Monthly Archives: December 2013

  • Prepare yourself this winter with an emergency car kit

    Tuesday brought a happy ending to a familiar, and usually tragic, winter story. When James Glanton, his girlfriend Christina McIntee, and the four children they took up into the hills of northern Nevada to play in the snow didn’t return that night, family feared the worst. Their Jeep had overturned on a snowy road, and the six of them survived in below zero temperatures (!) for two days before rescuers found them—cold, but unharmed. You can read more about their fortunate rescue here.

    If you haven’t already made your car’s emergency kit winter ready, now’s a good time to consider whether you could survive for two days stranded in your vehicle. FEMA has a helpful checklist of items you’ll want handy. And check out these blog posts for more ideas and resources for winter road safety.

    Also, don’t forget to check out our selection of emergency kits to help you start preparing for winter conditions and emergency situations alike.

    Don’t count on luck to get you out of a dangerous situation. Be prepared!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Car Kit, Winter, emergency kit, emergency preparedness

  • Update from the Philippines

    Philippines Update

    In November, Emergency Essentials worked with CharityVision to send supplies to the Philippines to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan after it ripped through their country. After gathering supplies, fourteen members of CharityVision flew down mid-November to bring a spark of hope to the people in Leyte.

    Many of the volunteers working with CharityVision already spoke the local languages (having served church-related missions to the area) and had medical backgrounds such as emergency room doctors and nurses, physician assistants, medical doctors, or rescue professionals. Once they arrived, volunteers immediately worked to provide medical attention to people of all ages and to clear roads of downed trees and other debris.

    When reflecting on the team’s efforts in the Philippines, Tom Aguilar of Omnimed (another Utah company sponsoring the effort) said, “This CharityVision advance team [is] completely self-contained and equipped. They each hand-carried 150 pounds of every imaginable form of medicines and supplies, tools, and solar equipment . . .”

     Philippines Update: CharityVision's efforts

    Despite the efforts of CharityVision and other volunteers, the conditions of the country are still bleak with destruction as thousands of homeless refugees seek food and clean water. However, volunteer and locals alike are working to rebuild homes, and lives, within the destroyed community.

     Philippines Update: Charity Vision using the Katadyn Water Filter to purify water supplies

    CharityVision continues to send groups roughly every 10 days, focusing more on reconstruction than medical care although they still play an important role in helping the people. In January, another group will head over to help rebuild the infrastructure of the health system and provide additional relief work, according to Jon Woozley, one of the volunteers of CharityVision.

    To read the rest of how CharityVision is working to provide relief to those in the Philippines, check out their article: http://globalgoods.com/yolanda11-20.html

    As we remember those still experiencing the aftermath of this natural disaster, let’s not forget the power of community involvement and volunteer efforts in giving aid.  There are many good, reputable organizations still accepting donations to help in the Philippines. We encourage you to donate if you are able.

    For more information on how to prepare and help others to survive through natural disasters like this, check out our Insight Articles to make sure you know what to do if one strikes in your area:

    Hurricane Preparedness

    Avalanche Safety

    What to Do Before, During, and After a Flood

    Earthquake Preparedness

    Preparing for a Tornado

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: preparedness, Survival, Relief Efforts, typhoon, philippines, Typhoon Haiyan

  • This post is part 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 Ten.

    12 Days of Giveaways--Day Eleven

    On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me . . . the Basics Emergency Kit!

    12 days of Giveaways--Day 11: Basics Emergency Kit

    This kit works as either a basic emergency kit or an add-on kit to the supplies you already own. It’s easy to pick and choose what items you may need from this kit to add to an existing one. Or just toss the items into a backpack and voilà—you have a completely new emergency kit.

    A basic emergency kit is a great gift for you or your loved ones because it can help you prepare for a number of situations. Use it at the office, send it with your kids to school, or keep it stashed in the trunk of your car. No matter your emergency, the basics kit will keep you warm and fed during a school or office lockdown or if a flat tire strands you in the middle of nowhere. The kit includes food, water, light, warmth, communication, and more.

    Check out the links above and take our short quiz below to enter to win!  Remember, you can get an additional entry by sharing this post on your Facebook page. Come back tomorrow for our final 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway.

    Merry Christmas & Good Luck!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: giveaway, preparedness, emergency kit, Survival, emergency preparedness, holiday, 12 days of Christmas, christmas

  • This post is part 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 see the giveaway items  for Day nine

    12 Days of Giveaways--Day 10

     

    On the tenth day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me . . .

    A #10 can of FiredUp! and a Sparkie™ Fire Starter

    12 Days of Giveaways--Day 10: Fired Up! and Sparkie Fire starters

    Fired Up!:  This fire starter is the perfect addition to your emergency supplies, camping gear, and even BBQ-ing equipment. . . Made of volcanic rock material mixed with wood pellets, Fired Up! is water-repellent and has a 30+ year shelf-life. Two cups of Fired Up! mixed with your tinder (or even by itself) can burn for roughly 5 minutes, enough time to pile on your kindling and fuel. This safe and reliable fuel source is great for lighting campfires or preparing charcoal briquettes. Fired Up! works well with the Volcano Collapsible Stove and the Kelly Kettle.

    Sparkie: We are really excited about this brand new fire starter because it’s really unique! For starters, it’s a one-handed fire starter with a retractable flint-based bar and built in carbide striker that can light over 100 fires! Simply press the flint bar down on a flat surface (preferably, next to your tinder) and you’ll generate instant sparks. Secondly, the Sparkie is known for its precision: you can directionally target the sparks to hit your tinder every time. Lastly, it can start a fire in inclement weather. Wind, rain, snow, the Sparkie can light a fire and get you warm fast.

     

    Enter to win these products by taking the quiz below. Get a second entry by sharing today’s giveaway post on Facebook. You have until Wednesday, December 18th at 11:59 p.m. Mountain time to enter this giveaway. 

     

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

  • Whenever I think about Christmas, I think about Mac and Cheese . . .

     Oven Baked Mac and Cheese from Food Storage

     

    For my family, every holiday with a feast requires Mac and Cheese as a side (this sometimes includes birthdays and graduations as well). To me, the best thing about Christmas is not the presents or the lights; it’s going home to Virginia and eating my aunt’s homemade Mac and Cheese!

    When I asked my aunt for the recipe, she said she doesn’t have one! She makes it all from memory. But according to her, the secret to making the best Mac and Cheese you’ll EVER eat in your life is Hot Sauce and Cheese Soup. Luckily, the dairy products offset the spiciness—I know it sounds “different,” but once you eat it you’ll be a believer (trust me, I don’t eat spicy foods).

    I found a recipe similar to hers from food.com that will (literally) spice up your Christmas dinner using food storage.

     

    Oven Baked Mac and Cheese

    1 lb. Provident Pantry Elbow Macaroni Pasta

    2-3 Cups Provident Pantry Cheese Blend (Follow directions on can to make into a cheese soup)

    2 (12 ounce) cans Evaporated Milk

    5/8 cup Provident Pantry Butter Powder (reconstituted) or 1 ¼ sticks of butter

    1 teaspoon Provident Pantry Iodized Salt

    1 teaspoon Provident Pantry Black Pepper

    6 cups Provident Pantry Shredded Cheddar Cheese (you can also blend in other cheeses as well like Provident Pantry Shredded Colby or Provident Pantry Shredded Monterey Jack)

    (Optional) Hot Sauce (to taste)

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350◦
    2. Cook pasta according to directions on the can.
    3. Mix together cheese soup, evaporated milk, butter, salt, and pepper in a large microwave safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and cut a small slit to vent. Heat for 6-7 minutes or until milk, cheese soup, butter, and hot sauce are melted into a cheese sauce. (My aunt usually heats all these ingredients on the stove, stirring occasionally until ingredients are blended and so that they don’t stick to the pan or boil over).
    4. Pour 1/3 of the pasta and 1/3 of the cheese sauce mixture into a large 9” x 13” pan. Cover with 1/3 of your shredded cheeses.
    5. Repeat step four until all the pasta, cheese sauce, and cheese is in your baking pan.
    6. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
    7. Pull out of oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Then eat up!

     

    So there you have it folks, Mac and Cheese for the holidays! Consider making Mac and Cheese a traditional part of your holiday meals as well if you love this recipe.

    Happy Holidays!

    -Angela

     

     

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, recipes, holidays, holiday, holiday gifts

  • We elves here at Emergency Essentials have taken it upon ourselves to make sure you have yourself a merry little Christmas. We can’t actually hang your mistletoe for you or attend your office Christmas party in your place, but we do have one or two ideas about how make the season’s festivities even festiver. Ten ideas, to be precise.

    1. Keep your nights merry and bright, and avoid accidents in the dark. Never go caroling without our handy 12 hour Light Stick.


    2. Nothing’s cozier for the holidays than a crackling fire in the fireplace. Make sure you’ve got some fuel and fire starter on hand.


    3. It’s going to snow, and the kids are going to want to be outside. They may or may not remember to put on gloves, but you can stash our Hand, Pocket, and Glove Warmers in their coat pockets.  They’ll thank you for it later.



      10 Ideas to Make Your Christmas Easier



    4. Christmas isn’t Christmas without a little Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, and (sniff!) It’s a Wonderful Life. Have you checked your popcorn supply? If you had a Superpail full, you wouldn’t have to.


    5. I don’t know about you, but I have trouble keeping baking supplies on hand during the holidays. And if I have to make one more late-night grocery run, I swear I’m going to mow down a reindeer. Solution: Provident Pantry Whole Egg Powder, Butter Powder, even Imitation Vanilla Powder! Use them for your Christmas baking, and never run low again.


    6. And while we’re on the topic, have you tried the Provident Pantry hot chocolates? My personal recommendation is the Mint Truffle Hot Chocolate with a candy cane stirrer.


    7. In order to make sure Christmas morning isn’t a disappointment, we highly recommend Goal Zero Rechargeable Batteries for all Santa’s toy assembly duties.


    8. Hosting this year? Impress guests with yummy appetizers from your Volcano Dutch Oven. Check out this fun blog for Dutch oven recipes, starting with a Queso Fundido that is making my mouth water as I type this.



      10 Ideas to Make Your Christmas Easier



    9. Gingerbread houses are a must. But save your stirring arm and let the Bosch Universal Mixer with Cookie Paddles and Metal Whip Drive handle the dough and the frosting.


    10. Finally, make your holiday shopping a pleasure with easy-peasy Emergency Essentials gift cards. Perfect for everyone on your list, and guaranteed not to wilt, shrivel, or settle during shipping.

    Stay safe, have fun, and don’t forget to leave us some figgy pudding!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: warmth, Winter, preparedness, holiday, christmas

  • This post is part 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 see the Special Offer for Day Eight.

     12 Days of Giveaways--Day Nine

    On the ninth day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me . . . the gift of communication.

    Today’s giveaway item is the Kaito Voyager V1 Dynamo and Solar Shortwave Radio/Flashlight.

    12 Days of Giveaways--Day Nine: A Voyager VI Shortwave Radio

     

    The word “dynamo” is a good description for this small but powerful multi-featured radio and flashlight. It accesses both regular AM/FM and shortwave bands to give you a constant stream of weather updates, warnings, and forecasts.

    The flashlight has a super-bright LED light with a USB port to power small electronic devices, including most smartphones (it does not power Apple products). The Kaito Voyager has a built-in HD speaker and headphone jack so you can listen to your music or forecasts alone or with your family, friends, and neighbors.

    Keep your radio charged using one of four options for powering this radio’s internal battery. These four charging options include:

    • 3 standard AAA batteries
    • Solar power, via a built-in solar panel
    • Through the USB port
    • By hand cranking: one minute of cranking provides fifteen minutes of listening or one hour of light

    The value of this 9th Day of Christmas gift is $21.99—unless you’re in a situation where you’ll depend upon it—then it’s priceless! This gift is great for camping, outdoor adventures, or to use in an emergency.

    Just take the short quiz below to enter. Remember, you can receive an additional entry if you share today’s giveaway post on your Facebook page. You have until Sunday, December 15 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time to enter this giveaway.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: communication, holidays, holiday gifts, giveaways, 12 days of Christmas, christmas, 12 days of giveaways

  • Need to get a last-minute order shipped in time for Christmas? We’re here to help! We want you to get your gifts on time, whether they’re shipping to your house or directly to the recipient. Take a look at the charts below to determine the day and time your order needs to be placed to guarantee arrival by Christmas!*

    Christmas Guaranteed Shipping Chart

    Ground Shipping Guarantee

    We guarantee that your products will arrive before Christmas if you place your order on or before the designated last day and time to order for your shipping zone (see the chart above). You can shop with 100% confidence by following the chart above to determine your order deadline.

    • If, for some reason, your product does not arrive in time for Christmas, you can refuse the shipment and get a full refund of your purchase price and shipping fees.
    • If your order does not arrive by Christmas and you would still like to keep the shipment, we will refund your shipping charges. Accept the order from FedEx and give us a call to arrange the refund.

    This shipping guarantee is our way of helping lift the stress of the holidays juuuust a little bit. Keep in mind, though, that all the items on the order need to be in stock in order to guarantee the shipping time frame.

    *Restrictions may apply.

    Expedited Shipping Also Available!

    This year we’ve teamed up with FedEx, a leader in the shipping industry, to offer expedited shipping options. While we can’t offer the guarantee or refunds on expedited shipments that we offer on ground shipments, you can still order with confidence, knowing FedEx will do their utmost to get those items delivered on time.

    • FedEx’s 3-day shipping typically has a 100% on-time delivery rate
    • FedEx’s 2-day shipping is on time around 99% of the time
    • FedEx’s Standard Overnight Shipping boasts around 98% on-time delivery

    Of course, inclement weather, the volume of shipments going out nationally, and your geographic location may influence when your package ultimately arrives (rural and residential shipping percentages are typically not as high as commercial and urban locations). However, FedEx’s reputation and the statistics above illustrate the reliability of their expedited shipping program. And, again, remember that your order items all need to be in stock for your expedited order to leave the warehouse on time.

    Check out our Holiday Gift Guides

    Looking for some great emergency preparedness gift ideas? Take a look at our Gift Guides:

    Holiday Gift Guide, $50 and Under

    Holiday Gift Guide, $10-$25

    Holiday Gift Guide, $10 and Under

    Crazy for Christmas! Holiday Gift Combos

    And don’t forget goodies like Freeze Dried Ice Cream and small MyChoice cans of Yogurt Bites or Cinnamon Apple Slices!

    Help Santa (and yourself) by ordering early to avoid those last minute delivery disappointments. The Christmas rush goes faster and faster as the holiday approaches, and we greatly appreciate all our customers who get their orders in on time.

    We wish you the happiest of holiday seasons!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: holidays, holiday gifts, christmas, shipping

  • Just in time for the holidays, new products and combos are here! New flavorful meals, tangy drinks, cutting-edge survival tools, and more can help you (and Santa) check off your holiday shopping lists this year.

    Peaches and Cream Flavored Oatmeal--$20.95

    Eating a hearty breakfast doesn’t have to taste bland and boring. Just try the Peaches and Cream Flavored Oatmeal. The sweet blend of flavors gives you a delicious, filling breakfast to give you energy throughout the day.

    New Products: Peaches and Cream Oatmeal

    Grape Fortified Drink Mix #10 & MyChoice -- $16.95/$5.95

    This new thirst quencher gives you a flavorful, refreshing drink . . . and we LOVE it around here. With this tangy drink, you get more than just a flavored, sugar-based beverage. This grape drink mix is fortified with vitamins and minerals to help you stay hydrated. Great for kids!

    New Products: Fortified Grape Drink MixNew Products: Fortified Grape Drink Mix

     Breakfast Variety Combos

    These Breakfast Variety Combos are probably my favorite food storage products. We have three unique combos that include a variety of our best breakfast options so you can enjoy them every day or in an emergency. The best thing is that these three combos are on sale throughout December!

    Breakfast Variety Combo A--$109.99 (Regularly $141.28)

    Enjoy the mouthwatering flavors of the Breakfast Variety Combo A: Savory Scrambled Eggs with Ham; sweet Strawberry Slices; a full-on Breakfast Skillet with hash browns, eggs, sausage, onions, and peppers; Cinnamon Almond Granola; Instant Milk; and hearty Peaches and Cream Oatmeal (win, win, the oatmeal is a new product!).

    New Products: Breakfast Variety Combo A

    Breakfast Variety Combo B--$119.99 (Regularly $163.78)

    If the flavors of the Breakfast Variety Combo A aren’t quite your style, Combo B might be more your cup of . . . well, breakfast favorites. This combo gives you scrambled eggs with bacon and scrambled eggs with sausage. Love granola for breakfast, camping, or on the go? With this combo you get granola with freeze-dried blueberries AND granola with freeze-dried cinnamon apples. But don’t worry, we haven’t left out the always-needed hash brown potatoes (which, let’s face it, make every breakfast complete) and sweet banana slices (great to mix in with the granola).

    New Products: Breakfast Variety Combo B

    Ultimate Breakfast Variety Combo--$199.99 (Regularly $305.06)

    For the true breakfast lovers, or those who just can’t decide which breakfast items they love more, the Ultimate Breakfast Variety Combo gives you everything. You heard right—you get the granola (cinnamon almond, cinnamon apple, AND blueberry), you get the eggs (with bacon, sausage, AND ham), you get the Hash browns, the Breakfast Skillet, the strawberries and bananas, the Peaches and Cream Oatmeal, and milk! Mix and match the different breakfast items in this combo to get the exact meal you want.

    New Products: Ultimate Breakfast Combo

    Ultimate Emergency Power Combo--$2099.99 (Regularly $2679.90)

    Don’t ever be left without power again. With the Ultimate Emergency Power Combo, you get a Yeti 1250 with Roll Cart to power your home, your camp, or your recreation silently and emission-free during an emergency. The combo also includes a Solar Tripod that fits the included four Boulder 30M Solar Panels. The tripod helps position each panel to sit at an angle to absorb maximum light. To top it all off, four Light-A-Life’s are included to help you distribute the stored power as light when you need it most.

    New Products: Ultimate Emergency Power Combo

    Jetscream Whistle--$3.99 (Regularly $6.95)

    The Jetscream is unlike any whistle you’ve heard before. Its pitch reaches 122 decibels. Let’s look at it this way: if speaking is around 60 decibels, rock concerts are usually 105, chainsaws reach 110, and jackhammers are 120, a 122-decibel whistle, like the Jetscream, is pretty loud. It’s a great addition to your emergency supplies; it will help others locate you among the noise of emergency vehicles, aftershocks, or frantic crowds during an emergency.

    New Products: The Jetscream Whistle

    Sparkie Fire Starter--$5.99 (Regularly $10.99)

    The Sparkie Fire Starter is a one-handed fire starter that allows you to aim the sparks to hit your tinder every time. The Sparkie is easy to use and safer than matches or flint and steel. It has a retractable flint-based bar and built-in carbide striker. When the two are pressed together, a spark is generated and voilà— you’ll have a toasty fire in minutes.

    New Products: Sparkie Fire Starter

    These new products are great ideas for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers this year—or to add to your own [emergency kit]. Many of them are already on sale, too, which makes last-minute shopping easy and painless.

     Happy shopping, happy prepping, and Happy Holidays!

    --Kim

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, sale, #10 cans, survival gear, new products

  • 12 Days of Giveaways!

    This post is part of our 2013 12 Days of Christmas, 12 Days of Giveaways series. This series will run from December 3rd to December 18th, 2013. Click here to see the giveaway items for Day Seven.

     On the eighth day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me a special offer on Mountain House Flame Broiled Ground Beef Patties.

    These flavorful beef patties are a part of a special Christmas flash sale—there are limited quantities of this product (and on sale) and they won’t last long, so act fast! Regularly, the Mountain House Flame Broiled Ground Beef Patties are $69.95, but the special offer puts them on sale for 42% off (that’s only $39.99!).

    12 Days of Christmas Special Offer Day 8

    For this remarkable price, you can experience summer all over again, even in the dead of winter. These patties will make your taste buds go wild with their hot-off-the-grill flavor. All you have to do is add water.

    These Mountain House ground beef patties are a great “addition” to top off your condiment-covered buns, chopped up into stroganoff or soup, or to add a flame-broiled flavor to your favorite entrees.

    Bring back the feel of summertime with the flame-broiled flavor of these ground beef patties. They are easy to make and easy to use, creating unforgettable meals. Don't miss this special offer!

    Check back tomorrow on the ninth day of Christmas for another great giveaway!

     

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, giveaway, mountain house, group specials, sale, #10 cans, holiday, 12 days of Christmas, christmas

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