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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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