Emergency Preparedness Plan: Whats New?

Emergency Preparedness
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE NEW PLAN Last week for our 5th year Blogging Anniversary we introduced our brand new Emergency Preparedness Plan. Today we wanted to talk a little bit more in depth about the plan. Here are some of the main differences and additions: WHAT'S THE SAME: The three main sections are still the same: Family Plan, Disaster Kits, Evacuation Lists. There's still room for you to fill in emergency contact info and other important components of your family plan. We still give a menu of food for you to put in your 72 hour kits (and other necessary items for cooking, etc.) We continue to talk about the necessities needed to keep your car stocked and having a game plan for things you would grab in case…
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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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72 HOUR KIT IDEAS – CALL FOR HELP! (and a giveaway)

72 Hour Kits, E-Prep Basics
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…
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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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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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Food Storage Makeover: Disaster Kits Part Two

72 Hour Kits, Disaster Kits, Extreme Food Storage Makeover
Today is the DAY! We got Grandma Lori's disaster kits all purchased and compiled and she is very excited with the results. We started out this phase of our Food Storage Makeover by discussing the three different options available for disaster kits. After some discussion, we found a solution that worked well for Grandma Lori. Check out our video below to see our discussion and the final results! We have had a lot of people ask us about options for buying kits that are already put together. We got the one in the video from Emergency Essentials who has a huge selection of different kits you can purchase depending on your family's needs. We will be doing a post later this month discussing some of the different options. (*hint* There…
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Food Storage Makeover: Disaster Kits

Disaster Kits, Emergency Preparedness, Extreme Food Storage Makeover
We're so excited about our Extreme Makeover: Food Storage Edition project we are working on with Grandma Lori. We decided to start with getting her Disaster Kits put together. Disaster kits consist of a 3 day supply of food, water, and emergency items). As we went through our Emergency Preparedness worksheets we realized that they might not be ideal for every situation (including Grandma Lori's). We came up with the following 3 options to discuss with her: Pros Inexpensive - if you have a lot of the first aid and emergency items on hand already and purchase food items in bulk at the grocery store Flexibility - Freedom to choose foods for your 72 hour kits that suit your family's needs and preferences Cons Time intensive - Inventorying your materials…
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More 72 Hour Kit Food Ideas

72 Hour Kits
One of the first things we teach you when you are getting started with your food storage is to get an Emergency Preparedness Plan in place. This includes having a Disaster Kit containing 72 Hour Food Kits for every member of your family. In our Getting Started section we have given a great example of how to make a 72 Hour Food Kit using a milk jug. We have always encouraged people to modify this kit to suit the needs of their own family and situation, but people have written asking us for more help with that. So we have come up with a few options which will hopefully be helpful for everyone. Pick the option that works best for you! Detailed Instructions: If you want it laid out for…
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