Today’s post is a bit different from my prepping and food storage stash articles. In my heart I know women need women and girls need girls.To my male readers, I promise this post I am writing today is for a good reason. It’s about why we need to build strong neighborhoods today, not tomorrow. This can actually pertain to men as well, but in this article you will see why women need women and girls need girls.
I am always on the look out for inexpensive items to “store” that I can use in several different ways. I want to tell you the benefits of a little bottle of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide you can get at your local drugstore for less than a couple of dollars, depending on the size.
What in the world is CERT all about? Well, the initials, C.E.R.T. stand for Community Emergency Response Team. You can see a few different tools below that Certified CERT people will use in a disaster. We as neighbors, friends and family need to learn how to work together in the event of an emergency. A group of neighbors took the eight week course and we really did learn some great tools to use after a natural disaster or unforeseen emergency.
Reverse 911 Emergency Notification is available in most cities and counties. Please check on your local community Reverse 911 notification system to see if it is available, and if so, how to get registered. You just need to sign up and they will send you a text or call to notify you of an emergency or disaster in your area. Here’s the deal, most cities and counties have a Reverse 911 with your landlines. We signed up with this Internet company to save $60.00 a month on our landlines and it does NOT have that available. If the Internet is down we actually have no phone connection. You may have heard that in Arizona last month those with CenturyLink, Arizona-Internet-Phone Lines-CenturyLink-Vandalism by CBS News.com. had some real communication and Internet access challenges when vandals cut their fiber optic / cable lines and completely cut them off from the world. Wow, our country is so vulnerable, just throwing it out there. No back up, really? Yikes!
I have been searching for something to help me safely store my glass mason jars and keep them from shattering during an earthquake, as well as a way to “store” them when clean and empty. You may already know since I have mentioned in the past that I live in a very small home in dustySouthern Utah. I have my food storage under beds and in closets. I cannot store any food storage in my garage since the temperatures get way above 100 degrees in the Summer. My rolling shelves inside my house protect my #10 cans, and I can roll the shelves from the grand kid’s guest room to another room when they come to visit.
It seems wherever I go people start talking about emergency prep and some even ask “is sharing really going to happen after a disaster”? Do you have some family members, friends or neighbors say “I am coming to your house” after an unforeseen emergency? Maybe some have watched you prep with skills, food, water, cooking devices and even gardening. I have friends who are learning to raise chickens, meat rabbits and meat goats. Some raise goats for milk. I live in an HOA, so thats not going to happen in my case.
This is a post written by my very good friend, Melissa Richardson, author of two books I will show you at the end of this article. I was in a tornado when I was 16 years of age. I saw the tornado rip the roof off the house next door and flatten the headstones in the cemetery across the street. I was terrified. When Melissa contacted me about her own experience after moving to the Midwest. I was thrilled that she would share it first hand with my readers. I still remember seeing her post about her tornado experience as she was driving to her new home. This article will help so many people really think about the importance of being prepared for the unexpected. Thanks to Melissa, here are her words:
A group of colleagues of mine decided to put a GIVEAWAY together today for two of our favorite tools for preserving food! In most areas of the world we are planting our gardens or getting ready to set our seedlings outside. We will have one winner for the package shown below! You can preserve food by canning your fruits, vegetables and meats in the appropriate canner. Can you picture canning some salsa or spaghetti sauce? I can’t wait to make my own when the tomatoes start producing in my little garden!
Here is an easy last minute mac and cheese meal for just about anyone. I added a spinach salad and dinner was ready in about 45 minutes. I wanted to buy a product that would let me make Mac and Cheese without buying cases of the boxed kind. Don’t get me wrong, I really like those, but with just my husband and myself it doesn’t make sense to buy a case of them anymore. Plus, the grandkids are not as fond of it like they used to be. I like to try the food storage product before I buy several #10 cans for long term. If you learn How To Freeze Pasta/Macaroni by Food Storage Moms. your macaroni is ready ahead of time and its really fast to make this mac and cheese.
Have you heard of Bentonite Clay? The very first time I heard about it was when I taught a class at Honeyville Grain in Salt Lake City, Utah. The staff was showing me all the awesome products they have. We would stop and talk about almost every item…it was awesome! Two of the employees were giving me drinks of the clay and water and telling me how they use it. They mixed the water with the clay and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. It looks like a thin muddy water and then the clay settles to the bottom. Wow, it was a fun experience to say the least. I bought this huge bag and brought it home and filled several 1/2 gallon jars to store it for future use.