March 4, 2012

Week 10: Food Storage Goals March 4th - 10th

We are in California this weekend for my granddaughter's baby blessing. Yesterday as I ate breakfast in our hotel, I saw the news report about the devastating tornadoes that have affected 17 million people over the past few days. My heart ached as I watched the report, and I am saddened that so many are going through such a difficult, trying time.

Seeing these news reports makes me wonder if I am really prepared enough. At times like this I pray for those who are struggling, knowing that a loving Father in Heaven is listening. And I hope you'll do the same. If you would like to help those who have been affected, visit the Red Cross here.

As we approach a new week with our food storage and emergency preparedness, let me share what I did last week. I purchased some cases of food at Bowman's in Kaysville, but need to pick up a few more items this week. Because of our trip, I was unable to put my cans away, so they are still in the kitchen. When I get home I will mark the date of purchase on my items. They've already been entered on my inventory list.

This was the first shopping trip in a long time where I didn't need to buy much because we are getting to that point of being well-stocked. It's a nice feeling. I will be heading to Winegars in Bountiful this week for some cases of water ($2.50 24 ct. case) and canned tomatoes (14.5 oz. @ .50 ea.) to finish up.

Newbies: If you are new to my site, just jump right in here. You are never behind. If you have a busy week, don't worry about it. Anything you do will be a help to your family. Gather only the items you need and can afford. They may already be in your home and you just need to find and organize them. Adjust and/or multiply the amounts so they work for your family. Click here for the monthly March 2012 Food Storage Shopping list, and read "How to Use My Monthly Food Storage Shopping Lists" for other ideas. You may want to look at it if you are making a big shopping trip at these early-March case lot sales.

Here is what we're working on this week: 

WEEK #10 
March 4th - 10th
MARCH FOCUS
Tomatoes & Pasta, and First Aid Kits



INVENTORY: Count the first aid and medicine supplies in your home, and record the amount on your Home Storage inventory worksheet. Does your household medicine need an annual check up? If so read this post. And if you want to use a fishing tackle box for your family home first aid supplies, read here. Be careful to store dangerous supplies out of the reach of children.

EMERGENCY FUND: Put aside the weekly financial reserve amount you decided on with your spouse. Consider $2.00 per week per family member as a place to start.

WATER SUPPLY (2-week supply): Continue to buy or fill water as needed. Work towards 14 gallons per person or more. A 24 ct. case at Winegars is $2.50 this week.

FOOD STORAGE (3-month supply): 18 cans of 8 oz. tomato sauce and 6 cans of 6 oz. tomato paste per person. Adjust for ages of family members.

NON-FOOD: A 3-month supply of laundry detergent. If that is too expensive, then just pick up an extra box/bottle. I found a great close-out deal at Bowman's and grabbed 6 Surf, Aloha Splash 40 load boxes for $2.89 ea. They were regularly $6.99 if you can believe it.

72-HOUR KIT: Mini first aid kit. You need something useful, yet lightweight. Customize kits for small children. Your diaper bag should have items for you baby all the time. Read Tour of a First Aid Kit. Or purchase a 51-piece first aid kit from Emergency Essentials.

AUTO KIT: Similar to your 72-Hour Kit first aid kit, but get a more substantial one. You may someday need to help someone on the road.

EQUIPMENT: First Aid manual. Consider "A Family Guide to First Aid and Emergency Preparedness" from the Red Cross for $16.95.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: If you live in Utah, make sure you register for "The Great Utah Shake Out," an emergency drill residents in the state of Utah will participate in on April 17, 2012.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Valerie. I am trying to learn more about what it takes to have a complete and functional (edible) food storage. I really like what I have read from your blog so far. One major question I have though is this. With all the food and supplies you need to store to make a full year's supply of food storage, how do you keep it from just looking like a bunch of clutter in the house or garage? How do you keep a house of order with so much stuff that you have to store? Thanks!

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