Monthly Archives: July 2013

  • Closeup shot of Pizzas on a Volcano Grill

    We've been craving pizza around here at Emergency Essentials, so we grilled up a few personal pizzas on a Volcano Grill last week. 100% food storage. 100% Awesome.

    Here’s our recipe—I hope you love it as much as I do.

    --Sarah

     

    Food Storage Personal Pizzas

    Ingredients:

    Adjust any of these ingredients to taste

    You know what to do…

    1. Make the bread dough according to the directions on the can. Divide the dough into as many parts as you want for your pizzas.
    2. Mix up and spoon on the sauce.
    3. Sprinkle on some cheese.
    4. Add your preferred toppings.
    5. Toss on a little more cheese to keep everything in place.
    6. Grill.
    7. Relish the awesome flavors that you combined with your own hands.

     

    _MG_9980Volcano Grill with Heat Deflector Plate

    Here are a few things we learned during this process:

    • If you are using a Volcano Grill to cook your pizza(s), open the vents slightly. It needs to "breathe" when the propane burner is running.
    • To avoid a fuel smell with the propane, adjust the burner air-to-fuel ratio by adjusting the air shutter valve.
    • Cover the Heat Deflector Plate (which goes over the flame inside the Volcano) with aluminum foil, then punch some holes in it to let the heat through—that will direct the flames farther outward so the pizza cooks more evenly.
    • It doesn't take very long to cook these pizzas—especially if they’re personal pizzas. So keep an eye on them, and if they look like they’re cooking unevenly, rotate them in 5 minute increments until done
    • Covering the grill rack with aluminum foil makes cleanup quick and painless.
    • You can make a REALLY great deep dish pizza in the regular oven if you use a whole (or most of a whole) batch of dough in a 9x13” pan and load it up with toppings. (Uhhhh. Yum. See the photo of that pizza below.)

     

    Deep Dish Pizza from Food Storage

    Hungry yet? Dig in!

    Do you have a favorite pizza recipe? Maybe a magical sauce? Let us know in the comments.

    --Sarah

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, recipes, freeze-dried foods, Main Dish

  • Looking for a great Bug out Vehicle idea?

    To go along with our post on last mile transportation vehicles, we wanted to share a DIY Bug out vehicle that our customer Kevin White created. If you are interested in using alternative transportation in case of an emergency, you might want to check out what he did.

    Using his 2006 Police Electra-Glide motorcycle, Kevin and his wife, Debbie, attached a trailer hitch for a 42”x 48” trailer that held all of their camping gear “to cover heat, light, shelter, food, water, cooking, sleeping, and clothing for a period of at least four days for two people.”

    In order to lighten the load and remove the need for refrigeration, Kevin and Debbie brought along freeze dried foods purchased at Emergency Essentials® and reviewed a couple of our products while they were at it. Kevin’s take on motorcycles as bug out vehicles is that “they are great if there is not mud or icy conditions” (weather is something to keep in mind if you’re considering pulling a trailer with your motorcycle).

    Here are all the items that Kevin and Debbie brought along on their trip using their trailer.

    kevin white vehicle

    And here is a list of everything they brought along with them:

    battery operated fan

    1 13'x9' tent

    1 Queen-size double-chamber air bed

    1 battery/12 volt rechargeable air pump

    2 sleeping bags

    2 pillows

    2 single burner propane stoves

    1 bottle (1 pound size) propane

    1 set of cookware( pot and frying pan)

    1 10 cup percolator

    1 full set cooking utensils

    2 lanterns (battery operated, one with hand crank)

    2 flashlights

    1 can of insect repellent

    1 camera

    1 set extra batteries for all equipment

    Food for 2 for 4 days ( spaghetti, sauce, taco seasoning,FD sausage crumbles, whole egg powder, ground beef, salsa, tortilla shells, coffee, sugar, creamer, cranberry juice, pop, water, cheese, salt, pepper, lettuce, tomatoes and prob some stuff I have forgotten

    1 ice chest

    1 mallet

    Silicone waterproofing spray

    150' rope

    Bungee cords

    2 camp chairs

    1 extended length lighter to light stoves

    3 plastic containers with lids for rehydrating foods

    3 coffee cups

    1 multi-port cell phone charger that plugs into charge port on bike

    Dish soap, dish rag, paper towels, styrofoam plates, plasticware, febreeze spray

    Extra clothing: jeans, socks, shirts etc.

    What do you think? Do you have a motorcycle? Would you ever consider one as a viable option in an emergency? Chime in via the comments.

    --Angela

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Emergency plan, Customer Reviews, alternative transportation, transportation

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    iStock_000013811692XSmall_vintage scooter

    Getting stuck in traffic during an emergency evacuation can potentially become a life or death situation (if anyone has seen the movie, Deep Impact, visualize that congested highway scene at the very end . . .). So, when you plan your emergency evacuation plan, you may want to consider a couple modes of alternate transportation in case the roadways are blocked.

    The guys at Gizmag suggest that research on current road infrastructures indicates that our roads cannot accommodate everyone driving full-sized cars. This is because as populations increase, and developing nations grow, more people are able to purchase full-sized cars. More people with full-sized cars=more traffic on the road.

    Since expanding roadways costs a lot of money and a lot of time, some companies are turning to alternative brands of transportation—referred to as last mile transport vehicles—to decrease congestion on the roads. Major car companies are also creating concept cars with additional space to include a last mile transport vehicle inside. So, if you are in traffic you can just pop out your last mile transport vehicle from your trunk and weave through the cars to get to work.

    But what are these last mile transport vehicles like?

    The Yikebike –this 25.4 pound miniature electric bike can travel 9.3 miles at 15 mph per charge.  Simply fold it up and store it in your trunk or carry it with you as you evacuate. Check out this video to see the Yike Bike in action:

    The Zeit Eco Electric Scooter—traveling at 15 mph, this scooter has an aluminum frame with a side pocket for storage. According to its creators, “the 250 - 350 W brushless geared hub motor gets its power from a 350 Wh LiFePO4 battery.” The battery can be charged from a home outlet!

    Gizmag also highlights some futuristic evacuation vehicles that scientists and automobile companies are currently developing. Check out these articles on Electro Hydrodynamic Thrusts that could one day become a silent airplane. Also take a look at the completely impractical (but kind of awesome) Off Road Limo and Diablo jeep.

    To see more developing last mile transport vehicles check out this article:

    http://www.gizmag.com/yikebike-ev-lighter-models-greater-range/26893/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=a3b03218e6-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

    And before you get your last mile transport vehicle, learn how to make an emergency car kit to keep yourself safe and prepared while on the road.

    --Angela

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Emergency plan, alternative transportation, transportation, emergency evacuation

  • Have no fear! Sunburn Rescue is here!

    The amazing, quick-action relief of BurnFree is coming to a sunburn near (or on) you. For nearly 20 years, BurnFree has been a leading first-aid burn care product used by militaries, EMTs, and medical professionals across the globe.

    Urban Girl vouches for BurnFree. “It’s better than anything else I’ve ever used, hands down.” Read the rest of Sarah’s story here. (It’ll make you want to run out and get BurnFree now.)

    Bottle of Sunburn Rescue gel by BurnFree

    Burnfree’s Sunburn Rescue has tea tree oil to help cool and soothe topical burns. It’s formulated to stop the progression of burns, not just alleviate pain. The hydrogel stops burns by pulling the heat out of burn; the heat in the gel causes evaporation so the heat moves into the air, and away from the burn.

    You shouldn’t use Sunburn Rescue on any part of a burn that has broken the skin (it will sting like the Dickens), but for all your sunburns this summer, BurnFree Sunburn Rescue is the product you want. Be generous in applying it to your burnt skin, and apply as frequently as you like. You’ll see the result and feel things cool down quickly.

    Enjoy the summer sun! (But safely, of course. Don’t forget your sunscreen!)

    Emergency Essentials is BurnFree’s exclusive vendor for Sunburn Rescue. You won’t find it anywhere else. Click here to order or to learn more about Sunburn Rescue and other BurnFree products.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: burn care, Sunburn, BurnFree, new product

  • Emergency Essentials Mountain House sale - all #10 cans 25% off!

    It’s time for a Mountain House #10 can sale! Every Mountain House can is 25% off in July. So if you've never tried Mountain House freeze-dried entrees, sides, fruits, or veggies, now is a great time. If you’re already a fan, now is a great time to stock up on your favorites.

    Here are a few varieties I especially recommend:

    Pilot crackers: You might think this is a strange pick, but I love these crackers. They’re similar to Saltines, but they’re not salted, and they’re a little thicker and more substantial. They’re great for anything from making mini pizzas, to bruschetta, to dipping in soup, or making quick home-made “croutons” in a pinch. They’re also divine with cottage cheese and peaches on top (I like a tiny pinch of cayenne, too).

    Long Grain and Wild Rice Pilaf: all I can say is YUM. This pilaf features mushrooms, broccoli, green beans, sweet red peppers, and parmesan cheese. Tons of flavor, great texture, and pretty, too! That’s what I call a food storage “triple threat.”

    I mentioned cottage cheese above as a topping for my Pilot Crackers. This is one of the best ingredients we carry, as far as I’m concerned. It’s delicious alone, with fruit or herbs (and sometimes both!), and in salads. But it’s also delightful reconstituted, drained, squeezed out and treated as ricotta cheese for recipes like stuffed shells, lasagna, pizza, dips, etc. Try it—you will love it. One of my favorite things about Mountain House Cottage Cheese is the fact that use as much or as little as I want, then seal the rest back up in a bag and stick it back in the can. That way I don’t worry about half the container going bad before I’m ready to use it again. Cottage cheese is also a great source of protein for those who don't eat meat, but still eat dairy.

    Beef Stroganoff: I tend to eat more seafood and chicken than beef, but when I do eat beef, stroganoff is one of my absolute favorites. Mushrooms + pasta + creamy sauce + beef? It simply doesn't get better than that.

     

    25% off all #10 cans of Mountain House at Emergency Essentials - July 2013

     

    Not a fan of my picks? I've listed a few customer favorites below, along with actual reviews submitted to our website.

    Mountain House Beef Stew

    Yummy! (5 Stars)

    My husband and I were surprised at how yummy this is! It tastes just as good as many of the homemade stews I've eaten over the years. Of course, the beef bits are smaller than what you might have in homemade, but the flavor is very good. I would definitely recommend this one be in your pantry.

    Posted on 11/19/10 by Tiffany

    Makes great leftovers (5 Stars)

    This stew makes great leftovers. It tastes homemade. We ladled this over egg noodles and feasted for days.

    Posted on 8/7/08 by Richard

    Mountain House Beef Stew - 25% off at Emergency Essentials July 2013

     

    Granola with Milk and Blueberries

    Healthy and a Treat! (5 stars)

    Not a big cereal or granola fan, but bought the packet first intending to use for camping. It is great and I have moved to the #10 cans. Easy to fix, add water, great flavor and crunch. Highly recommend as you don't even need hot water for this. Have put some in snack bags and leave at work for those hurried mornings when I run out the door without eating.

    Posted on 9/23/11 by Jacqui

    A must if you buy any long term foods (5 Stars)

    MH Granola with Blueberries and Milk is incredibly tasty. It has the perfect amount of "crunch" and flavour. This stuff is also very dense calorie-wise and only requires cold water to eat if you prefer. I highly recommend this as one of the top foods to buy because it is morale-lifting and tasty, easy to prepare and has good nutrient content. The trifecta of emergency foods!

    Posted on 5/9/11 by Mark

    Buy it! Trust me... (5 Stars)

    This isn't just good, it's GREAT. We eat this instead of regular cereal now as a treat. My 2 year old loves it as does my wife. The speed and convenience is awesome, but the best part is the flavor. It is genuinely delicious and it is packed with tons of blueberries. There were so many when I first opened the can that I thought it needed to be mixed, only to find out that it was like that throughout the #10 can. The shelf life is 25 years, so you can keep this in reserve for a LONG time.

    Posted on 4/4/10 by Carlos

    Mountain House Granola with Milk and Blueberries from Emergency Essentials. 25% off July 2013

     

    Lasagna with Meat Sauce

    Must buy more! (5 stars)

    I thought this dish was quite good, was definitely surprised at how melty the cheese was! I threw in some of the dehydrated chopped spinach for color. Wasn't too salty and didn't leave that fake, chemically after taste that some of the frozen meals have. I love how quick and easy these meals are. The leftovers stood up well for lunch the next day, an added plus.

    Posted on 7/15/11 by Ashly

    Home Made Taste (5 stars)

    The aroma when opening the pkg is like taking a fresh home made lasagna out of the oven. Some of us have been taste-testing for lunch at work, and this is the unanimous favorite for flavor. Use a little less boiling water than instructed, then add a little more at the end if you need it. Don't make it too loose.

    Posted on 6/3/12 by Dave T

    Mountain House Lasagna 25% off in July 2013 - Emergency Essentials

     

    Have you tried Mountain House foods before? If not, what do you want to try? If so, what are your favorites? Let us know in the comments.

     

    --Urban Girl

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: mountain house, monthly sales, freeze-dried foods, freeze dried food, Main Dish, Side Dish, vegetarian option

  • Researchers hope remote controlled cockroaches can help find disaster victims.

    Hi, friends.

    Remember this story about remote-controlled cockroaches? Well, the research team who made that story possible has kept at it, and they've improved the process so the roaches are a bit easier to keep on track if sent on a “rescue mission.”

    Using video game technology, researchers have figured out how to put the roaches on autopilot, directing them along a pre-designed path. They hope that one day, the technology could be used to send the bugs into areas that are unsafe for humans to enter, such as collapsed buildings or other disaster areas.

    And by fitting the roaches with microphones and speakers, rescuers could detect the voices of individuals trapped in buildings, researchers said.

    "We may even be able to attach small speakers, which would allow rescuers to communicate with anyone who is trapped," said co-author Alper Bozkurt…

    Read the full story: Researchers Use Video Game Software to Steer Cockroaches

    What do you think? Does it give you the heebie-jeebies? Or do you think it’s cool? I’m intrigued, especially with their idea of attaching tiny microphones and speakers so rescuers could communicate with trapped victims. Although, it might be a good idea for the first thing to come out of the speakers to be, “Please don’t smash the cockroach, it’s going to help us rescue you…”

    Just in case.

    --Urban Girl

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Urban Girl, animals, Disaster Rescue, cool research

  • Tsunami Evacuation Route Sign - Could a Tsunami happen in the Pacific Northwest?

    If you enjoy vacationing at the Beaches on the Pacific Northwest coast, be aware of the potential warning signs for a Tsunami. As we learned in the post, Tsunami-Like waves Hit New Jersey, three people were swept into the ocean. Also, the devastating Tsunami that hit Thailand, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka in 2004 took the lives of many.

    From these events we learn, if ever a tide drops, get to high ground immediately because it will roar back with a vengeance and you can’t outrun it. But how do these events relate to vacationing in the Pacific Northwest?

    Researchers at National Geographic believe that the rupture of the Cascadia Fault line in the Pacific Northwest in 1700 may have created a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan that same year. According to the New York Daily News, reports from seismologists suggest that geologically, “Oregon and Japan are mirror images.”

    The similarity of these two regions has caused the Oregon legislature concern after the devastating effects of the 2011 Tsunami in Japan. Since history has indicated that the fault lines of Japan and the Pacific Northwest are linked, the Oregon legislature believes that a large magnitude earthquake in Japan could potentially create an earthquake in the Pacific Northwest. For centuries, Native American tribes located along the coast have passed down oral histories illustrating the impact of the 8.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated regions of Oregon, Washington, California, and British Columbia in 1700.

    Currently, the Oregon legislature is trying to get Oregon residents to prepare for a potential natural disaster. Many seismologists believe that an earthquake and tsunami of the same magnitude as the 1700 quake is long overdue and will affect the Pacific Northwest again. However, the legislature realizes that they have a long way to go to adequately prepare its citizens for a potential earthquake of this magnitude.

    Many areas in the Pacific Northwest are working on getting their buildings up to code. However, Maree Wacker, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Oregon, believes that while the state is making great preparations for its citizens, “Oregonians as individuals are underprepared.”

    Although the potential date of the rupture of the Cascadia Fault line is uncertain, now is the time to prepare for the potential dangers associated with a major earthquake and tsunami. Create emergency plans and have emergency supplies on hand (such as emergency kits and food storage). Remain informed on updates and news related to these potential natural disasters.

    For more information on Tsunami and Earthquake preparedness:

    http://beprepared.com/insight/6880/earthquakes/

    http://beprepared.com/blog/4819/get-ready-to-shake-out-free-download-about-earthquake-preparedness/

    To read more about amazing the history of the Cascadia Fault Line check out these links:

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/12/1208_031208_tsunami_2.html

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/report-chilling-forecast-northwest-quake-article-1.1289429

    http://www.oregongeology.com/sub/earthquakes/oraltraditions.htm

     

     

     

     

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: emergency preparedness, natural disaster, Earthquake, Tsunami, beach safety

  • Tsunami warning sign

    In mid-June, tsunami-like waves hit the New Jersey shore, sweeping at least three people into the ocean.

    The event occurred in close conjunction with a weather system labeled by the National Weather Service as a low-end derecho which propagated from west to east over the New Jersey shore just before the tsunami. It is also possible that the slumping at the continental shelf east of New Jersey played a role. The tsunami was observed at over 30 tide gauges and one DART buoy throughout the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean.

    Read more here: http://oldwcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/previous.events/06-13-13/index.php

     

    Tsunamis can come unexpectedly and very quickly, and the first wave is not always the largest in a possible series of several waves. Tsunami waves can travel as fast as 500 miles per hour and can raise water levels as much as 100 feet. If you live or vacation on an island or in a coastal location:

    • learn what the tsunami warning alarms sound like (it will likely be similar to one of these)
    • know what the signs of a tsunami are
    • sign up for earthquake and tsunami alerts on your cell phone
    • have a plan for evacuating to high ground in case of a tsunami warning
    • follow suit if the locals start running for the hills

     

    In a nutshell: If the tide ever drops suddenly, get to high ground immediately, because it will roar back with a vengeance and you cannot outrun it.

     

    The most damaging tsunami is history was the 2004 tsunami that affected Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and other countries. Over 200,000 people died and many more were injured in that tsunami alone. Footage from the 2004 tsunami was caught on camera by several individuals and compiled into a documentary for BBC Channel 4 (Directed by Janice Sutherland). Links to the film are below.

    Please note: Much of this footage contains graphic and disturbing material, and there is profanity throughout. Please use caution when viewing, especially with children nearby.

    Tsunami Caught on Camera - Part One

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Two

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Three

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Four

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Five

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Six

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Seven

    Tsunami Caught on Camera – Part Eight

     

    Learn more about tsunamis at the NOAA Tsunami page.

    Also download and review this helpful Tsunami brochure produced by UNESCO.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Emergency plan, flood preparedness, natural disaster, Tsunami, water safety, beach safety

  • Happy Fourth of July from Emergency Essentials

    Everyone here at Emergency Essentials wishes each and every one of you a wonderful and safe Independence Day. Happy 4th of July!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: holidays

  • iStock_000016955692XSmall_Blonde_Woman_Drinks_Water

    On Friday, June 28th, Lindon, Utah, a town of about 10,348 inhabitants, issued a drinking water restriction for its residents because an E. coli outbreak was discovered in the city’s water system. Since Emergency Essentials headquarters is located in Orem, Utah, right next door to Lindon, this E. coli outbreak hit rather close to home for some of our employees.

    On Friday night, I watched Utah’s ABC 4 news report about the E. coli outbreak. Reporters stated that city officials say that the entire water system would have to be flushed out and every tank and pipe in the city would have to be disinfected. The city issued mandatory boil order for its residents until the water was cleaned and the restriction was lifted on June 30th.

    This mandatory water restriction/boil order raises some interesting questions for emergency preparedness. How common and realistic is this scenario? What would you do if a water restriction was issued in your area? Have you already experienced this?

    The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued recommendations on how to boil and store water if a water restriction is announced in your city. Here are some things you should consider doing to help you and your family stay safe:

    -          Bring water to a rolling boil for a minimum of one minute

    -          When it cools, you can pour your clean water into clean containers and refrigerate

    -          Adding a pinch of salt per quart to your boiled water may improve the taste

    -          Instead of boiling water, you can also disinfect it by adding 1/8 teaspoon of bleach (common household bleach containing 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite) per gallon of water. Do not use bleach containing perfume, dyes, or other additives.

    When a boil order is issued, it pertains to almost all the ways you use water in your household—the obvious exception being flushing the toilet. The DEQ even has a chart that shows what tasks in your home should be done with boiled water. But having to boil water to do simple everyday tasks—washing your face, brushing your teeth, or cooking your food—could also be annoying and inconvenient.

    If boiling your water is inconvenient, many might say: “Well why not just buy a ton of bottled water? Problem solved!” While bottled water may seem like an easy solution to your water restriction woes (and in many instances it can be), in a water restriction, bottled water can get cleared off the shelves as quickly as bread, milk, and eggs in a snow storm. Also, if the city does not know how long the boil order might last buying bottled water could get pricey.

    So, when you can’t rely on bottled water, what’s another alternative you can turn to? –Water Storage! If you have an adequate supply of water storage (the recommended minimum amount of water to store is one gallon per day, per person, for 14 days), you will not have to worry about boiling your water or worrying that bottled water will run out at the store.

    Our product specialist, Tim, currently lives in Lindon and had to host part of his family reunion during the water restriction.  In order to make it through his family reunion, Tim is relying on water storage from his 55 gallon barrels and 160 gallon reserve tank system.

    He also plans to use a Katadyn Base Camp Gravity Filter to supply water for his guests. You simply hang the Base Camp Gravity Filter up and it filters up to 2 gallons of water in 15 minutes with no pumping. It will clean up to 200 gallons of water before you have to change out the filter component.

    If you are interested in building up a water storage supply, check out our Insight Article, "Water Storage Options", look into our water storage product page, and consider buying a water storage combo.

    Here is one piece of advice Tim shared for surviving a water boiling order: Once you have enough boiled water stored, shut off the valves to your faucets so your family doesn’t use the sinks out of habit. Don’t turn off the main water valve because you’ll still want to flush the toilet and get more water from the sink if you need to boil more.

    Be prepared for a water restriction or boiling order in your area. Learn how to adequately boil water and store water.

    If you’ve been through a boil order before, what tips do you have?

     

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: water, water storage

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