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5 Emergency Supplies Everyone Should Have

Emergency Supplies

We all have emergencies from time to time. These may be small emergencies like having a pipe break in your house or having an unexpected bill or they may be big emergencies like a flood or an earthquake. Either way, we need to be prepared.

We can’t prepare for every emergency out there but there are some basic supplies that everyone should have on hand. You can’t depend on your city or neighbors to help you get through a true emergency. It’s up to each individual family to do their part to be prepared.

If you aren’t sure where to start in your emergency preparedness plans, this is it. Make sure you have these 5 things on hand and you’ll be well on your way to being more prepared.

72 Hour Kits

72 Hour KitAre you starting from scratch in your emergency preparedness plans? The best place to start is by creating a 72 hour kit for everyone in your family. A 72 hour kit contains everything you need to survive for 3 days. This includes water, food, materials for a shelter, medications, clothing, and anything else that you might need. In a true emergency, it might take emergency responders up to 3 days to get to you with aid so it’s imperative that you have the ability to take care of your own needs and the needs of your family until then. Start by creating a basic 72 hour kit then work on bulking it out as you can. Thrive Life sells a fantastic 72 hour kit if you want a simple option to start with.

Water

water brickYou can’t survive for more than a few days without water so it is essential that you have water on hand in case of an emergency. It doesn’t matter if you buy a couple of cases of water bottles or 50 gallon water storage tanks as long as you start somewhere. Start with what you have, even if that means cleaning out your used soda and juice containers and using them to store water. Anything is better than having nothing.

You should work up to storing at least 1-2 gallons of water for each person in your family per day. Start with 3 days of water storage and work up to 14. For larger storage quantities, I really like the water bricks because they are still small enough to be manageable but their design allows them to be stacked for easy storage.

A Flashlight

headlampYou should have a small flashlight in your 72 hour kit but it’s important to have a good quality flashlight in your home in case of a power outage. I really like the Maglite brand that you can often find at Costco for really heavy duty stuff.

I’d would also recommend keeping a variety of lighting options in your home though such as a hand crank flashlight, an extended burn candle , a lanturn, and a headlamp for situations where you need your hands free.

 

A List of Emergency Phone Numbers

Emergency Supplies

How many of us have all the phone numbers we would need in an emergency memorized? I don’t know about you but I’ve become way too dependent on my cell phone. I’m not even sure I could tell you my own mother’s phone number if I had to. Keep a printed list of emergency phone numbers available in case your cell phone battery dies or your cell phone breaks. Includes the phone numbers of your neighbors, your kids’ school, local businesses you frequent, and extended family members. This could come in handy in minor emergencies too!

Battery Powered (or Hand Crank) Radio

hand crank radioInformation can help you survive during an emergency. You may be used to using the radio in your car, through your computer, or another device but during an emergency those probably won’t work. Keep a battery powered (with extra batteries) or hand crank radio in your home so you can stay up to date on the latest information if you are ever in an emergency situation. I love this combination radio (hand crank and solar powered), weather band, and flashlight from eton. Just 1 minute of hand cranking will give you up to 15 minutes of power. This will even charge your cell phones and other USB powered devices. We keep one of these in the house and in each car in case of an emergency.

 

While these things certainly won’t get you through any emergency, they are a great place to start! What emergency supplies do you think are essential to store for an emergency?

 

        
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Does your County Have a Reverse 9-1-1 System?

Reverse 911 Notification System

The best thing you can do to increase your chances of surviving an emergency situation is to get as much warning as you can. Did you know that your county can actually call you and let you know if there is an emergency, like a fire or flood, in your area?

It’s called a reverse 9-1-1 notification system and in the event of an emergency, it could save your life.

Listed and unlisted landline phone numbers are already included in the reverse 9-1-1 database but if you use a cell phone or a VOIP phone you’ll need to take a few minutes to register your phone number.

This is especially important if, like me, your cell phone is the only phone you have or if you spend a lot of time away from home.. We got rid of our landline years ago and it’s been great for saving us money but there are a few extra steps that need to be taken to make sure you are prepared for an emergency.

If there was a disaster in your area, information would be vital.

How to Register your Phone for the Reverse 9-1-1 Notification System

Registering your phone number is simple and should only take a few minutes. First, you need to find out if your county has a reverse 9-1-1 system set up yet. You can do this by calling your county government office or searching on their website.

In San Diego county, you can go to ReadySanDiego.org to register your phone number with the reverse 9-1-1 system.

I just went through this process with my phone and I was done in under 5 minutes. As an added perk, once you register you can download a free family preparedness workbook to help you get started on your family’s emergency preparedness plan.

In Salt Lake county, you can register here.

I know we have readers all over the country. When you find the registration page for your county’s reverse 9-1-1 system, I’d love it if you could share the link with us here in the comments. 

 

 

        
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Food Storage Recipe: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Food storage recipe

Canned tunafish is a great thing to have in your food storage. I always stock up when the price drops and I can frequently find it for $0.50 – $0.75 a can. It’s a great source of protein and most cans have a shelf life of up to 3 years.

When I was in college, one of my go-to recipes was tuna noodle casserole. It was cheap. It was easy. And even if it had a bad reputation is was tasty. My old recipe used cream of mushroom soup and I’ve since tried to cut canned creamed soups out of my diet because of all the additives that they have in them.

I’ve tried to add tuna into our diet from time to time but, despite the fact that my kids love fish, they’ve always been scared to death of tuna. You know how it is — they tell me they don’t like it even though they’ve never even tried a bite of it.

I had some cans of tuna I needed to use up so I figured that instead of eating it all as tuna sandwiches while I feed my kids an alternative lunch I would give tuna noodle casserole one more shot with my kids.

Thrive SauceThrive came out with a great new line of sauces that are all GMO free. Since I’m not using canned creamed soups I thought I’d give the Velouté Sauce a try as the base to my tuna noodle casserole.

I just followed the basic recipe for the sauce itself — boil 2 cups of water and slowly stir in 1/2 cup of sauce mix. The sauce has a rich chicken flavor that is delicious on it’s own. I had my kids try the sauce by itself and they were so impressed that they were willing to try the tuna noodle casserole. They wouldn’t make any promises that they would like it, but being willing to try it was a huge step in the right direction for us.

The end result was a tuna noodle casserole that was so creamy and delicious that my kids ate it without complaint and happily ate it as leftovers the next day. I made an entire casserole sized serving of this for under about $5 and it was enough for 2 meals for my family. This recipe can be made entirely from food storage but is so delicious that no one will notice.

Ingredients

Preparation

Food Storage Tuna Noodle Casserole

Cook the Velouté Sauce according to the directions on the can. (The back of the can also includes instructions for turning this sauce into creamy mushroom sauce and that would be delicious in this recipe too).

In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add in your egg noodles.

A few minutes before your noodles are done, add the freeze dried corn and peas. They’ll reconstitute as they cook with the noodles.

Drain your noodles and veggies.

Add the sauce and tuna to your noodle mixture. Mix well.

Pour the tuna mixture into a casserole pan and top with cheese.

Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

This recipe is great reheated the next day and is a great way to save money on your food budget!

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Most for the Host is Back!

 Most for the Host

Have you been thinking about building up your food storage but weren’t sure where to start? What if I told you that you could get a start on your food storage with free and half priced food from Thrive Life?

Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?

Thrive Life is amazingly generous to their hosts. If you host a party you get 10% of the party sales back in totally free product. That means if the people who come to your party buy $500 worth of product (which is really very easy to do and more on the low side of party sales) you would get $50 in product absolutely free. If you want to buy additional product, you can get it at half off up to a certain value based on your party sales and a few other factors.

Right now Thrive Life is sweetening the deal even more for party hosts. If you host a party that closes before July 31st, you get all the regular host benefits PLUS an additional products (with a retail value up to $500) for half off! If you’ve been eyeing any of the more expensive items or packages that Thrive Life sells this is definitely the way to get it!

Have you been looking for a way to earn some extra money? Hosting a party before July 31st will also allow you to get $40 off any one of the Thrive Life starter kits.

It’s easy to host a party. All you need to do is invite a few of your family members and friends over to try some tasty food. I walk you through the entire process and bring all the food with me so there’s very little prep work involved on your end. Check out some of the amazing products you can earn for free on my Thrive Life website.

California Hosts

I have flexible times available if you’d like to host a party in Southern California. As an added perk, I have a sale that doesn’t belong to a party yet so the first person to book a party with me will receive an EXTRA $15 in free product as a host benefit.

Utah Hosts

I will be in town mid-July if you’d like to host a party. Times are limited so book early if you are interested. Since I’m only in town every few months, if you decide to take advantage of the consultant starter kit, any parties booked from your party will go to you to help you jump start your business.

Online Hosts

If you live outside of the areas I will be available during the summer, you can still host a party. I will send you everything you need for your party and can be available over the phone or through Skype to answer any questions that your guests may have. If you decide to take advantage of the consultant starter kit, any parties booked from your party will go to you to help you jump start your business.

To schedule your party, drop me an email or fill out this online form

        
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Creating a Space for your Food Storage

creating space for food storageStoring food for an emergency, whether it’s the everyday kind or a truly life-threatening emergency, is just a smart idea. We need food to live so we should have food stored in our home.

If you’ve decided to build up your food storage, one of the first questions you probably have, though, is “where in the world am I going to put all that food?!”.

Fortunately, even if you don’t have a lot of space, you can get creative when it comes to where you put your food storage.

Use a Basement Cold Storage Room

A basement cold storage room is an ideal place to store your food storage. Basements are naturally cooler than the rest of the house and a cold storage room build beneath a front porch provides some extra insulation. I was lucky enough to have an unfinished cold storage room in my first house and it was so nice to have a designated place to store my food storage.

Source: cookingwithmyfoodstorage.com via Russann on Pinterest

 

Take Advantage of Hidden Storage Options

Under the Bed Food StorageFor your long term food storage that you don’t need to access everyday, look for wasted spaces in your house, even ones that are not overly accessible. You can store food under the beds in your home, in the tops or bottom of your closets, or in gaps behind furniture. I’ve even known people to create tables out of food storage by stacking boxes then throwing a table top and table cloth over the top!

The Under the Bed Food Rotation System from Thrive Life makes it easy to rotate the food you have stored under your bed if you don’t have a lot of accessible storage. Don’t forget you can buy that at a discount if you host a party or sign up as a Thrive Life consultant.

Just be sure and keep an inventory of what you have where and when it was purchased or expires so you don’t have any food waste. Storing emergency food doesn’t do you any good if you can’t find it when you need it.

Set up Shelving in your Garage

If you live in a climate that has a fairly mild climate, you can store food storage in your garage. Extreme heat will deteriorate the quality of your food so if it gets hot where you live you may want to opt for another storage option. Sturdy shelves make it easy to organize your food storage in a way that is easy to rotate. I like shelves from Gorilla Rack because they are extremely strong but they also come apart if you ever need to pack them up a move.

Place shelves as far away from your garage door opening as possible in order to maintain a steady temperature and keep your shelves out of direct sunlight.

Organize your food by food group and be sure and put the oldest items on the front of the shelves so they can rotate them. If you have the space, the Thrive Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) food rotation systems are amazing and really simplify your food storage organization. I have one on my wish list but until then we are working on organizing our Gorilla Rack shelves with all the basics.

We moved into a new home in January so our food storage organization is a work in progress. We outgrew our smaller Gorilla Rack shelves as we’ve built up our food storage through Thrive so last weekend it was time to set up the big shelves.

Gorilla Rack Shelves

I’ll have an update on our personal food storage organization project as we get further along in the process. I’m always happy too see progress towards our emergency preparedness goals even if they come in small pieces.

Eliminate Clutter

If you don’t think you have room to store food, look around your house and decide if anything you are storing is clutter. By getting rid of things that aren’t necessary, it leaves you room for the things that are. As an added perk, if you sell some of those things that you no longer need, you’ll not only be making room to store your food storage but you can earn money to pay for it as well.

Leave Room for Growth

It’s always important to leave room for growth in your food storage organization plan. Most of us don’t start with an entire year supply of food at once — it’s usually something that grows over time. This may mean buying an extra shelf so you have some place to put food storage and emergency supplies as you have the money to buy it. It may mean planning for creative ways and places that you will store supplies as you build them up.

Whatever your plan for food storage, there is always a way to store food for an emergency, no matter how much space you have (or don’t have). Where do you store your food storage and emergency supplies?

 

 

        
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