Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Be Prepared - January

As promised here is this month’s emergency preparedness info. With a new year I thought that it would be nice to start fresh in being prepared for an emergency. With all of the crazy weather that has been experienced it will be nice to have things on hand if you are unable to make it to the grocery store. For me I live in Arizona and the harshest weather I may have to endure is a drought.

A couple years ago I had done a mini-series on food storage that I will be reposting along with new info each month.  I know that it’s late in the month but I hope to have a post up at the beginning of each month so that you have all month to get ready.

A lady in my stake had created a great food storage and preparedness plan that I adapted to my family’s needs. I will have a link to a pdf file for each month in each post that I write for you to print off.

Alright, let’s get started.

Space

Finding space to start your food storage is part of the fun and can also be a challenge. For me, I have some room, for one I have closet pantry in my kitchen and walk-in pantry in my laundry room off the kitchen, jealous? Anyways, if you don't have 2 pantries, you can use your basement, if you have one, corners of closets in your house, under the bed or find cute furniture that can act like a closet to hide your stock pile. Use what space you have to suit your needs, who said that storing food couldn't be stylish! ;)

Planning

Rome wasn't built in a day and neither should your food storage/ stock pile. Take the time to carefully plan out what you need as far as what your family likes, meals you enjoy and even what kinds of products you use for hygiene purposes. Your storage shouldn't just be about food, but personal hygiene products as well. Look for sales and opportunities to stock up on the essentials.  Get the family involved to give some input as to what you would like to accumulate. For example; in my house beans, rice, tortillas and cheese are a MUST. We LOVE Mexican food and I always have these on hand to make burritos with. An easy way to help get started is to create a menu of the meals your family likes and go from there. Some things to stock up on are pastas and sauce for a quick pasta meal. Have fun with it.

Items for January

Emergency Preparedness Goal:

·        Place $20 (or whatever you can afford) in coins and small bills in a concealed location this will be your “cash stash” and you will be adding to it each month. Remember, this is your emergency bank only, not an ATM. Some people “can” this emergency money.
72 Hour Kit Goal:
Start collecting items needed for a 72 hour kit. Place items all together in one location. Be sure to have a backpack for each member of your family.
·        $5 in coins
·        toothpaste and toothbrushes
·        comb, brush and mirror
·        floss
·        chapstick
Food Storage Goal:
 
·        Powdered Milk
·        Hand/ bath soap (anti-bacterial soap works too)
·        Cheese
·        Eggs
 
You can purchase these items through Emergency Essentials. They always have a sale going on and they have a lot to choose from.

Here is the link to download the rest of the January file.





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