September is National Preparedness Month

(Information in this section is from a publication by Emergency Essentials and more info, food, and crisis gear can be found at or call 800-999-1863.)

Why Prepare?

Things to think about.

Major services will be shut-down if there is a disaster in your area. Are you prepared to go two weeks with a Bank closed? With Grocery Stores empty? No electricity? No water? And no gas stations?

Some things you may not be able to do much about, but thinking about them may help you fare better in a crisis.

Where to Start?

Make a Plan: How and where will your family meet if there is a natural disaster? Is there a way that you can figure out how to communicate if cell phones, regular phones and electricity do not work and you can’t obtain more gasoline?

What kind of kit do you need?

A 72-hour individual kit for each family member.

Items for 2 weeks in the home:

You can buy pre-packaged or canned foods, even Meals Ready to Eat.

Here are some suggestions for those who are into cooking.



Baking powder

Baking soda









Beans, dried or canned


Canned Tuna

Canned Chicken

Canned soups

Canned fruit

Dried milk

Peanut butter



Granola bars









Dehydrated foods

Freeze-dried foods

Necessary medicines

First Aid Kit

Extra blankets

Extra clothes

Toilet paper


First Aid kit

Light, heat.

Cash and important papers.

Special medication.


How much water storage should you have?

What should water be stored in?

What kind of filters should you have?

Do you have a food storage supply that is easy to use? Short term? Longer term?

What kind of crucial gear do you really need?

Flashlight, cranking flashlight, matches, rain gear, communication radio, base camp pots and pans, tents, sleeping bags, fire starter, heat for cooking.

Think of some of the disasters that may strike in our area and plan accordingly.

What about pets and livestock? Do you have food for them? Leashes or halter and ropes? Kennels or movable crates. They will also need water.

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Good site on Water Storage

How much to store per person.  — About 2 gallons per day.

What to store water in.  Bathtub, 5 gallon plastic buckets, blue heavy-duty barrels, gallon jugs

When to disinfect water for drinking.

These questions answered and more at the above site.

Plan ahead for whatever

We never know what is going to happen, whether it may be a natural disaster, international riots and war; or as basic as losing an income. Having a few months worth of essential items and food stored will increase the feeling of basic security.

 So let’s get started.

 The following is information from websites and businesses. I give them all the accolades and credit for providing food storage and emergency items. I am just sharing their information and suggestions. Please check out these websites.

Helping families with food security and emergency preparedness by offering a wide selection of ready-to-eat freeze dried foods: Individually packaged entrees, meats, vegetables, fruits, and much more..

 Stock up –We have survival gear too.

Whether you have extra cash to begin this process or not, you can get started with just an item at a time and learning more about “HOW” so you will stay enthused.

Let’s try a basic 2 week supply.


Is the most important item you need in immediate crisis. At a bare minimum, each person in your family needs one gallon per day.

So 2 weeks supply of water per person is 14 gallons. For more on how to store water, check out the above websites. Or get started the next time you go to the store, buy a gallon of water.

Think of having water treatments available. Boiling will work for personal hygiene.

         Bleach be used to disinfect water?

Yes. When boiling off water for 1 minute is not possible in an emergency situation, you can disinfect your drinking water with Clorox® Regular-Bleach as follows:

1. Remove suspended particles by filtering or letting particles settle to the bottom.

2. Pour off clear water into a clean container.

3. Add 8 drops of Clorox® Regular-Bleach (not scented or Clorox® Plus® bleaches) to one gallon of water (2 drops to 1 quart). For cloudy water, use 16 drops per gallon of water (4 drops to 1 quart).

4. Allow the treated water to stand for 30 minutes. Water should have a slight bleach odor. If not, repeat and wait another 15 minutes. The treated water can then be made palatable by pouring it between clean containers several times.


This is very important, but the perfect storage space may not be available. So get started by cleaning out a spot in the garage. No garage? Find a closet or part of a closet. The most important aspect of storage is AVAILABLITY. You need to have easy access and you need to incorporate much of your food into your weekly diet.

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