Monthly Archives: September 2013

  • One of the first steps you need to take to get prepared is make an emergency plan. Whether you live alone or with family, friends, or roommates, it’s important to be on the same page with your household, as well as those who don’t live with you but will be anxious to locate and touch base with you in an emergency.

    A basic plan is a good place to start, and we've got a great (and free) fill-in-the-blank Emergency Plan PDF so you can have a custom family emergency plan in 10 minutes or less.

    Sample Family Emergency Plan

     

    You can build a more comprehensive plan from there if you’d like, but this plan covers the basics:

    1) Grab survival kits/emergency kits/bug-out bags

    2) Designated meeting point near the home

    3) Designated meeting point in the neighborhood

    4) An out-of-town relative or friend that everyone can call to check in with (it’s pretty common for local lines to be busy following a disaster—your best bet for reaching each other is to call someone with a long-distance number and leave messages for each other).

    5) Out-of town meeting place/evacuation location

    6) Evacuation plan with primary and secondary exits from each room

    7) Emergency Contact Information

    8) Evacuation assignments (who will take what based on how much time you have)

    So, whether you’re just getting started in prepping or you’ve been building food and water storage for years, be sure you’ve got an emergency plan in place—it’s one of the most fundamental (and easiest) things you can do when it comes to emergency preparedness.

    --Sarah

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  • Kelly Kettle Combo Giveaway!

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    Hi, friends!

    We're happy to announce a giveaway today! We're giving away six stainless steel Kelly Kettle combos in celebration of Preptember™ ($132 value, now on sale for $109.99)! We think the Kelly Kettle® is a fantastic product for emergency preparedness, camping, hunting, and other outdoor activities. It's an ultra-fast camping kettle that can boil 54 oz. of water in 3-5 minutes while simultaneously functioning as a stove. Made out of durable stainless steel, it works excellent in any weather condition using naturally available materials as fuel. The Kelly Kettle is a safe-to-use, highly efficient way to heat water during an emergency or while camping. No gas or liquid fuel required. Works with any fuel sources such as small sticks, pine cones, tree bark, charcoal, and many other solid fuels.

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    If you win, you'll be the proud owner of a Kelly Kettle Combo, which includes:

    Contest ends September 30th 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Enter to win by learning about the Kelly Kettle Combo on BePrepared.com and answering the questions below.

    Good luck! (I hope you win.)

    --Sarah

     

     

     

     

     

    Additional Details and Contest Rules:

    Six winners will be selected (two within Utah, and four within the United States but excluding Utah). The winners will be contacted via email. If you are the winner and do not respond to our email within 3 business days, you will forfeit your right to the prize and another winner will be chosen.

    All entries will be verified. Contest is open to all customers with a US shipping address; however, free shipping of the 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, Wordpress or Pinterest. Your entries are going to Emergency Essentials and not to Facebook, Twitter, blogger or Pinterest. Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress, 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.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Stove, emergency cooking, Kelly Kettle, emergency stove, survival gear

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    Talking with kids about disasters, personal safety, and emergency preparedness could be an emotionally draining task for everyone involved. Playing outdoor survival games may be a good way to approach the subject in a fun, memorable, and safe environment.

    Before or after you play: Talk with your Kids

    Talk to your kids about the types of emergencies or personal safety situations they may encounter and what they can do to be safe. Create scenarios or role plays to act out and come up with solutions together. Here are some survival skills that you could talk to them about:

    • The Family Emergency Plan
    • Emergency Kits (how and when to use each item appropriately)
    • What to do if they are lost
    • What to do if a stranger approaches them
    • Outdoor Survival Skills (plant and animal track identification, building a shelter or fire, using a compass)

    Talking with them about these issues will help them to understand the importance of the games and the reasons why they are playing them. After playing the games, you can even ask them what they learned about emergency preparedness or survival.

    Rules and Regulations for Parents and Kids

    Parents:

    • Don’t try to cover everything in one day!
    • Teach one skill at a time and have a game to go along with each
    • Make sure that games are age appropriate
    • Make sure games are supervised by an adult

    Kids:

    • Show respect to the environment
    • Be kind to the gear that you use
    • Stay within the playing area 

    Let the Games Begin!

    Bases (ages 6-12+)

    This is like extreme hide and seek that teaches you how to use the environment as a natural hiding place (good for hiding from intruders, hiding for safety outdoors).

    Number of People: 6-8 people (the more people, the better!)

    How to play: Select one person to be the seeker (this could be the adult supervising). Seeker picks out 6 “bases” that all the hiders must touch/reach during the game within the playing area. The seeker stands at the last base. The goal for the hiders is to get to all the bases without being caught by the seeker.

    The seeker will count to a certain number each round, as hiders run to hide behind each base. Every round the number of counts will be different. As the seeker counts they can count very fast or very slow using the “dot system.” For example:

    • The seeker will announce the counts before they begin counting by saying “10 Slow” or “3 fast”
    • If the seeker wants to count slowly they will count saying—“one, dot, two, dot, three, dot”
    • If they want to count fast they will say “one, dot-dot, two, dot-dot, etc.”

    If the seeker sees anyone poking out from their hiding place after they are done counting, the seeker will call out their name, signifying that that person is out. The person who gets to the last base first without being seen is the winner.

    Other Survival Skills Games to Play:

    Naturalist Scattergories-http://www.twineagles.org/fun-outdoor-games.html (ages 6-12+)

    One player selects a category (example: types of trees), players sit in a circle and have ten seconds to say a type of tree. Answers can only be said once, the last player remaining in the circle wins. Best with 6 players, but can be played with 2. Can also be played using emergency items (name items in an emergency kit, items to bring on a camping trip, types of shelters, etc.)

    Shelter Skirmish-http://cheaperthandirt.com/blog/?p=45983 (ages 8-12+)

    After reviewing types of shelters and talking about how to make one, have players compete to make a lean-to shelter with items from the yard. After they work for a while, give them items to help such as a few strips of duct tape, some rope, or a poncho. See who can make the best shelter from a couple of items.

    For More Survival Games Check Out:

    For More Resources for Teaching Kids Survival Skills:

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Emergency plan, Survival, emergency preparedness, kids

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    If you’re new to preparedness, the best piece of advice we can give you is this:

     You don’t have to do it all at once.

    This Preptember™ we want to help you start prepping one step at a time. There are six major areas that you should consider when you start to prepare. Here are a few articles, books, and checklists to get you started in each area:

    Emergency Plans

    Planning for an Emergency

    Evacuating from Home in an Emergency

    Practicing your Family Evacuation Plan

    Emergency and Evacuation Plan Checklist (downloadable/printable)

    Emergency Kits

    Emergency Kit

    Getting Started on an Emergency Kit or Bug-Out-Bag

    Special Considerations for Emergency Kits (small children/babies, elderly, etc.)

    Emergency Kit Checklist (downloadable/printable)

    Food Storage

    Introduction to Food Storage

    15 Tips for Food Storage Shopping

    Eat What You Store

    Storing Non-Food Items

    Water Storage (including filtration and purification)

    Water Storage Overview

    Water Storage Options

    Water Filtration and Purification

    Gear/Equipment

    Equipment Tools for an emergency

    Emergency Shelter

    7 Tips for Choosing a Sleeping Bag

    First Aid & Sanitation

    First Aid First

    Sanitation and Hygiene during an Emergency

    First Aid Skills (CPR, Allergic reactions, breaks and sprains, etc.) [See our Recent Blog First Aid Series]

     

    General Resources

    Checklist and Insight Articles

    Emergency Plans and Checklists (downloadable/printable)

    Insight Articles (educational articles that give tips, skills, and techniques in the 6 areas listed above)

    Books

    Emergency Essentials Tips for Preparedness Book

    Wilderness and Travel Medicine

    Food Storage in a Nutshell 

    Newspaper article

    2013 Deseret News Emergency Essentials Preptember™ Insert

    Check out our blog all this month for more prepping basics and articles in honor of National Preparedness month.

    Happy Prepping!

    Experienced and New Preppers: How did you start your emergency preparedness plan? What did you do to make emergency preparedness less overwhelming?

    We’d love to hear your advice!

    --Angela

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  • Don’t you just love September? The crisp air, the football games, the iodine tablets. That’s right, folks. It’s Preptember™ once again! And what better way to celebrate National Preparedness Month than with a blog series?

    This year we’re taking it back to the basics: we’ll be talking all month about easy ways to get started in emergency preparedness, simple strategies for maintenance, and how to master the bare essentials. So, if you’re overwhelmed and feeling “stuck” when it comes to preparing for emergencies, this is the ideal month to tune in.

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    Just to tempt you (I know, you’re already tempted!), here are a few of the topics coming down the pike this month:

    • Water storage: it’s way easier than it sounds.
    • Food storage: start small. Oh, and how to make it palatable. Because food storage doesn’t have to (and shouldn’t) be gross.
    • Gear: what’s crucial and what can you skip?
    • Survival: you may not be Bear Grylls, but we’ll teach you how to hold your own.
    • “Slow & Steady”: time vs. money when building your store of supplies.

    Our goal is to shake you from paralysis in the face of your daunting to-do list and show you how manageable it is to chip away at preparedness a little at a time. We all want to save ourselves time, money, and stress, so let us walk you through the most important practices and principles.

    Have a topic you really want to learn about? Let us know in the comments!

    --Stacey

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: emergency preparedness, getting started, Preptember, National Preparedness Month

  • September Group Specials

    We’re offering five great Group Special items for September.

    Our Shield School Emergency Kit continues from last month at the excellent back-to-school price of only $5.00 each when you buy 10—a savings of 33% off the regular price of $7.50. Show this to your PTA or get together with other parents from your child’s class—only $150 would provide kits for a class of 30! Each kit contains a 400-calorie food bar, a box of water, an 18-hour hand warmer, a poncho, and an emergency sleeping bag—comfort and sustenance for the kids during any stressful time.

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    The brand-new MRE Side Dish Combo offers a selection of six popular varieties of fruit or gain side dishes. Partner them with MRE entrees or enjoy them alone as a snack or for breakfast: Applesauce, Raspberry Applesauce, Pears, Mixed Fruit, Cornbread Stuffing, or Santa Fe Style Rice.  Each Combo contains 10 side dishes. When you order 10 combos you’ll get them for just $12.00 each—a 33% savings!

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    Every home and business needs a handy Emergency Gas Wrench to shut off the gas valve properly and securely in case of a gas leak, fire, earthquake, or other emergency. This tool includes diagrams and emergency instructions, and is available for only $3.00 when you purchase 15, a savings of 39% over the regular price of $4.95.

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    Hurry to get your order in for our Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried Roast Beef Steak, as quantities are limited! These small cubes of steak are perfect to add to vegetable soup, stew, pasta, pizza, stir-fry, casseroles, breakfast burritos, and more. One #10 can is $26.00, a super saving of 48%--nearly half-off the regular price of $49.95 if your group buys 12 cans. Reserve your order today to be sure you get some.

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    Here’s a great way to have a creamy Alfredo sauce ready anytime for pasta, pizza, or steamed  vegetables: our just-add-water Provident Pantry Alfredo Sauce Mix. Each 16-oz. MyChoice can is only $6.00 if your group purchases 12, saving you 39% off the regular price of $9.95.

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    Remember: get your group orders in by September 26 so we’ve got time to process them before the end of the month!

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  • We thought we’d wrap up our First Aid series with an overview of some useful products and resources. And since medical emergencies come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors, we’ll look at a range of items, from “basic,” to “comprehensive,” to “crazy-hard-core.”

     

    First aid kits

    Basic: Cut finger? Skinned knee? The Pocket 1st Aid Kit has you covered. Ideal for a diaper bag, school backpack, glove compartment, or Christmas stocking, this go-anywhere collection of bandages and skin cleaners can take care of minor bumps and scrapes.

    Comprehensive: I really like the compactness of the 100 Piece First Aid Kit. Bandages, splints, gloves, and even booklet of first aid instructions all come in a neat, little plastic case. Fits perfectly under the seat of a car, stashes neatly in a closet or pantry, or saves space in a 72 hour kit.

    Crazy-hard-core: The 397 Piece First Aid Kit not only contains enough square yards of bandage to wrap an entire adult, head to foot, but comes with both a sturdy storage bag and a mini backpack. Use the small backpack for temporary trips, or divide the contents between the two bags to double your readiness (house/car, upstairs/downstairs, home/travel).

    *Bonus: None of these exactly what you need? Browse our loose supplies and assemble your own customized kit. Don’t forget a sturdy medic bag with lots of pockets, like this one:

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    Books

    Basic: The American Safety & Health Institute’s little pocket guide, CPR, AED, and Basic First Aid: Pocket Reference Guide is a must. Throw one in your kit and keep another handy for a quick refresher.

    Comprehensive: For a bit more information, Emergency Essentials' Tips for Preparedness includes a whole chapter on first aid and sanitation. A bit bulky for the 72 hour kit, this is a good reference guide to keep on the bookshelf for family education.

    Crazy-hard-core: If you’re planning on skinning your knee or getting a snake bite, say, in the middle of Death Valley, skip the traditional first aid guides and grab Dr. Eric Weiss’s Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine. This one assumes you can’t just dial 911 and tells you how to treat everything from a thigh bone fracture to a collapsed lung.

     

    Apps

    Basic: Pocket First Aid and CPR from the American Heart Association includes basic instruction for choking and CPR, but also lets you store medical profiles for family members—particularly handy in an actual emergency. ($1.99)

    Comprehensive: I just downloaded the First Aid app by American Red Cross, and I’m amazed at the amount of information here! There’s a separate tab for information about different medical emergencies, one for emergency preparedness, and another with step-by-step instructions first aid instructions. Plus, it includes tests and other resources for certification and volunteering. And all for free!

    Crazy-hard-core: If you’re the type needs Dr. Weiss’s guide, it would also be worth your $.99 to invest in the Military Medic Book Collection – Army Medical First Aid Guide app. This uncanny collection of 25+ official military field manuals lets you download as many books as you want onto your device (for the one-time price of the app), as well as sort, scroll, and bookmark them. Because, really, who doesn’t need to know how to deliver a baby in a combat zone?

     

    The ability to quickly look up first aid tips on an app could be a lifesaving factor in an accident while you’re out around town. But keep in mind that many disasters will knock out power and you may not be able to charge or access your apps. That’s why having a printed first aid manual or book is so essential. Having these resources on hand (or on your phone/tablet) will enable you to respond to all kinds of first aid situations when the time comes.

    --Stacey

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  • September Sale Items

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    Our September sale items will bring you remarkable savings this month. After looking through the September catalog for great deals, I found 8 sale items that would help you cover the essentials for emergency preparedness—light, food storage, shelter, water, and emergency and first aid kits.

    Light

    Charger Hand Crank Flashlight-on sale for $5.89 (50% off this month!). This flashlight has 3 LEDs and 2 brightness modes. One minute of hand cranking charges the internal NiMH battery for up to 30 minutes of light. Can charge basic cell phones (excludes most smart phones). The perfect addition to your emergency kit.

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    Food Storage

    Supreme Pizza Combo-on sale for $99.99 (31% off this month!). This combo includes all the ingredients you need to make a supreme pizza—sausage, onions, peppers, mozzarella, dough mix, and sauce. This versatile combo comes in four Provident Pantry®#10 cans and four MyChoice™ cans. You can use the ingredients in other recipes as well.

    SPECIAL SALE- All Mountain House #10 cans—on sale for 40-50% off this month!

    For the whole month of September, we are having our best sale EVER on our Mountain House #10 cans. If you love Mountain House products, now is the time to stock up and get incredible savings on your favorite items like chili mac, raspberry crumble, and granola with blueberries and milk. Check out all the great Mountain House Deals for September.

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    Shelter

    Deluxe Portable Privacy Shelter-NEW item! On sale for $69.99 (22% off this month!) This portable pop-up shelter is perfect for camping, pool parties, and outdoor events. It’s the perfect size for one person to sit or stand comfortably while changing, showering, or for sanitation needs. Provides cool features like a detachable tarp floor, towel hanger, and toiletry pockets for the ultimate privacy and convenience.

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    Water

    SteriPen Emergency Handheld Water Purifier-On sale for $36.99 (26% off this month!). Use UV light to destroy waterborne microbes that could make you sick. Eliminates 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in water. Treats one liter in 90 seconds, and ½ liter in 48 seconds. Perfect for backpacking and hiking to purify water found on or off the trail.

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    Emergency Kit

    Roadwise Emergency Kit-on sale for $32.99 (originally $38.95). This car emergency kit can serve as a second emergency kit if you evacuate your home during an emergency. Kit includes hand warmers, poncho, water boxes, toilet paper, a multi-tool, headlamp, and 400 calorie bars, and much more! It’s the essential “bug-out-bag.”

    KC-A600 Roadwise Kit

    First Aid Kit

    Medic’s (192 piece) First Aid Kit-on sale for $69.99. (originally $79.95). Includes 175 medical items traditionally used by paramedics and emergency medical technicians. Comes with EMT shears, fine point tweezers, and a Wilderness and Travel Medicine Guide. The perfect item for a comprehensive emergency kit.

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    We’ve got some incredible deals this month, so don’t miss out! Remember to check out our Mountain House #10 can sales—with 40-50% savings, items are bound to go fast. Happy Prepping!

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  • This September, we are having a Mountain House sale that will knock your socks off. For the whole month, ALL Mountain House #10 cans are 40-50% off! If you love Mountain House products, now is the time to stock up and get incredible savings on your favorite items.

    If you’ve never tried any Mountain House products, there’s no time like the present to try some and stock up on the items you like. Mountain House #10 cans are ideal for long-term food storage. It’s been scientifically proven that Mountain House #10 cans have a shelf life of 25+ years, getting you the best value for your buck.

    Here’s a preview of some of the great Mountain House products you can get during this awesome sale:

    Entrees

    Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef- 40% off! On sale for $15.89 (originally $26.49) A savory combination of macaroni, beans, and ground beef mixed in a delicious tomato based chili sauce. A personal favorite (it’s SO good).

    Mountain House Chili Macaroni at the dinner table

    Mountain House Granola with Milk and Blueberries40% off! On sale for $23.99 (originally $39.99). This great breakfast item is easy to prepare and delicious. Just add water to a bowl of granola, and enjoy the familiar taste of granola, blueberries, and milk.

    Check out more Mountain House Entrees on sale this month

     

     

    Combos

    Since Mountain House Combos include Provident Pantry items, you’ll receive 30% savings on all Mountain House Combos. The Mountain House items within the combos are discounted to go along with our September sale and bring the combo price down by 30% overall.

    Breakfast Combo- 37.3% off!  On sale for $99.99 (originally $159.48). This combo includes granola, scrambled eggs with bacon, scrambled eggs with ham, sliced strawberries, milk, and orange drink mix. A hearty and simple breakfast that is ready in minutes.

    Beef Entrée with Vegetable Side Combo- 31.4% off! On sale for $104.99 (originally $153.06). This combo contains four of our most popular beef entrees (Beef Stroganoff, Beef Stew, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, and Chili Mac with Beef). Includes freeze dried broccoli and super sweet corn. All of the meals in this combo are fast and easy to make. Just add water and wait 10 minutes.

    Check out more Mountain House Combos on sale this month.

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    Other Favorites

    Mountain House Strawberries- 50% off! On sale for $15.24 (originally $30.49). Add to granola, cereals, or French toast. MH strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C that is a great natural sweetener. Perfect for smoothies and jams. Rehydrates quickly and retains much of its original color, and flavor.

    Mountain House Freeze Dried Chicken Dices- 40% off! On sale for $29.39 (originally $48.99). The perfect addition to stir-fry, pasta, or casseroles, MH Freeze Dried Chicken Dices rehydrate quickly and retain their original shape, color, and flavor. A great gift for someone just starting their food storage.

    Check out all the Mountain House items on sale this month.

    Now that we’ve whet your appetite, it’s time to get shopping! Don’t miss out on these incredible savings. For the whole month of September Mountain House #10 cans are on sale for 40-50% off!

    Limited Time Offer!

    Mountain House has offered us a limited quantity and special buy on cans of a few varieties that were manufactured in 2011 and 2012. These cans are scientifically tested to store for 25+ years, leaving over 22 years remaining, and at a terrific discount – 50% off! No tricks or gimmicks, just a fantastic opportunity we are passing along to you. Mountain House cans of freeze dried foods offer terrific flavor and quality, and now you can enjoy their foods at an unprecedented price.

    Varieties included in this limited-time offer are:

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