Monthly Archives: December 2013

  • Stay safe this New Year's during all of your festivities

    As the New Year rolls in, start it off right by staying safe during your New Year’s Eve festivities.

    Whether you plan to celebrate at home, around town, or in Times Square, make sure you prep for any emergency that might happen while you’re out ringing in the New Year.

    Keep Your Phone Charged

    Take a cell phone and charger with you to your parties and events. Cell phones (what most already consider to be their lifelines) become even more vital at big events, especially if you are celebrating in an unfamiliar area. The Switch 8  will help you charge it even if you don’t have your regular charger handy. Communication is important so that you can reach your friends, family, or loved ones in case you get lost, injured, or have another emergency.

    Keep Cash Handy

    Have cash on hand if you’re going to be out all night. You never know when a craving for tacos or pie might hit you. More serious than a craving, however, would be to have enough cash to take a taxi home or to use in another emergency.

    Be Safe on the Road

    Watch out for drunk drivers on the road. And remember to also do your part in keeping the celebration fun without making it dangerous for yourself or others.

    Be Careful with Fireworks

    Be aware of the potential danger that fireworks pose. They are a fantastic way to celebrate 2014, but the fun and games end when someone gets hurt. Double check that fireworks are legal in your area before lighting them. Watch for flying sparks or children standing too close to active fireworks.  However, even with all the preparation in the world, accidents can still happen, so keep some BurnFree on hand, just in case. It never hurts to prepare.

    These are just a few tips to keep you safe as you celebrate the end of 2013. For more safety tips, check out the links below.

    http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_southeast_valley/mesa/fireworks-safety-tips-for-new-years-eve

    http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/31/jan-1-is-worst-day-for-drunken-driving-analysis-shows/

     

    We hope you have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve this year!

    Kim

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: safety, preparedness, Emergency plan, emergency preparedness, holiday, celebrate, New Year

  • Stacey's Double Apple Crisp

    At our house, Christmas celebrations revolve around traditional treats that different family members have been perfecting for decades. My mom’s pie crust is legendary. My dad’s truffles, fudge, toffee, and peanut brittle are requested annually. In recent years, we’ve added my husband’s mouth-watering peppermint-chocolate-chocolate-chip cookies and a friend’s grandmother’s recipe for old English boiled cranberry pudding We do manage a dinner in there somewhere, but if I’m honest, our holiday is basically a sweet fest.

    My job is baking. The breads, the cookies, the cobblers all fall to me, which suits me just fine (me, who couldn’t find my way around a candy thermometer if my life depended on it!). The only problem is that from mid-November onward, I end up having to make semi-weekly pilgrimages to the grocery store just to stay stocked up on eggs, butter, and brown sugar—not to mention the fresh fruit and cream that I only ever need in miniscule portions and which spoil after five minutes in my fridge. But this year, I found a secret weapon!

    Are you ready?

    I don’t think you’re ready.

    Okay, fine. It’s egg powder. Seriously, I have a pumpkin bread recipe that calls for six eggs. Do you know how fast I go through those huge cartons? But already this month I’ve made pumpkin bread, sugar cookies, and two batches of gingerbread, and I haven’t even made a dent in my can of egg powder. I love it! And it makes me think I should be raiding my food storage for other basics, and maybe even the not-so-basics.

    In that spirit, I want to share with you one of my favorite seasonal treats. I found this fantastic apple crisp recipe years ago and have been tinkering with it every winter until it’s become, quite simply, the best thing ever. And it can be made almost entirely out of food storage items! Good to know you could still have luxuries like apple crisp, even in the midst of a crisis. Bon appétit!

     A Dish Of Apple Crisp made from Food Storage

    Stacey’s Double Apple Crisp

    1 ½ cups Provident Pantry White Flour

    2 cups Provident Pantry Regular Rolled Oats

    2-3 tsp MyChoice Premium Cinnamon

    1 tsp ground nutmeg

    1 tsp ground cloves

    1 ½ cups packed Provident Pantry Brown Sugar 

    1 ½ cups (3 sticks, or 24 tbsp) reconstituted Provident Pantry Butter Powder

    6-8 cups reconstituted Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried Cinnamon Apple Slices

     

    1.      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)

    2.      Combine flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly (this works best with fingers!)

    3.      Put half the mixture into a 9x13 baking dish and pat down.

    4.      Cover crumb mixture with reconstituted apple slices, then sprinkle apples with remaining crumb mixture.

    5.      Bake for 45-50 minutes. Serve hot. Top with ice cream.

    Um…I might need to go make this right now.

    --Stacey

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, holidays, recipe, family, Dessert, christmas

  • There are just two days left in the year 2013! So you know what that means, right? There are just two days left to check out our December sale items, too. Now that the holiday season is dying down, you can sit back, relax, and look through our December sale items as you ring in the New Year.

    In case you didn’t get a chance to check out our sale items during the hustle and bustle of the last few weeks, here are some items selling at great prices this December!

    Trekker II-Emergency Kit (two person)-- On sale this month for $87.99 (a $147.59 value). This Emergency kit includes basic survival gear for two people to survive for up to three days. The best part is that buying extras of this kit will prepare you for a variety of events that may arise in 2014: birthdays, as a gift for your nephew’s wedding, or for your cousin who has two kids and is trying to get the family prepared. Each kit comes with a medium and a large backpack and includes hygiene items, water, calorie food bars, warmth items, first aid necessities, a Tube Tent, radio, and so much more!

    Trekker II Emergency Kit (two person)

     72-Hour Food and Water Supply— Each combo includes meals-ready-to-eat and water for one person for three days. This combo has a variety of MRE entrees, sides, and desserts to choose from, as well as 18 water pouches, and much more! You can mix and match to create unique meals. You can even use this combo to add more food to your pre-made Trekker II kit or the emergency kit you already own. It’s on sale this month for $52.99 (at $90.50 value).

    72-Hour Food and Water Supply

    Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes—Hash browns are a special treat to have for a weekend or holiday breakfast. After partying on New Year’s Eve, why not wake up on New Year’s Day to the delicious smell of hash brown potatoes cooking in the skillet? Better yet, you can eat these hash browns as a side dish or create a breakfast casserole; there’s just so much you can do with one can of hash browns!  Get them this month for only $7.89 (20% off the regular price of $10.99).

    Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes

    Steripen Ultra— As you start preparing for the upcoming spring/summer camping season, make sure you have a water purifier on hand as you hike on the trails. The Steripen Ultra is a rechargeable, ultra-violet water purifier that can purify up to 50 liters of water per charge! This pen can neutralize over 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, and protozoa in your water. On sale this month for $79.99 (regularly priced at $119.95).

    Steripen Ultra

    As you celebrate the New Year, don’t forget to check out our December sales. All of these items will help you to be prepared not only for 2014, but for many years to come!

    Happy New Year!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: monthly sales, sale, sales, December sale

  • Prevent holiday fires in your home

    Inevitably at this time of year, we see headlines about holiday fires as this season of celebration involves heavy traffic, excessive electricity use, and extreme weather. The latest disaster comes from my corner of the country, where a dog alerted a family to a Christmas tree fire that claimed $85,000 worth of damage to their home.

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology reports that Christmas tree fires are relatively rare (right around 210 per year), but that fatalities associated with those fires are disproportionately high. In other words, the chance of a tree fire in your home may be low, but if it happens, you have a greater chance of dying. Yikes. And if you really want to give yourself a scare, watch the video on their site showing a dry Christmas tree catching fire and consuming a whole room in less than a minute.

     

    Live trees aren’t the only culprits. Pre-lit artificial trees, candles, and home baking all increase the chance of a home fire during the holidays, so be particularly careful this year.

    Both FEMA and the National Fire Prevention Association provide helpful tip lists for avoiding holiday fires in your home. You can also check out our blog post to Make a Fire Escape Plan and download this pdf on home fire safety.

     

    The only thing we want burning this season is the Yule log!

     

    --Stacey

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: holidays, preparedness, tips, Fire Safety, fire

  • Happy Holidays!

    Happy Holidays!

    Merry Christmas! We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating with family, friends, and loved ones this holiday season!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: holiday, christmas

  • Tornado Warning in the Midwest saves countless lives

    At any time, a natural disaster can strike without any warning. Preparation for any type of emergency, but especially for a natural disaster, can and will pay off in the event one comes to your town.

    Mother Nature reached out with her fickle hand once again in November, spreading tornadoes across the Midwest.

    Dozens of tornadoes traversed through seven of the states—and Illinois was hit the hardest. Although most of the destruction happened in Washington, IL, only one fatality resulted in the area. And why is that?  Preparation.

    For days, various weather service centers watched the weather and charted the rising storm, allowing them to predict when the tornado would arrive in Washington. On the day of the storm, local weather service centers broadcasted a warning 16 minutes before the tornado hit. This warning was broadcasted three minutes earlier than any other tornado warning Illinois has had in the past. Those three extra minutes saved countless lives as people fled to safety.

    “You are in a life-threatening situation,” said the last warning. “Complete destruction possible. Flying debris will be deadly.”

    To learn more about the Midwest tornadoes and Washington’s victory over fatalities, check out CBS News

    You may never face a tornado (and we hope that’s the case!), but check out this article to prep yourself in case one ever does cross your path.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Survival, emergency preparedness, natural disaster, Tornado, Midwest Tornados

  • Favorite Holiday Meal

    Favorite Holiday Meal

    My husband’s siblings live in our general area, so on Christmas afternoon our family tradition takes us all to my brother’s home for a pot-luck holiday meal. His family, with a few dollars contributed by each of us, provides a ham and a turkey. The rest of us bring the trimmings—rolls, salads, relish plates, potatoes, vegetables, and desserts. These can vary from year to year, but here are some favorites:

    Sour Cream Party Potatoes—(known locally as “Funeral Potatoes” because they’re so often included at after-funeral luncheons!): Shredded cooked potatoes  baked with Cream of Chicken Soup, sour cream, green onions (optional) and grated cheese, topped with a crunchy layer of crushed cereal or potato chips. (See recipe below)

    Cranberry Orange Relish: chopped fresh cranberries; ground orange with some peel, sugar, and nuts; mixed into a black cherry or raspberry gelatin base. It tastes like Christmas!

    Green Bean Casserole—the usual combination of green beans (fresh-cooked, frozen, canned, or reconstituted freeze dried) mixed with French’s Fried Onions and some Cream of Mushroom Soup. Some folks add cheese, others slivered almonds or mushrooms. A delicious variation is fresh-cooked asparagus bites with Cream of Asparagus Soup.

    Raisin Sauce for Ham—a slightly thickened sauce of ham drippings, pineapple juice, and brown sugar, with a few plumped raisins to spoon over sliced ham.

    Butter-browned Parsnips—parsnips peeled and cut like carrot sticks, boiled a few minutes until just tender, then lightly browned in a skillet with butter.

    Layered Salad—Bite-size lettuce bits layered with ranch dressing, frozen green peas (they’ll thaw), shredded Swiss cheese, crumbled crisp bacon, and chopped green onions. Chill in layered state and toss just before serving.

    Christmas Jello—red and green layers of gelatin (with fruits as desired), separated by a layer of cream cheese mixed with whipped topping (and a little pineapple if you like). Top with a dollop of whipped topping on each serving.

    Sweet Potatoes and Apples—alternate slices of each in a casserole dish, top with melted butter and brown sugar and bake until tender. Variations: sweet potatoes and pineapple dices, or broiled pineapple and apple slices.

    Chocolate Peppermint Dessert—using a recipe for cream-puffs, spread pastry on cookie sheet and bake until lightly browned and puffy. Spread generously with mixed instant chocolate pudding, then a layer of whipped topping, finished with finely-crushed peppermint candy. Cut into squares.

    And a few fondly-remembered dishes from my southern childhood:

    Macaroni and Cheese Casserole (and I’m not the only one—be sure to see Mac and Cheese: A Holiday Tradition--and by the way, don’t miss Apple Cinnamon French Toast—a Christmas Tradition—I’m trying that one this year!)

    Cornbread Stuffing for Turkey—Use the same seasonings as for bread-crumb stuffing: sage, thyme, onion, celery, and chicken or turkey broth--used to moisten crumbled cornbread instead of wheat bread crumbs. (See recipe below)

    Pecan Pie—whole pecans topping a rich filling made of dark Karo syrup and eggs

    Sweet Potato Pie—similar to pumpkin, but made with cooked, pureed sweet potatoes instead, making a slightly thicker texture.

    Recipe: “Sour Cream Party Potatoes” (the mostly-food-storage version)

    4 cups reconstituted Provident Pantry Hash Browns, drained

    1 tablespoon Provident Pantry Green Onions (or any of our Onions)

    1 ½ cups Provident Pantry Shredded Freeze-Dried Cheddar Cheese

    Sauce:

    Whisk together in a medium saucepan:

    3 ½ cups cold water

    1/2 cup Provident Pantry Cream Sauce and Soup Base mix

    1 tablespoon Provident Pantry Chicken Broth mix

    ½ cup Provident Pantry Sour Cream Powder

    Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

    Fold drained potatoes into sauce. Add onions and cheese and stir well. Pour into a buttered casserole dish and top with crushed potato chips or crushed cereal such as crispy rice or corn flakes. Dot with Red Feather Butter. Bake at 350° F for ½ hour or until bubbly.

     

    Recipe: Cornbread Stuffing (the mostly-food-storage version)

    1 batch of Provident Pantry Corn Muffin Mix, prepared the day before if possible, cut in slices and allowed to dry out

    ½ cup Provident Pantry Chopped Onions, reconstituted

    ¾ cup Provident Pantry Celery, reconstituted

    1 ½ teaspoons sage

    1 teaspoon thyme

    1 teaspoon dried parsley

    ½ teaspoon Provident Pantry Black Pepper

    3 tablespoons Red Feather Butter or Clarified Butter

    About 2 cups Provident Pantry Chicken Broth, prepared

    In butter, sauté the onions and celery for a few minutes, then add seasonings. Add 1 cup of the chicken broth and let simmer for a couple of minutes. Crumble the dry cornbread into fine pieces and add to skillet, stirring to absorb the liquid. Add more chicken broth as needed to get the consistency you like. If you’re planning to stuff a turkey or a chicken, make your stuffing a little on the dry side, as it will absorb juices from the bird. Otherwise, spoon stuffing into a casserole dish and cover. Keep warm until it’s time to serve.

    There you have it—some of my favorite traditional holiday foods. Do you have a favorite holiday meal? Leave a comment and let us know!

    Happy holidays!

    --Sharon

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, recipes, freeze dried, #10 cans, holiday, traditions

  • Six Survival Structures to Help you in a Disaster

    Having a practical survival structure option is crucial in an emergency. This is why the Dutch non-profit organization INDEX recently held a structural design contest (structural design refers to the creation of buildings, homes, furniture, etc.) that asked contestants to create structures that could meet the growing global challenges that we face daily—one of these challenges being natural disasters.

    INDEX’s mission is to find the best designers who can create structures to improve the quality of life and to make daily tasks easier for all people. Each year, INDEX holds one of the largest design contests in the world.

    The CNN article, “In the Middle of a Natural Disaster? These Designs will Help You” highlights six survival structure from INDEX’s 2013 contest—designs that pay particular attention to helping people alleviate the impact of natural disasters in their lives.

    According to CNN, these projects “include a broad range of devices designed to save lives by helping rescue workers or giving people caught up in the aftermath of a natural disaster a way to help themselves.”

    The most interesting survival structure to me was the “Eliodomestico”. Its  structure is similar to a water well system, but it has a “futuristic” twist. The “Eliodomestico” gathers and distills sea water using the power of the sun to make it clean and safe to drink.

    Check out how the Eliodomestico works by watching this video.

    The other designs range from thin skyscrapers used as housing for victims of natural disasters to inflatable rafts that can be used as furniture. Take a look at the other five designs that CNN highlights by checking out their article, “In the Middle of a Natural Disaster? These Designs will Help You”.

    How useful/functional do you think these structures would be in a flood, tornado, or tsunami? Let us know in the comments.

    --Angela

    Image Source: http://www.nominateforindexaward.com/Presentation/read/id=MTc0MQ==

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: warmth, skills, shelter, preparedness, Survival, emergency preparedness

  • Natural Disasters and Gender: An Unexpected Factor

    In 1970, the Bhola Cyclone hit Bangladesh, killing close to 300,000 people. Of every 15 victims, 14 were women. Since then, researchers have been looking into the cultural factors that affect genders differently in an emergency situation. In third world countries (historically hardest hit by natural disasters) for instance, social taboos might make it difficult for women to evacuate unescorted.

    While we may live in a community free from the same restrictions, other factors are less foreign, in the article, “Improving Women’s Odds in Disasters,” the World Bank reports that “most women in Bangladesh were home-based, and responsible for children and elders . . . They died in cyclones because they did not hear warnings, or because they had to fend for others as well as themselves.”

    The circumstances of these women are in some ways similar to what we may experience in the U.S. during an emergency. In a crisis, many women and men may put aside their own safety to lend a helping hand to a spouse, the elderly, children, neighbors, friends, and other loved ones. However, it is also important that in addition to helping others, we learn to help ourselves as well. Or in another circumstance, fathers or mothers who work to provide for their families and may not be home when an emergency strikes, thus it is important that all family members know how to be prepared. Our own preparedness education will allow us to not only help our loved ones, but will enable us to do so without jeopardizing our own health or safety.

    This is why for the last 40 years, Bangladesh has labored to involve women more in their emergency planning so that they can help themselves as well as others during an emergency. This increased effort has caused the gender gap in disaster casualties to dramatically decrease. One of the major lessons we can take away from emergency planning in Bangladesh is that no matter what our social, cultural, professional, or domestic circumstances may be, whole families (men, women, children, and the elderly) need to be educated about preparedness.

    Learn more about Bangladesh’s efforts to educate citizens about emergency preparedness in the World Bank.org article, “Improving Women’s Odds in Disasters.” Then check out the following articles and resources to get started on your own family’s emergency plan.

    --Stacey

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Emergency plan, family, Survival, emergency preparedness, natural disaster

  • This post is the last installment of our 2013 12 Days of Christmas, 12 Days of Giveaways series. This series will run from December 3rd to December 18th, 2013. Each giveaway is open for three calendar days. Special offers are open as long as supplies last.   Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Mountain time on the 3rd day. This giveaway is CLOSED. Click here to enter the giveaway for Day Eleven

    12 Days of Giveaways--Day 12

    On the 12th Day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me . . . the Grand Prize—a Trekker II Emergency Kit!

    12 Days of Giveaways--Day 12: Trekker 2 Emergency Kit (two person)

    Have two kids rooming together who need an emergency kit? Do you know a couple soon to be married? Or are you just trying to update your own emergency supplies? The Trekker II-Two Person Emergency Kit will provide food, water, and emergency supplies designed to feed and comfort two people for up to three days.

    This emergency kit comes in two convenient backpacks—one large and one medium—for easy transport. (This kit is intended for use by two people who are together; we don’t recommend dividing it between two people living in different locations.)

    In addition to the basics of two Mainstay 3,600-calorie food bars, 12 Aqua Blox of drinking water, two ponchos, two reflective sleeping bags, a tube tent, and hand and body warmers, this kit contains extras like:

    • 1 Headlamp with batteries
    • Strike-anywhere matches and fuel-fire starter
    • 100-hour candle
    • 72-piece first-aid kit with booklet
    • Sunscreen
    • Hygiene items
    • AM/FM radio with batteries
    • Emergency duct tape
    • 2 types of emergency whistles
    • 2 N95 respiratory masks

    If you don’t already have an emergency kit, this could be yours—and if you do have one, it would make a welcome wedding, anniversary, holiday, or all-occasion gift to give any couple!

    Just take the short quiz below to enter the giveaway. Remember, you can receive an additional entry if you share today’s giveaway post publicly on your Facebook page. You have until Friday, December 20th at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time to enter.

    Good luck!

    Thanks for participating in our Twelve Days of Christmas giveaway! We hope you enjoyed it, and learned something new about prepping gear. We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    smart phone users: Click here to take the quiz https://emergencyessentials.typeform.com/to/Az77ai

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: giveaway, holidays, emergency kit, holiday, holiday gifts, 12 days of Christmas

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