July 10, 2016

July 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar

Here is my July 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar which has food storage and emergency items to gather. Most of the things you shop for on Monday are food items for your 3-Month Food Storage Supply, and some non-food items you may want to gather for emergencies. If you need help with amounts go to my printable July Emergency Prep Goals or my 3-month suggested food storage supply. Both printouts are listed below.



I've also listed items for you to take an inventory of on Friday or any other day you wish. As you check on your supplies often you won't have to deal with items that expire. I deal with that all of the time, so check food items regularly to prevent spoilage.

You may already have some of the items for a 72-hour kit. Just put them in a box until they are all collected and decide what type of container you may want to carry them in.

Never feel you have to buy or gather everything on the list. Just gather things your family regularly uses or may need.

Here are some useful links:

July 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar
July Emergency Prep Goals
3-Month Suggested Food Storage Supply

July 3, 2016

July Emergency Preparedness Goals - Summer Foods, Emergency Drills & Canning

During the month of July, I like to gather shelf-stable summer foods into my 3-month emergency food storage supply. You know, those foods you use at summer gatherings such as crackers, chips, gelatin, pudding, food bars, popcorn, vinegar, olives, and jam. They store well in your pantry for emergencies too. And vinegar is good for cleaning too! You don't have to go overboard on the amounts. Just focus on these foods, and then always keep a three-month supply of them on hand.



My spiritual theme this month is Be Guardians by protecting "our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children" just as Captain Moroni did in the Book of Mormon. (see Alma 46). Share over social media how you feel about your freedom of religion and how grateful you are for those who defend it every day.



LONG-TERM STORAGE
This month, I also like to gather honey and add it to my long-term emergency food storage. Those honey bees have worked hard to bring us such a blessing. Honey is a wonderful natural sweetener and is useful in bread making and other cooking. I love peanut butter and honey sandwiches! How about you? Honey has an indefinite shelf life which means it's great for long-term food storage. If you live in Utah, check out my post on Where to Buy Honey in Utah.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS LIST
My July Emergency Preparedness list has all the items I focus on gathering in July, and some emergency supplies as well. I include some suggested amounts for my family, but play around with those amounts to figure out storage amounts for yours. Here is how to use my July Emergency Preparedness List:
  1. Choose things you can afford to do or have time to do each week. Keep it simple.
  2. Multiply amounts by the # of your family members, and adjust items for kids, medical needs and allergies.
  3. Watch for sales, and gather food storage a week at a time while you grocery shop to build up your supplies. Then repurchase as you use your food. But never completely empty your shelves.
  4. Gather some Long-Term Emergency Food Storage food after you complete Steps 1, 2, and 3.
  5. Do what works best for your financial circumstances.
Every step forward is a step forward. You CAN do it!

EMERGENCY EVACUATION DRILLS
During the summer months, many of us have more time to practice an emergency plan and an evacuation drill with our families. What is your family emergency plan? What will you do if you get separated because of a disaster? What will you take if you need to evacuate? Who is your out-of-state contact? Work on your plan. See helpful ideas here:

SHOP FOR EMERGENCY SURVIVAL GEAR
If you like to can your own food, gather canning supplies this month. Canning is a great method for gathering food storage using your own fruits and vegetables.

July is a great month for emergency survival gear sales AKA camping supplies. In an emergency, what will you cook on? During a power outage, where will you store your perishable food? This month I suggest getting a camp stove and fuel, and a cooler/igloo. Do you already have them? You are awesome! A few months ago my husband went on a camping trip and replaced our wimpy cooler with an awesome one. Love it when we can get two things done at once.

In August I suggest buying sleeping bags and a tent, but if you need it now and find it on sale now, go for it! One of our tents died on the last camping trip with friends. It was raining and everyone moved from two tents to one tent. Thankfully I wasn't there, but I heard it was quite squishy. So, we are looking at one from REI.

Best wishes on your continual efforts with food storage and emergency preparedness. Keep it simple. Keep it basic. Make it work for your family, and it will become a natural part of your life. You CAN do it!

Best wishes,

Valerie

BE GUARDIANS
"And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—
In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—
and he fastened it upon the end of a pole." 


Go here for my 12 Emergency Preparedness Lists

*Picture above from Microsoft Word

June 6, 2016

June 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar

Here is my new June 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar. Sorry I was slow getting it out, but I was on vacation. It has most of the ideas from my June Emergency Prep List, but it does not include suggested food storage amounts. Just names of items. I've included items to gather in a 72-hour kit. I love how it reminds us each month to check our emergency water supply. I hope you find it useful in your desire to become better prepared for emergencies!

Printable June 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar.pdf


May 29, 2016

June Emergency Preparedness Goals - Grains, Vitamins and Bread Making

School will be out for many families this month, and though vacations and good times begin, it's important to keep striving to prepare our families for emergencies. June is the month I like to focus on gathering wheat, rice, yeast and vitamins for my family into our food storage. Even though it is hot, I'll have more time to practice bread making skills and teach my youngest. This is also a good time to gather paper supplies like paper towels or napkins, foil, plastic wrap, storage bags and trash bags. Check out my list below to see if it has something that will help you.

Many grains can be stored long-term (20 - 30 years), but some cannot (check link) because of the natural oils. For example, it's fine to put brown rice in your 3-month food storage supply of everyday foods, but brown rice does not store well long-term because of its natural oils. White rice is better for long-term storage.

Grains are inexpensive, which is wonderful. Even though long-term food storage is the fourth step in the LDS Four-Step Approach to Home Storage, I like to gather them year-round because you can store a little at a time and build up your supply. On my monthly list for June, I suggest amounts to gather for each adult.


A great show which teaches you how to use grains, is Fusion Grain Cooking on BYUtv. You will want to check out Chef Brad and watch some of his shows online if you don't have BYUtv.

Oh! And here is a food storage video I made for my Relief Society a few years ago that may help you understand the four-step approach to home storage I always talk about.


A few years ago, I had a dream that was a wake up call for me regarding emergency preparedness. Suffice it to say that it involved an earthquake and many people not heeding the counsel to become better prepared. I remember being concerned for their safety and trying to get their attention. When I woke, I immediately wrote the details of the dream. I've never done that with any dream before.

Most dreams are inspiration for the person who dreams them, and this one was for me. I'm not a disaster forecaster and I'm not predicting "the Big One," but in this dream, I remember warning people, and being ignored. They were distracted with the internet, computer games, thrills, and things that matter least.

We can either choose to be like the Children of Israel in the days of Moses and wait for a sign, or we can be guided by the Spirit and the counsel of living prophets today to become better prepared now. The choice is ours.

I hope we will each work harder to gather some supplies to help our loved ones and our neighbors. I hope we will take the time to make sure we have stored an adequate supply of water and other necessary supplies. I feel peace knowing my family is storing a little bit at a time and not panicking and going into debt to do it.

If you think you can, you will! Just move up that hill an inch at a time.

Best wishes,
Valerie

BE HEALTHY
"All grain is good for the food of man; as also the fruit of the vine;
that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground."
Red or White Hard Wheat? Which should I put in my food storage?
Wheat Storage: How Long Can I Store Wheat Flour?
Long-Term Food Storage Must Be Stored Under Proper Conditions

By Leslie Probert for Deseret News
Food Storage Essentials: Why store wheat? What about a grain mill? (+ video)
Food Storage Essentials: Storing grains: What about carbs and gluten intolerance?

May 1, 2016

May 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar

Here is my new May 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar. It has most of the ideas from my May Emergency Prep List, but it does not include suggested food storage amounts. I've made a few changes including adding items to gather in a 72-hour kit. I love how it reminds us each month to check our emergency water supply. I hope you find it useful in your desire to become better prepared for emergencies!



Click link below to print May 2016 Emergency Prep Calendar.pdf

April 30, 2016

May Emergency Preparedness Goals - Condiments, Spices and Emergency Cooking

May is a busy month for many American families because of Mother's Day, end of school year performances and graduations. I like to simplify my food storage gathering in May by focusing on condiments and spices. You've probably already noticed summer displays in your grocery store for Cinco de Mayo and soon Memorial Day. Let's take advantage of those sales and gather a few items like ketchup, mustard, mayo, relish, salsa, BBQ sauce, enchilada sauce and taco seasoning mix to name a few.

Let me caution you to not go overboard when stocking up on condiments. You will be tempted to buy more because they are fairly inexpensive, but be practical. How many bottles of ketchup do you REALLY need? Two bottles of ketchup and one container of mustard may be all you need for a 3-month supply. 

Take a look at my suggested amounts for a 3-month food storage supply below. If you multiply the amounts by 4 and then multiply that number by the number of family members, you will come up with an amount that works for a year's supply. Or a 3-month supply is just fine if you have limited storage space.


Also stock up on spices and dry onions this month. Go here to see how I store my spices. I like to buy a #10 can of dry onions from the LDS Home Storage Center because it's very affordable and they last forever. Or you can shop at a warehouse store like Sam's Club or Costco. Your third option will be the grocery store if you don't use many spices. 

I like to buy my spices in bulk at a stored called Winco and put them in my own jars. Don't go overboard here either. Consider which spices you use most often. For our family, cinnamon, oregano and onions get used regularly. I don't need a 15 oz. container of thyme. Be practical so you can spend money on something else you need in your emergency supply this month.

It's smart to keep a stock of paper goods on hand all the time for power outages or disasters. Paper plates, cups, foil, plastic utensils, etc. are extremely useful when you can't use your dishwasher or sink. Watch for sales closer to Memorial Day and stock up. I like to keep a 30-day supply always in my cupboard. With our large family gatherings, it's easy to restock.

Even though I don't focus on freezer foods for food storage, you may find good deals on meat this month. My butcher told me roasts go on sale in May because people are barbecuing smaller cuts of meat instead. 


May is also National Pet Month, so put together a 72-hour kit for Fido or Fluffy. You may want to read "The Dogs of Hurricane Katrina" to motivate you.


My favorite dog Abby passed away in 2013.
Now is a good time to buy a Dutch oven and charcoal briquettes when they go on sale. They are great for emergencies. And the price of bottled water drops as we get closer to Memorial Day, so stock up.

Hopefully you've started your vegetable garden. I'm not a great gardener, so I like to plant a "salad" garden every year. And I love fresh tomatoes!

Last of all, if you get a nice tax refund, consider buying a wheat grinder, a worthwhile investment if you like to use whole grains. In 2009, my readers said their favorite grinders were the NutriMill and the Wonder Mill.

It's nice to hear the lawnmowers buzzing 
again in our neighborhood. This is great time of year. Good luck on your continual progress to become self-reliant. You CAN do it!

Best wishes,

Valerie



BE PRAYERFUL

“But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint"



Go here to print my May Emergency Preparedness List.pdf

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