Food Storage Do-Over Week 14: Sanitation/First Aid

First Aid, Food Storage Do-Over 2015, Sanitation
We are excited to be starting week 14 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! If you didn't catch last week's post which talked about non-food items 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! Emergency preparedness is a very broad topic. This week we are going to be working on evaluating our sanitation and…
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Helius Rocket Stove

Powerless Cooking, Recommended Products
We recently had the opportunity to meet with Kris from Titan Ready USA and he showed us some of his products that we are excited to share with you. These products are simple but efficient solutions to some preparedness dilemmas we know we have faced and you may have as well. This post covers the Helius Rocket Stove, but be sure to check out the HERC tea light ovens and Hydrant Water Storage Systems as well. FSME DISCOUNT: Click here to shop and enter coupon code FSME10 to save 10% on your Helius Rocket Stove order. This deal is exclusively for Food Storage Made Easy readers! We've seen a lot of rocket stoves around but this is the first one we have seen that we've been really excited to use.…
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HERC Tea Light Candle Ovens

Powerless Cooking, Recommended Products
We recently had the opportunity to meet with Kris from Titan Ready USA and he showed us some of his products that we are excited to share with you. These products are simple but efficient solutions to some preparedness dilemmas we know we have faced and you may have as well. This post covers the HERC tea light ovens, but be sure to check out the Helius Rocket Stove and Hydrant Water Storage Towers as well. Click here to shop and enter coupon code FSME10 to save 10% on your HERC Oven order. This deal is exclusively for Food Storage Made Easy readers! While butane stoves are great for stove-top cooking indoors, we have yet to find a good solution for oven cooking indoors. Having a diversified preparedness plan is…
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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 similar to this one. Here's everything that was included in the kit: The basic kit came with a little…
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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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8 Tasks to Help You “Prep” For Winter

8 Tasks to Help You “Prep” For Winter

Emergency Preparedness
Fall is the perfect time of year to get your yard, vehicles, house, and preps ready for winter. Here are eight tasks you can do to get ready for the change in seasons.   Clean Up Your Gardens Harvest all remaining vegetables. Pull up all plants and add to your compost pile. Add compost/mulch to your garden beds. Prune all fruit trees and bushes. Plant garlic if desired. Bring in potted plants for the winter. Plant decorative bulbs. Rotate/Winterize Your 72 Hour Kits Rotate food and water as necessary. Check/rotate matches and other fuel supplies. Swap out seasonal clothing and shoes. Update kids' clothes to correct sizes. Rotate baby supplies (diapers in correct size, formula expiration dates, etc.). Check batteries for flashlights and radios. Check medicine expiration dates and supply…
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30 Days of Preparedness Day 13: Practice Living Without Electricity

Emergency Preparedness
September is National Preparedness Month and is something we celebrate every year with our 7 Day Challenge (have you signed up yet???) This year we are also participating in a little blog hop called the 30 Days of Preparedness. You can check out each day's post over at the Prepared Bloggers Network site and get a crash course in emergency preparedness this month. We will be featured on September 13th but you get to have a sneak peek of our day today! Our post is DAY 13 which is an ACTION DAY! You get to practice living without power on this day. It will be a good warm-up if you plan to join in the 7 Day Challenge coming on a surprise day sometime in September. So let's turn off…
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50 Tips to Keep Cool When the Power is OUT

Alternate heating/cooling
My air conditioner was broken for a few days this summer and it was pretty miserable around our house. It got me thinking about what I would do in a long term powerless situation to keep our family cool. We posed the question on our Facebook page and got tons of great ideas from our readers. Here is a summary of the best ones! Wear light-colored clothing, dark clothes absorb heat Use a damp cloth to wet face, arms and legs Find a cool breeze to sit in (especially after getting wet) Make a paper fan and fan yourself Hang out in the basement of your home Install attic vents to release the hot air that rises Sleep on the porch between wet sheets Relax during the hottest hours, do…
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