APRIL: “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!

APRIL: Get it Done Challenge -- Swap those kits

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:

SAWP

1. Create a 72 hour kit for each member of your family
2. Swap out seasonal or outgrown clothes and replace food items in your 72 hour kits
3. Find a few ways to supplement what you already have in your 72 hour kits


Download our complete Emergency Preparedness Plan for a basic guideline on what you should include in your kits.

Also, our April newsletter contained TONS of tips on how to build, rotate, or expand on your kits. Check out the newsletter at THIS LINK and make sure to subscribe to our BabySteps Checklists if you want to receive all of our newsletters.

POCKET SOCKET GIVEAWAY

The giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Edith Kincade who won the Pocket Socket!

Screen shot 2014-04-01 at 10.36.18 PMOur giveaway item this month is an awesome product we just heard about that is perfect for 72 hour kits. It’s called a Pocket Socket and is a hand-powered generator that charges electronics with a crank. You can charge phones and rechargeable batteries with this, anything that uses less than 10 watts of electricity. The pocket socket is one of Thrive Life’s monthly specials in April!

To be entered to win, SHARE THIS POST on Facebook with your friends, and then leave a comment there letting us know you shared and the date you commit to have the challenge completed by.

Here are some bonus ways to earn entries or in case you don’t use Facebook:

- Post a picture on our Facebook fan page
- Post a picture on twitter and tag our twitter username @foodstoragetips
- Email us a picture at info@foodstoragemadeeasy.net

Winner will be randomly selected and notified Tuesday, April 8, at 10:00 pm MST.

How to Create an Emergency Binder

With Hurricane Sandy striking so much of the East Coast, we have recently had an influx of readers ask us about preparing for a Natural Disaster. 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 Getting Started, 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 death in the family, every household needs a plan in order to survive, cope, and recover. By creating an Emergency Binder, you and your loved ones will be better equipped to endure unexpected adversity and enjoy peace of mind. It’s a great feeling to be prepared!

You can make your own Emergency Binder, or purchase a pre-made binder to keep all your important documents in place.

You can purchase your own binder, dividers and sheet protectors and compile your own Emergency Binder. This makes it easier to pull things in and out when you need to access them. You’ll want to include your binder in your list of important things to GRAB should you need to evacuate.

WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR EMERGENCY BINDER?

VITAL DOCUMENTS

  • birth certificates
  • passports
  • immunization records
  • CASH – keep a variety of small bills on hand
  • copy of your will, living trust, power of attorney etc
  • medical information including prescriptions
  • military and church papers
  • diplomas and transcripts
  • marriage certificates
  • adoption papers
  • current pictures for family members
  • pet records
  • proof of citizenship

INSURANCE DOCUMENTS

  • homeowners insurance policy
  • auto insurance policy
  • life insurance policy
  • medical insurance policy
  • pictures and lists of all your personal belongings for insurance

FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS

  • copies of your credit cards front and back
  • bank statements
  • retirement/social security statements
  • internet passwords (banking, personal, work etc)
  • utility statements
  • work/tax documents that would be difficult to replace
  • deeds to properties
  • titles to cars, boats etc
  • warranty information

The Prepare My Life Planner is an organized emergency preparedness plan. Not only does is it designed to store and organize all your important documents it ALSO contains a step-by-step plan to help prepare your home and family for an emergency. All of the pages, pockets, pouches, and folders are included.

“PREPARE MY LIFE” PLANNER FEATURES:

  • Complete with Emergency Preparedness sections: Prepare My Family, Prepare My Home, Gather Supplies, Prepare to Evacuate, Prepare to Stay
  • Also includes comprehensive sections on: Personal, Insurance, Financial, Assets, Final Planning
  • Forms for you to fill out ALL your information that you can access and complete online as well, save to your hard drive, and print copies for loved ones
  • Each section walks you through checklists of things you need to do, and things you need to place in your planner in the appropriate sheet protector. Each sheet protector is unique to the type of document you are storing
  • Comes with emergency cards you can pass around, a calculator and pen
  • FOR FULL REVIEW: Click here for more pictures and details


COMMON QUESTIONS

Do I store copies or originals?
This is a personal choice but we recommend storing the originals IN your emergency binder and store photocopies of them in a filing cabinet, and also scan a digital copy and give it to a trusted friend or put it in a safe deposit box. If your house burnt down or was flooded it would be so relieving to know that you don’t have to go through the hassle of replacing those documents. If you already have a water/fireproof filing cabinet or safe you may choose to just put copies in your binder so that you can have the information on hand in an emergency but know that you can return home and find the originals intact at a later time.

What should I store my binder in?
Even though the idea is to grab the disaster kit and bring it with you, there is always the chance that you won’t be home during an emergency. In this scenario you would still want to return home and find your binder in good condition (especially if your original documents are IN the binder). We recommend storing your binder in a fireproof/ waterproof locked box that is small enough to be transported with you in an emergency.

7 Day Challenge: DAY 3 Recap … Evacuate and Evaluate

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 has storage shelves right by the door already. Definitely a light bulb moment for her.

Julie attempted the evacuation with her husband and got to try out her new and improved grab lists that she posted right on her front closet door for a fast and easy evacuation plan. Check out her great lists.

We both realized we still had some items to add to our Emergency Binders (Julie needed a will, Jodi had a missing birth certificate for one of her kids). We’ve had a few frustrations with our binders as we’ve been trying to expand them to consider more scenarios where we might need them. A few weeks after this challenge we discovered an amazing product that has helped us a ton. You can check it out here.

What YOU Learned

A few of our favorite comments from our Facebook discussions and comments:

Take the photographs, leave the teenagers

Well in my haste guess what I forgot? I forgot my medicine !!!! Fortunately my husband did not. On his last quick trip through the house he saw my pill case on the table and grabbed it and then looked in the fridg. to see if I had forgotten that too? Yes I did so he grabbed it also. Thank God for the blessing of a thinking husband ! It is good to have two minds working at the same time, especially if you are elderly and if you are excited and in a hurry. You can be as prepared as you can be and still something can go a miss ! God Bless All.

This challenge prompted us to straighten up the store room. Now to clean up the garage. It was a real pain climbing over stuff to get to our gear plus we couldn’t get near the tent & couldn’t find a few other thing we know are in there.

I thought my binder was in good shape, but had to spend a couple of hours this afternoon updating it and adding a few more things. My inventory is a mess. I started several times. Some is photos from a couple of years ago, some is digital and now I am motivated to get it all together, digitize everything and get it in my binder. Thanks for the kick in the butt!

Don’t forget about your pets!

Read more about how people “survived” this day’s challenge

Follow-Up Questions

Where can I learn more about evacuation tips?
We have a page on our site that includes an evacuation list.

What is an emergency binder for?
An emergency binder is where you want to place all of your important documents, insurance information, etc. so that you can easily grab it and go in case of an evacuation. For more info on how to put together your binder read this post. If you are struggling with putting together your binder properly, check out this post for a solution that worked miracles for us.

Our To-Do’s For This Year

To Do: Redo our Emergency Binders using the Prepare My Life Planner, move as many grab list items as possible to one location
To Learn: Figure out different grab list needs depending on different evacuation scenarios
To Buy: Add some more “hot meal” items to 72 hour kits along with a method to cook them

Emergency Preparedness Planner

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 did awhile back, we talked 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 I have ever thought of doing with my binder and MORE.

The binder I was using didn’t have a zipper OR a handles, so things would always fly out. With the important documents I had in there this always made me nervous. The Prepare My Life Planner has both a zipper and handle and is easy to carry around.
 
I had a nice set of tab dividers in my binder however, they didn’t extend PAST the documents. The documents were in sheet protectors which made them extend too far past these regular tabs and they were pretty much useless because of it. The tabs in the Prepare My Life Planner go well beyond all the sheet protectors and are logically labeled with the proper sections.
 
My passports seemed to make an escape every time I even looked at the binder. With the zipper sheet protectors, I don’t have to worry about this.
 
The cash I kept with my binder had no where to go, but since the Prepare My Life Planner has a sheet protector for EVERYTHING you can possibly think of, it now has a home.
 
Some more features I LOVE about my Prepare My Life Planner are:

  • Complete with Emergency Preparedness sections: Prepare My Family, Prepare My Home, Gather Supplies, Prepare to Evacuate, Prepare to Stay.
  • Also includes comprehensive sections on: Personal, Insurance, Financial, Assets, Final Planning.
  • Forms for you to fill out ALL your information that you can access and complete online as well, save to your hard drive, and print copies for loved ones.
  • Each section walks you through checklists of things you need to do, and things you need to place in your planner in the appropriate sheet protector. Each sheet protector is unique to the type of document you are storing.
  • Comes with emergency cards you can pass around, and pen

The Prepare My Life Planners retail at $169.95, and but we can get them for you for $139.95, and FREE SHIPPING. These make great gifts. I’m already planning on getting my parents this for Christmas. And I just might tell them, they ought to get one of these for each of my brothers and sisters for Christmas too.

BUY HERE FOR YOUR FOOD STORAGE MADE EASY DISCOUNT

72 Hour Kits Revisited: Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of 72 Hour Kits Revisited, we talked about supplies to have in your 72 Hour kit, along with some great reader tips to think about when building your kits. Today we’re talking about something we all LOVE….FOOD! We’ll also be talking about things to consider for special circumstances or situations like pets, kids, and babies.

We’ve been asked a couple of times for pre-made menus and each time we’ve gone to prepare them, we’ve stopped because we can’t please everyone :) We decided the best way to help you plan the food for your kits was to do 2 things. The first is to give you a personal meal planner worksheet. The second is to give you a long list of foods people have suggested, then you can fully customize your plan. PLEASE – DON’T GET OVERWHELMED. – THIS POST IS LONG – WE KNOW, WE COMPILED IT! Just use it as a guide and press forward. Here we go:


This worksheet can help you get your thoughts down on paper. Print it out, fill it out with foods your family will eat, then you can place the menu plans in your 72 hour kits. It’s a good idea to place the menu plans in your kits so you don’t forget what you had planned to eat when the time comes.


There are a lot of different ways of eating out there! Some people want healthy, some want no cook meals, some want meals you don’t have to rotate, there’s allergies to consider and ages. We polled our readers and got some ideas. See which category, or categories you fall under and pick foods from there.

REGULAR FOOD OPTIONS:
-Granola bars (vacuum sealing them makes them last longer)
-Chocolate candy/chips
-Dried fruits/dehydrated fruits
-Tuna pouches (already packaged from store)
-Wheat crackers for the tuna
-Raw almonds
-Hot cocoa
-Fruit drink mix
-Raman noodles/cup a noodles
-Jerky (though salty will make you more thirsty)
-Pouches of soup mixes (potatoe, brocoli, chicken noodle) just add water
-Canned: spaghettios, raviolis, tuna, sardines (can be eaten cold) (figure I can put 1 can in each bag to supplement food rations, so nobody has to carry a -bunch of heavy cans (the cans have the pull tops so no need for can-opener – we’ve been told these can explode when you open them, so be careful)
-Peanut butter
-Small jar jellie
-Small container honey
-Banana chips (the potassium in them can help with muscle soreness if your are using muscles helping people in a disaster type situation)
-Protein powder
-Gatorade (you’ll need electrolytes)

MINIMAL ROTATION OPTIONS (MRE’S):
Emergency Food Bars (i.e 3600 calorie bars)
MRE Meals (check out the options at Emergency Essentials and Shelf Reliance)
MRE Meals can last up to 25 years – remember to store water and cooking fuel
-Beef stroganoff
-Spaghetti
-Lasagne
-Chili mac
-Breakfast skillet
-Chicken and rice
-Chicken ala king

“HEALTH’IER” OPTIONS:
-Instant oatmeal (none of those colored frankenmeal ones – just maple, cinnamon, or organic varieties)
-Foodsaver bag of 3 days’ worth of dehydrated apple chips (with an oxygen absorber to extend shelf life)
-Bush’s baked beans, 8 oz. pop top (This is used as a cooking vessel to heat other foods – wash and save this can after use.)
-Pouches of “squeezy fruit” baby food (Plum Organics, Ella’s Kitchen, or Happy Baby – found online, Target, or Babies/Toys R Us)
-Pouches of big kid squeezable applesauce
-Chunk light tuna in water (This fish contains much less mercury than the white or albacore.)
-2-3 foil packets of mayonnaise and relish (to make an impromptu tuna salad)
-Shelton’s Chili (Delicious and additive-free! Two kids can share a can.)
-Cascadian Farms kid size peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars
-Resealable bags of dried fruit or large raisin boxes
-Yummy Earth lollipops and/or a small bag of Surf Sweets gummies
-Lunchbox size packs of crackers such as Late July
-Laughing Cow cheese wedges (They do not require refrigeration.)
-Reverse osmosis filtered water, each with a small rock of Himalayan pink salt added in order to re-mineralize the water.
-Crystal Light Pure (sweetened with stevia and sugar, all natural flavors and colors)
-Packet of Emergen-C

GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS:
-Larabars
-Lundberg Rice Cakes
-GF Granola (like Bakery on Main)
-Beef Jerky
-Can of Chicken or Tuna
-Mary’s Gone Crackers
-Dinty Moore Beef Stew
-Hormel Chili
-Applesauce
-Canned Fruit
-Fruit Leather
-Fruit Roll-up or Fruit Snacks
-Raisins
-Boxes of Pacific Almond Milk
-Peanut or other Nut Butter
-Honey

VEGAN OPTIONS:
-Prepackaged precooked meals (like the indian dishes that can be found in mylar bags in the ethnic foods aisle at the grocery)
-Cliff bars
-Lara bars
-Nut bars
-Vitamin B12 tablet
-Bar of vegan dark chocolate
-Peanut butter
-Nuts packaged in food saver bags
-Seeds packaged in food saver bags

NO COOK OPTIONS:
-Cereal bars
-Crackers
-Peanut butter
-Pudding cups
-Fruit cups
-Fruit roll-ups
-Cans of vegetables
-Pork and beans (can eat cold)
-Granola bars (vacuum sealing them makes them last longer)
-Chocolate candy/chips
-Dried fruits/dehydrated fruits
-Almonds

KID FRIENDLY FOODS:
-Tuna pouch
-Chicken pouch
-Canned peas, carrots
-Crackers
-Crasins, & other dried fruit
-Fruit snacks or other candy treat type things
-Cheerios in vac sealed bag
-Canned fruit (mixed, pears, peaches, apple sauce)
-Bottle & Single serving milk packets
-Granola bars
-Hormel complete meals – chicken & rice or turkey & mashed potatoes

CONSIDERATIONS FOR BABIES
-Instant formula
-Plenty of diapers or cloth diapers
-A travel package of wipes
-Pacifiers
-3 cotton/flannel wraps, and 2 muslin wraps.
-Baby food
-Washcloths
-Small comfort toy/s.
-Clothes – and plenty of them!
-Ziplock bags. These work great for storing used diapers or anything else that is dirty, or clean for that matter.
-Bulb nose syringe and saline
-Infant tylenol/motrin.
-Desatin or other diaper rash cream and travel-sized baby powder
-For detailed information on these items- visit this post

KID KITS: ITEMS
-Small Backpack or Bag
-Paper, Coloring Book
-Crayons, Pencils
-Travel Games- Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Checkers
-File Folder games
-Crossword book, Sudoku book
-Card games- Go Fish, Old Maid, UNO
-Books

CAT KIT (alter for other pets):
-1 gallon of water
-1 plastic gallon jug filled with dry food
-1 12 pack box of wet food packets
-1 small bag of treats
-Small litterbox
-Litter scoop
-Plastic gallon jug filled with kitty litter
-Small plastic trash bags for scooped waste disposal
-Towel
-Mini pet first aid kit
-Vaccination/vet records
-Color photo of cat
-Extra collar w/contact info
-Leash and harness

COOKING SUPPLIES
- Plastic utensils
- Paper plates
- Small cup
- Tin can for cooking
- Matches
- Can Opener (if needed)
- Fire starter packets
- Wing tip stove and fuel pellets
- Stove in a Can
- Backpacking Stoves
- Sterno canned heat


We posted this in Part 1 for people who want to buy Pre-Made kits. You may chose to do a combination of putting together things you already have and buying things you don’t already have, or doing a custom purchase kit.

Shelf Reliance

Create a completely custom emergency kit for your family using their Emergency Planner.

72 Hour Kits Revisited: Part 1 of 2

Today we’re sharing ideas about making your own 72 hour kits, and then some options for purchasing them at the end of the post. 72 hour kits are useful for the first 72 hours following some type of emergency/natural disaster. Often times they are used in scenarios where you have to evacuate your home. If you could stick around your home, I’d hope you have more then 3 days worth of food- but that’s another story.

72 hour kits typically contain supplies for dealing with disasters along with food and water. Today we’re sharing a list of supplies and some great tips we got from reader submissions. Thursday we will be sharing food ideas, along with a planning guide you can use to customize the food in your kits to your families needs and tastes. Please note, we also recommend having your important documents gathered in either an emergency binder, or safe.

Here is a list of non-food supplies. This list is on our disaster kit’s page. You might want to take a closer look at that, but know that we’ll be updating it along with the food part of it after this week. The items in black are the items we currently have on the page. The items in red are new items we gathered from reader submissions.

□ supply of water (one gallon per person per day)
□ first aid kit and prescription medications
□ extra pair of glasses , or contact solution
□ credit cards and cash
□ change of clothes and sturdy shoes
□ battery powered radio, and extra batteries
□ blankets or sleeping bags, rain poncho, body warmer, glow stick, tarp to make a tent
□ list of emergency plan contact info
□ booster cables for car, car shovel, rope, N95 dust mask, working gloves
□ flashlight with batteries , or hand-crank flashlight
□ wind/waterproof matches, and candle, plastic trash bags
□ personal hygiene products (baby stuff, soap, tooth care, toilet paper, hair ties, wet wipes)
□ games, books, hard candy, toys
□ tire repair kit and pump, duct tape, swiss army knife, and over the counter medications, maps of surrounding areas, sewing kit, blank CD for SOS or signaling for help, whistle, multipurpose tool (screwdriver, knife, saw, pliers, can opener etc), PowerCap (baseball type hat with built in headlights)
*more about pets on Thursday

The following are some tips we thought were worth sharing, but couldn’t really put them in a list since they are more ideas about how to purchase, store, or accumulate your supplies. Read them – and thank you to our readers for sharing them.

PURCHASING: After you’ve come up with everything you still need to buy for your kit, break it up into a purchasing schedule. Purchase just 1 or 2 things each week for however many weeks it takes you. The point is you’ll be making progress, even if you can’t buy it all at once.

GRAB LIST(S): Instead of having just one grab list (things you would grab if you have to evacuate) have multiple lists- one for each family member. Tape those lists up on the inside of your front closet door. When it comes time to evacuate, anyone who is old enough can get their list and hurry. This will save time deciding who is going to grab what.

INDIVIDUAL KITS: For anyone old enough, make them their own kit. Have food, water, and clothes in each kit so in case of separation everyone will have their own stuff. Divvy up the remaining supplies among all the kits. Put the heavier stuff in the stronger member’s kits. Use backpacks, or rolling bags that are easy to transport. Lugging around big rubbermaid bins is HARD.

TRIAL SIZE TOILETRIES: There are sample sizes of shampoos, toothpastes, deodorants etc you can purchase for the kits. They are in the regular personal hygiene aisles at the store. No need to lug around big containers of those things. Another idea is to save the samples you get at hotels and put those in your kits. They always get thrown away anyways if you only use a small portion!

THRIFT STORE CLOTHING: It can be inconvenient and kind of wasteful to store regular usable clothes in your kits that stay stored in a closet while children outgrow them. Consider purchasing outfits at a thrift store for you kits. That way you wont have to feel bad about not using whole outfits while they still fit.

COLD WEATHER BAG: There are a lot of items you might want in your 72 hour kit if it were cold- but you wouldn’t want if it were warmer weather. Store all the stuff you would need in colder weather in a separate bag or container that you would grab and go in case of emergency during the winter. If it happened to be warmer, you could just leave it behind.

PUT FRESH FOOD ON GRAB LIST: If time, circumstance, and space allow – grab any fresh food you may have and throw it in a cooler on your way out (if you are leaving in a car). You may really appreciate fresh produce in the first 24-72 hours of a crisis.

DIAPER BAGS PACKED: This goes for evacuations or everyday emergencies. Do your best to ALWAYS have your diaper bags packed with extra food, clothes, and diapers. If you’re in the habit of doing this all the time it could really save you in a REAL emergency (like those don’t happen daily with babies on the go).

IDEAS FOR ROTATION: Depending on how often your kit needs rotating (the foods you chose will dictate this), make it a habit to change them out at the same time each year. Whether it be Halloween (where you use some of the extra candy as comfort food), Spring cleaning week, April Fools Day (we did that last year so we wouldn’t be fools- we know it was corny) or any other time of year, get in the habit of rotating them.

COMMUNICATION: If in case you are evacuating and you expect your house to be in tact when you return, it’s wise to maybe leave a note about your where-abouts on a door. That way when people come looking to see if you are safe – they will know you are elsewhere.


Shelf Reliance

Create a completely custom emergency kit for your family using their Emergency Planner.

72 HOUR KIT IDEAS – CALL FOR HELP! (and a giveaway)

We had no idea the earthquake in Japan would strike when we scheduled to do this post a couple weeks ago. We are very humbled and saddened by the events that are happening over there -and also recently in New Zealand. We send our love and prayers to all those who have been affected by the recent earthquakes and storms.

Having said that – it’s time to get to work everyone. When we first started the blog, we made our Emergency Preparedness plans and lists. We suggested making a grab list of items you want to get, and Emergency Binders where you store all your important documents that you could grab in case of and emergency and go. We made a72-hour food kit whose contents could all fit in a milk jug. The food, along with a list of supplies made up our disaster kits. We have been wanting to improve upon the 72 hour food kit for a long time. Last year we made a file of more ideas for foods, but we want to offer even more ideas for people with different dietary needs, and preferences.

When facing topics like this we know who our best resource is…

We know a lot of you have faced actual emergencies, have been around longer then us, and have great ideas when it comes to 72 hour kits. We are asking you to submit your FOOD CONTENTS LISTS. The more detailed you can be the better!


These are the categories we’re hoping to fill, please indicate which categories your kit falls under. We actually get asked pretty often for adaptations. If you have a category we haven’t thought of – please send along your ideas. We’ll gather all the data and compile it into usable handouts and blog posts for everyone to SHARE!

72 Hour Kit With Cookable Items
72 Hour Kit that Requires No Cooking
72 Hour Kit Gluten Free
72 Hour Kit that Requires Little Rotation
72 Hour Kit Healthy Options
72 Hour Kit Kid Friendly


Since we know how easy it is to get distracted and forget to do things we had every intention on doing, we’ll give you a little incentive to share your kit ideas. How about we say to everyone who emails us with a list of what’s in their kits – we enter your name into a drawing to win a 24 single use pack of Insta-Fire. How perfect would Insta-Fire be in a 72 hour kit?!?! Email your list to info@foodstoragemadeeasy.net BY MONDAY MARCH 21ST to qualify!

One Second After: Family Plan / Communication

This is the first topic for our Group Book Discussion of the novel One Second After. To return to the main discussion page click here.

In the story, many people were at work, living away from home, out of the country, etc. Communications were entirely shut down and the only way to find out if loved ones were ok was to walk to wherever they were. For several weeks there wasn’t any radio communication for news/help outside of their local community.

QUESTIONS TO PONDER

  • Does your family have a set meeting place thought of beforehand?
  • Think about your daily work commute, what route you would take home?
  • What should you keep in your car to help you make a long walk home?
  • What plans could you make in order to help/check on the safety of extended family further away? (i.e. does anyone have an old car? Is there a central location people could meet? etc.)
  • Are both spouses equally knowledgable in survival methods in case you are separated at the time of the attack?
  • What sorts of radios would work after an EMT or how would you protect at least one to keep it functional?
  • If manual phone lines can be rigged up, do you have a landline phone?
  • What skills could you learn that could help restore communication methods?

DISCUSS

In our comments section below, ask questions, discuss your thoughts on this topic, and these questions. We will be covering a lot of the other issues over the next three days, so to keep it organized please stick with this topic.

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The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 6 (SUNDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency, or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, or spending any money for the entire 7 days! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

You have decided to take a pleasant Sunday afternoon drive to enjoy the scenery of the changing leaves. However, a little while into your drive disaster strikes. One of your tires has a blow-out and you are in an area with no cell phone service. To make matters worse your battery died too and it is a full hour before someone arrives to help give you a jump.


Today’s Tasks:

  • Take a drive with your family or a friend or two
  • Change your car’s tire out on the side of the road (view tutorial)
  • Wait for one hour in your vehicle with the engine turned off (it’s dead remember).
  • You and your other car passengers must be entertained, kept warm/cool, and given a snack and a drink.
  • You must have jumper cables in your car to charge your battery.
  • If you have children of driving age, give them a lesson on how to change a tire and make them practice it at least once

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • For women, you must change the tire yourself. No cheating and getting your husband to do it.
  • You can’t call roadside service because you are in a dead cell phone area.

Advanced Tasks:

  • Wait in your car for 3 hours instead of 1, and make it during a meal time.
  • While changing the tire you accidentally locked your keys in the car. Can you pick the lock?

REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.
How long would you have lasted under these conditions?

 


Make sure your fill out today’s Report Card to see how well you did, to keep track of areas you can improve, to remember things you need to do, and things you need to buy. Use the data to make a game plan to take you to the next level of preparedness, whatever that may be.

Food Storage FOOL’s Day Results

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Well we had a great “Food Storage Fools Day” where we actually did some things we have been putting off FoReVeR! We were so glad our readers joined us and got some great emails, facebook discussions, pictures and feedback about what you all did. Wasn’t it so much more fun to do it together? We were just glad to have the accountability to actually DO stuff.

JULIE

Although Julie was tending her nephew, had unexpected dinner plans come up, and was kinda feeling lazy on April 1st, she was THRILLED to have this day to FORCE her to get some things done! These are the things she accomplished.
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-Purchased propane fuel and charcoal for the Volcano II stove she has. This is her current “electricity free” cooking plan, but it wouldn’t have worked well without fuel!
-Got some new foods for her 72 hour kits that required no cooking. Some of the things she added were beef jerky, raisins, granola bars, crackers with canned chicken, and new candy.
-Took all the disaster kits supplies out of the big awkward bin that is hard to carry and moved it into two bags.
-Packed bigger clothes for her toddler in the bags, and actually put clothes for the baby in the bag.

JODI

Jodi has been feeling behind with her gardening. Even though the weather was awful this week she was still able to get a great start on some of her gardening tasks that she has been putting off for several weeks now. Here’s what she got done:

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- Printed and put together her new gardening binder
- Planned out and typed up her garden plans for this year.
- Sorted through all her seeds and made a list of what she still needs to purchase
- Planted a TON of seeds in her jiffy pellets using the planting schedule from her gardening binder
- Made a plan for getting the outside gardens ready for planting some seeds directly outdoors, hopefully to be done this following week!
- NOW I finally feel ready to start gardening this year, yay!

GIVEA

For those of you who submitted your pictures and results we entered you into a giveaway for our Food Storage Made Easy Binders! And the winners are…


Stephanie W
Alisa D
Sondra M

Email us at info@foodstoragemadeeasy.net and we’ll get you the download!

READERS

Here are a few of the pictures we got from all of you! Good job guys, you inspired us with your emails, hard work, and diligence!

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