How To Get Your Family Prepared For Survival

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If you are still wondering how to get your family prepared for disasters, let’s get on it today, not tomorrow. If you want to know where to start, or if you are halfway there, or your family is totally prepared, that’s awesome. I think in Utah, the statistics for families being prepared are about 10% of the people living here.

I interview people all the time. I talk with church leaders of all denominations. I’m really scared, not for me, but for those who should know better. We have been told for years by various churches, state leaders, and other government agency leaders to get our families prepared for earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, famine and other disasters.

We haven’t been warned just for the last few days or weeks based on recent events, it has been a warning for years. We need to be prepared for a loss of income, power outages, ice storms, snowstorms, and so much more. I tip my hat to all those truck drivers that drive HUGE semi-trucks so we can have water, food, gasoline and all the necessities of life we may take for granted every day.

They are subject to ice storms, snow storms, hail, extreme weather conditions and other challenges to bring every family what we need on a daily basis. If you see a semi-truck on the highway,  give them the courtesy they deserve on the road, and maybe a friendly wave too.

If we have a major disaster or an unforeseen emergency, these awesome trucks may be parked and unable to deliver the items we need. Therefore, I am begging you to get prepared for a disaster or an unforeseen emergency.

If you could not leave your home for three days, three weeks or maybe even three months, how would you fare? Do you have water, food, cooking devices with fuel stored? What about first aid supplies?

These are the bare minimum items we may need if the roads are shut down and the stores are empty. If we have a power outage you will not be able to fill your car to go to another town to get water if your town’s supplies are depleted or contaminated.

These are real situations that have happened all over the world, not just in our country. The government will not, and cannot help, possibly for days, weeks or months in some drastic situations. I think sometimes people are complacent thinking nothing ever happens where they live.

Well, we better think again, because things are happening when and where people least expect it.

If you haven’t read my book, please consider ordering the hard copy so you can teach your family how to be prepared. It’s a family friendly book with ideas we all need, I promise.

Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation I was asked to write a book to teach the world. I’m honored that I was asked to write a book to teach as many people as possible to be prepared. My book is available in almost every major bookstore and online.

If you haven’t read Ted Koppel’s book, I highly recommend it as well. He talks about how our country is not prepared in any way for an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse).

If we have a grid down, our country is very vulnerable and this makes me realize why we all need to be prepared. Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath I bought the hard copy as well as the Audible version.

Another book I think is very important to have for every day use and to have a hardcopy available after a disaster is this one I highly recommend: The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way

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Please get hard copies of these books because if the power is gone you will have nothing to rely on when it comes to electronic devices. Yes, solar works, and I have several sources of solar power, but after a disaster, you will want my book and a medical book.

The doctors will not be available, the pharmacies will not be able to fill prescriptions without power or access to your medical records.

Get Your Family Prepared:


We can’t survive without water, we need the following at the very least:

  • 1 gallon per day per person to stay hydrated. If you live in a HOT area you might need more.
  • 4 gallons per day, per person, allows for personal hygiene, washing of dishes, etc.
  • 5  to 12 gallons per day would be needed for a conventional toilet.
  • 1/2 to two gallons for a pour-flush latrine.


I would plan on at least three days of food, at the very minimum. One month’s worth of food is even better if it’s in cans. It would help you sleep at night knowing you could boil water, make mac and cheese, rice or beans and have other options too. If you can open a can of chili, that’s awesome.

If you can afford some #10 cans of freeze-dried food, that would be great. Take your family to the grocery store and have each one of them choose some canned or boxed items they would eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner meals.

Remember you need water to mix with the food and a can opener to open some of those cans. Muffin mixes, pancake mixes, crackers, and canned meats are fabulous. You can feel better knowing you can feed your family if the shelves in the store are empty.

If you cook from scratch, get the basics like flour, salt, honey, sugar, oil, spices, baking powder, and baking soda, to name a few. You can make bread, crackers, or so much more.

If I have some cans of Campbell’s cream of chicken I can make so many casseroles with the food I have stashed in my pantry. Sorry, I have not found a cream of chicken soup to make from scratch that my taste buds can tolerate. That’s how I roll here.

Here’s the deal, just pick up a few items every time you go to the store that you know the family will eat if we can’t go to the store when problems confront us.

The government can’t come immediately to your home to deliver water or food, it’s not going to happen after a disaster. We all need to take care of ourselves, it’s called being self-reliant. Period. Remember, you can always donate those food items to the homeless before they expire if you don’t eat them.

Cooking Devices/Fuel:

If you can afford even just this butane stove with some fuel, you can get by for weeks. You can eat meals out of cans, but you need to be able to boil water. If you can make some hot chocolate, it will calm the nerves of many. Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case and some fuel: 12 Butane Fuel GasOne Canisters for Portable Camping Stoves

Be careful about using any cooking device because of carbon monoxide fumes. These are recommended to be used outdoors. I have used them when I taught cooking classes in stores that were not equipped with full-size kitchens.

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I also used mine when I was waiting for a gas line to be installed for a gas stove I purchased. After that experience, I decided I would give the stove and fuel to all four of my daughters, so I know they can boil water and cook a few meals. It’s a mom thing.


If you can purchase with cash, buy as much as you can of all your critical medications. The pharmacies may be closed for days, weeks or months. If you have insurance see if you can purchase at least a 90-day supply.

Emergency Binder:

Gather your important documents and put them securely in a safe location. Have them ready to grab and go if needed. If you need some ideas you can download my FREE printable emergency contact binder contents:

Food Storage Moms FREE Printable Emergency Binder Download  Please be patient for it to load and the PDF document should show up on your computer on the bottom left side of your laptop or computer monitor.

Once the document finishes loading it will be ready to click and print. I prefer printing it on cardstock, and it’s actually in color if you want to print with a color printer.

First Aid Supplies:

Here’s the deal, if the grocery stores and the pharmacies are closed due to extreme weather conditions or a disaster you’ll wish you had some critical meds. Please check your stockpile and discard expired OTC (over the counter) items and replace them ASAP. Here is my PRINTABLE first aid kit that may help you get started, a little at a time. First Aid Kit For Survival Here’s  picture of one of my first aid kits:

family prepared

I used a Plano fishing tackle box for this one: Plano Large 6-Tray Tackle BoxPlease note, I use essential oils for soothing illnesses only. I love them and use them every day.


Just a note here, never giveaway quilts, they are awesome to keep us warm if the furnace does not work. You can pick them up from thrift stores, and occasionally at garage sales.


As you know, I love Goal Zero products and they have given me several products to review and I’m extremely grateful for the items. I have purchased many too, and I appreciate the Goal Zero products because you can’t beat the quality. They are hands down my favorite sponsor.

If you ever see a Goal Zero “roadshow” at Costco, load up with as many products as you can afford to buy. This is one of many flashlights I highly recommend; Goal Zero 90109 Solo V2 Solar Flashlight No batteries required. The sun charges it, LOVE it! I also have this lantern: Goal Zero 32004 Lighthouse 400 Portable Battery Charger USB Power Hub & Lantern I don’t like the dark, so if the lights go out I’m ready to turn on the lantern.


Just a reminder, if we do lose power the gas station pumps will not work, and the cash registers at the store may not work either. Some grocery stores have generator backups for a short period of time.

If the grocery store shelves are empty you won’t need cash. You may not be able to buy anything, so it’s critical to be prepared to barter, trade or share your goods. It’s not IF but WHEN we need to be prepared for the unexpected, we must be ready.

Final Word

May God bless all of us to be prepared and be self-reliant. Please do whatever you can to get your family prepared for survival. May God bless this world. Linda

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10 thoughts on “How To Get Your Family Prepared For Survival

  • February 17, 2019 at 9:02 am

    From time to time I send out the “crazy ole dad” email that goes a little like this:

    …………. will be the go words
    if it ever goes to poo and the rally point will be ……. to start with. We might move to ………. but situation will dictate.
    Anyone can call it based on events. Do not wait on me to call it.

    Items To Bring:
    Clothing- not just flip flops n shorts but real clothing for all seasons
    Food- all non perishable
    Guns, ammo, gear and anything related. By this time you should be armed and the co-driver with long gun.
    Fuel, propane, etc
    Paper Goods TP, paper towels, paper plates, plastic flatware, trash bags, ziplocks etc.

    Water IF and only IF you have room and time. Containers are not a bad idea but again room/time considerations.

    Your fuel tanks should stay at half tank always. It will take more with traffic jams and loads to get from point A to B.

    I put the don’t worry about water because I’ve been able to store a lot here. It’s heavy and takes a lot of room.
    I do this email so that hopefully it will sink in bad the seed is planted. My son is very much into it but the rest not so much.

    • February 17, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Oh my gosh, Matt, this is the best ever!! We are definitely on the same page!! You are awesome! I LOVE this “crazy ole dad” message. Linda

  • February 17, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    My little family lives 65+ miles from me. There have been “talks” about the big one – earthquake that the Pacific Northwest is overdue for! One thing that I read about this is that anything west of interstate 5 would be toast. Well, I am west of the interstate by about 5 miles but I do have a route in mind to get away using back roads.

    I have talked with my daughter and son-in-law about what to do if/when the big one happens as well as other nightmares! Volcanic eruptions are a concern as well. It has been nearly 40 years since Mount St Helens erupted. I live in the shadow of Mount Rainier as well and there are other volcanic peaks that could awaken at any time! Of course, there is always civil unrest as I live in the capitol of Washington State and my daughter lives in Seattle. We have talked initially about getting to Eastern Washington State where I have a large family base. I am not sure how my son-in-law feels about leaving the area as his family is all near where they live.

    It is sad that we even have to have these talks but we know that some of these things are not imagination/science fiction scenarios. It is real and because it is real, we MUST be prepared. My daughter and her family realize this now that they have children. Once they started having kids, they started thinking about those things that could/will happen and how to make sure their kids had the best chance for survival.

    I agree with Matt in that we need to keep our fuel tanks full. I like his statement that 1/2 = Empty. I filled up this morning on my way home from church and it is a good feeling to know that my tank is full.

    Blankets are a necessity. Unfortunately, many find that the bulk is hard to store. I have my bed blankets and I also have a couple of throws on my couch. BUT, in my camping gear, I have a sleeping bag and a number of wool blankets. Check out the Army surplus stores for wool blankets. If you do get wool blankets, also stop by a store that sells cedar for hangars or for lining closets. I have a trunk full of wool blankets but that trunk is cedar and has round cedar pieces that one would put on a hangar for wool clothing. This keeps the bugs out!

    Something else that people don’t think much about is ways to start fires. Butane lighters are easily purchased and I am not talking about the short lighters for smoking. Get the ones that are fairly long. I also have boxes of matches that strike anywhere – not as easy to find as one would think. If all you can find are the strike on the box, well that is better than nothing. I have taken a bunch of the strike anywhere matches and water proofed them with wax. I also have some in pill bottles as that will keep them dry in most situations. Another thing that I have done is taken my egg cartons, the paper/cardboard type and filled them with dryer lint. Then melt paraffin wax and pour on them. They are bulky but are great for starting fires as they last a while and can help dry out tinder if one needs.

    There are so many things one needs to think about when prepping. Water, food, shelter, warmth. I took these headings and self-brainstormed all sorts of things needed under all of them. It can seem daunting to someone beginning to prep but I have been at this for several years. I just want to shake people sometimes and tell them to wake up.

    • February 17, 2019 at 6:25 pm

      Hi Leanne, I sure hope people fill their gas tanks and store all the things you mentioned. I’m very concerned with my neighborhood, most are not into preparedness. I don’t get it. I really do not get it. I can only take care of Mark and me. May God bless them when the poop hits the fan and it will. Stay safe, girlfriend! Linda

  • February 17, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Just one thing about the thrift store purchases. Beware of bed bugs or fleas. One of our thrift stores had to shut down because some idjit “donated” somethings that were infested with bed bugs. Yeah you read it , bedbugs and fleas. It was a shame because it was a church run store and they had some really good things there. From what I was told by one of the parishioners , they didn’t know who donated the stuff but it was horrible. She said the donations were kept in the little storage unit behind the store and they didn’t want to take the chance the store got infested. They wound up burning most of the clothing that had been donated and the pastor just shut it down.

    • February 17, 2019 at 6:27 pm

      Hi Mamacando, the thrift stores have stopped taking pillows or mattresses here. They stopped about 8 years ago because of bed bugs. It’s a fact of life in some thrift stores. It’s awful, but it happens. I have cleaned so many neighbors in my subdivision that were filled with cockroaches. It was disgusting. I itch just thinking about it. Stay safe! Linda

  • February 17, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    In our Bible we read God tells us not to worry about any of this because He says HE will provide everything we need. We trust Him so we are not storing up. It’s just a matter of total trust for us so no prepping here for us. We truly trust God for our DAILY provisions.

    • February 17, 2019 at 8:40 pm

      Hi Sue, the King James version of the bible says “Faith Without Works Is Dead”. I feel we need to put effort into taking care of our family. May God bless this world. Linda

  • February 17, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Timely article & I am buying your book! My family is so spread out I constantly worry what would happen to them. Most are too young & “carefree” to pay attention to crazy ol’ Grandma. I would remind everyone to pick up pet crates @ yard sales & thrift stores. Most of them break down so don’t take much space & I’ve purchased them for pennies on the dollar. Many animals become separated from their owners & are scared. It would be great to be able to offer them a safe space & something to eat.

    • February 18, 2019 at 8:16 am

      HI Linda, oh thank you for buying my book!! You are so kind. It is hard to have our family spread out from each other. I love your tip about buying crates at garage/yard sales and thrift stores. I can’t imagine my puppy running around scared after a disaster. I have several crates stored to help others as well. Great comment! Linda


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