PREPAREDNESS SPRING CLEANING ZONES

Just For Fun, Preparing Your Space
Spring is in the air... and with that comes spring cleaning. I admit I buy into the spring cleaning frenzy. I love clearing things out of my house. Recycling, de-cluttering, donating things, and throwing things out makes me happy. Today I wanted to talk about Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness Spring cleaning! A few Saturdays ago something happened in our schedule that never happens. We had NOTHING scheduled. Well I got giddy with excitement, pulled out some post-it- notes, and started on a rampage. I wrote down every project I wanted done. I got started working through the projects on my post-it-notes one by one. I placed all of them on my fridge and as I completed a task I pulled the note off. I still have a few more…
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Spring Cleaning and Food Storage

Preparing Your Space
There is something about spring cleaning, de-cluttering, and organizing that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. When I'm stressed out, I organize a closet or drawer. It's almost as good as Cadbury Mini-Eggs -sigh for Easter season being over- The following is a guest post I did that shows some organizing techniques for your food storage area.
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Day 1: Food Storage Christmas (eprep)

72 Hour Kits, Christmas Gifts, Disaster Kits, Emergency Preparedness, General, Getting Started
The best way to start a Food Storage, is with Emergency Preparedness. In fact, it's one of the most popular reasons why people decide to get going on a Food Storage in the first place. Help someone start out their journey right- with some of the following ideas: Options that are Free or Under $1 Emergency Preparedness Plan Print out our Emergency Preparedness plan that has detailed checklists to help a family make their family plan, build a disaster kit - including a 72 hour food kit, and put together an evacuation list and car kit. Roll up the plan, wrap a ribbon around it, stick a bow on, and attach the Day 1 tag. An Option that is $5-$30 Car Kit or 72 Hour Kit Make, or purchase a…
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Why Food Storage Series: Religious Reasons

General, Getting Started
As stated in the introduction post to our "WHY DO PEOPLE BUILD A FOOD STORAGE?" series, we have found there are 5 main reasons people store food: 1. Natural Disasters 2. Economic Crisis 3. Health Benefits 4. Everyday Emergency 5. Religious Reasons Today we will be talking about the fifth reason, Religious Reasons, and encourage you to visit our Facebook Discussion on this topic. We learn so much more from each others real life experiences and opinions, so come on over and join the conversation. (You don't need to be a member of facebook to read the discussions). If you start researching "Food Storage", you probably know that it is a very common practice among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to have a food…
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Why Food Storage Series: Everyday Emergency

General, Getting Started
As stated in the introduction post to our "WHY DO PEOPLE BUILD A FOOD STORAGE?" series, we have found there are 5 main reasons people store food: 1. Natural Disasters 2. Economic Crisis 3. Health Benefits 4. Everyday Emergency 5. Religious Reasons Today we will be talking about the fourth reason, Everyday Emergency, and encourage you to visit our Facebook Discussion on this topic. We learn so much more from each others real life experiences and opinions, so come on over and join the conversation. (You don't need to be a member of facebook to read the discussions). While you would never think of STARTING to do food storage to prepare for "everyday emergencies", it sure is a nice side benefit once you have some food storage accumulated. Here are…
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Getting Started With Your Food Storage

Emergency Preparedness, General, Getting Started, Jodi's Progress, Julie's Progress
As we have grown and expanded our food storage knowledge, we have continually added to our site. While the site has expanded with so much information, we still want to make sure that it's still easy for beginners to navigate. Since we are about halfway through our Summer Crash Course we decided to give you a little break and announce some changes we made to our site recently to help you get the most out of our site. You will see that the top navigation buttons have changed slightly. Here is a run-down of the new things to look for: The Start Here tab now contains helpful tips for how to best use our site and where to find the information you are looking for. The Checklists page now offers…
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72 Hour/Disaster Kits for Babies/Toddlers

72 Hour/Disaster Kits for Babies/Toddlers

72 Hour Kits, Disaster Kits, Getting Started
Due to popular demand, we have put together a comprehensive list of things you may want to consider including in your disaster kit if you have babies or toddlers at home. Remember these are only guidelines, and you should customize everything to suit the needs of your own family. Hopefully we will be able to get these ideas incorporated into our Emergency Preparedness Plan eventually so it's all in one place! If you have an infant or a toddler at home, consider including these items as you put together your disaster and 72 hour kits for your family: Instant formula. Make sure to buy the kind you do not need to mix with water. Also, track expiration dates and rotate through them frequently. 5 small bottles for the formula. You…
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Emergency Preparedness Plan (and PDF’S!!!!)

Emergency Preparedness, Getting Started, Helpful Tools
For those of you who have been to the Fun with Food Storage Party all week, you may already have received the party favor - Our Emergency Preparedness Plan Workbook. We made it in excel because that way you can customize and alter the sheets to fit your families needs. For those of you who don't have excel or "hate" excel, -while Julie (the excel nerd) will never understand HOW that is possible... we have turned all the sheets in the spreadsheet into PDF'S. Your welcome! Thanks to a great comment we received on our Emergency Binder post last week, we added a sheet to the workbook for you to record what you would grab in case of evacuations (pictures, albums, laptop) in order of importance. This is new today…
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Emergency Preparedness – What are you waiting for?

72 Hour Kits, Emergency Preparedness, Getting Started
With hurricane Gustav hitting the coast, emergency preparedness is a hot topic today. Even if not directly affected by the hurricane, we are all reminded of how important it is to have an emergency plan in place. You never know when your area will be the one that is hit with a disaster. If you haven't already completed your "emergency plan", be sure to go through the first component of our Getting Started page where we have outlined the basics of what you need to do. We include this under getting started because we feel it is important to have this done even before you get your food storage plan underway. For convenience sake, we have copied the information for you here. Have a Basic Emergency Plan in Place: Before…
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How to Make a 72 Hour Kit

How to Make a 72 Hour Kit

72 Hour Kits, Getting Started
How to Make a 72 Hour Kit: Instructions Step 1 – Make sure you have saved 1 milk jug and 3 2-liter bottles per person. Wash them all out with soap and let dry. Step 2 – Multiply the number of kits you want by the items listed in the shopping list and purchase the food items from Walmart or your neighborhood grocery store. All the food will cost around $8-10. Step 3 – Purchase a small esbit stove and fuel pellets from an emergency preparedness store such as Emergency Essentials or if one isn’t available in your area follow the links below to order online. Only one stove is NECESSARY per family, but they are pretty cheap so if you’d like to have one per kit that is fine…
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