My heart is urging me to ask my readers, how prepared are you for an emergency? I’m sure there a few that will say, “I’m almost there.” Some people will say, “I’m just starting with food storage and emergency preparedness items.” Many will say, “Where do I start, I am overwhelmed with the thought of an emergency?” I am occasionally stopped at the grocery store and asked questions like, “Why are you buying so many cans of beets and green beans?” In Utah, it’s pretty common for people to purchase cases of food once a year when stores have their case lot sales in the fall. There is nothing quite as comforting as a small room packed with canned or bottled food items lined up in a row. I think the people that ask me must be on vacation and traveling through Utah because it’s normal to buy cases of the foods you eat just about every day.

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I decided I must talk today about what we can do when panic sets in. A few days ago we had another “shooting” in our country. This time it happened in a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida airport. I was running errands with my sister, Carol and I saw the news clip on my phone. I have a daughter that works at an airport and I quickly sent her a text to hear if she had heard about the shooting. I knew she didn’t work at the affected airport, but I knew it could impact the clients traveling to and from the airport where she works. I told her 13 people were shot and 5 of those had died. I’m sick for the families of these people and all others involved in this tragedy, the employees of the airport, and the law enforcement personnel who had to bring this terrible situation to an end. When I got home I quickly turned on the television to CNN and FOX News to see what was happening.

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Today I am showing you the top 12 items I recommend for any disaster. These items are the most important to me. I didn’t buy these all at once. I’m not rich. I’m very frugal and watch for bargains. I have always had a budget. It doesn’t matter how much money you make, in my opinion, you need a budget. I have always had my monthly bills on automatic payment. They are set up through my bank, and on the 25th of each month I know exactly how much money I have to work with for the following month.

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I have 30 items you need to survive a pandemic today. This is just a small list to get you started. I wrote a post about this a few years ago and I’m updating that article. Flu season is right around the corner, and who knows what else may pop up in our community to make us sick this year or next.
Below is a list of 30 pandemic essentials to start with that I feel we need in our emergency buckets, boxes or containers. Here’s the deal…we all keep hearing about the different strains of FLU or MRSE. Let me explain what I call a Pandemic Flu Outbreak. In my opinion, Pandemic Flu is a virulent human flu that will cause a global outbreak or pandemic of a very serious illness. Right now there is currently no pandemic flu...but because our bodies might have very little immunity to a HUGE outbreak…the disease can spread easily from person to person…in other words, a pandemic is a global disease. It’s when influenza emerges and begins to cause serious illness. It passes from person to person and then spreads worldwide.

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Did you know how to clean, bake and store pine cones for survival? What is the best emergency fuel to store? People ask me this all the time. I realize we all have different budgets, cooking devices and heating options. Some of us have small homes, others have medium-sized or large homes. Of course, then we have to evaluate the land we live on and how much room we have to use the various types of fuel available. Some of us have apartments or mobile homes with limited space for fuel storage. We also to have to think about the storage life of good fuel to store. There are also safety issues, and how much can we really store where we live. We need to store the best emergency fuel that fits our home and budget. I’m updating this post from a few years ago. Some readers have asked me about preparing and using pine cones.

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Do you know how to be prepared for any emergency? Could you use some ideas? Today, I’m sharing some tips I use when I’m asked to speak (teach) about food storage and emergency preparedness. By now you probably know, I do not discuss weapons in my book or on my blog. My blog and book are family friendly and I love it that way. Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation Here’s the deal, I used to drag a sample of all my preparedness and food storage items to show people. I no longer do that. It’s too hard for me to haul all of it. I have made some pictures and now use these pictures to teach classes. You are welcome to copy these pictures (please give me credit for them, thank you) to help your neighborhood or community be prepared for the unexpected. I feel God asked me to teach the world, and therefore I share everything with my readers and love the comments they share with me. We learn from each other, and I thank you all for your wonderful ideas!

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