I want to share 16 ways to teach people to be prepared and survive any disaster or unforeseen emergency. I’m hoping this post will help others to teach their neighborhoods to be prepared for the unexpected. If you have watched the news or listened to the radio, you have to know our world is very unsettled.
My request to all those who teach people emergency prep would be to please read Ted Koppel’s book: “Lights Out”, Here’s the deal “One Second After” is a fictional book and it talks about losing power, but it was way below my preparedness level. I’m not being critical of the book, but I like to read things that have information to back up the truth. Ted Koppel nails it.
I bought the book and have read it (audible) several times, maybe ten times now. I learn something new every time. I mentioned I had the book to several friends and only one read it. Please, please, please read the book, it is not fictional. It is real. I highly recommend you buy one for all your family members. If you want to purchase the book just click on the picture below.
I was just talking to a reader and somehow she hadn’t heard I had been asked to write a book on emergency preparedness a couple of years ago. Here’s the book below. I wish every family had both of these books in their homes. If you want to purchase the book just click on the picture below.
If you are going to teach your family, friends, or church members please feel free to use the pictures below and all printables throughout my blog.
16 Ways To Teach People
Please collect all of your important documents and place them in an emergency binder. Be sure and place the binder in a safe and secure place in your home. If we lose power, the banks will not be open, in fact, they may never open if we have a grid down.
Our country is not prepared in any way to bring our power back to our homes if we are cyber attacked by Russia, for example. It could take 20-30 years to restore our country back to normal. Here is a link to my FREE binder download: Binder by Linda
2. 72-Hour Kits
I know you probably have heard this term for many many years. Here’s the deal, 72-Hour Kits are just a way to help you get through three days. Period. I still recommend them, but we really need so much more than just three days worth of food, water, etc. But it’s a good start. Here are the printables I designed for 72-hour kits.
I hate the dark, so I think I’m over the top in flashlights. I own it. Just so you know, I live in Southern Utah and I can’t keep batteries fresh for very long. It’s crazy, so I have mainly stored several solar flashlights and a few battery operated ones. The picture above is my Emergency Bed Bag. Here are some of my favorite flashlights: Solar Goal Zero or one with batteries Battery Flashlights
The American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day. I recommend 4 gallons of water per person per day. I get thirsty just thinking I would only have one gallon of water per day. Yikes! We need water to hydrate ourselves, prepare meals, wash dishes, and for personal hygiene.
The picture above includes WaterBricks, A Lead-Free Hose (to fill containers), Berkey Sports Bottles, and my favorite one’s Blue Cans. Please remember to use Water Preserver so you only have to rotate the water every 5 years compared to every six months using bleach.
You can buy 55-gallon barrels at Walmart that are BPA-FREE, at least here in Utah. Please place all containers at least 2-inches off the concrete so the chemicals will not leach into your containers. Also, remember to purchase a pump to go with the barrels.
I have said this before, I do not count calories when I store food for long-term storage. For that matter, I don’t for short-term food storage either. I refer to long-term food storage as in #10 cans of freeze-dried food such as fruits, vegetables, milk, meat, and cheese.
Every company is different, so please check the food you buy for shelf-life. I do not buy pre-made meals and I do not store food in mylar bags. I prefer commercially preserved foods for safety reasons. I highly recommend Thrive Life and Honeyville Grain. Please compare the price per ounce including shipping.
Please remember you do not have to buy only #10 cans, but you do need to buy some food for your pantry. Food storage can include food like mac and cheese, chili, beans, rice, pasta, canned meats, mayo, soups, etc. Please remember to buy the staples need to make biscuits, crackers, cookies, cakes, bread, pancakes, waffles, etc. Here are a few staples I recommend: Pantry Items by Linda
I like to teach people to buy food for storage based on what they eat at home for their meals every week and be sure to rotate as needed.
6. Cooking Stoves/Fuel
I realize a lot of food can be eaten right out of the can without being cooked, which reminds me, please store a few can openers in case one falls apart. Can openers can be found in any store. I have about six of these: Swing-a-way Can Opener
We still need some stoves to boil water, cook a few meals, and wash dishes in hot water. The stoves above are the ones I have. From left to right are:
Sun Oven: only uses sunshine to bake food. If you do not have a lot of sunshine where you live I would not recommend buying one of these. I was given one by Paul from Sun Oven, and I ended up purchasing a second one because I love them so much.
Thermal Cooker: it is a slow cooker without electricity. You just have to bring your food to a boil in the inside stainless steel pan, then place the pan inside the outer thermal cooker. You cannot bake frozen food on this “stove.”
It will cook the food for 6-8 hours and be hot when you take the pan out of the thermal cooker. How to use a thermal cooker by Linda
Volcano Stove: can use propane, charcoal, and wood to cook any meal. Volcano Stoves are sometimes sold at a hardware store, Costco, or Sam’s Club.
Butane stoves: are awesome, I gave all four of my daughters a butane stove with canisters of butane. It’s easy to store and easy to use. You can buy one here or at any hardware store. Butane Stove and Butane Fuel
Kelly Kettle is an awesome cooking source because you can use twigs, dried leaves, or pine cones to boil water and cook mac and cheese, to name one meal. You can make a small pot of soup on top of this gem. Kelly Kettle
The Camp Chef stove/oven combination is great for me when baking bread, making pancakes on the top griddle (accessory), baking casseroles, etc. Be sure and see what adaptor is included in the one you purchase. There is a propane adaptor available for the small canisters as well as the barbecue-size tanks. Camp Chef Stove
Dutch ovens: are awesome because all you need is wood or charcoal. I like the 6-quart size because it’s easy for me to lift and cook with it. It’s probably the least expensive “stove” you can buy. You can make casseroles in them, bread, biscuits, and many other yummy recipes. Lodge 6-quart Dutch Oven
Please teach people to save all blankets and or quilts. You can use them to keep warm and partition off the sick from the people who are well in a pandemic. Extra sheets would work as well, but not as handy for the really cold days and nights.
8. First Aid Kits
You can start a first aid kit with the basics and expand it as your budget allows. I have several first aid kits to teach people what to purchase. This one is actually a Plano fishing tackle box. Plano Fishing Tackle Box. Here’s my post on what I put in this first aid kit. Fishing Tackle First Aid Kit
9. Emergency Toilets
This is a critical item since every family needs their own toilet. I will not share my emergency toilet with anyone, just giving you the heads up here. Please make one as soon as possible. If we lose power the sewer systems will not work.
Hopefully, the backup sewer systems are below your home or you may have sewage back up into your home. I called our county/city to find out where my neighborhood backs up system is. Thank goodness we are far away from it. It’s down the hill, whew!!!!
The picture above has a five-gallon bucket on the left which makes it harder to squat to use the bathroom. The taller six-gallon buckets in the middle work much better. You buy a toilet seat and fill the bucket with a bag of kitty litter, some ten-gallon bags (500 bags at Costco for about $10.00), toilet paper and hand sanitizer. The #10 can is a portable toilet for your car, with 4-gallon bags, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer. Duct tape would hold the bags in place on all containers. Toilet Lids
I had a friend, Debbie, show me a nifty trick with four five-gallon buckets stacked high enough and cheaper than a six-gallon bucket so we don’t have to squat down as far. The six-gallon buckets have gone sky-high in price.
10. Emergency Washing Machines
I’ve have said this before if we have an emergency I want to be able to have at least clean underwear. I think I can actually wash everything except for maybe jeans. Well, I could wash them but if it’s winter time it would take days for them to dry. Here are some ideas on how to wash your clothes should we lose power, and we will. Emergency Washing Machines by Linda
Please remember a clothesline and some good clothespins. These are my favorite one’s Kevins Clothespins
I have a YouTube on my Clotheline, I love it because its collapsible and I can store it when I’m not using it. My handsome son-in-law, Nate, helped me put in the ground.
11. Bread Making
Please teach people to make bread, if you know how to. Trust me, you will need this skill. If bread intimidates you then learn to make biscuits or crackers. You can survive on bread and soup, or rice and beans, you get what I’m saying. Here is my link on how to make bread. Anyone can make bread if your ingredients are fresh, I promise. Make Bread by Linda
12. Emergency Kitchen
I designed this Stanley Max Emergency Kitchen filled with just about everything I may need if I’m evacuated from my home. If I’m going to cook for the neighborhood at a school or parking lot, I have everything I need in this transportable kitchen. Woohoo! Portable Kitchen by Linda
13. Solar Power
If by chance you have a loved one or a neighbor that uses a CPAP or Nebulizer, please be sure and have a backup option for power, should you need it. I have heard people use batteries, but I like using Goal Zero products. Solar Power by Linda
It’s really nice knowing I can use Goal Zero Solar power when the power is out. Yes, we can even watch DVDs on a 32-inch TV. I love this! I realize all of us, particularly children, will be on edge if we are without power for days or weeks, so it’s nice to know we have the ability to divert the stress by watching a movie.
Please get a good radio that will give you the weather conditions in an emergency. I have yet to find one that I can recommend. Several companies have sent them to me and I have sent all of them back. Look for one with NOAA weather conditions.
15. Keep Cell Phones Charged
Please keep your cell phones charged and have a solar charger so you are able to charge your phone. This may be your only way to communicate with one another. You may only be able to text or email, but that’s better than no communication at all. Please teach people to be prepared.
Here’s the deal with cash, please keep small bills such as ones or fives. If we have a power outage you may only be able to purchase items with cash. Hopefully, you will have everything you need in your home. Please teach people that they will not want to have to stand in line for water at your local county or city buildings. You may not have water for days or weeks.
Thank you to all who will teach people to be prepared for emergencies in your area. May God bless this world. Please stay safe.