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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Update to “Getting Started”

Emergency Preparedness
We have slightly modified the Getting Started section of the website to include some general emergency information. If you have already begun the BabySteps, you may have missed this information. Before you really delve into your food storage program you should have an emergency plan in place for your family (including a disaster supplies kit and your 72 hour food kit). We wrote an article to help summarize the types of things you should include in your emergency plan. If you would like a quick summary, you should print out the Emergency Checklist that Julie put together. Just follow through the checklist and by the time you reach the end you should have your emergency plan in place. It is very helpful!
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Updating My 72 Hour Kits

72 Hour Kits, Jodi's Progress, Videos
Problem While preparing the blog post "How to Make a 72 Hour Kit" I pulled out my own kits to take some pictures. I realized the date on them was July 2006 so I decided I better rotate the food out since the recommendation is typically to rotate it every 6 months to a year. I opened the kits up and discovered that if we truly would have had an emergency these would not have been very pleasant to eat. Top Ten Reasons I Needed to Rotate My 72 Hour Kit Foods: 10. Didn’t even have a kit for my youngest daughter (and she’s almost two!) 9. Stew expired July 2007. 8. Tang powder turned into crystallized lumps. 7. Beanie Weanies tasted rancid (yes I sampled them) and expired in…
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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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