It’s day two of my series on how to feed your family lunch after a disaster. Last year was a brutal winter for many communities worldwide. We had record snowfalls and it looks like we are heading that way again this year. This is a good reason to make sure our pantry is packed with a few extra items in case traveling due to the ice and the snow is impossible. Last year I remember several people sending me emails about running out of milk or bread when the roads were iced over.
Today, it’s all about how to feed your family breakfast after a disaster. Now, it may not be a hurricane, tornado or flood, it may be undrivable icy roads. Let’s assume we will not be able to leave our home, so we will have to prepare whatever we have in our house today, tomorrow or maybe even for weeks. This is not about 72-hour kits or bug out bags. We will not leave our home. Do you have a supply of paper plates, cups, or plastic silverware? Yes, we can wash our regular dishes, but what if we have no power to heat the dish water? I don’t want to use up all my fuel to boil water, so I stash a few plates, cups, bowls, and silverware for any unforeseen disaster.
I have 23 reasons why you should store Zip ties for survival. I recently visited a local hardware store right here in St. George, Utah. The store has just about everything a handy person might want. I was looking for an emergency orange cone and some Zip-ties. While waiting in line to pay for my Zip-ties, I asked the clerk to tell me “what can you do with Zip-ties”? He started telling me a few ways to use Zip-ties, and before I knew it the guy behind me added a few more ideas. Of course, then I started laughing because the guy behind me quickly added, “you need some longer ones to tackle someone to Zip-tie their hands in case of a break-in”. Oh goodness, I was thinking of using some for emergency issues, but quickly realized I really did need some longer ones. Topzone® Assorted Color Nylon Cable Zip Ties Self Locking, 250-Piece
Today it’s all about what you need to keep your stored water safe to drink or cook with. Water is critical for all of us to survive. With the holidays just around the corner, I’m hoping some people will give water storage containers for gifts. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part, but today I am sharing how to keep your stored water safe. Safe to drink, safe to brush your teeth and cook with. I actually get asked all the time, “Linda what is that stuff you recommend for keeping our stored water safe”? So today I am posting the product so you know which one I use and why I use this one. Water Preserver Concentrate
Today it’s all about what you need to do laundry after a disaster. I know we have talked about having clean underwear and how hard it would be to wash jeans. A few years ago I found the perfect clothesline from EarthEasy.com listed below. I know we can wash our clothes in wash tubs or my 5-gallon portable washing machine. Well, I looked everywhere for some really good strong clothespins. I bought some at a local hardware store for $22.00 for a package of 96. I also bought a package of 50 for about $15.00. Hmmm. I was not satisfied with the clothespins when I would hang things on my clothesline. They would not be flexible or they would not hold the weight. Then I started scouring the internet. Yep, I found my perfect clothespins.
If you are still wondering why you need to be prepared for a disaster, please turn on your television or read the newspaper. If you don’t have access to either one of those please Google the words, disasters, hurricanes, wildfires, emergency preparedness or any other keyword that will enlighten you and your family to be prepared for the unexpected. Please do it today, not tomorrow. As you know I am not a doomsday prepper (meaning over the top preparedness person). I am a mom, a grandma, sister, and aunt who will become a mama bear to protect my family. But I can’t take care of everyone, period. We all must be prepared to take care of our ourselves and our loved ones. The government can’t be counted on to take care of you or your neighbors. We are responsible for ourselves. I have been in a preparedness mode my entire life, it’s a way of life for me. I read, research, make calls and visit companies who will help me teach the world to be prepared. I believe that God, hand picked me to teach the world to be prepared for the unexpected. Of course, I am not the only one he has chosen, but I know he chose me to teach the world to be prepared for emergencies.