Emergency Kit for Kids at School

Disaster Kits, Emergency Preparedness
Valentine's Day is one of those funny holidays that everyone celebrates in vastly different ways. We both feel like the most important thing is showing your loved ones that you LOVE them in whatever way works for you. Jodi likes to make heart pancakes and pink milk for breakfast, decorating the table in red and pink with little goodies. Julie pins hearts up on the wall and her boys get to take one down each hour and read the backs which are full of reasons that she loves them. We've posted in the past about a Valentine's gift idea for your spouse that works in an office. It's a thoughtful gift that can be put together fairly inexpensively but really shows that you care about them. Well this year we…
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Car Emergency Kit Do-Over

Car Kits, Food Storage Do-Over 2015
This week we are working on updating our car kits and our evacuation plans as part of the Food Storage Do-Over 2015. I have been working a lot on trying to figure out the best car kit situation for my family. I put together a small kit for my husband to keep in the car that he drives because we don't usually have the children if we are driving that car. I have a much more intensive kit that we keep in the van that includes items for the entire family. I'll show you details of each kit below. Family Car Kit For the basics I bought an Auto Emergency Kit from Thrive Life. Here's everything that was included in the kit: The basic kit comes with a little bit…
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Food Storage Do-Over Week 3: Car Kits and Evacuation Plans

72 Hour Kits, Food Storage Sales
We are excited to be starting week 3 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! Last week we saw more great progress from all those participating and we are excited to keep going. If you didn't catch last week's post you can see it here. You should also make sure to check out the amazing spreadsheet Julie put together for us all as part of her do-over. Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you'd like to receive email notifications of each week's do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much…
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Food Storage Do-Over Week 2: Financial Preps

Budgeting, Emergency Binders, Food Storage Do-Over 2015
We are excited to be starting week 2 of our food storage do-over! Last week we saw a lot of great progress from all those participating and we are excited to keep going. If you didn't catch last week's post you can see it here. Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you'd like to receive email notifications of each week's do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect! In the Emergency Prep Basics section…
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72 Hour Kits: Jodi’s Do-Over

72 Hour Kits, Food Storage Do-Over 2015
This week we've working on 72 hour kits during our Food Storage Do-Over 2015. If you haven't signed up to do the Do-Over with us it's not too late! Today I wanted to share a little of my thought process as I work on the tasks this week, hopefully it helps you as you go through your OWN do-over! 1. Evaluate my needs I talked through a few potential evacuation scenarios with my husband. In our situation I need to be prepared to evacuate quickly with a high probability of him not being there. This means I need a complete bag for myself and can't depend on being able to have him carrying anything. I can put a few "non-essentials" in my bigger kids' packs but they may be at…
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How to Create a Mommy Emergency Car Kit (Gift Idea)

Car Kits, Emergency Preparedness, Gift Ideas
I've been working on re-arranging my car kits after I saw a #10 Can Car Kit on Pinterest. I thought fitting it into cans made a lot of sense and would be sturdy and a good way to use up old cans. It's still a work in progress and I'll post about it when I have them completed. BUT, it also gave me a great idea for a different type of emergency car kit also using an empty #10 can. My two little sisters both got pregnant with their first babies at the same time and I wanted to do something special for them on their first Mother's Day. After having 4 kids myself, I've learned a few things like "always keep a spare diaper and wipes in the car"…
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APRIL: “Get it Done” Challenge

72 Hour Kits, Get it Done Challenge
It's a new month and we are excited to announce the "Get it Done" Challenge for April. Have you been procrastinating getting your 72 hour kits put together? Do you have kits but haven't opened them for several years? Would you like to expand on your kits and make them better? Well this month's challenge is for you! Having spare clothes for your kids in a 72 hour kit won't do you any good if they are 4 sizes to small. Having food that is expired and/or inedible won't keep you alive for very long either. While either of those options is better than not having a kit at all, it's probably best to update yours! Your April challenge is to do at least one of the following THIS WEEK:…
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How to Create an Emergency Binder

Disaster Kits, E-Prep Basics
We often have readers ask us about preparing for a Natural Disaster and what the most critical steps would be. We have talked a lot about this over the years on our blog. Earlier this week we shared 50 Last Minute Ways to Prepare for an Emergency. Last week we posted a Disaster Kit refresher for you to share with your family and friends that will be helpful whether you shelter-in-place or have to evacuate. Today we wanted to do a little refresher on Emergency Binders which are a critical component of Disaster Kits. What is an Emergency Binder? In our Emergency Prep, section we talk about how each family should have a plan, food, supplies, and have their Emergency Binder put together. Whether it's a natural disaster or a…
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7 Day Challenge: DAY 3 Recap … Evacuate and Evaluate

7 Day Challenge, E-Prep Basics
This post is part of our 7 Day Challenge RECAP series we promised you. We will be going over each of the days of the 7 day challenge in depth to highlight our learnings, favorite comments from participants, and giving additional information where necessary. What We Learned While we have done evacuation exercises in the past, we always learn something each time we do it. Jodi has been disorganized lately and had her "grab list" items all over the house. She has always felt like her front hall closet is too full and small to REALLY contain all her evacuation tools. But on this day she realized that her basement would be a better "landing pad" for evacuation. There is an exterior door that leads to the driveway and she…
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Emergency Preparedness Planner

Emergency Preparedness Planner

Disaster Kits, Emergency Preparedness
Remember when Jodi and I went to the Self Reliance expo a few weeks ago. We told you a little about it here. Well I wasn't expecting to fall in love at a Self Reliance Expo... but as you will see in this video... I DID! In our Emergency Binder post we talk about how important it is to have your documents safe and ready to grab and go in case of an evacuation. I had been meaning to put my binder into a better binder and get special sheet protectors ever since our 7 Day Challenge this year. Well I somehow kept procrastinating the job and when I saw this Prepare My Life Planner I was so thrilled because Tami - the creator of the Planner thought of EVERYTHING…
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