but if we have to leave, either in the car or on foot, what can I carry with me to help with water purification? Tablets, iodine, know-how? A pot for boiling? Filtration system? What is small enought and practical for packing in our 72 hour kits?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Paige Sparrow

    Stumbling across your website this year has been nice to finally have a place to start, but it is still a very daunting task. I would like to learn more about fuel & water storage. How much water should we store & how long should it last us? Also, fruit & veggies, how much of this should we have in our food storage? This is the year we are going to get our 72 hour kids all organized & have a great start on our food, water, & $ prep!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Jamie Jensen Hill

    I would like more info on storing water and where, when you don't have anyroom. Also I was told to scan pictures of your family and extended family onto a cd with names and also important documents so you aren't carrying around so many papers. When we have a disaster someone will be there wih technology too to help. Still keep a picture of your family in the bag, make sure to laminate it. Also in kids backbacks make sure to put hard candies, notepad with pencil or crayons, a small toy and soft blanket. they need something so they don't feel so scared.

  • http://www.facebook.com Paige Sparrow

    Stumbling across your website this year has been nice to finally have a place to start, but it is still a very daunting task. I would like to learn more about fuel & water storage. How much water should we store & how long should it last us? Also, fruit & veggies, how much of this should we have in our food storage? This is the year we are going to get our 72 hour kids all organized & have a great start on our food, water, & $ prep!

  • http://www.facebook.com Jamie Jensen Hill

    I would like more info on storing water and where, when you don't have anyroom. Also I was told to scan pictures of your family and extended family onto a cd with names and also important documents so you aren't carrying around so many papers. When we have a disaster someone will be there wih technology too to help. Still keep a picture of your family in the bag, make sure to laminate it. Also in kids backbacks make sure to put hard candies, notepad with pencil or crayons, a small toy and soft blanket. they need something so they don't feel so scared.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Erin Ford Becker

    I would like to know more about preparing meals out of the basic canned ingredients. We're just getting started with EP, and I don't have the first clue what to do with canned wheat, barley, etc. besides boil it or something.

  • http://www.facebook.com Erin Ford Becker

    I would like to know more about preparing meals out of the basic canned ingredients. We're just getting started with EP, and I don't have the first clue what to do with canned wheat, barley, etc. besides boil it or something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Desiree Quast Erb

    My main concern is water for a large family. We have 7 kids and keeping that kind of water on hand is overwhelming to think about. Especially since we rent our home.

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=745857575 Desiree Ducky Quast Erb

    My main concern is water for a large family. We have 7 kids and keeping that kind of water on hand is overwhelming to think about. Especially since we rent our home.

  • http://www.facebook.com Desiree Quast Erb

    My main concern is water for a large family. We have 7 kids and keeping that kind of water on hand is overwhelming to think about. Especially since we rent our home.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Natalie Coffin

    Oh my goodness – everything overwhelms me when really it shouldn't. Having an organized 72 hour kit would be nice. We have a few things together but is it enough?? I agree that water is an issue and tryng to find space at home to store everything. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com Natalie Coffin

    Oh my goodness – everything overwhelms me when really it shouldn't. Having an organized 72 hour kit would be nice. We have a few things together but is it enough?? I agree that water is an issue and tryng to find space at home to store everything. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Jocelyn Pratt Miller

    Elizabeth, we recently did our72 hour kits. We found alot of things at the dollar store. I know alot of people are like, "sure, crappy stuff" we got the exact same brands, same expiry dates there but for way less. I did them for about 1/3 the price as buying things at a regular store. Also, budget it. We stuck $150/month into our budget. to me, it is as important that we have money for preparedness storage as it is to pay our mortgage. Tweak your budget to allow it. Then make a plan. Don't plan to hae your storage in 1 month. It's expensive and must be built up over time. Good luck, we are still building ours!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Merry Mitchell

    Clean drinking water is my basic concern. Like what is the best filtration systems that can be carried in my kits. Affordable also.

  • http://www.facebook.com Jocelyn Pratt Miller

    Elizabeth, we recently did our72 hour kits. We found alot of things at the dollar store. I know alot of people are like, "sure, crappy stuff" we got the exact same brands, same expiry dates there but for way less. I did them for about 1/3 the price as buying things at a regular store. Also, budget it. We stuck $150/month into our budget. to me, it is as important that we have money for preparedness storage as it is to pay our mortgage. Tweak your budget to allow it. Then make a plan. Don't plan to hae your storage in 1 month. It's expensive and must be built up over time. Good luck, we are still building ours!

  • http://www.facebook.com Merry Mitchell

    Clean drinking water is my basic concern. Like what is the best filtration systems that can be carried in my kits. Affordable also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Victoria Rios Criner

    Water storage is one of my big concerns. I would like to learn more about safe and economical ways to store water long term.

  • http://www.facebook.com Victoria Rios Criner

    Water storage is one of my big concerns. I would like to learn more about safe and economical ways to store water long term.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Elyjanette Ramirez-Maldonado

    Water is a big issue too, when it comes to storage space. :

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Sherri Coenen Cripe

    I'd also like to know more about disaster prep with children. I have a 4 year old and a 10 month old. We do keep a diaper bag in the car with extra diapers and formula but that's about the extent of our preps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Elyjanette Ramirez-Maldonado

    Water is a big issue too, when it comes to storage space. :

  • http://www.facebook.com Elyjanette Ramirez-Maldonado

    Water is a big issue too, when it comes to storage space. :

  • http://www.facebook.com Sherri Coenen Cripe

    I'd also like to know more about disaster prep with children. I have a 4 year old and a 10 month old. We do keep a diaper bag in the car with extra diapers and formula but that's about the extent of our preps.

  • http://www.facebook.com Elyjanette Ramirez-Maldonado

    Water is a big issue too, when it comes to storage space. :

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Beth Crimm Shaffer

    I would also like to learn more about preparing my children for a disaster. We live in Wyoming so not too many disasters in our area but I want us to be prepared when it does come.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Elizabeth McFinnigan

    I have a very large family and want to learn the most practical way to prepare for an emergency situation without spending a fortune.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ April Butler Allen

    Michelle, make them part of the planning! Have them help keep up 72 hour kits and to know what is in them, Make sure they have pictures of the family and emergency numbers, including an out of state contact incase of a state disaster.

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id= Anonymous

    I have a very large family and want to learn the most practical way to prepare for an emergency situation without spending a fortune.

  • http://www.facebook.com Beth Crimm Shaffer

    I would also like to learn more about preparing my children for a disaster. We live in Wyoming so not too many disasters in our area but I want us to be prepared when it does come.

  • http://www.facebook.com Elizabeth McFinnigan

    I have a very large family and want to learn the most practical way to prepare for an emergency situation without spending a fortune.

  • http://www.facebook.com April Butler Allen

    Michelle, make them part of the planning! Have them help keep up 72 hour kits and to know what is in them, Make sure they have pictures of the family and emergency numbers, including an out of state contact incase of a state disaster.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Michelle Munn Bruveleit

    I want to learn more about how to prepare your children for a disaster! I have 5 young children, I don't want them to be overly concerned or worried about a disaster but I would like to be educated and prepared!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Jocelyn Pratt Miller

    I would like to know more on pandemic preparedness! Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com Michelle Munn Bruveleit

    I want to learn more about how to prepare your children for a disaster! I have 5 young children, I don't want them to be overly concerned or worried about a disaster but I would like to be educated and prepared!

  • http://www.facebook.com Jocelyn Pratt Miller

    I would like to know more on pandemic preparedness! Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Anonymous

    My biggest issue is water. The barrels are expensive and big, so cost and storage space are a big issue in my home. Any ideas?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ Tammy Smith Barrett Heseltine

    My biggest issue is water. The barrels are expensive and big, so cost and storage space are a big issue in my home. Any ideas?

  • http://www.facebook.com Tammy Spry

    My biggest issue is water. The barrels are expensive and big, so cost and storage space are a big issue in my home. Any ideas?

  • http://www.facebook.com Anonymous

    My biggest issue is water. The barrels are expensive and big, so cost and storage space are a big issue in my home. Any ideas?

  • http://www.facebook.com Tammy Smith Barrett Heseltine

    My biggest issue is water. The barrels are expensive and big, so cost and storage space are a big issue in my home. Any ideas?

  • MomOf4InPA

    I would like to know more about 72-hour kit item rotation. I purchased 72 hour kits for myself and my children several years ago, and than them stored in a container in the garage. I have not given them much thought over the years as we have been fortunate to not have needed it. However, I know that after 7 years, I probably should look and see what has gone bad etc.

    What are the recommendations to item rotation?

    Thanks!

  • http://tigermtnemprep.blogspot.com/ Lisa

    I know emergency prep isn’t just food, water, and heat. What other things might one need? I have a new calling as the Emer. Prep. Specialist and I have no idea where to start to help those I am supposed to help. Someone said I need to take a HAM radio course and get a HAM radio. Right now that is not an option (no classes right now).. So what else can I do?

    • Anonymous

      Lisa,

      First for the ham radio information. I’m a ham myself. I studied on my own for the entry-level Technician license. I used Gordon West’s book. It’s terrific for helping put it all together and explain the answers. I studied for about two weeks and passed the test on my first attempt.

      For organized classes, I’d suggest you check the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) website for class information. http://www.arrl.org/FandES/courses/ But, you’ve probably already done that. I’d also suggest googling around for an amateur radio club in your area. You’ll find someone there willing to help you get started.

      The ham radio background is what got me started in disaster preps and food storage. I started imaging “what if” situations and based my planning around what I thought I’d need for the first 72 hours, 1 week, 1 month, etc.

      “The End of the World as We Know It” by James Wesley, Rawles is a good primer for disaster planning. He covers the basics of food, water, meds, and other areas as well. Google him. He has a website that covers a wealth of information as well.

      Hope all that helps.

  • Anonymous

    Wow! Love the web site and how great to have a chance to win a kit!

  • http://tigermtnemprep.blogspot.com/ Lisa

    I know emergency prep isn't just food, water, and heat. What other things might one need? I have a new calling as the Emer. Prep. Specialist and I have no idea where to start to help those I am supposed to help. Someone said I need to take a HAM radio course and get a HAM radio. Right now that is not an option (no classes right now).. So what else can I do?

  • cginsberg76

    Wow! Love the web site and how great to have a chance to win a kit!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dana-Lynn-Hilton/519349151 Dana Lynn Hilton

    I am all about preping on a small budget! and I hate beenie weenies lol

  • Anonymous

    I would like to learn more about how to store my long term food storage.

  • http://lifeonarollercoaster-stacy.blogspot.com/ stacy

    How about how to prep on a slim budget…like when a spouse has lost a job?

  • Anonymous

    I would love to win!

  • Laurie

    I would like to know more about different kinds of shelters that could be used.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dana-Lynn-Hilton/519349151 Dana Lynn Hilton

    I am all about preping on a small budget! and I hate beenie weenies lol

  • Anonymous

    I am such a newbie at this I feel like I know next to nothing. I would like to learn more about being properly prepared for an earthquake, stocking a car kit for southern California, and doing a thorough 3 month pantry with limited space.

  • brandiwatson

    I would like to learn more about how to store my long term food storage.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to know more about emergency plans. Should be plan our 72 kits around being able throw them in the car or around having to walk to a destiination? What if the kids are at school and both parents are at work? Thanks for all your great work!!

  • http://lifeonarollercoaster-stacy.blogspot.com/ stacy

    How about how to prep on a slim budget…like when a spouse has lost a job?

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to learn more about water storage and purification methods.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to learn more about cooking without electricity.

  • ashleykoenig

    I would love to win!

  • Laurie

    I would like to know more about different kinds of shelters that could be used.

  • mrspear

    I am such a newbie at this I feel like I know next to nothing. I would like to learn more about being properly prepared for an earthquake, stocking a car kit for southern California, and doing a thorough 3 month pantry with limited space.

  • Heather

    I’d like to learn about using solar ovens.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Christine-Eden/673163149 Karen Christine Eden

    I would like to know more about cooking without electricity, especially with a large and growing family. My boys are almost teenagers and eating me out of my food storage right and left. If we were ever in a situation where there was no electricity and we had to cook on our camping stove, dinner would take forever. I would love to hear ideas on this subject. Thank you.

  • Beth

    The things I want to learn more about are water storage and cooking without power. I’m pretty confident about everything else.

  • ernies5

    I would like to know more about emergency plans. Should be plan our 72 kits around being able throw them in the car or around having to walk to a destiination? What if the kids are at school and both parents are at work? Thanks for all your great work!!

  • Anonymous

    I could really use this to jump start my emergency preparedness. It’s funny that Sunday’s topic at church was all on being prepared. For me, I understand the basics but it’s the even smaller things that I want to learn more about. Like lighting for when the power goes out. Yes flashlights are okay, but there has to be something better. And a heat source when the power goes out. Those are two things that I’ve been thinking about after our most recent power outage.

  • Raysha

    I'd love to learn more about water storage and purification methods.

  • julieperez

    I would like to learn more about cooking without electricity.

  • Heidi

    I’d like to know more about what food you could cook in an emergency.

  • Lynn

    I would like to know how to use a pressure canner. And what the difference is between that and a pressure cooker. I have a pressure cooker and I love it. But I need a pressure canner, and before I go and purchase one it would be nice to know what the best features are that I should be looking for.
    Thanks!

  • Guest

    I’d like to know about the various methods of food storage/emergency preparedness. I’m just getting into this whole emergency preparedness thing, and I’ve read about MRE’s, dehydrated foods, canned foods, bulk food, etc. I’d like to know which method of emergency food storage is best for various situations. For instance, in the case of a natural disaster where clean water may be in short supply, is the regular canned food better, or MRE’s even though they’re pricey, vs. dehydrated foods? Or does in not matter because rehydration doesn’t take very much water?
    I’d also like to know how to rotate through stockpiled food storage items, so my money isn’t wasted and the best method to go about doing that.

  • Heather

    I'd like to learn about using solar ovens.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Christine-Eden/673163149 Karen Christine Eden

    I would like to know more about cooking without electricity, especially with a large and growing family. My boys are almost teenagers and eating me out of my food storage right and left. If we were ever in a situation where there was no electricity and we had to cook on our camping stove, dinner would take forever. I would love to hear ideas on this subject. Thank you.

  • Beth

    The things I want to learn more about are water storage and cooking without power. I'm pretty confident about everything else.

  • Nicol_CSophisticated

    I could really use this to jump start my emergency preparedness. It's funny that Sunday's topic at church was all on being prepared. For me, I understand the basics but it's the even smaller things that I want to learn more about. Like lighting for when the power goes out. Yes flashlights are okay, but there has to be something better. And a heat source when the power goes out. Those are two things that I've been thinking about after our most recent power outage.

  • Anonymous

    First Aid kits can be so large. What are the essentials I should be sure to have in my 72 hour kits?

  • Michelle Nate

    I would love to hear anything that is to offer. I have been concerned about this subject. My husband is a sheriff’s deputy now and know that in a crisis he will be occupied. So I need to be prepared to take care of myself and my 3 children. I could use any/all of this information. I don’t yet have any kits so what I would probably like to know what key items should I worry about first and how much of those things do I need. To win this giveaway would be an absolute dream for me! Sounds silly I know, but I really have been nervous about things and would like to get a good jump start! Thank you!!!!

  • Anonymous

    i would like to know how to use my dehydrated food storage better. I wish I could find places in Tennessee that sold dehydrated eggs and little heaters for 72 hour kits. Some times I am jealous of those in Utah that live closer and don’t have to pay shipping and handling. I just want to know everything and anything. I love learning more info. to get educated on being prepared.

    Thanks I love your site!

    • Anonymous

      You should really look into Honeyville Grains… their shipping is a flat rate no matter how much you purchase so get some people together and get some. We don’t have a distributor in NM either, so I have split a couple of orders with friends.

  • http://myadventuresinfoodstorage.blogspot.com/ Amy Miller

    I want to know more about using dehydrated foods in my food storage. There are a lot of food storage companies that sell them, but I do not live in Utah. I do not know anyone that has used them. Are they worth it or should I stick with the basics.

  • Heidi

    I'd like to know more about what food you could cook in an emergency.

  • Shelby

    What are the best options for water storage and how do I rotate through my food storage better? Thanks for all the fabulous info!

  • lynncrapo

    I would like to know how to use a pressure canner. And what the difference is between that and a pressure cooker. I have a pressure cooker and I love it. But I need a pressure canner, and before I go and purchase one it would be nice to know what the best features are that I should be looking for.
    Thanks!

  • tekadog

    I would like to learn more on dehydrating food and using it in my food storage, water storage and what the best way to keep your kit fresh when in the car with the weather changes. Thank you for a wonderful site, it has really got me moving on preparedness. Something I previously found very frightening.

  • Anonymous

    I am wanting to know if we need to milar bag and O2 absorbers for everything? Or do we just do that for items we don’t use often. I have 6 gal for staples and a 3 gal that I use to fill pantry containers. When my 3 gal is low I fill my 3 gal with the 6 gal. Am I suppose to milar and O2 absorb the 6 gal or only the other 6 gal staples I will use only when my first 6 gal is low…I hope I am making sence! Thank you all for taking time to teach others how to prepare!

  • Misscourtj

    I'd like to know about the various methods of food storage/emergency preparedness. I'm just getting into this whole emergency preparedness thing, and I've read about MRE's, dehydrated foods, canned foods, bulk food, etc. I'd like to know which method of emergency food storage is best for various situations. For instance, in the case of a natural disaster where clean water may be in short supply, is the regular canned food better, or MRE's even though they're pricey, vs. dehydrated foods? Or does in not matter because rehydration doesn't take very much water?
    I'd also like to know how to rotate through stockpiled food storage items, so my money isn't wasted and the best method to go about doing that.

  • Dawn

    I live in Hawaii and the conditions here are a bit different that the mainland. The moisture is very high here and it spoils many food storage products. THe cardboard boxes from cake mixes and cereal boxes mold and make the products smell and taste funky. The metal cans rust in about a year. So I would like to learn more about storing food in my living conditions, here in Hawaii. Also, each island is a little different than the others. Some has more moisture, higher humidity than the others.
    Thanks for your great website.

    • Anonymous

      Have you tried the plastic food grade buckets with milar and O2 absorbers? Also, I was doing research and cans that rust on the outside as long as they are not damaged thus causing rust etc on the inside are still good to use. The cake boxes and such I would take the plastic bag out and place them in a plastic bucket with absorbers (keep them in original plastic, and write what it is on the outside of the package) then on the bucket write Cakes on the outside with a list of its contents (sealing it with clear book tape) i hope that will work for your environment. ALOHA!

  • Anonymous

    Im also wanting to learn everything that has already been mentioned. I have a big family with wide gaps in age. Both my husband and I work opposite shifts, he works days I work nights. I guess what I really want to know more about is emergency plans. What plan should my family have in place when an emergency strikes. I work in the next town over and the youngest are in daycare in the town I work, but the school age children and my husband are in our hometown, how do I avoid hysteria in our communication line if something happens and we are all seperated the way we are.

  • Kara

    I am just overwhelmed. I’ve purchased many things our 72 kits …… but now have 2 kids 2 and 4 months. I need to know what the major essientials are and the best way to get them and store them! Thanks!

  • jessicafn

    First Aid kits can be so large. What are the essentials I should be sure to have in my 72 hour kits?

  • Michelle Nate

    I would love to hear anything that is to offer. I have been concerned about this subject. My husband is a sheriff's deputy now and know that in a crisis he will be occupied. So I need to be prepared to take care of myself and my 3 children. I could use any/all of this information. I don't yet have any kits so what I would probably like to know what key items should I worry about first and how much of those things do I need. To win this giveaway would be an absolute dream for me! Sounds silly I know, but I really have been nervous about things and would like to get a good jump start! Thank you!!!!

  • oakl2003

    i would like to know how to use my dehydrated food storage better. I wish I could find places in Tennessee that sold dehydrated eggs and little heaters for 72 hour kits. Some times I am jealous of those in Utah that live closer and don't have to pay shipping and handling. I just want to know everything and anything. I love learning more info. to get educated on being prepared.

    Thanks I love your site!

  • Anonymous

    I would like to know more about what exactly you need for sure in a specific order. :)

  • Melanie

    I’d personally like to educate myself more on natural disasters. I’m moving to New Orleans in a few months and need all of the help I can get!

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to have some resources for emergency preparedness items for people with food allergies. I can’t have food with gluten (wheat, barley, rye, and some oats!!) so that makes my 72 hour kit prep work a bit more challenging. Do you know of anyone who can advise me on this?

    You guys are great! I’d love to win. :)

  • http://myadventuresinfoodstorage.blogspot.com/ Amy Miller

    I want to know more about using dehydrated foods in my food storage. There are a lot of food storage companies that sell them, but I do not live in Utah. I do not know anyone that has used them. Are they worth it or should I stick with the basics.

  • Jennifer W.

    Like a lot of people who’ve commented, I have several young children who wouldn’t be able to help much if we had to grab our 72-hour kits and go. I want to learn how to pack our 72 hour kits so my husband and I don’t end up carrying everything including the children. I’m just starting the babysteps, so maybe there’s info on the site already. Also, like blelmer, I live in Texas where there are no basements and limited garage space, so I’d like to learn how to store my food storage and water while still being able to park in my garage. It gets very hot and humid here, and the garage isn’t very climate-controlled, so would storing in the garage be bad for food storage?

  • Anonymous

    I think I’d like to know more about what to keep in a good first aid kit. One for a family to use everyday and one that would go in a 72 hour disaster kit if we had to evacuate or something like that.

    Also, a lot of these kits don’t say much about shelter options. Is there a good shelter option that packs light and doesn’t take up too much space to store (like something that could go in your disaster kit?

  • Shelby

    What are the best options for water storage and how do I rotate through my food storage better? Thanks for all the fabulous info!

  • Susan Peters

    I’d like to have some sample menus that we could prepare for the family just with the basic ingredients from our food storage.

    I’d also like to learn how to start a fire – what things we might purchase, etc. Maybe a section on fire starting/cooking without electricity, etc.

    I’d also like to learn how to read the codes on canned food – like when do they expire?

    • Anonymous

      For a fire you need to carry a few different options. First waterproof matches and a striker (put striker in a waterproof container, it wont work if wet), second a disposable lighter, if you run out of fluid you can take apart the lighter, keep the little round metal striker and ignite steel wool (in a container) third you can but a flint and strinker they come in many sizes (key chaines to 5 inches long). Carry cotton balls soaked in patrolium jelly (well covered and then squeeze out excess, make sure u rub it all into the center) you only need a little cotton piece to use as tinder in starting a fire. I hope this helps a little, I carry a flint and striker on me along with tinder (cotton balls or wet fire tinder that lights even when wet)….I have a book that is called build the perfect survival kit that takes you through the steps so it isn’t overwhelming.

  • Ranay Thompson

    I love your site and it has been so very useful in helping me get recommitted to emergency and food storage preparations. I would like to know more about 72- hour and emergency kit storage for smaller children. Thank you for all your time and effort in sharing your expertise and findings.

  • preparedteacher

    Have you tried the plastic food grade buckets with milar and O2 absorbers? Also, I was doing research and cans that rust on the outside as long as they are not damaged thus causing rust etc on the inside are still good to use. The cake boxes and such I would take the plastic bag out and place them in a plastic bucket with absorbers (keep them in original plastic, and write what it is on the outside of the package) then on the bucket write Cakes on the outside with a list of its contents (sealing it with clear book tape) i hope that will work for your environment. ALOHA!

  • Anonymous

    I want to learn how to can food. And in comparison to canned food in the store…is it better? last longer? Is it better just to buy cans from the store or can fruit or whatever else?

  • tekadog

    I would like to learn more on dehydrating food and using it in my food storage, water storage and what the best way to keep your kit fresh when in the car with the weather changes. Thank you for a wonderful site, it has really got me moving on preparedness. Something I previously found very frightening.

  • preparedteacher

    I am wanting to know if we need to milar bag and O2 absorbers for everything? Or do we just do that for items we don't use often. I have 6 gal for staples and a 3 gal that I use to fill pantry containers. When my 3 gal is low I fill my 3 gal with the 6 gal. Am I suppose to milar and O2 absorb the 6 gal or only the other 6 gal staples I will use only when my first 6 gal is low…I hope I am making sence! Thank you all for taking time to teach others how to prepare!

  • tammy

    I’ve been getting really confused as to how to make my buckets of food safe for long term storage. I read that oxygen absorbers don’t work for the plastic buckets.

    So I’d like to know how I can safely store flour, and grains long term in them instead of the #10 cans.

  • preparedteacher

    Along with this website I am also part of a group called Dirt time. Their forum has many people who live on and off the grid, how to make survival kits, etc….I am feeling very confidant with food storage and survival by using this site and dirt time site. Check them out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17808993 Anonymous

    I would like to learn more about first aid and treating injuries after a disaster because other medical help may not be available at that time.

  • preparedteacher

    For a fire you need to carry a few different options. First waterproof matches and a striker (put striker in a waterproof container, it wont work if wet), second a disposable lighter, if you run out of fluid you can take apart the lighter, keep the little round metal striker and ignite steel wool (in a container) third you can but a flint and strinker they come in many sizes (key chaines to 5 inches long). Carry cotton balls soaked in patrolium jelly (well covered and then squeeze out excess, make sure u rub it all into the center) you only need a little cotton piece to use as tinder in starting a fire. I hope this helps a little, I carry a flint and striker on me along with tinder (cotton balls or wet fire tinder that lights even when wet)….I have a book that is called build the perfect survival kit that takes you through the steps so it isn't overwhelming.

  • mrsmack

    I would also like to learn more about using food storage without electricity both in the winter and in the summer, since the scenarios would be different. Thanks!

  • Dawn

    I live in Hawaii and the conditions here are a bit different that the mainland. The moisture is very high here and it spoils many food storage products. THe cardboard boxes from cake mixes and cereal boxes mold and make the products smell and taste funky. The metal cans rust in about a year. So I would like to learn more about storing food in my living conditions, here in Hawaii. Also, each island is a little different than the others. Some has more moisture, higher humidity than the others.
    Thanks for your great website.

  • nidia2010

    Im also wanting to learn everything that has already been mentioned. I have a big family with wide gaps in age. Both my husband and I work opposite shifts, he works days I work nights. I guess what I really want to know more about is emergency plans. What plan should my family have in place when an emergency strikes. I work in the next town over and the youngest are in daycare in the town I work, but the school age children and my husband are in our hometown, how do I avoid hysteria in our communication line if something happens and we are all seperated the way we are.

  • Anonymous

    Since my 17 year old is driving 20 miles each way to school, I’m interested in learning more about car emergency kits. Also about money/cash in an emergency. How much? What denomination? Or is money worthless and water becomes the currency?

  • Kara

    I am just overwhelmed. I've purchased many things our 72 kits …… but now have 2 kids 2 and 4 months. I need to know what the major essientials are and the best way to get them and store them! Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    We have a good size family with many younger kids. I would like to know tips about best food to pack for kids in an emergency and how to maybe consolidate enough to get two or three kids supplies in one bag so we have fewer bags to carry and store as well as I heard maybe a good idea to back games or coloring books for kids as well. Do you have any great ideas on what some good things to back to keep them busy.

  • http://spiralowlcreations.wordpress.com/ Meredith

    I’m to the point where I’m really interested in finding new and cool ways to get the water out of my rain collectors. I’m also looking into generators. I have a page saved with a pattern and tutorial on how to make can holders, where you take one out and the rest roll into place. That would be SO helpful. I really need to get on making that LOL

  • Anonymous

    How can I be more prepared for my kids. (3,2,5m) I know its a wide range of things to get and do. With 3 little ones I feel like we cant go anywhere without taking the whole house along. What is a good way to narrow down the necessities.
    Also I would love to learn more about canning veggies from our garden and adding them to our food storage.

  • Cecily

    My husband and I have been collecting (and using) some of the basic staples (wheat, oats, and beans), but I feel a little overwhelmed by all the different options. I would really like to understand how the new recommendations vary from the ones that were taught when I was growing up.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to know how people can be prepared to start their life all anew after loosing everything they own.

  • http://codyandhanna.blogspot.com/ Hanna

    I just read through the comments and with every single one I thought, “I want to learn about that too!” I’m new to this, so as embarrassing as it is to mention, I would like to learn it all. Right now I’m just trying to figure out the logistics of how and where to get started with little to no space.

  • Melanie

    I'd personally like to educate myself more on natural disasters. I'm moving to New Orleans in a few months and need all of the help I can get!

  • tallmich

    I'd love to have some resources for emergency preparedness items for people with food allergies. I can't have food with gluten (wheat, barley, rye, and some oats!!) so that makes my 72 hour kit prep work a bit more challenging. Do you know of anyone who can advise me on this?

    You guys are great! I'd love to win. :)

  • Anonymous

    I’m really needing to learn about water storage and the best way to go about that. Especially in a place like Texas where we have no basements and have limited garage space.

  • Jennifer W.

    Like a lot of people who've commented, I have several young children who wouldn't be able to help much if we had to grab our 72-hour kits and go. I want to learn how to pack our 72 hour kits so my husband and I don't end up carrying everything including the children. I'm just starting the babysteps, so maybe there's info on the site already. Also, like blelmer, I live in Texas where there are no basements and limited garage space, so I'd like to learn how to store my food storage and water while still being able to park in my garage. It gets very hot and humid here, and the garage isn't very climate-controlled, so would storing in the garage be bad for food storage?

  • betsymama80

    I think I'd like to know more about what to keep in a good first aid kit. One for a family to use everyday and one that would go in a 72 hour disaster kit if we had to evacuate or something like that.

    Also, a lot of these kits don't say much about shelter options. Is there a good shelter option that packs light and doesn't take up too much space to store (like something that could go in your disaster kit?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06820651410148056314 kgm3boys/JRoberts

    I am not sure if this will fall under your food storage catagory…but I would love to learn more about living off the grid. We want to be as self sufficient as we can be and one of these things that we have been researching and feel we need to learn more about is living off the grid or homesteading.

    Your blog/web site is awesome. Thanks for all your hard work.

    • Anonymous

      Along with this website I am also part of a group called Dirt time. Their forum has many people who live on and off the grid, how to make survival kits, etc….I am feeling very confidant with food storage and survival by using this site and dirt time site. Check them out.

  • Cris

    Topics I would like to learn more about in order to be better prepared include:

    Preparing for an emergency on a budget;
    Safety precautions;
    Canning;
    Sanitation;
    Surviving without electricity; and
    Tools and supplies needed on hand.

  • Anonymous

    I have a 4 year old and a 10 month old, so I’m interested in emergency prep with children. We always make sure to have a diaper bag with extra diapers, formula, and snacks in the car but that’s pretty much the extent of our preparations.

  • Taunzi

    I would like to learn more about earthquake preparedness, emergency shelters, and emergency preparedness for pets! We have an 80lb dog that is a member of the family.

  • Mel

    We have some water storage and food storage, but I am interested in what the most important next steps will be for our family’s preparedness.

  • Susan Peters

    I'd like to have some sample menus that we could prepare for the family just with the basic ingredients from our food storage.

    I'd also like to learn how to start a fire – what things we might purchase, etc. Maybe a section on fire starting/cooking without electricity, etc.

    I'd also like to learn how to read the codes on canned food – like when do they expire?

  • Nova

    Your website is fun and easy to find information on. Thanks. I am interested in knowing more about storage ideas, water purifying in an emergency, transporting methods for 72 hr kits with small children and non food storage item alternatives. A lot of the storage items are so bulky could there maybe be double purpose items that might help to save space, or space saving alternatives? Toilet paper for emergencies and storage would be important but also BULKY!

  • Ranay Thompson

    I love your site and it has been so very useful in helping me get recommitted to emergency and food storage preparations. I would like to know more about 72- hour and emergency kit storage for smaller children. Thank you for all your time and effort in sharing your expertise and findings.

  • justallison02

    I want to learn how to can food. And in comparison to canned food in the store…is it better? last longer? Is it better just to buy cans from the store or can fruit or whatever else?

  • Anonymous

    I have been interested in learning more about earthquake preparedness for me, my husband and especially to know what to get packed for my 14 month old daughter.

  • tammy

    I've been getting really confused as to how to make my buckets of food safe for long term storage. I read that oxygen absorbers don't work for the plastic buckets.

    So I'd like to know how I can safely store flour, and grains long term in them instead of the #10 cans.

  • Anonymous

    I want to learn how to transport the stuff and how to store it easier. I have four young children and it is not practical for them each to carry an extremely heavy backpack plus where do I put the cooking stuff and extra toiletries. I don’t know I am a little overwhelmed and am not sure what to do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17808993 facebook-17808993

    I would like to learn more about first aid and treating injuries after a disaster because other medical help may not be available at that time.

  • http://twitter.com/ckoczan Charles Koczan

    I would like to learn more about storage for shelter in place including water storage/supply. Perhaps information on installing/using manual pitcher pumps for water in the event of an extended power outtage. Also information on pets both during shelter in place and evacuation senarios.

  • Anonymous

    I would like the cheapest way to gather the essentials for a 72 hr kit that goes beyond basic needs (food, clothing, toiletries, etc).

  • Tracie

    How to be prepared for a large family and not go broke? Especially when the chance is I could be alone with all the kiddoes.

  • friedalovesbread

    Since my 17 year old is driving 20 miles each way to school, I'm interested in learning more about car emergency kits. Also about money/cash in an emergency. How much? What denomination? Or is money worthless and water becomes the currency?

  • ckoczan

    I would like to learn more about “shelter in place” and water storage/supply. Perhaps installing a “pitcher pump” (if water is available at 20 or so feet) or other manual pump before it is needed. Also pet issues for both shelter in place and evacuation.

  • ckoczan

    I would like to learn more about “shelter in place” and water storage/supply. Perhaps installing a “pitcher pump” (if water is available at 20 or so feet) or other manual pump before it is needed. Also pet issues for both shelter in place and evacuation.

  • tarawiser

    We have a good size family with many younger kids. I would like to know tips about best food to pack for kids in an emergency and how to maybe consolidate enough to get two or three kids supplies in one bag so we have fewer bags to carry and store as well as I heard maybe a good idea to back games or coloring books for kids as well. Do you have any great ideas on what some good things to back to keep them busy.

  • http://spiralowlcreations.wordpress.com/ Meredith

    I'm to the point where I'm really interested in finding new and cool ways to get the water out of my rain collectors. I'm also looking into generators. I have a page saved with a pattern and tutorial on how to make can holders, where you take one out and the rest roll into place. That would be SO helpful. I really need to get on making that LOL

  • Cher_B

    How can I be more prepared for my kids. (3,2,5m) I know its a wide range of things to get and do. With 3 little ones I feel like we cant go anywhere without taking the whole house along. What is a good way to narrow down the necessities.
    Also I would love to learn more about canning veggies from our garden and adding them to our food storage.

  • Cecily

    My husband and I have been collecting (and using) some of the basic staples (wheat, oats, and beans), but I feel a little overwhelmed by all the different options. I would really like to understand how the new recommendations vary from the ones that were taught when I was growing up.

  • Anonymous

    I would love to learn more about root cellaring, and storing fruits and vegetables from the garden without processing them.

  • lesstaken

    I would like to know how people can be prepared to start their life all anew after loosing everything they own.

  • http://codyandhanna.blogspot.com/ Hanna

    I just read through the comments and with every single one I thought, “I want to learn about that too!” I'm new to this, so as embarrassing as it is to mention, I would like to learn it all. Right now I'm just trying to figure out the logistics of how and where to get started with little to no space.

  • Kristi

    I would like to learn more about canning.

  • blelmer22

    I'm really needing to learn about water storage and the best way to go about that. Especially in a place like Texas where we have no basements and have limited garage space.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06820651410148056314 kgm3boys/JRoberts

    I am not sure if this will fall under your food storage catagory…but I would love to learn more about living off the grid. We want to be as self sufficient as we can be and one of these things that we have been researching and feel we need to learn more about is living off the grid or homesteading.

    Your blog/web site is awesome. Thanks for all your hard work.

  • Jennifer

    Solar cooking, different light options

  • Cris

    Topics I would like to learn more about in order to be better prepared include:

    Preparing for an emergency on a budget;
    Safety precautions;
    Canning;
    Sanitation;
    Surviving without electricity; and
    Tools and supplies needed on hand.

  • sherri_c

    I have a 4 year old and a 10 month old, so I'm interested in emergency prep with children. We always make sure to have a diaper bag with extra diapers, formula, and snacks in the car but that's pretty much the extent of our preparations.

  • http://www.whippletroupe.blogspot.com/ Morgan

    I would like to learn more about how to avoid contaminated water. How do you know if it is contaminated? What are some products that can be put in our kits for sanitation and treating water?

  • Taunzi

    I would like to learn more about earthquake preparedness, emergency shelters, and emergency preparedness for pets! We have an 80lb dog that is a member of the family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karen.welker Karen Scott Welker

    As the mother of 4 kids and who has had to evacuate for one hurricane and survived the aftermath of another- an important part of any disaster kit is entertainment. Four bored kids in the 8 hour, 200 mile car-ride (yes, do the math!) or four technology-addicted kids with no school or electricity equals a disaster in my book! We were prepared with fuel, food, water for our evacuation. But the first thing we added after we got home was a deck of cards and some coloring books.

  • Mel

    We have some water storage and food storage, but I am interested in what the most important next steps will be for our family's preparedness.

  • Nova

    Your website is fun and easy to find information on. Thanks. I am interested in knowing more about storage ideas, water purifying in an emergency, transporting methods for 72 hr kits with small children and non food storage item alternatives. A lot of the storage items are so bulky could there maybe be double purpose items that might help to save space, or space saving alternatives? Toilet paper for emergencies and storage would be important but also BULKY!

  • Amber

    I would like to learn more about how to cook the canned soups in my 72 hour kits. :)

  • http://jbjohnsen.blogspot.com/ Brooke J

    My husband and I are trying to eat healthy, but we’ve found that a lot of canned goods have high amounts of sodium. Since a lot of our food storage consists of canned food, how do we eat healthy while still trying to rotate through our supply?

  • mistyrayne

    I have been interested in learning more about earthquake preparedness for me, my husband and especially to know what to get packed for my 14 month old daughter.

  • Jewelle

    This is going to be a strange request, but I really need water storage ideas. Yes you have given many great ideas in the past, BUT I really haven’t found one that would work in my situation. I live in a house with little storage. Those mylar bags in boxes don’t work for me because the air is humid here and the boxes just fall apart. Any other suggestions for compact water storage?

  • Julie

    I’d like to learn how to store more water.

  • courtneyschloss

    I want to learn how to transport the stuff and how to store it easier. I have four young children and it is not practical for them each to carry an extremely heavy backpack plus where do I put the cooking stuff and extra toiletries. I don't know I am a little overwhelmed and am not sure what to do.

  • Anonymous

    I am worried about having what I need for my children and their health and safety. I have soon to be four children, ages 6, 4, 2, and due in July. What are the best items for their ages and how do we pack all this in a way that will allow us to move away from the house if a disaster hits. Haiti has me worried. What if we didn’t have a home anymore, but we did have our supplies? How do we pack and transport the things nessecary for life and health for two adults and four small children who can’t help at all or very much at all? Especially if you have to carry one or more? Solar cooking is another thing that baffles me. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    As someone else already mentioned…I think it would be neat to learn more about solar ovens and such. Oh…and I need to work on stocking up on a budget. :-D

  • http://twitter.com/ckoczan Charles Koczan

    I would like to learn more about storage for shelter in place including water storage/supply. Perhaps information on installing/using manual pitcher pumps for water in the event of an extended power outtage. Also information on pets both during shelter in place and evacuation senarios.

  • ashleyshillig

    I would like the cheapest way to gather the essentials for a 72 hr kit that goes beyond basic needs (food, clothing, toiletries, etc).

  • Lisa H.

    Solar cooking. I actually have a solar oven, but have never been motivated/brave enough to try it–a challenge would be awesome and would motivate me to use it!

  • Tracie

    How to be prepared for a large family and not go broke? Especially when the chance is I could be alone with all the kiddoes.

  • Sue

    I would like to learn more about once I have my year supply, how to keep everything current and updated.

  • Anonymous

    Quite honestly I think you do a fantastic job at helping us all be more prepared. I especially love the printouts you provide and the little things you post that I wouldn’t normally think of.

  • l1lfish

    I would love to learn more about root cellaring, and storing fruits and vegetables from the garden without processing them.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to learn about solar cooking, canning, keeping organized, a complete 1st aid supply list, a complete list of tools needed in a true emergency, and whatever other info offered. Thanks.

  • Kristi

    I would like to learn more about canning.

  • Annette

    I too worry about heat if we have to shelter in place. Living in PA there’s always a chance for power outages in an ice storm. A few years back, people in our branch were without power for five days.
    My other concern is my animals if we have to leave. I have collars, food and water for them, but where can I go with two rather large dogs and two cats?Any information would be helpful.

  • Jennifer

    Solar cooking, different light options

  • Shelly

    Water storage! I read about it online but it is just plain hard to store the recommended amount of water for a family of 8! Large families have it extra hard when it comes to emergency preparedness.

  • MiaJ

    I’m hoping to learn more about balance in my long-term food storage. I have quite a bit and I cook with it, so it’s rotated. But I worry that if I actually had to live off of it, I would use up one or two things too early and have a too much of others.

  • Anonymous

    The one item that I worry about the most in emergency preparedness is heat — I think I have most of the other things covered (I guess you never know until you have to actually use them), but heat scares me. Everytime winter comes along, I hold my breath and worry about it until it is springtime. I would love NOT to worry if we would freeze to death AND how to take care of my pipes in my home so they don’t freeze and burst and then we have a HUGE problem (especially considering my year’s supply is in my basement :)) — Thanks!

  • http://www.whippletroupe.blogspot.com/ Morgan

    I would like to learn more about how to avoid contaminated water. How do you know if it is contaminated? What are some products that can be put in our kits for sanitation and treating water?

  • http://www.facebook.com/karen.welker Karen Scott Welker

    As the mother of 4 kids and who has had to evacuate for one hurricane and survived the aftermath of another- an important part of any disaster kit is entertainment. Four bored kids in the 8 hour, 200 mile car-ride (yes, do the math!) or four technology-addicted kids with no school or electricity equals a disaster in my book! We were prepared with fuel, food, water for our evacuation. But the first thing we added after we got home was a deck of cards and some coloring books.

  • Amber

    I would like to learn more about how to cook the canned soups in my 72 hour kits. :)

  • Adrianna

    I would like to know more about sanitation during an emergency or evacuation situation. Since I’ve never (thank goodness) lived through a situation like this, it’s hard for me to imagine what one would really need to provide for showers, bathroom needs, etc. in a safe, simple, and sanitary way. Thanks!

  • http://jbjohnsen.blogspot.com/ Brooke J

    My husband and I are trying to eat healthy, but we've found that a lot of canned goods have high amounts of sodium. Since a lot of our food storage consists of canned food, how do we eat healthy while still trying to rotate through our supply?

  • Jewelle

    This is going to be a strange request, but I really need water storage ideas. Yes you have given many great ideas in the past, BUT I really haven't found one that would work in my situation. I live in a house with little storage. Those mylar bags in boxes don't work for me because the air is humid here and the boxes just fall apart. Any other suggestions for compact water storage?

  • Julie

    I'd like to learn how to store more water.

  • Celticbabe

    I am worried about having what I need for my children and their health and safety. I have soon to be four children, ages 6, 4, 2, and due in July. What are the best items for their ages and how do we pack all this in a way that will allow us to move away from the house if a disaster hits. Haiti has me worried. What if we didn't have a home anymore, but we did have our supplies? How do we pack and transport the things nessecary for life and health for two adults and four small children who can't help at all or very much at all? Especially if you have to carry one or more? Solar cooking is another thing that baffles me. Thanks!

  • LadySnow

    As someone else already mentioned…I think it would be neat to learn more about solar ovens and such. Oh…and I need to work on stocking up on a budget. :-D

  • Lisa H.

    Solar cooking. I actually have a solar oven, but have never been motivated/brave enough to try it–a challenge would be awesome and would motivate me to use it!

  • Anonymous

    PRIZE GIVEAWAY…Aspects of Emergency Preparedness you would like to learn more about….how to be better prepared with children. I have a 2 and 3 year old and THANK GOD one is out of diapers…stocking up on wipes because you have no water…keeping kids calm and secure during these times? Training your kids on how to be quiet and hide (know their hiding place!) if there is an attack on US soil? Do you make sure your will is updated with guardianship for your kids? Keeping the spare clothes (tan and green,more pants due to accidents) and hikers for kids in the car – constantly repacking due to growth spurts…..stocking up on pain relievers/vicks/neosporin/bandages etc because it might not be available when you need it.

  • Sue

    I would like to learn more about once I have my year supply, how to keep everything current and updated.

  • MichelleCart

    Quite honestly I think you do a fantastic job at helping us all be more prepared. I especially love the printouts you provide and the little things you post that I wouldn't normally think of.

  • Anonymous

    Hi, I’m wondering if there are special items that you should consider for emergency preparedness if you have an infant. Also, how long do the kits last, do they ever go bad??

  • DeeAnn

    I would like to learn more about sprouting seeds and how to eat them.

  • scrapbaby6

    I would like to learn about solar cooking, canning, keeping organized, a complete 1st aid supply list, a complete list of tools needed in a true emergency, and whatever other info offered. Thanks.

  • Annette

    I too worry about heat if we have to shelter in place. Living in PA there's always a chance for power outages in an ice storm. A few years back, people in our branch were without power for five days.
    My other concern is my animals if we have to leave. I have collars, food and water for them, but where can I go with two rather large dogs and two cats?Any information would be helpful.

  • Shelly

    Water storage! I read about it online but it is just plain hard to store the recommended amount of water for a family of 8! Large families have it extra hard when it comes to emergency preparedness.

  • MiaJ

    I'm hoping to learn more about balance in my long-term food storage. I have quite a bit and I cook with it, so it's rotated. But I worry that if I actually had to live off of it, I would use up one or two things too early and have a too much of others.

  • suwheat

    The one item that I worry about the most in emergency preparedness is heat — I think I have most of the other things covered (I guess you never know until you have to actually use them), but heat scares me. Everytime winter comes along, I hold my breath and worry about it until it is springtime. I would love NOT to worry if we would freeze to death AND how to take care of my pipes in my home so they don't freeze and burst and then we have a HUGE problem (especially considering my year's supply is in my basement :)) — Thanks!

  • Adrianna

    I would like to know more about sanitation during an emergency or evacuation situation. Since I've never (thank goodness) lived through a situation like this, it's hard for me to imagine what one would really need to provide for showers, bathroom needs, etc. in a safe, simple, and sanitary way. Thanks!

  • francines

    PRIZE GIVEAWAY…Aspects of Emergency Preparedness you would like to learn more about….how to be better prepared with children. I have a 2 and 3 year old and THANK GOD one is out of diapers…stocking up on wipes because you have no water…keeping kids calm and secure during these times? Training your kids on how to be quiet and hide (know their hiding place!) if there is an attack on US soil? Do you make sure your will is updated with guardianship for your kids? Keeping the spare clothes (tan and green,more pants due to accidents) and hikers for kids in the car – constantly repacking due to growth spurts…..stocking up on pain relievers/vicks/neosporin/bandages etc because it might not be available when you need it.

  • emstermeister

    Hi, I'm wondering if there are special items that you should consider for emergency preparedness if you have an infant. Also, how long do the kits last, do they ever go bad??

  • DeeAnn

    I would like to learn more about sprouting seeds and how to eat them.

  • Jenny Arzola

    I would like to learn more about surviving without electricity and what supplies are recommended for those living in apts. Also, more info on freeze-dried food and how to use it!

    • Anonymous

      I would also like to learn more about using food storage without electricity both in the winter and in the summer, since the scenarios would be different. Thanks!

  • Jenny Arzola

    I would like to learn more about surviving without electricity and what supplies are recommended for those living in apts. Also, more info on freeze-dried food and how to use it!