Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • This week’s baby steps are in the same vein as last week: getting your garden ready to plant. Here are three more things you’ll want to know before you start planting. 

    1. Know when to start planting.This great page from Mother Earth News will give you a list of vegetables you can start in April (and other months), and separated by region. What a great resource! First select your region, the month, and then scroll down to see the lists of what to plant. 
    2. Learn a little bit about soil. Knowing what kind of soil you have is important because you may need to “tweak” the soil to provide your plants the most fertile growing possible. Read this article to learn about 10 types of soil and when to use each. Here’s a brief article with photos from HGTV about soil types and soil acidity. 
    3. Observe how much sunlight falls on your growing area. Knowing which areas get the most light (or the most shade) will help you know where to put specific plants. That’ll guarantee your vegetables are situated to grow their best. Read slides 7 and 8 of this article Here’s a general tip about sunlight. “Vegetables that produce fruit (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash) need full sun.” Leaf and root veggies are ok in the shade. Click here to read more.  

    Take these three baby steps and soon your garden will be off to a great start! In case you missed last week’s Baby Steps, click here to read about finding your climate zone, knowing what to grow, and buying seeds. 

    More articles:

    Preparing a New Garden 

    Three Basic Soils 

    10 Types of Soil and When to Use Each


    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: baby steps, garden, sun, soil

  • We are putting the Sport Solar Oven to the test every Saturday during March at our retail stores. Here’s our report from Saturday March 23rd.

    When we arrived early to prep, we saw there was SNOW! Luckily, the weather can change within minutes in Utah. The clouds cleared out for a few of our store locations, but the temperatures hovered between the high 20’s and lower 30’s.The stores that had limited sunlight put their plan B into action. They pulled out a Volcano Stove and whipped up sweet and sour pork chops and au gratin potatoes. We won’t let our customers go hungry!

    At the stores that did have sun we put the solar ovens out and got to work. This time most of the ingredients we used were food storage items. (See list below.) We made bread, pork chops with veggies, cinnamon apple crisp, and a cookie.

    Despite the snow and cold, the ovens still reached the 250 degree mark inside. The pork chops took 3.5 hours to cook and the desserts and bread only took about 2 hours to bake.

    We will be testing the solar ovens one more time this coming Saturday (March 30th).  Contact our Emergency Essential stores for more information. Click here to read about how the Sport Solar Oven works.

    Here’s what Christa Kendall from Utah has to say about the Sport Solar Oven that she got at Emergency Essentials:

    "I bake my bread in the solar oven. It comes out fabulous, so moist and fluffy. I let them rise in the house, then throw them in.  They brown up perfectly! I highly recommend a solar oven.”

    What do you think about the Sport Solar Oven? Tell us below!


    *Food Storage Items Used in the Solar Oven Cook-off

    Solar Oven Pork Chops: Freeze dried (FD) Pork Chops, FD Green Beans, Chicken Broth, Spaghetti Seasoning, and minced garlic.

    Apple Crisp: Apple Slices (rehydrated), quick oats, cinnamon sugars, butter powder

    Au Gratin Potatoes: Dehydrated potato slices, sour cream powder, cheese blend, and a few other spices.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, freeze dried, Sport Solar Oven, Emergency Essentials retail stores

  • FEMA is looking for applicants to their National Youth Preparedness Council. If FEMA isn't your thing, consider joining other organizations (like the Red Cross) or even starting your own preparedness coalitionYou’ll get emergency preparedness training and build your leadership skills. 

    To help you with the latter, here's a link to another article on building preparedness teams and a link to our Neighborhood Emergency Plan.

    Here's the announcement from FEMA: 

    Are you a 12- to 17-year old who makes a difference in your community’s disaster preparedness? Do you know someone who fits that description?

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities, and who want to expand their impact as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness.

    Nominations must be received by April 19, 2013 11:59 p.m. EDT.

    You can apply on your own or you can be nominated by a friend, family member, or someone else who knows about your emergency preparedness activities.

    Click here to read more and to download the application.


    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: FEMA, National Youth Preparedness Council, application

  • This post is part of a series showcasing real-life survival stories. 'Lessons Learned' is a way for individuals and families to share what they learned from living through a disaster. To read all Lessons Learned stories, click here. To submit your own story, click here.

    The Northeast Blackout of 2003 affected 45 million people, including my family. The blackout started on August 14. I was 13 at the time, with a 10-year old sister, 3-year old brother, and two older brothers who were 15 and 18. My younger sister had a blast swimming in our neighbor’s pool during this time, but I didn’t dare get in because I didn’t want to be covered in chlorine for days. As a pre-teen girl, the idea of not taking a shower for four days was mortifying. There was one day when it poured rain so hard that I was actually able to get in my bathing suit and take a quick shower in the rain.

    During the day we felt like we were roasting and wished we had something like a solar generator to power a simple fan. The nights were alright because it gave us a chance to cool off, but scary because everything was pitch black. Fortunately, my mother was prepared ahead of time with emergency candles, 72 hour kits, and a supply of food storage and water. The biggest thing we should have done differently is having moist wipes like the Ready Bath Basics, and a portable toilet. Luckily, our neighbors let us use their pool water to flush our toilet. We wished we had more water because we went through it so quickly. Many food storage products require water to prepare them, which is something we did not consider fully when deciding how much water to store.

    Natalie Haight


    Thanks Natalie, for sharing your survival story. You did a great job of pointing out essential items to have in an emergency.

    Luckily Natalie’s family could stay in their home and were able to survive with their emergency kit that included water, food, and lighting. Fellow preppers, storing water should be a priority for you and your family.

    Here are a couple lessons we gleaned from Natalie's story:

    • Store enough to have at least 1 gallon per person per day for 14 days. Store more to make bathing and toilet flushing more than a luxury. Click here to see Emergency Essentials’ water storage options.
    • Consider how you might keep your family cool if you’re struggling to survive hot summer weather. You might open all the doors and windows to create ventilation, but do you have netting to keep out insects? Click here to explore various survival scenarios.
    • Have a swimming pool.*

    What did you learn from Natalie’s survival story?


    *Tee hee hee. Juuust kidding.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, emergency power, solar power, Emergency plan, water, water storage, emergency preparedness, Lessons Learned, Blackout

  • Hey there, fellow preppers!

    Have you survived a disaster? Were you prepared in advance to face it, or is that disaster what got you thinking about emergency preparedness?

    At Emergency Essentials, we strongly believe in our mission to help others prepare. One of the ways we do that is by providing education through our Preparedness Pantry blog, Be Prepared Forum, Insight Articles, and Emergency Essentials Prep School.

    We can all learn from each other, and we would love for you to join us in educating others about emergency and disaster preparedness. If you have lived through a disaster, whether natural, economic, or man-made, you can click here to submit your story. We might just feature it as part of our new Lessons Learned series!

    The first featured story will be posted later today--so check back soon. And send us your survival story!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Survival, Emergency Essentials, Lesson Learned, natural disaster, survival stories

  • Hey there. Here's an interesting tip from Eric A. Weiss, MD. He wrote Wilderness and Travel Medicine, a comprehensive guide that fits in your pocket. It's also great for bug out bags and emergency kits.

    Here's the doctor's Weiss Advice on making a nonadherent dressing:

    A nonadherent dressing can be made by spreading Polysporin or another antibiotic ointment over one side of a 10 x 10-cm [4 x 4 inch] gauze dressing. [Honey can be used in place of Polysporin. When applied topically, it can reduce infection and promote wound healing.]

    A conforming roller bandage can be improvised from a shirt or other article of clothing by cutting a thin strip of material in circular fashion. 


    From Wilderness and Travel Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide. Weiss, Eric A., The Mountaineers Books, 2012, pg 110


    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: honey, Survival Tip, Wilderness and Travel Medicine, Book, antibiotic ointment, tshirt, nonadherent dressing

  • March Group Items

    This month as part of our group program Emergency Essentials has a an impressive item on sale—the Hydropack. This is an extremely easy filtration system to use and provides 12 ounces of flavored water. All you do is drop the Hydropack in water (no matter how murky), wait 8 to 12 hours, and drink.* 

    Here’s how the Hydropack works: forward osmosis pushes water through a thin membrane that prohibits the passage of sediment, protozoa, bacteria, and pollutants larger than 5 ten-billionths of a meter. We’re offering the Hydropack at $15.00 for a pack of 10. That makes it 50% off! You have to buy at least 5 packs of 10 in order to receive the group discount, but it shouldn’t be hard to talk your friends into joining you for this great product. 

    Freeze dried Sweet Corn is also part of our group special this month. Bursting with flavor, this corn makes a wonderful side dish. It’s also handy for soups, salads, and casseroles. On sale for $12.00 each when you buy 12 or more cans. 

    If you missed the 18 Pack of MRE Pears last month, you’re in luck. They’re still in stock! We’ve also kept freeze dried strawberries and the Fresh and Go Travel Toothbrushes in the group specials this month. Don’t miss them this time around. 

    There are more group specials that we haven’t featured in this post. Click here to see them all.


    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: MRE, March group sale items, pears, hydropack, freeze dried sweet corn

  • We’ve been having our own version of March Madness here at Emergency Essentials. We’ve had a blowout sale on the Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Strawberry Banana Blend and a big discount on all Mountain House #10 cans – that’s on top of our Group Specials and monthly sale items.

    Just in case you haven’t seen this month's sale prices on select food storage items and cool gear you can check them all out on our website. Here are a few of the items that I think you should check out.

    Year Supply of Grains for $314.99! This year supply features four of the most commonly eaten grains; Hard White Wheat, Hard Red Wheat, White Rice, and Rolled Oats. These grains are a basic element of your food storage foundation. Each of the grains in this combo comes in a 6 gallon SuperPail™ with a metallized bag.


    We’ve put all the Hot Chocolates mixes on sale! You can choose single MyChoice size and #10 cans, or you can choose the full Hot Cocoa Combo in a My Choice or #10 size. Either way, you’ll save big and provide a little luxury for your family. I am happy to report that the Provident Pantry Hot Cocoas are creamy – just how I like my hot chocolate. Provident Pantry hot chocolate is a just-add-water item and still comes out creamy because of the dehydrated milk included in the mix. In fact, you can adjust the recipe to your taste. If you like it less creamy, just add more water. Hot or cold*, Provident Pantry’s hot chocolate is delicious. The four featured flavors are Milk Chocolate, French Vanilla, Raspberry, and Mint Truffle. (I am partial to the Milk Chocolate with a tablespoon of Provident Pantry’s Peanut Butter Powder added in!)

    And now for something completely different… the Wonder Clean Washer. Not many of us think about how we’re going to wash clothes during an extended emergency or disaster recovery period. You can, of course, scrub everything by hand on a rock in the river. Or you can get this 15-quart hand-crank washer and save your skin. Sure, you’ll still have to put in effort, but you won’t rub your knuckles raw! Check out the Wonder Clean Washer, on sale for $42.99.

    We’ve got deals on more cool gear like the Hawker knife, the Basics Emergency Kit, the Sport Solar Oven (a favorite!), and the High Uinta Gear™ Night Sight Head Lamp. Oh, and there’s a great sale on the Katadyn Pocket Water Filter. It’s a very impressive water filter. Click here to peruse all of the March sales on



    Happy shopping!


    *The hot chocolates don’t mix as well when you use cold water but they’re still delicious. If you want to drink them cold, consider using warm or hot water and letting the drink cool.




    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, dehydrated, March Group Specials, Hot Chocolate, MInt Truffle, Milk Chocolate, Raspberry, French Vanilla, Year Supply of Grains, Wonder Clean Washer, laundry

  • Just in time for April Fool’s Day! This novelty gift is perfect for the prepper in your life.

    We’re pretty sure that even if your prepper thinks they have everything, they don’t have this. 

    It’s so easy to prepare – you just add water! (Nudge. Wink.)

     But seriously, you really can buy this. Click here to order online.


    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Provident Pantry, Dehydrated water, novelty, April Fool's, gag gift, joke

  • Interested in gardening but feel like a complete novice? Today’s Baby Steps will give you three ways to start off on the right foot.

    1. Find out what climate zone you’re in.Know your climate zone for gardening will help you decide what to grow. This link from the National Garden Association will take you right to climate maps and other helpful information.

    2. Decide what you want to grow. Grow your favorite veggies and herbs, or grow the ingredients to some of your favorite foods.

    3. Buy seeds.The Emergency Essentials Heirloom Seeds are a great way to get started. These heirloom seeds are non-hybrid and open pollinating. That means you’ll be able to harvest your own unique seeds for next year! Available in a large can with 17 varieties, or the boxed combo shown below, which includes 10 varieties. Click here to make your selection.

    Here’s a great post from GardenWeb with more information on starting your garden right. 

    For all you Master Gardeners out there, please leave tips and ideas below in the comment section. We’d love to have your input!


    Each Friday for the next month Baby Steps will feature gardening tips; our goal is to get you gardening. We’ll post Baby Steps on skills like composting and building garden boxes, so be sure to come back every Friday.


    Happy Gardening!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, baby steps, heirloom seeds, gardening, climate zone

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