Monthly Archives: October 2012

  • Food storage can help when money is tight.

    A disaster can come in many forms, some you might not even think of. Most people think that a disaster affects a large area and a large number of people. Generally speaking, it usually does, but some disasters can be very personal.

    A personal “financial crisis” is the first that comes to mind for me. I was raised with the idea that it is your responsibility to plan for an uncertain future because you never know when your circumstances might change. This change can happen very quickly and turn your world upside down unless you are prepared.

    My family experienced a financial crisis several years ago. My husband has been self employed for most of our marriage—and he has made a very good living doing so. That was until one of his customers went bankrupt and left a very large debt hanging over my husband’s company. Our careful financial planning just wasn’t going to cut it. We did have money put away in savings but we quickly realized that it wasn’t going to be nearly enough to see us through. The stress of that large debt began to take its toll on my family, not just financially but emotionally as well. My husband and I needed to quickly establish a feeling of stability for our kids. We had to take drastic measures to save our home and provide for our family. We began the process to close the business and we each began searching for a job.

    After a short period of time we both had found employment and we were so happy to be working again but we were now faced with a substantially smaller income. Getting by with a smaller income, especially since the bills didn’t get any smaller, proved to be quite challenging.

    We did have a financial plan but it only partially filled our needs—mainly because this “disaster” happened before we were able to reach our savings goal. I suppose most emergencies really do come along when you aren’t ready. So along with our financial plans we had put a lot of effort into building long-term food storage for our family. We actually had a complete one-year supply.

    We have always rotated and used our food storage. I wanted to make sure that my family was comfortable with the choices I had made for storage and that they were used to eating it. Just in case. Our kids were having enough trouble coping with our new financial situation and both of us working out of the house. Changing their diet on top of all that would have been too much stress. I don’t know about your kids but mine don’t like change—especially at the dinner table.

    This combination of financial and emergency preparedness created great security for our family. During that time my family had the consistency of maintaining their regular diet. We were able to nearly cut out our entire grocery bill for an extended period of time. I would still buy some fresh milk and occasionally fresh vegetables, but not needing to spend much (if any) money on food for an extended period of time made all the difference for our financial recovery. We used the money that we would have spent on groceries to pay other bills. This created just enough financial slack to help us save our home and provide stability for our family during those very difficult times.

    Slowly over time we did manage to pay down our bills and begin to recover financially. I truly believe that our emergency preparedness plans made it easier for our family to get through those hard times and allowed us to not only recover successfully but more comfortably as well. If you prepare well you can get through almost anything.

    --Dawn

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  • We have another great giveaway for you this week! It's round two of our anniversary month weekly giveaways.

    But first… We have a winner for last week’s giveaway of the MountainHouse® Assortment Buckets! Everyone check your email to see if it’s you!
    Did any of you miss the other blog posts since last week? Here’s your chance to catch up:
    We launched Prep School and posted the first module! PrepSchool: Water 101
    Okay, now that you’re all caught up on the latest, let’s get down to business!

    This week’s giveaway will give you a great boost of color, flavor, and nutrients to your food storage.
    We’re giving away a Freeze-Dried Fruit Combo! (On sale this month for $96.99—Costs $142.25 when purchased separately.)
    Entering to win takes two quick steps…
    1. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite recipe that uses fruit.
    2. Copy and paste your comment into the form, along with filling out your name and email address.

    The form is no longer available; this giveaway has closed.

    That’s it! Good luck. (And I can’t wait to read about all your recipe ideas. Yum.)--Sarah
    All entries will be verified. We welcome emails and entries from everyone; however, free shipping of the Weekly Wednesday Giveaway is included for the winner to the 48 contiguous United States only. For any locations outside this area, the winner is responsible for arranging and paying their own shipping costs. If you purchase a Weekly Wednesday Giveaway item during the giveaway and win, we will send you an additional item or issue you a refund for the product you purchased - whichever you prefer.


    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger or Pinterest. Your entries are going to Emergency Essentials and not to Facebook, Twitter, blogger or Pinterest.

    Facebook, Twitter, blogger or Pinterest is in no way responsible for any part of this giveaway.
    Employees of Emergency Essentials, Inc. and their immediate family members are not eligible for the giveaway. The winner will be contacted via email. If you are the winner and do not respond to our email within three (3) business days, you will forfeit the prize, and another winner will be selected.

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  • Here at Emergency Essentials® we recommend purchasing or making an emergency kit as one of the first steps to preparedness. Following this recommendation, I put together an emergency kit to keep in the trunk of my car. This is in addition to the emergency kits we keep at home. I thought if my car breaks down or I have to evacuate while I’m away from home, I’d need some supplies. I also thought I could grab these extra supplies from my trunk   if I had to evacuate home with my family.

    I kind of haphazardly threw my emergency car kit together one Saturday afternoon, so didn’t even remember what it contained until today. So, I pulled it all out of the trunk, laid it out on the ground, and took inventory (and pictures). Then I checked to see how it stacked up to the Emergency Kit Checklist on BePrepared.com.

    Here’s the list of contents currently in my trunk (and a few items I carry with me wherever I go):

    Water

    - 2 one-gallon jugs of drinking water (enough for 4-8 days depending on the conditions.)

    - 1 4-liter water bladder (empty)

    - 1 Emergency Essentials Inc. 32 oz. Blue Water Bottle

    - 6 KATADYN® Micropur™ Purification Tablets (Plus 4 more in my wallet. Enough to treat 10 quarts of water.)

    Food

    - 1 DATREX® 3600 Calorie Food Bar (Enough for three days at 1200 calories/day. And it’s great for cars because it can withstand extreme temperatures and last for up to 5 years.)

    - 1 can of SPAM (I’ll probably never eat this, but what the heck.)

    Warmth/Shelter

    - 1 full change of clothes (including a 100% wool sweater and extra pair of pants)

    - 1 wool hat (I knitted it myself and it’s super warm.)

    - 1 Mosquito head net

    - 1 plastic poncho

    - 1 SOL Emergency Bivvy

    - 1 Space® Brand All Weather Blanket

    - 1 reflective emergency blanket

    - 1 silnylon tarp

    - 1 sleeping bag

    - 1 sleeping pad

    - 1 blanket (I think it’s either a poly/wool blend or acrylic. It’s from Peru and the label doesn’t say what it’s made of, so I don’t know.)

    - About 80 feet of paracord (I have another 100 feet in a belt I wove and wear every day, but that’s a story for another blog post.)

    - 6 tent stakes

    Sanitation

    - 1 pack of disposable wipes

    - 1 bar of soap

    - 1 pocket-sized pack of tissues

    - 10 black garbage bags

    Lighting

    - 1 head lamp (Needs extra batteries.)

    - 3 tea light candles

    - 1 lighter

    Emergency Cooking

    - 1 small cooking pot with lid

    - 1 metal bowl

    - some plastic eating utensils (A few of each kind.)

    Protective and Other Equipment

    - 1 helmet

    - 1 pair of goggles (they’re for skiing, but I don’t ski. So, I’ll just use them for emergencies.)

    - 1 pair of gloves

    - 3 dust masks (they aren’t N95 Particulate Respirator Masks, so I plan to replace them.)

    - 1 backpack (To carry all this stuff in if I have to.)

    - 1 slingshot with ammo (what can I say? I’m a little boy at heart. Plus I might need to hunt squirrels or something.)

    - 1 set of tire chains

    - 1 pair of jumper cables

    - 1 multi-tool (Which I always carry on my belt.)

    - 1 3-inch folding knife (Which I always keep in my pocket.)

    Entertainment

    - 1 pack of playing cards

    Looking at this list, I realize I need:

    - first aid supplies

    - a tool set

    - extra batteries

    - some weatherproof matches

    - a shovel

    - a book to read.

    For now, I’m happy to have most of the stuff I need. And I had a lot of fun putting it together. Now I need to make one for my wife’s minivan.

    Feel free to leave suggestions of items you think I should add to my car kit in the comment section below.

    - Prep-Daddy

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  • In a September 20 press release, Britain’s National Pig Association announced, “A world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable.”[i] This prediction is based on a combination of reductions in sow herds in many European countries and higher feed grain prices caused by widespread drought.[ii]

    The USDA reported in August that “Significantly higher feed costs from reduced expectations for U.S. feed grain production as a result of drought and persistent, high temperatures in Mid-western States will all but certainly have a negative impact on U.S. pork production next year.”[iii]

    Could this be the end of breakfast as we know it? What will bacon lovers do when the pork hits the fan?

    Yoder’s Canned Bacon may be the answer. This beacon of bacon has a 2-year manufacturer shelf life guarantee and up to a 10-year shelf life. You never know, someday this stuff might be worth its weight in gold.

    Until then, stay strong and be prepared!*





    We tried Yoder’s Canned Bacon here in the Emergency

    Essentials® office and this is what people had to say about it:



    “What’s more comforting than bacon in an emergency? And the list of things you can eat it with is longer than the list of things you can’t eat it with.” - Nick

    “I thought it was really good and I loved the fact that I could eat it straight out of the can without cooking it.” – Tyson

    “I was surprised by how much I liked it. I expected it to be soggy and chewy, but it had just the right texture and flavor.” – Sarah

    “The Bacon was bacon.  It was not the best bacon I’ve ever had, but I would not guess that it came from a can.  The convenience and lack of the possibility to burn the bacon, make it well worth using in any emergency or perhaps an office picnic.” – Joel

    “I couldn’t stop eating it. I’m definitely going to get some for my food storage. But I’ll probably eat it long before I need it for an emergency.” – Chris
    *Ok, you probably heard that the ‘unavoidable’ bacon shortage was basically a hoax and was thoroughly debunked within a few days (see this TIME article for details), but seriously, you can never be too cautious about your bacon supply. We highly recommend giving Yoder’s Canned Bacon a try. It’s delicious and makes a tasty addition to food storage.


     

    [i] National Pig Association. “Europe's pork and bacon supply is contracting fast.” <http://www.npa-uk.org.uk/Pages/Press_Releases.html>. Accessed 10/04/2012.
    [ii] Ibid.
    [iii] Rachel J. Johnson. “Livestock, Dairy, & Poultry Outlook.” LDP-M-218. USDA.gov, August 16, 2012. Page 10. <http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/870819/ldpm218.pdf>. Accessed 10/04/2012. 

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  • Here at Emergency Essentials, our mission is to help people prepare. Not only do we offer great products at the lowest prices (we guarantee it), but it's important to us that customers feel like they're informed about emergency preparedness--that they're armed with the knowledge they need to feel confident in the face of a crisis.

    Often people feel like they aren't sure where to start with their preparations. So we decided to create an online Prep School. Each week we'll offer a module on an important preparedness topic.

    The Prep School schedule for the rest of 2012 is as follows:

    OCTOBER

    5th - Water Storage 101 (That's tomorrow, so check back!)

    11th - Food Storage 101

    18th - Kits

    25th - Gear 101

    NOVEMBER

    1st - Water 102

    8th - Food Storage 102

    15th - Winter Travel

    22nd - Gear 102

    DECEMBER

    6th - Water 103

    13th - Food Storage 103

    20th - Planning

    27th - Gear 103

    All modules will be available to view online.

    You can also download and print each module--by the end of the Prep School "academic year," you'll have a wonderful resource you can 3-hole punch and stick into a binder or have spiral bound at your local print shop.

    See you tomorrow for "class!"

    -Sarah

    P.S. If you're wondering what the Latin in our Prep School crest says, it's "Be Prepared, Be Confident."

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  • Did you know that this month is 
    Emergency Essentials' 25th anniversary?

    Time flies when you're helping people prepare--and we want to celebrate, so this month we've got more items on sale than ever before!

    And each week we're celebrating with a special giveaway just for you.

    We'll have a new giveaway on the blog every Thursday in October, right after we publish that week's Prep School module.

    Today's giveaway highlights two new products that are on a great sale this month:

    The Mountain House Essential Assortment Bucket and The Mountain House Classic Assortment Bucket

     

    The Mountain House Essential Assortment Bucket

    MSRP: $69.25

    On Sale in October: $54.99

    • Contents: 4 Rice and Chicken, 4 Chili Mac, 4 Spaghetti.
    • 100% Freeze-Dried
    • 7960 total calories
    • 12 pouches per bucket - 32 servings
    • 3 flavors
    • Will last 25+ years if stored properly

    Mountain House Classic Assortment Bucket

    MSRP: $75.22

    On Sale in October: $59.99

    • Contents: 2 Beef Stroganoff, 2 Chicken Teriyaki, 2 Beef Stew, 2 Lasagna with Meat, 2 Noodles & Chicken, 2 Granola with Blueberries.
    • 100% Freeze-Dried (except Granola with Blueberries)
    • 6740 total calories
    • 12 pouches per bucket - 29 servings
    • 6 flavors
    • Will last 25+ years if stored properly

    Gourmet-tasting meals are just moments away with these buckets of Mountain House® entree pouches. Just add hot water, wait 10 minutes, and enjoy delicious meals with real meat, great nutrition, and no trans fats.

    Enter to win one of each bucket by filling out the form below:

    This giveaway has closed.

    All entries will be verified. We welcome emails and entries from everyone; however, free shipping of the Weekly Wednesday Giveaway is included for the winner to the 48 contiguous United States only. For any locations outside this area, the winner is responsible for arranging and paying their own shipping costs. If you purchase a Weekly Wednesday Giveaway item during the giveaway and win, we will send you an additional item or issue you a refund for the product you purchased - whichever you prefer.

    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger or Pinterest. Your entries are going to Emergency Essentials and not to Facebook, Twitter, blogger or Pinterest. Facebook, Twitter, blogger or Pinterest is in no way responsible for any part of this giveaway.

    Employees of Emergency Essentials, Inc. and their immediate family members are not eligible for the giveaway. The winner will be contacted via email. If you are the winner and do not respond to our email within three (3) business days, you will forfeit the prize and another winner will be selected.

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  • Call Me Prep-Daddy

    I’m Chris. I’m 32. I’m married to a wonderful, beautiful woman. I’m the “daddy” of two adorable little kids, a girl and a boy. I’m a graduate student finishing up seven years of higher education in English and creative writing (poetry). And what does any of this have to do with emergency preparedness? Why is a would-be poet writing a blog post for Emergency Essentials®? Well, I work here, but I’m also a wannabe prepper.

    I’ve been aware of the concept of prepping since childhood. My parents wanted to build up an emergency food supply, but with six kids and little money, they never quite got there. They taught me, if only in theory, that we should prepare ourselves for possible hard times. Now that I’m a husband and father, I, too, want to prepare my family. If I had the budget, I’d buy everything we need in one shot. If I had the discipline, I’d diligently chip away at it. One problem is I’m kind of an all-or-nothing person. I get easily overwhelmed by the thought of total preparedness and discouraged by the thought of baby-stepping. For all the time I spend watching YouTube videos and TV shows about wilderness survival and prepping, my “preps” are shameful. I have some disorganized camping equipment and a few extra cans of food, but I won’t claim to be prepared for a real emergency.

    I’m also completely dependent on modern convenience and have an extremely low tolerance for discomfort. As much as I want to be an outdoorsman, I spend almost no time outdoors. Some of my best memories from childhood are of camping with my dad, and I want to give my kids memories like that, but I’ve only taken them camping once. Working here at Emergency Essentials® I’ve realized how useful camping could be for preparing myself and my family to live (temporarily) without modern luxuries.

    I can’t claim the title of “prepper.” Not yet, anyway. Luckily, my wife is all for prepping. She’s the one who has kept extra food in the pantry. Meanwhile, I slapped together some 72-hour emergency kits for the family, though I’m not sure they’d sustain us for three days away from home. At least we have something, right? My wife and I both want to be prepared, but we still have to work out the kinks. Here are our excuses: I work full time, I’m preparing for a huge final exam, and working on my Master’s thesis; my wife takes care of our kids (one in second-grade, one in preschool, and both in gymnastics) and everything else.

    Ok, there is no excuse not to prepare. I know this. I hope being surrounded by emergency preparedness stuff at work will kick me into gear to turn my daydreams of preparedness and self-reliance into reality. In the meantime, I’m excited to learn more about prepping, muster some motivation to do more, and write about it.

    Chris, a.k.a. “Prep-Daddy”

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