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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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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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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72 Hour Kits Revisited: Part 2 of 2

72 Hour Kits, Disaster Kits, E-Prep Basics
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…
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72 Hour Kits Revisited: Part 1 of 2

72 Hour Kits, Disaster Kits
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…
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The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 6 (SUNDAY)

7 Day Challenge, Disaster Kits, Emergency Preparedness, How-To Series
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…
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Food Storage FOOL’s Day Results

Disaster Kits, Gardening, Giveaways
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. 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. -Purchased propane fuel and charcoal for the Volcano II stove she has. This is her current "electricity free" cooking plan, but it wouldn't…
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Disaster Kits … and a GIVEAWAY!

Car Kits, Disaster Kits, Emergency Preparedness
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…
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Valentine’s Day and Food Storage?

72 Hour Kits, Disaster Kits, Emergency Preparedness, Gift Ideas
Are you having a hard time deciding what to get your "special someone" for Valentines Day? Well worry no more. We have made it easy for you - and what's better then the gift of preparedness? Send your loved one to work with a special 72 Hour Kit for the Office. We even made a contents list and cute little tag for you to attach to the container you gather the contents in. For a similar gift idea for your kids at school click here. For the tag - that reads "Because I always want you to be safe" and contents list, click here. As always, you may customize this list to meet your specific needs and don't worry if you can't get all the items at once. Put a…
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Disaster Kit Scavenger Hunt

Disaster Kit Scavenger Hunt

Disaster Kits, Emergency Preparedness, Just For Fun
Are you STILL procrastinating getting your disasters kit together? Well we thought of a fun way for you and your family to GET IT DONE! Presenting the Food Storage Made Easy.... Get your family together for a fun night. Whether you hunt for the items in your house or at a store, make it fun! Included in the scavenger hunt are strips of paper you can cut with the name and image of the item - that way young kids can get involved too! Cut up the strips and assign different family members different items. Make it a race and see how quickly and fun getting prepared can be! When you’re all done make sure you store your kit in a safe place you would have quick access to in…
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