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Monthly Archives: April 2013

  • Baby Steps: The Great Utah ShakeOut


    It’s not glamorous but the ‘Drop! Cover! Hold on!’ method will protect you during an earthquake.

    On April 17, Emergency Essentials participated in the Great Utah ShakeOut. At 10:15 am thousands of Utahns dropped, covered, and held on during an earthquake drill.

    The event gave me some valuable insight. I learned that I need to clear out a few things under my desk and organize some cables that are in my way. My coworker had his doubts about how much protection his cubicle would really give him, but he learned that his desk will in fact provide sufficient coverage. (Here’s a picture of him sliding into position.)


    Today’s Baby Steps are really small, but will make a big difference in your ability to survive an earthquake.

    1. Find out when the ShakeOut is happening in your state or territory and sign up. If there isn’t a ShakeOut in your state, consider starting one or holding your own family/community drill

    2. Learn to Drop, Cover, and Hold on.

    3. Teach your family.

    Every step toward preparedness is a step in the right direction. If you feel silly practicing in public, practice at home. It only takes a few seconds to Drop, Cover, and Hold on and actually doing it will help your body develop the reflex.

    I hope that an earthquake won’t hit your area, but if it does, you know what to do. Drop! Cover! Hold on!

    ~ Steph


    We partnered with The Deseret News to create online information about earthquake preparedness and recovery. Get Ready to Shake Out has tips for prepping, and What to Do When Disaster Strikes will teach you what to do during and after an earthquake. Click the images below to access the information (and download them for free, if you'd like).

    Get Ready to Shake Out

    What to do When Disaster Strikes

    Click here to read The Deseret News’ report.

    Get detailed information about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.

    Click here to read more about Drop, Cover, Hold on.

  • Celebrate Spring (or Pretend it's Spring) with Food Storage Pasta Primavera

    Spring has been a little hit and miss so far this year. Whether or not it’s Spring outside in your neck of the woods, you can enjoy a little Spring flavor. Just whip up this delicious Pasta Primavera made from 100% food storage ingredients.

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    Food Storage Pasta Primavera

    *all ingredients measured dry



    Whisk one tablespoon broth and two tablespoons soup base into one cup hot water. Set aside.

    Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add one cup water, the carrot dices, onion flakes, and minced garlic. Simmer, adding more water as needed, until the carrots are almost tender. Reduce heat to medium. Add clarified butter, and sautee the veggies until the carrots are fully tender. Set aside.

    Meanwhile, start some water in a medium pot to boil for the pasta. Measure out all of the veggies you’ll add to your pasta (add the ones we’ve suggested, or come up with your own combo!) and set them aside in a single large bowl.

    Once the pasta water is boiling, add the pasta. While the pasta cooks, completely cover the veggies with warm water and let them rehydrate for 5-8 minutes (that’s about how long it will take the pasta to cook). Once the pasta is al dente, drain and set aside.

    Also drain the veggies, and sautee them with clarified butter until they are hot and some have browned. Put the veggies back in the large bowl, and add the carrot mixture and pasta to the bowl.

    Add 1/3 cup flour, 1 tsp. Italian seasoning, and 2 T clarified butter to the skillet to make a thick roux (we used whole wheat flour, but just use what you have on hand). Add the chicken broth mixture to the roux until it's the consistency you would like for your sauce.

    Add the sauce to the bowl of pasta and veggies. Mix well to coat everything. Enjoy!

  • Water Storage Innovation

    We've got great water technology of our own at Emergency Essentials. A monster of a water storage container. I’m not kidding—it’s huge. It holds 160 gallons of water (that’s the equivalent of three 55-gallon barrels) while taking just 7.2 square feet of floor space. It’s called the  160 Gallon Water Reserve.

     Here are some quick reasons why we think the Water Reserve is so great (and why we’re sure you’ll think so, too):

    • It’s made with BPA-free plastic.
    • The plastic has been enhanced with UV resistance properties (more sun protection!) to increase the life of your water and the life of the barrel itself.
    • It’s FDA and NSF approved.
    • It’s stackable (up to two high).
    • It fits through a standard door frame so you can put it just about anywhere.

    In reality, you should be storing water even when there’s no drought in sight. If a disaster or emergency were to hit your city, it could be a while before potable water (water that’s safe to drink) became available. For example, after Hurricane Sandy, it was a month before some areas could use their tap water without boiling it first.

    Consider the following: The minimum recommended  amount of stored water per adult is 1 gallon per day. That’s 14 gallons for two weeks. Per adult. And that’s going easy on your water. FEMA guidelines tell people to use ½ of the gallon for drinking and ½ for cooking and washing. On one gallon of water per day you’re gonna feel like you’re camping, even if you’re still living in your house.

    If you have a family of 4 (two adults and two children under 12) you’ll need at least 4 gallons of water daily. That’s if you don’t have to wash up any sticky hands, muddy feet, or poopy diapers/clothing. Or flush the toilets. We recommend that you count your kids as adults; you’ll definitely be able to use the “extra” water. So if you were to store four gallons a day, times 14, you’ll have 56 gallons of water. You may have a bigger family, or pets. You’ll probably also want to drink more water, wash dishes, do a little laundry, wash your hair, flush toilets, and not feel pressured to conserve so strictly. You’re gonna need more water than you think.

    You’ll also need more water if your food storage is built on freeze dried and dehydrated foods. Most food storage is. Generally the food requires less than a cup of water per serving, but you should still factor that info your water supply needs.

    With the Water Reserve you don’t have to rotate your water as frequently, especially if it’s stored properly. And when you do want to access the water there are two taps—in addition to the hose outlets—for easy access.

    The Water Reserve is an innovative solution to many of the common water storage troubles. Get your Water Reserve from Emergency Essentials and save on shipping.

    Here are three articles that give you good information on the basics of storing water.

    1. Water Storage Overview
    2. Water Storage Options 
    3. Water Filtration and Purification





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