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How Prepared Are You For An Emergency

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My heart is urging me to ask my readers, how prepared are you for an emergency? I’m sure there are 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.

I know that more people are watching the news and maybe are starting to “get it”, that we must have some stored water and food. The government can’t take care of us immediately after an unforeseen disaster or emergency. It may take them weeks to get food or water if our supplies are shut off. It may happen today, tomorrow, or next year.

We need to be prepared, I can’t emphasize this enough. Here’s the deal, you don’t have to have pallets of food delivered to your home. If you can afford to spend thousands, that’s awesome. I can’t. I grew up with food storage, grinding wheat, making bread, and cooking from scratch. I didn’t know anything else. I applaud my mother for teaching me the skills of being self-reliant.

Tips For An Emergency:

Water is critical:

My favorite water preserver: Water Preserver Concentrate I use this one so I only have to rotate my water every five years. If you use bleach you need to rotate your water every six months.

  • 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. I highly recommend this amount.
  • 5 to 12 gallons per day would be needed for a conventional toilet.
  • 1/2 to two gallons for a pour flush latrine.
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Where do I start with food storage:

I put together a sheet that will help you get started. All you need to do is write down the food you and your family eat each day for seven days. Please only store what you will actually want to eat after an emergency. You can buy cans, purchase the staples to cook from scratch, and also pre-made packages of food storage where you just add boiling water. You can buy #10 cans where some will last 20-25 years if they are freeze-dried and in optimal weather conditions. Please do not store food storage in a hot garage, it will shorten the shelf-life significantly. Here is a PRINTABLE I designed: Where-Do-I-Start


If you know someone in your neighborhood that can teach the youth how to make bread, do it as soon as possible. I promise it is a skill they will find very useful over the coming years. I mean they will really need to know how to make bread. It takes practice. If you are intimidated about making bread, then learn to make biscuits or crackers. You will need that skill! I’m coming on pretty strong today because I truly believe we have got to bring back our ancestor’s skills. Breadmaking is one of the most important skills you will want to learn. If you have fresh ingredients and a large bowl anyone can make bread. Whole-Wheat-Bread-For-Two Recipe or White-Bread-For-Two Recipe


If you have a neighbor who knows how to sew, ask her to teach you. I’m thrilled when people email me and ask me what sewing machine to buy. I cherish those emails because I know there are people wanting to learn skills that we all need. I have a Bernina, but there are some really great brands out there. Just giving you the heads-up here, you don’t need the most expensive machine.

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But I would not buy the cheapest one either. You get what you pay for. My daughter bought a Janome for her daughter to learn to sew and she actually took sewing lessons. Proud grandma, here. I have had two granddaughters take sewing lessons. I even had a grandson learn to sew in high school and he is sewing on my old Baby Lock machine. Yay, this grandma loves this stuff!

Emergency Toilet:

I prefer a six-gallon bucket over a five-gallon bucket unless you are really short. These are the toilet lids I purchased: Tote-able Toilet Seat and Lid. Amazon has a set with a 5-Gallon Bucket With Seat

1. Box of 10-gallon size bags (500-count), I bought these at Costco. You can buy the green ones, but they are so expensive Kirkland Signature 10 Gallon Clear Wastebasket Liner 500 Count

2. Toilet paper – at least 3-4 rolls

3. Hand Sanitizer

4. Baby Wipes

5. A collapsible shovel

6. Kitty litter or sawdust to help reduce the odor

7. Duct tape to attach the bags to the bucket to prevent slippage


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  1. Linda, you are not the only one who feels an urgency. Part of our buying fast, was to show us what we still need. We did buy 20 lbs of ground sirloin at 2.69 a pound. Got a call from our network about it. I wouldn’t be surprised if we are running out of time to get ready. Thank you for sounding the alarm.

    Soon, I am going to take some of our dried beans and can them.

  2. Thank you for the article. I am glad I learned how to sew when we had Home Economics in school and from my mother. Even though I don’t have a sewing machine, I have made some skirts sewing by hand. They were pretty easy. I cook from scratch also. We are getting there. Trying to teach the grands how to…

    1. Hi Mildred, I learned how to sew from my mother and from Home Economics at school. I started sewing when I was 7 or 8. I sewed all my clothes for myself growing up. Then I sewed for my daughters. Now I think the price of fabric has gone up so much it’s cheaper to buy clothes on sale. It’s a skill I wish we could bring back so our grandkids what a joy sewing can bring into their lives. I love hearing your teaching your grandkids. It’s so fun! Hugs! Linda

  3. I don’t make clothes much any more either. However, I use my sewing skills for altering second hand clothes and mending. I altered the length of several pair of pants this week for my husband. I use my creative side to make quilts. Not for shows! My quilts keep us warm at night.
    I cook from scratch most of the time. Sadly, most people don’t really know how to cook. They think it is following a recipe verbatim or what they see chefs doing on tv. If you cook like that you will be broke and starving – very soon!
    I grew up in a poor area and scrounging was what everyone did. I have a list of second hand stores that I frequent. My friend and I spent all afternoon yesterday prowling around some of them. I found a lovely shirt that had not been worn for $1.50. It was so much fun. Remember rummage sales?

    1. Oh my gosh hillbilly girl, I love hearing you mend and alter second-hand clothes! I don’t know what people do when they have a hole in a shirt or pants. I cook from scratch and make my own bread. I love hearing you found a shirt for $1.50! And yes, I remember rummage sales! I wish we could teach people to eat healthier by cooking from scratch and eating at home. Not on the run through a drive-through or a restaurant. Thanks for such a great comment! Linda

  4. My wife sews all the time. Makes quilts and costumes for the grand kids. While at a auction one day I bought her a treadle sewing machine, White name brand. It was a fancy one. Almost looked like a desk. When I got it home she let me know she really didn’t want it. I went to go thru it and found all of the original paper work from when it was purchased at the turn of the century. I found all kinds of attachments with it. Along with some old patterns and some things that had been started but not finished. As I went thru this treasure trove of things she came over and decided that maybe she was wrong.
    I’ve said all of this to let people know that since this machine will work without power its good to have around. While it won’t do a lot of the fancy things it will do normal day to day things. And you never know what you will find.

    1. Hi Wonder, oh my gosh the treadle sewing machine would be a coveted machine in my eyes. I don’t covet things but I would love one of those! That is truly a treasure beyond words. Oh my gosh, all the attachments, the paper work that is a REAL find! Anyone who sews would LOVE that baby! Don’t part with that ever!! I love hearing these stories! There are companies who can service those so they are cleaned and oiled properly. Hugs! Linda

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