Monthly Archives: December 2013

  • Flooded house after heavy rain in the evening sunlight.

    “For Kathryn Fitzgerald and her young daughter, Megan, home was a modest three-bedroom house…on a tightly packed segment of Delaware Avenue two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. That was the only home that Megan had ever known, until Hurricane Sandy hit and a rank mixture of floodwater and untreated sewage rose to chest-high in the lower level of the house.

    “Since then, they have lived in rental apartments and Megan, now 9, attended an unfamiliar school in another town for a while as her mother appealed for enough aid to rebuild the life they had…

    “More than a year after one of the country’s largest-ever disaster recovery efforts began, Ms. Fitzgerald is among the more than 30,000 residents of New York and New Jersey who remain displaced by the storm, mired in a bureaucratic and financial limbo.”


    Every year, big storms capture national attention with images of wild weather and large-scale destruction. But when the skies calm and the cameramen pack up and leave town, residents are left to the long, lonely process of returning to normal. Hurricane Sandy may be fading from popular consciousness; but for the victims, fourteen months into the recovery, the disaster is ongoing.

    Kathryn Fitzgerald is just one of a handful of displaced homeowners in the American Northeast interviewed recently by the New York Times—and her story is a representative and cautionary one. Victim after victim reports the difficulty of securing funds to rebuild, whether from government aid agencies or by other means.

    While we talk a lot about the immediate, life-sustaining preparations needed to weather extreme situations, sometimes the most important emergency preparation is financial. Read the full NYT article here to see what a tangled mess of red tape is holding up these people’s efforts to rebuild their lives. Then check out the links below to learn more about financial preparation for disasters. Finally, take another look at our blog post on flood preparedness to learn more about insurance options. Whether it's another storm like Hurricane Sandy, a sudden downpour that causes flooding like that in Colorado earlier this year, or another scenario altogether, you'll be so glad you've prepared in advance.


    New York Times article originally found via Instapundit.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: insurance, hurricanes, flood, flood preparedness, financial preparedness

  • ‘Tis the season for sparkly lights, snowy mornings, cozy firesides—and, of course, great sales on emergency preparedness supplies. Whether your idea of a perfect winter evening is a night of online gift shopping or curling up with a warm mug of something sweet, we can make it happen. Here are some of our top sales picks for the month of December:

    Great gear

     Teton Scout 3400 Backpack

    • In the event of a power outage, stay weather wise with the Kaito® Voyager™ V1 Dynamo Solar Radio. Regularly $30, buy it this month for only $21.99—and comes in a variety of colors including a cheery Santa-suit red to boot!

     Kaito Voyager VI Dynamo Radio

    • Winter is the perfect time to beef up your emergency supply stash. Get lots of birds with a single stone when you take advantage of our big sale on pre-stocked Trekker emergency kits. Buy a one-person, two-person, or four-person packs right now for 40-45% off individual component pricing.

     Trekker IV-Four Person emergency kit

    Stocking stuffers

    • Need a small gift that packs a big spark? Try the Sparkie™ Fire Starter by Ultimate Survival Techonolgies. This one-handed fire starter is easy to use, has a retractable flint-based bar and built in carbide striker, and can light over 100 fires!, regularly $10.99, on sale for $5.99.

     Sparkie Fire Starter

      High Uinta Gear Multi-Function Tool

    • A bit too much peanut brittle this season? Show Santa’s hygienic side and fill their stockings with our Fresh and Go™ Toothbrush. Get a five pack right now for only $4.99, usually $14.75.

     Fresh N Go Toothbrush

    Christmas cookies, prepper-style

    • First, grind your own flour with the Victorio Hand Grain Mill. (You know you’ve always wanted to do that!) Take advantage of a great deal on this durable, high-quality grinder, available for only $44.99 (impressive—we know!)

     Hand Grain Mill

    • Next, mix up the cookie dough in the Bosch Ultimate Mixer Bundle. This comprehensive kitchen workhorse comes with endless attachments for year-round practicality, and is on sale right now for only $479.98 (regularly $574.96).

     Bosch Ultimate Mixer Bundle

     Snapware 10-piece Canister Set

    • Finally, steal a couple of Santa’s cookies and enjoy them with a cup of hot chocolate. Our Hot Chocolate Combo includes four fantastic flavors in large cans, and is on sale just in time for hot chocolate drinking season! Regularly $83.80, get all four now for $69.99 (also available in small cans).

     Hot Chocolate Combo (large cans)

    Hurry and take advantage of these sales, before the elves get them all!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: camping, sale, gear, holiday gifts, monthly sale, preparedness gear

  • 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 Six.

    12 Days of Giveaways!--Day Seven

    On the seventh day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me:

    An SOL Origin Survival Kit

    12 Days of Giveaways--Day 7: An SOL Origin Survival Kit

    This compact survival pack gives you several tools to survive outdoors. Unlike other survival packs, the SOL Origin’s ABS-plastic waterproof case not only protects the items inside, but includes items built into the case itself. On the inside of the SOL Origin’s lid you’ll find a flip-up rescue flash signal mirror, a Fire Lite Fire Starter, a compass, a folding-blade knife, and much more on the lid.

    Inside the case are several items to help you build shelters, start fires, and obtain food—such as the stainless steel wire, Tinder Quik firestarting tinder, and a small fishing kit. This amazing survival pack gives you 12 tools in total. But the crazy thing is it can fit in the palm of your hand. It’s compact and light, making it easy to carry in a bug-out-bag, backpack, or as part of your every day carry.

    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 Friday, December 13th at 11:59 p.m. Mountain time to enter this giveaway. 

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

  • December Group Sales

    Happy December! We hope your halls are decked and you’re feeling jolly. You’ll be feeling even jollier in a second. Why? Because the December Group Sales are here! In all your wrapping, caroling, and jingling, don’t forget about these fantastic monthly discounts for you and your friends and neighbors. Here’s what we’ve got for you this Yuletide:

    Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Broccoli 

    Need a vitamin boost this season? Bulk up your food storage with ultra-healthy broccoli from Provident Pantry. Only $12.00 each (regularly $18.50), when your group orders 12 or more.

     Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Broccoli


    Red Feather Canned Butter

    Back for an encore, the Red Feather Canned Butter is on our list again this month. Real butter, soft and spreadable, and shelf stable for more than two years—what’s not to love about this? And at $5.00 (instead of $7.50) when you order 24 or more, you could break some out for Christmas dinner and still keep plenty in your food storage.

     Red Feather Canned Butter Group Special

    Reflective Emergency Sleeping Bag

    Winter’s the right time to stock up on those things that will keep you warm in an emergency. This little guy utilizes your own body heat to keep you toasty if you get caught in the cold. Stash them in your car, in your emergency pack, and with your camping supplies. Regularly $5.95, they’re on sale right now for $3.75, but buy as a group (10-23 units) and get them for only $3.50. Get 24 or more (great for stocking stuffers!), and the price drops to $2.00!


    Emergency Siphon Hose with Garden Hose Adapter

    I mean, c’mon. Who doesn’t put this on their Christmas list every year? The siphon hose lets you conveniently access water in a storage barrel, and the bonus garden hose adapter makes this useful even when you’re not dipping into your emergency water supply. Regularly $11.99, get it this month for just $7.00 when you buy 10 or more.

    Emergency Siphon hose with garden hose adapter


    Merry Christmas, and happy Group shopping!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: group program, group specials, sale, group purchasing, sales, December group sales

  • 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 five

    12 Days of Giveaways!-Day Six

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

    Freeze Dried Neapolitan Ice Cream and MyChoice Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa Chocolate

    12 Days of Giveaways-Day6-Hot Cocoa and Freeze Dried Ice Cream

    If you’ve never tasted Freeze Dried Ice Cream, you’re in for a treat! What’s cool about this ice cream is that it looks like it should be cold and creamy, but instead it’s light and crunchy. Once you place it in your mouth, it will melt into the familiar creamy taste of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream. It’s a fun and novel dessert to serve anytime, but would be a great mood-lifter during an emergency—especially for children. Each can contains 16 individual slices. Our Freeze Dried Ice comes in four varieties: Neapolitan, Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Ice Cream Sandwiches.

    MyChoice Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa is a rich, comforting drink to curl up with on a cold winter night. The best part is that because it’s packaged in a double-enameled can, it will last for up to 25+ years (unopened, of course). Check out this article on shelf life for more tips on preserving your food. Even though it can last up to 25+ years, it’s up to you how long you can hold out against your cravings!

    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 Thursday, December 12th at 11:59 p.m. Mountain time to enter this giveaway.


    Good luck!

    Mobile Users: Click this link to take a mobile-friendly version of today's quiz

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, giveaway, holidays, 12 days of Christmas, christmas

  • When I think of Christmas day, I think of twinkling lights, presents under the tree, and Santa Claus, of course! But when I think back on waking up on snowy Christmas mornings as a child at mom and dad’s house…I remember breakfast.

    My family goes all out for breakfast on Christmas morning, but we keep the cooking to a minimum. (Don’t be so surprised—it is actually possible.) It’s a tradition that has carried on for years in my family and has even slipped into my own little family’s tradition now that I’m married.

    One of our Christmas morning staples is Apple Cinnamon French Toast with Vanilla Syrup. It’s a delicious, gourmet breakfast with practically no hassle, which makes it perfect for Christmas morning. This meal is fantastic! Just put it together the night before, leave it in the fridge, and slip it in the oven while you open Christmas presents and enjoy your other holiday traditions. By the time you’re ready to eat, it will be ready for you to dive in.

    Christmas Cinnamon Apple French Toast from Food Storage


    Apple Cinnamon French Toast

    Serves 8-10

    1 loaf French bread, sliced in 1 ½” slices

    6 eggs  or 12 tbsp. Provident Pantry Egg Powder

    ½ C reconstituted instant milk

    ½ C Provident Pantry White Sugar

    1 T reconstituted Vanilla Powder

    6 medium apples, peeled & sliced (or use MyChoice Cinnamon Apple Slices instead of adding cinnamon

    1 ½ tsp MyChoice Cinnamon

    ½ tsp ground nutmeg

    3 T Provident Pantry Brown Sugar

    1. The night before serving, coat a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Layer bread slices on the bottom of the pan.
    2. Combine eggs, milk, sugar, & vanilla in a large bowl; beat well & pour over bread slices.
    3. Place apple slices on top of bread. Sprinkle apples w/cinnamon, nutmeg & brown sugar.
    4. Cover w/foil & refrigerate overnight. In the morning, preheat oven to 350. Bake covered about 50 minutes; remove foil & bake 10 more minutes.



    Vanilla Syrup

    You can’t have “the most amazing French Toast” without a delicious syrup to match. We always make a special batch of Vanilla Syrup specifically for this breakfast. (Honestly, we make two batches because we eat so much of it!)

    2 cups Provident Pantry White Sugar

    1 cup reconstituted MyChoice Butter Powder

    1 cup reconstituted MyChoice Buttermilk Powder


    Bring to a boil and add:

    2 T Karo Syrup

    1 tsp MyChoice Baking Soda

    1 tsp Vanilla Powder


    Mmm, just talking about these squares of gooey, sweet goodness are making my mouth water . . . maybe I won’t wait ‘til Christmas morning this year. Enjoy!

    Do you have any Christmas meal traditions at your home? Leave a comment below and tell us about it!


    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: holidays, recipe, holiday gifts, 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 four

    12 Days of Giveaways! Day Five


    On the fifth day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me . . . a breakfast fit for a king!

    Provident Pantry Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes and Buttermilk Pancake Mix, and Yoders Bacon will help you make a quick and delicious breakfast anytime.

    12 Days of Giveaways Day5-Hash Browns, PancakeMix, Bacon

    These hash browns are easy to rehydrate and cook with. Fry them up to serve with eggs or to include in a breakfast skillet, any potato casserole, or in patties.

    Buttermilk Pancake Mix mixes with water for a griddle-ready batter to make a yummy breakfast entree now or in an emergency. (Add reconstituted freeze dried berries or other fruit dices for a great twist on a classic American favorite.)

    Yoders canned bacon is pre-cooked, and ready to eat, and includes approximately 50 slices per can. It makes a welcome addition to breakfast, BLT’s, or any dish  that calls for good, smoky bacon. Just heat in a pan or microwave to the desired crispness, blot any excess fat with a paper towel, and serve. It’s great for camping, everyday breakfasts, or as a food storage item. The manufacturer guarantees a shelf life (unrefrigerated) for 2 years, but if kept in a cool, dry place, it can last longer—assuming you can resist the temptation! This gift has a total value of $33.79.

    This breakfast is fit for a king and you have the chance to WIN! 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 Wednesday, December 11 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time to enter this giveaway.

    Good Luck!


    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: giveaway, gifts, holiday gifts, 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. Click here to see the special offer for Day ThreeThis Giveaway is Closed. 

    Emergency Essentials' 12 Days of Giveaways!-Day Four

    On the fourth day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me:

    A BurnFree Emergency Burn Care Kit

    The BurnFree Emergency Burn Care Kit allows you to treat sunburns, burns, or scalds in a variety of situations (cooking at home, lighting camp fires, working on cars, etc.). BurnFree gel is specially designed to provide quick pain relief by drawing the heat out of the burn rather than just masking the pain. It also helps to minimize scarring.

    Emergency Essentials 12 Days of Giveaways-Day Four: BurnFree Kit

    BurnFree is used and trusted by medical professionals and burn centers. The list below shows the industries that regularly use BurnFree, taken directly from the BurnFree website.

    • Leading brand of burn care products in the Occupational Health, Industrial Safety, EMS/Fire, and Military Supply markets worldwide
    • Products are widely featured by industry leading distributors in the Industrial Safety, Occupational Health and School Health Markets.
    • Used by the Military in over 20 countries Worldwide

    Each kit includes:

    • 1- 4 oz. Bottle of BurnFree gel (store in the kitchen, bathroom,  closet, or other areas where burns may occur)
    • 4-Dressings 4"x4” size (pre-soaked in BurnFree and great for covering larger burns)
    • 2-Roller Gauze (soak in BurnFree and cover a burn for instant cooling and relief)
    • 12-1/8 oz. Gel packets (great to add to an [every day carry] with your purse, backpack, or emergency kit)

    Check out the power and effectiveness of Burnfree by watching the video at the top of today’s quiz.

    Enter to win your own Burnfree Emergency Burn Kit by taking the quiz below and get a second entry by sharing today’s giveaway post on Facebook. You have until Sunday, December 8that 11:59 p.m. (Mountain time) to enter this giveaway.

    Good luck!


    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: giveaway, gifts, christmas, 12 days of giveaways, contest

  • Okay, we’re a week into December. Time to get serious about your Christmas shopping. And fortunately for you, we have the best Christmas present idea ever! Ready?

    Ta-da! Yes, the Emergency Essentials elves have been working on this special gift, just for you and your unwieldy gift list.  Why a gift card? I’m glad you asked. (I never can resist a list!)

    Emergency Essentials Gift Card

    Five Reasons an Emergency Essentials Gift Card is THE Perfect Gift:

    1.  It’s completely customizable. Depending on the number of giftees on your list, how well you like each of them, and your budget, you can pick the amount pre-loaded onto the card. You can choose a set amount of $15, $25, $50, $100, or $500 (for those who have been very good). But if that’s not your style, you can create a custom gift card amount online up to $100 or you can call in and request any amount by phone! You know, for those who would really appreciate $77.34 worth of emergency supplies.
    2.  There’s no easier present to wrap, send, or pack than a gift card. Traveling for the holidays? Save room in your suitcase by skipping bulky boxes and squashed bows. And send holiday guests home with no extra luggage fees. Sending gifts? A single stamp is much nicer on the wallet than freight charges for a hefty package. Plus, if you only order gift cards, your shipping costs will be FREE. Merry Christmas to everyone!
    3.  Eliminate post-holiday let-down by giving the gift of shopping! The tree will come down and the gingerbread will run out, but before the socks and ties and new kitchen appliances get put away and forgotten, your friends and family will remember that they still have a surprise gift—the perfect gift!—just waiting for them to pick it out.
    4.  If those on your gift list are already preppers (your CERT buddies, your discount group), there’s no question they’ll love this. A gift card let’s you strike just the right chord, without having them submit an inventory to figure out what they really need.
    5.  And for those non-preppers on your list, this is just the right introduction to emergency preparation. A gift card will encourage them to browse the store or the site, allow them to get familiar with supplies and resources available, and let them start their own preparation with something that really interests them.


    See? Win-win-win…win-win. Christmas shopping, solved. You’re welcome!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: gifts, preparedness

  • 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 Two

    12 Days of Giveaways!


    On the third day of Christmas, Emergency Essentials gave to me . . .  a Special Offer on the Entrée and Side Favorites Combo.

    The Entrée and Side Favorites Combo is part of a special Christmas flash sale, meaning there are limited quantities of this product and the sale price will only be available as long as supplies last. So Act Fast! 

    Usually, this combo is priced at $167.28. However, during this special sale this combo only costs $109.99! That’s 34% off the original price.

    12 Days of Christmas Special Offer--Entree and Sides Favorites Combo


    Four beef entrées and two vegetable side dishes make up this delicious combo. For only $109.99, you will  get:

    • 1 large can of [Provident Pantry Chili Mac]—savory chili sauce with tender macaroni and beef TVP. Enjoy it as is for a quick lunch or dinner, or stir in [sour cream powder] and [shredded cheese] for a special treat.
    • 1 large can [Provident Pantry Teriyaki Noodles with Freeze Dried Beef]—a Japanese-inspired dish with real beef and a sauce that features bits of pineapple, mushrooms, and red bell pepper.
    • 1 large can [Provident Pantry Creamy Pasta with Freeze Dried Beef]—a Stroganoff-inspired dish with noodles and diced freeze dried beef covered in a creamy mushroom sauce.
    • l large can [Provident Pantry Rotini with Freeze Dried Beef]—a combination of crumbled freeze dried beef patties, rotini pasta, and a tomato sauce spiced with Italian seasoning. Top with [Freeze Dried Shredded Mozzarella Cheese] if you like.
    • 1 large can of [Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Green Peas]—a favorite side dish or excellent addition to soups, salads, and casseroles.
    • 1 large can of [Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Corn]—this corn is delicious with a touch of butter, salt and pepper; it is also excellent in soups, chowders, and other family favorites

    This combo will  give you a great selection of tasty and quick meals to make on busy weekday nights or to prepare during an emergency.

    Enjoy! And don’t forget to check back tomorrow for another giveaway!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: sale, sales, christmas

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