Monthly Archives: August 2012

  • Prepping Baby Steps + Customizable Plan

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    Friends, I can’t believe it’s been so long! My summer just flew by—did yours? Well, the Preparedness Baby Steps are coming back every week, so let’s get back into the swing of things, shall we?

    This weekend let’s get some of the very basic Preparedness Baby Steps checked off our lists:

    1. Make an emergency and evacuation plan.

    A good emergency plan will cover all potential scenarios, like a flood, fire, earthquake, or other potential emergencies in your region.

    Be sure to include the following items in your emergency plan:

    • How each person will get out of the house, if needed
    • Where to meet if you must leave the house
    • Contact information for reaching the designated out-of-area contact person

    Click here to download or print a free example fire escape plan and a customizable emergency & evacuation plan.

    2. Have an emergency plan drill.

    Whether you’re creating your plan for the first time or you’ve had one for a while, have an emergency drill with your housemates or family this weekend. It should only take a few minutes.

    We suggest a three-part practice:

    1.          A quick review of the plan early in the weekend, along with designating a “drill signal” so everyone knows when the drill begins
    2.          Practice the plan at an unexpected time when everyone is home         Review the plan, then make changes and updates based on everyone’s experience and feedback

     

    3. Learn how to use a new piece of survival gear.

    Is there a piece of survival or emergency preparedness gear you bought but don’t really know how to use? Or something you WANT to buy and learn how to use?

    Take care of that this weekend.

    Me? I’m buying the Auto Emergency Kit Combo that includes an Auto Buddy™ today, and I’m going to approach a local junkyard about going in and practicing using the window spike to break car windows (stress reliever and preparedness practice in one—bonus!). Then I’ll have an idea of how much muscle I need to break a window if I’m ever stuck in my car or it gets submerged in water.

    Come back here after the weekend and let me know how it went!

    --Urban Girl

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  • Earthquake Swarm in CA: A Reminder to Prepare

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    What do you think it would take to get more people to prepare for potential disasters? Time and again, natural disasters catch people off guard. Thankfully, officials in disaster prone areas are prepared and remind us to do the same.

    An earthquake swarm (multiple quakes happening in a short period of time) continues to shake the small Southern California town of Brawley, about 130 miles east of San Diego. Since Saturday, more than 400 earthquakes occurred ranging in magnitude from 1.0 to 5.5. The quakes prompted many residents to evacuate their homes, some staying overnight in a Red Cross shelter located in a gymnasium at Imperial Valley University.[i] So far, there are no reports of injury.

    One San Diego news channel reported that the quakes led San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Assistant Chief Ronnie Hicks to issue a reminder for residents to prepare for emergencies. The SDFD cited a national study that found about one third of households have an emergency plan and that family members know of or have emergency kits.[ii] This is great news. Perhaps we could all take a cue from the SDFD and use this opportunity to think about our own preparedness and help others do the same.

    Do you know the types of hazards in your area? Are you prepared to evacuate in an emergency? Do you have a place to go? These are questions we should all answer for ourselves. Thankfully, emergency officials work hard in order to prepare for an emergency response. Still, when the time comes, how will you respond? To find out more about emergency preparedness in your state, visit BePrepared.com.

    [image source: Los Angeles Times]

    [i] http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/08/earthquake-swarm-prompt-emergency-declaration-in-brawley.html

    [ii] http://www.10news.com/news/31389775/detail.html

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  • Preparedness Skills: Dawn's Jam and Jelly Recipes

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    Strawberry Jam

    5 Cups Provident Pantry Strawberries, Crushed
    7 CupsProvident Pantry White Sugar
    1 Box Fruit Pectin (I use Sure Jell)

    1. Prepare pint jars, rings and lids.
    2. Fill water bath canner ½ full and begin heating.
    3. I crush my fruit with a potato masher. It leaves more of the fruit intact.
    4. Measure sugar, then place into a separate bowl. Be sure to measure exactly; any changes will cause your jam to fail.
    5. Place mashed strawberries and pectin into heavy sauce pot and heat to rolling boil (a boil that doesn’t stop bubbling when stirred) over high heat.
    6. Stir in sugar and a walnut sized piece of butter (to prevent foaming) stir constantly and return to full rolling boil for exactly 1 minute.
    7. Remove from heat and skim off any foam.
    8. I let my jam sit for about 5 minutes to prevent the fruit rising to the top after I pour it into the jars.
    9. Pour into jars leaving 1/8” headspace, wipe rims and place prepared lid and ring on jar.
    10. When you have all jars filled place them into the water bath canner, be sure they are covered by 1” of water. Bring canner to full rolling boil and process for 10 minutes.
    11. When processing is complete carefully remove jars and place them on a towel on the counter to sit undisturbed for 24 hours.
    12. After 24 hours the jars should have sealed. You can now remove the rings and wipe down the jars. The rings are not necessary for storage but you can put them back on if you like.
    13. Store jam in a cool dark place.

     

    Peach Jam

    4 Cups Provident Pantry Peaches, finely chopped
    2 TBS Fresh Lemon Juice
    5 ½ Cups Provident Pantry White Sugar

     

    1. Prepare pint jars, rings and lids.
    2. Fill water bath canner ½ full and begin heating.
    3. Measure sugar, then place into a separate bowl. Be sure to measure exactly, any changes will cause your jam to fail.
    4. Place chopped peaches, lemon juice and pectin into heavy sauce pot and heat to rolling boil (a boil that doesn’t stop bubbling when stirred) over high heat.
    5. Stir in sugar and a walnut sized piece of butter (to prevent foaming) stir constantly and return to full rolling boil for exactly 1 minute.
    6. Remove from heat and skim off any foam.
    7. I let my jam sit for about 5 minutes to prevent the fruit rising to the top after I pour it into the jars.
    8. Pour into jars leaving 1/8” headspace, wipe rims and place prepared lid and ring on jar.
    9. When you have all jars filled, place them into the water bath canner, be sure they are covered by 1” of water. Bring canner to full rolling boil and process for 10 minutes.
    10. When processing is complete carefully remove jars and place them on a towel on the counter to sit undisturbed for 24 hours. After 24 hours the jars should have sealed.
    11. You can now remove the rings and wipe down the jars. The rings are not necessary for storage but you can put them back on if you like.
    12. Store jam in a cool dark place.

    Grape Juice for Jelly

    1. You need about 3 ½ pounds of grapes per batch of grape jelly, I use concord.
    2. Place them in a steam juicer and process according to your steamers’ directions.
    3. When you have 5 cups of prepared juice then you can begin making your jelly.
    4. I usually make enough juice for several batches of jelly all at once. This saves time and space on my stove.

    Grape Jelly

    5 Cups Prepared Grape Juice
    7 Cups Provident Pantry White Sugar

    1. Prepare pint jars, rings and lids.
    2. Fill water bath canner ½ full and begin heating.
    3. Measure sugar, then place into a separate bowl. Be sure to measure exactly, any changes will cause your jelly to fail.
    4. Place prepared juice and pectin into heavy sauce pot and heat to rolling boil (a boil that doesn’t stop bubbling when stirred) over high heat.
    5. Stir in sugar and a walnut sized piece of butter (to prevent foaming) stir constantly and return to full rolling boil for exactly 1 minute.
    6. Remove from heat and skim off any foam.
    7. Pour into jars leaving 1/8” headspace, wipe rims and place prepared lid and ring on jar.
    8. When you have all jars filled place them into the water bath canner, be sure they are covered by 1” of water.
    9. Bring canner to full rolling boil and process for 5 minutes.
    10. When processing is complete carefully remove jars and place them on a towel on the counter to sit undisturbed for 24 hours. After 24 hours the jars should have sealed.
    11. You can now remove the rings and wipe down the jars. The rings are not necessary for storage but you can put them back on if you like.
    12. Store jelly in a cool dark place.

    --Dawn

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